The Asian Women's Qualifier kicked off today in Thailand with six of the seven participating teams in action in Bangkok. All matches are full T20Is, and the winners will progress to both the T20 and ODI World Cup Qualifier.

Two matches took place in the morning session, though the match between the hosts and China was reduced by rain to an 8 over contest. The visitors were put into bat and were only able to manage 32 from their 8 overs as the Thai bowlers dominated, taking seven wickets. Three each were taken by Chanida Sutthiruang and Suleeporn Laomi for three and four runs respectively.

The chase for the home team was a little closer than they would have liked. Needing five from the last over, it required Chanida Sutthiruang to hit the penultimate delivery for four to secure a six wicket win.

The other match of the morning was unaffected by the rain, with Malaysia batting first after being put in by Kuwait captain Maryam Omar. A 66 run third wicket partnership between Siow Tzin Yee and Mas Elysa was the key for the Malaysians as they scored 139-3 from their 20 overs. Yee top scored with an unbeaten 42, whilst Elysa scored 33.

Malaysia used eight bowlers in the Kuwait reply, bowling them out for 76 with one player absent hurt. Mas Elysa completed a fine all-round performance by taking 3-9.

The afternoon game between the UAE and Hong Kong saw the UAE batting first and scoring 106-8 from their 20 overs. Esha Rohit top scored for them with 19. Hong Kong in reply managed just 85-8 from their 20 overs, losing by 21 runs.

Nepal will play their first match tomorrow, taking on Malaysia. China will come up against Hong Kong, whilst Kuwait will play the UAE.


Thailand Women beat China Women by 6 wickets
Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok, 18 February
China Women 32-7 (8 overs, C Sutthiruang 3-3, S Laomi 3-4)
Thailand Women 35-4 (7.5 overs)

Malaysia Women beat Kuwait Women by 63 runs
AIT Ground, Bangkok, 18 February
Malaysia Women 139-3 (20 overs, Siow Tzin Yee 42*)
Kuwait Women 76 (18.3 overs, Mas Elysa 3-9)

United Arab Emirates Women beat Hong Kong Women by 21 runs
AIT Ground, Bangkok, 18 February
United Arab Emirates Women 106-8 (20 overs)
Hong Kong Women 85-8 (20 overs)