With the semi final line-up already confirmed, today's matches in the ACC Women's Tournament were more about pride than anything else. And it was neighbouring countries Malaysia and Singapore who came out on top, finishing third in their respective groups.
Singapore (pictured right) played against a UAE team hoping to salvage some pride after a defeat by China and a humiliation by Bangladesh. The UAE were put into bat by Singapore, and got off to a poor start, losing a wicket in the first over.
A fourth wicket partnership of 29 between opener Meena Shankar (16) and 17 year old Natasha Robinson (22 not out) recovered things for the UAE, but a slow outfield prevented Robinson's big shots from reaching the boundary on all but one occasion and the UAE reached 65/5 from their 30 overs.
Singapore started their run chase slowly. In fact slowly is perhaps an understatement as they creeped to 16/2 from the first ten overs. Captain Lorraine Meyer took an agonising 85 deliveries for her 10 not out. Diviya GK batted a lot quicker later in the innings, scoring 31 from 48 balls as Singapore reached their target in the 29th over.
Singapore beat UAE by 6 wickets
Johor Baru, Malaysia
UAE: 65/5 (30 overs)
Singapore: 66/4 (28.4 overs)
Today's other match saw hosts Malaysia, fresh from their thrilling tie with Nepal, take on Thailand. They made a poor start, and were on just 16/3 in the 5th over.
But a patient batting display from their captain Arina Rahim (pictured left) who took the target to 52 with 16 year old Aisha Ali before she was dismissed. Ali and Alessandra Shunmugam then kept the momentum going, and Malaysia almost doubled their score in the final thirteen overs, reaching 101/8.
Thailand never stood a chance at reaching the target, and were bowled out for 40 in the 16th over of their innings, giving Malaysia a 61 run victory. Given their tie against Nepal, Malaysia can claim to have finished 5th in this tournament, and will be the most satisfied of the four teams that now go home.
Singapore can also go home with some satisfaction, but for the UAE and Thailand, they need to play much more cricket locally if they are to be more competitive next time around.
Malaysia beat Thailand by 61 runs
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
Malaysia: 101/8 (30 overs)
Thailand: 40 (15.1 overs, W Duraisingham 3/10)