China's coach, captain
After two recent heavy defeats to Hong Kong to add to last years Sixes defeat against Scotland, China finally got a win under their belts today against Singapore, winning by 38 runs.
China won the toss and elected to bat, and had reached 36/3 from their first ten overs, at which point the youngest player in the tournament, and possibly in international cricket history came on to bowl, eleven year old Vritti Sehti, who bowled six overs for just 17 runs.
The runs dryed up for China, with them scoring just five runs in six overs at one point. But in the last five overs of the innings, the Singapore bowlers let up, and China started scoring at more than a run a ball, eventually reaching 112/6 from their 30 overs.
Singapore don't just have the youngest player in the tournament, they also have the oldest in the form of captain Lorraine Meyer, who's son Glenn captains the Singaporean men's team. She opened the batting but fell early on to Wange Meng, who finished with two wickets for eight runs.
Singapore were held back by some athletic fielding from the well coached Chinese players, and some incredibly tight bowling, especially from China's captain Mei Chun Hua, who took 3/9 from her six overs, to help dismiss Singapore for 74 in the final over.
China beat Singapore by 38 runs
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
China: 112/6 (30 overs)
Singapore: 74 (29.1 overs, MC Hua 3/9)
Captains Maya Thapa of Nepal
and Sornnarin Tippoch of Thailand
In today's other match, at Johor Bahru, Nepal took on Thailand.
Thailand were hoping to bounce back from two comprehensive defeats to Bangladesh in their warm-ups, and Nepal would have been hoping for a good result in their first ever match.
Thailand's players are primarily former softball and basketball players, and they showed that with some excellent fielding, which was good enough to restirct Nepal to just 95/8 from their 30 overs.
It would have been even less, but Thailand's bowling was not as accurate as their fielding, and they leaked 30 runs in wides, even with the benefit of some lenient umpiring. Nepal's innings was held together by Madhu Thapa, who scored 36.
Thailand struggled to 20/3 from their first ten overs, when Nary Thapa came on. She took three wickets in the eleventh over, leaving Thailand reeling on 20/6. They never stood a chance from that point. Thapa eventually finished with impressive figures of four wickets for five runs as Thailand were bowled out for 40, Nepal picking up a 55 run win.
Nepal beat Thailand by 55 runs
Johor Baru, Malaysia
Nepal: 95/8 (30 overs, M Thapa 36)
Thailand: 40 (21.1 overs, N Thapa 4/5)
Photos courtesy of the Asian Cricket Council