The annual East Asia Cup got underway again today in Hong Kong. After the men had their turn last year, it was the turn of the women's national teams of Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Japan to playing the Twenty20 competition.

In the opening match at Hong Kong Cricket Club, South Korea captain Seungmin Song won the toss and put Japan in to bat first. The opening pair of Miho Kanno and Mai Yanagida put on 50 in 8.4 overs before wickets began to fall, scoring 22 and 21 respectively.

Etsuko Kobayashi, who only arrived in Hong Kong at 4am ahead of a 9:30am and was playing on just two hours sleep, scored 18 at a run a ball before she was bowled by the South Korean captain. The final total for the Japanese was 110-8 from their 20 overs.

In reply, South Korea lost Sinae Kim for a duck, and soon found themselves on 14-4. Jiyeon Park and Taerang Kim then put on 50 for the fifth wicket before the latter was bowled by Etsuko Kobayashi. Kobayashi finished the innings with 4-24 from her four overs as South Korea were kept to 101-8, Japan winning by nine runs.

In the afternoon match, hosts Hong Kong batted first against China, with their opening pair of Keenu Gill and Yasmin Daswani setting the stage with a 130 run partnership in 16 overs before Gill was bowled by Zhongyuan Lyu for 35.

Daswani finished the innings unbeaten on 71, with Hong Kong's total of 161-3 also helped by the 39 extras - including 33 wides - conceded by China.

China's reply started with them losing their first four wickets for just 20 runs. Zhnag Chan and Zhongyuan Lyu put on 55 for the fifth wicket, but took the rest of the innings to do so, the partnership ending from the last ball when Lyu was run out. Chan finished unbeaten on 34.

The tournament continues tomorrow with China playing Japan in the opening match and hosts Hong Kong facing South Korea in the afternoon.


Japan Women beat South Korea Women by 9 runs
Hong Kong Cricket Club, 21 September
Japan Women 110-8 (20 overs)
South Korea Women 101-8 (20 overs, E Kobayashi 4-24)

Hong Kong Women beat China Women by 86 runs
Hong Kong Cricket Club, 21 September
Hong Kong Women 161-3 (20 overs, Y Daswani 71*, K Gill 35)
China Women 75-5 (20 overs)