China win East Asia Women's Cup
China have won the first Women's East Asia Cup after beating Hong Kong in the final today in Incheon, South Korea.
Batting first after winning the toss, China lost opener Zhou Caiyun early on in their innings, but her opening partner Sun Mengyao went on to dominate the innings. Running well between the wickets and rotating the strike, she made her way to 61 from 66 balls. The final Chinese total was 123-2.
Hong Kong cam up against a well drilled Chinese fielding unit, who ran out three of the Hong Kong top five as they restricted them to 85-4 from their 20 overs, winning by 38 runs.
China were dominant throughout the tournament. In the group stage they beat Hong Kong by 63 runs, South Korea by 133 runs and Japan by nine wickets after bowling them out for just 33. They had the leading run scorer - Mengyao with 154 runs at an average of 77 - and the leading wicket taker - Liu Jie with 7 wickets at 5.71.
The Chinese side will take a lot of confidence into the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier in Thailand come November, where they will be in a group with Ireland, Netherlands and Zimbabwe.
Japan and South Korea also played on the final day today, with Japan beating the hosts by 39 runs in the third place play-off.
A men's East Asia Cup is set for next weekend, and will consist of a three match series in Sano, Japan between the Japanese national side and the Hong Kong Dragons, a representative side drawn from the Chinese community in Hong Kong. The Dragons will also play a British Ambassador's Invitational XI during the tour.