The sixth day of the South East Asian Games saw the women's Twenty20 tournament get underway, whilst the men's 50 over tournament entered its final stages.

The first match of the day saw the start of the women's Twenty20 tournament, with Thailand taking on Indonesia. The latter team were making their debut in international women's cricket, whilst Thailand are amongst the leading associates in the women's game and the tournament favourites, so it was always likely to be something of a mismatch.

Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch won the toss and chose to bat first, and helped her team to post a substantial target. The captain shared in an 80 run partnership for the third wicket with Sirintra Saengsakaorat, who top scored with 62.

Saengsakaorat was dismissed from the first ball of the final over, and wickets were taken from the next two deliveries too, with Nannapat Koncharoenkai being run out without facing a ball. Tippoch remained unbeaten on 34 in the total of 159-5.

Indonesia's reply started badly when Chanida Sutthiruang - herself the recipient of a golden duck in the final over of Thailand's innings - bowled Ni Sakarini with the first ball. Nobody made double figures for Indonesia, and they were bowled out for just 45, losing by 114 runs. Wongpaka Liengprasert was the pick of the Thai bowlers with 3-8.

Thailand were also in action in the men's 50 over game played later in the day at the Kinrara Academy Oval, this time losing the toss in their match against Singapore, who elected to bat first. The Singapore top order found runs a little hard to come by, and were it not for an unbeaten 65 from number six Abhiraj Singh, their innings would have looked at lot less healthy.

As it was, Singapore scored 187-9 from their 50 overs, with Vichanath Singh being Thailand's leading bowler, taking 3-21.

Mulewa Dharmichand then did the business with the ball for Singapore, taking five of the Thailand top seven to finish with figures of 5-35 from his ten overs of off-spin. Thailand were bowled out for 124 to lose by 63 runs, Abhiraj Singh's 65 proving to be crucial.

Thailand's defeat means that - barring Malaysia losing their final two matches by huge margins - they will have to settle for the bronze medal. The gold medal is likely to be decided by tomorrow's match between old rivals Malaysia and Singapore. It will be a Malaysia v Singapore double header too, as the women's teams will play a Twenty20 match earlier in the day.


Thailand Women beat Indonesia Women by 114 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 22 August 2017
Thailand Women 159-5 (20 overs, S Saengsakaorat 62)
Indonesia Women 45 (18.2 overs, W Liengprasert 3-8)

Singapore beat Thailand by 63 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 22 August 2017
Singapore 187-9 (50 overs, Abhiraj Singh 65*, Vichanath Singh 3-21)
Thailand 124 (41.2 overs, M Dharmichand 5-35)