Japan got their East Asian Men's T20 Championship campaign off to a great start with a thumping nine wicket win over China at Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong today.
Chinese captain Chen Jinfeng won the toss and chose to bat first in what was the first ever match between the two sides. It is safe to say that the batting display from China was well below par, with not one batsman able to reach double figures. Lu Cangcang was their top scorer with 6.
The eventual Chinese total of 56 owed much to some wayward bowling by Japan, who conceded 17 wides amongst the 26 extras. Makoto Taniyama was the pick of the bowlers with 2-6 from his four overs.
Japan had little trouble chasing down their target, with openers Naotsune Miyaji and Hanif Khan almost did the job themselves with a 55 run opening partnership which ended when Khan was dismissed by Song Yulin for 24. No other wickets were lost as the remaining two runs were scored in the seventh over.
Two matches will take place in the tournament tomorrow, with Japan and China both playing the Hong Kong Dragons.
Japan beat China by 9 wickets
Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong, 31 October
China 56 (19.2 overs)
Japan 57-1 (7 overs)