The play-off places may have already been decided, but there were still bragging rights heading into those matches to play for as the final day of round robin play at the East Asia Cup took place today in Sano, Japan.

In the afternoon, hosts Japan chose to bat first after winning the toss against South Korea. They scored 144-7 from their 20 overs, Wataru Miyauchi top scoring with 37. They were struggling on 97-5 at one point before a 43 run partnership between Marcus Thurgate and Jun Yamashita for the sixth wicket enabled them to post a decent score.

South Korea looked like they weren't going to get close when they were on 71-7 after the 14th over, but a 41 run partnership between Sung Dae Sik and Soochan Park helped them get close. Soochan Park and Lee Kangmin took the visitors even closer as they made 134-8 to lose by ten runs.

Earlier in the day, Hong Kong Dragons batted first after winning the toss against China, but could only manage 99-7 from their 20 overs, Xu Hao taking 4-17. In their chase, China collapsed at one point from 58-2 to 70-7, but still managed to chase their target with four balls to spare to win by 2 wickets.

Tomorrow's final day will be a repeat of today's play, with South Korea playing Japan in the final and China taking on Hong Kong Dragons in the third place play-off.


Japan beat South Korea by 10 runs
Sano International Cricket Ground, 5 November
Japan 144-7 (20 overs, W Miyauchi 37)
South Korea 134-8 (20 overs, K Wakita 4-13)

China beat Hong Kong Dragons by 2 wickets
Sano International Cricket Ground, 5 November
Hong Kong Dragons 99-7 (20 overs, Xu Hao 4-17)
China 100-8 (19.2 overs, E Ang 3-7, Li Kai Ming 3-8)