ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Asia Qualifiers Day 1 wrap
HKCA Media Release
Thailand 107/6 (20 overs), China 32 all out (12.1 overs), Thailand won by 75 runs
Thailand opened the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Asia Tournament with a big victory over China at Tin Kwong Recreation Ground.
Openers Nattakan Chantam (14) and Sirintra Saensakorat (19) provided a good platform for Thailand. An unbeaten 24 from Ratanaporn Padunglerd gave Thailand a mid-innings push as they finished their 20 overs with 107 runs.
Zhou Caiyun led China's bowler with 2/27 in four overs.
It was a one-sided affair when China batted, Zhou Caiyun was caught out on the fourth ball into the innings for a duck and they never recovered.
The second wicket came in the second over when Song Fengfeng (9) was caught behind as wickets fell steadily afterwards. China were eventually all out for 32 runs after 12.1 overs.
Suleeporn Laomi and Wongpaka Liengpraert each took two wickets for Thailand, while the Player of the Match was Captain Sornnarin Tippocj, who produced 1/5 in three overs.
Nepal 77 all out (19.2 overs), Hong Kong 78/4 (16.3 overs)
Hong Kong won by 6 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
Tournament hosts Hong Kong began the tournament with a victory after a calm run-chase saw them defeat Nepal.
Nepal did not have the perfect start as they lost opening batsman Jyoti Pandey on the fourth ball.
But Nirmala Kumari Shahi (18) gave Nepal a boost, but the Hong Kong bowlers were able to limit the away team's run rate throughout the rest of the innings.
This was mainly due to the regular wickets taken, which was evidenced by the highest partnership being limited to just 16.
Nepal was all out for 77 with four balls left in the innings.
Skipper Mariko Hill, Ka-Man Chan and Sau-Har Chan each took two wickets for Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's response got off to a strong start thanks to opening batter Sze-Wan Yip's 33 runs off 39 balls.
Yasmin Daswani scored 15, while Player of the Match Mariko Hill (10) and Shanzeen Shahzad (11) finished off the chase at the 17th over.
Captain and Player of the Match Mariko Hill was extremely proud of her team's performance.
“It's a massive boost for us, it will give us a lot of confidence as we performed how we wanted,” Hill said.
“We've never played international cricket at home so to see our family and friends here means a lot.”
“We've got China tomorrow and it will be a completely different game, the outfield is so small so we will plan tonight and start again tomorrow.”