THAILAND AND CHINA TO MEET AGAIN IN FINAL





By Richard Lockwood

Thailand and China showed they are clearly the best two sides in the ACC Women’s Championship when they won their semi-finals by convincing margins. Thailand dismissed Nepal for just 38 and batted with great composure to reach their target with to win by seven wickets, while China won the second semi-final by 86 runs as they scored 158 for two and bowled out Hong Kong for 72.

Thailand were again very impressive in the field after they had won the toss and chosen to bowl first against Nepal. Chanida Sutthiruang returned the outstanding figures of five for two in five overs and it proved a master-stroke to give her the new ball as she was able to swing the ball in helpful conditions. She was well backed up in the field and Thailand overcame the shock of losing both Nattakan Chantham and captain Sornnarin Tippoch for ducks as Pundarika Prathanmitr showed great discipline to score an unbeaten 18 to see her side home.

This was a great win for the home side but they will have a hard task in the final against China who again were impressive with both bat and ball. Zhang Mei is the leading run-scorer in the tournament and she batted through the 25 overs for an undefeated 85 from 87 balls with 10 fours. She shared an opening partnership of 141 with Sun Mengyao exactly matching the stand they compiled against Iran. A total of 158 for two was far too much for Hong Kong who batted bravely before being bowled out in the final over with the Chinese spinners doing most of the damage.

A day that had started with a flooded pitch at Prem and the threat of more rain had produced two excellent semi-finals. The play-offs for the minor placings were also held with Bhutan beating Iran by three wickets in a tight contest to finish fifth while Malaysia finished seventh by defeating Qatar by 36 runs and Singapore beat UAE by 37 runs to claim ninth place.

Thailand will now face China in the final at Prem while Nepal will face Hong Kong in the play-off for third and fourth place at Gymkhana so the competition will reach an exciting climax with a place in the qualifying competition for the next Women’s World Twenty at stake for the overall winners.

Results

Thailand beat Nepal by seven wickets
China beat Hong Kong by 86 runs
Bhutan beat Iran by 3 wickets
Malaysia beat Qatar by 36 runs
Singapore beat UAE by 37 runs

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Filed January 30th, 2013