South Korea have won the East Asia Cup after beating hosts Japan in the final today at the Sano International Cricket Ground.

Japan won the toss and chose to bat first, but struggled during their innings. Masaomi Kobayashi top scored with 22 as Japan were only able to score 100-7 from their 20 overs.

The visitors took their time chasing the low target, only winning by 4 wickets with one over to spare. The 16 year old Mian Siddique bowled well for the home side, taking 4-12, but it wasn't enough. Captain Jun Hyunwoo top scored for the Koreans with 26.

Earlier in the day, Hong Kong Dragons took on China in the third place play off, with the Dragons batting first after China captain Zhang Yu Fei won the toss and chose to field first.

It initially looked like another low score for the Dragons as China bowled well to keep them to 53 when the fourth wicket fell in the tenth over. But an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 75 between Anthony Marrin and Jason Lui helped the Dragons reach 128-4 from their 20 overs, Lui top scoring with 48.

Both Chinese openers were bowled for ducks by Henry Sui, and the reply never recovered from then on. Song Yangyang contributed 30, but that wasn't enough to prevent China from being bowled out for 99, losing by 29 runs.

The East Asia Cup will be played again next year as a women's tournament in Hong Kong.


Japan lost to South Korea by 4 wickets
Sano International Cricket Ground, 6 November
Japan 100-7 (20 overs)
South Korea 101-6 (19 overs, M Siddique 4-12)

Hong Kong Dragons beat China by 29 runs
Sano International Cricket Ground, 6 November
Hong Kong Dragons 128-4 (20 overs, Jason Lui 48*)
China 99 (19.3 overs, Henry Siu 3-23)