Hong Kong Women have secured their first East Asia Cup title after beating Japan in today's final at Kowloon Cricket Club.

Japanese captain Mai Yanagida won the toss and chose to bat first, and she top scored for the visitors with 35 as they scored 90-4 from their 20 overs. Betty Chan bowled superbly, going for just three runs in her four overs of off-spin, taking two wickets in the process.

In reply, Hong Kong raced to 43 without loss when a brief rain shower sent the players from the field after the eighth over. Keenu Gill was bowled by Shizuka Miyaji shortly after the resumption, with Hong Kong facing a DLS adjusted target of 85 in 18 overs.

Yasmin Daswani top scored for the hosts with 31 before she was run out, and Hong Kong reached their target with 1.4 overs to spare to win by five wickets.

Last year's champions, China, played in the third place play-off against South Korea earlier in the day, and batted first after captain Li Haoye won the toss in a game that was reduced to 15 overs. They could only manage 74-6 from their quota, Seungmin Song taking 3-16.

That low total proved to be just enough though, as only two of the South Korean line-up were able to reach double figures. Tian Qi was the pick of the Chinese bowlers with 3-13 as South Korea were kept to 66-9 from their 15 overs, losing by 5 runs.


China Women beat South Korea Women by 5 runs
Kowloon Cricket Club, 24 September
China Women 74-6 (15 overs, Seungmin Song 3-16)
South Korea Women 66-9 (15 overs, T Qi 3-13)

Hong Kong Women beat Japan Women by 5 wickets (DLS)
Kowloon Cricket Club, 24 September
Japan Women 90-4 (20 overs, M Yanagida 35)
Hong Kong Women 85-5 (16.2 overs)