The Asian regional qualifier for the women's World Cups in both limited overs form continued today in Bangkok, with wins for Nepal, China and the UAE, the latter making it two wins from two matches.

The UAE played Kuwait at the Asian Institute of Technology in one of two afternoon games, choosing to bat first after winning the toss. Esha Rohit top scored for them with 41, whilst 15 year old Kavisha Egodage also chipped in with 36 as they scored 145-5 from their 20 overs.

Only the top three in the Kuwait batting order reached double figures as they were bundled out for just 59 to lose by 86 runs. Chamani Seneviratna, who played a Test for Sri Lanka back in 1998, took five wickets for just three runs, the fifth best bowling figures in women's T20Is.

Over at the Terdthai ground, Hong Kong took on China in a low scoring - but close - contest. Hong Kong's total of 86-8 owed much to Yee Shan To's 37. China were cruising in reply with four overs remaining, needing just 13 more runs to win. Huang Zhuo and Zhang Mei had put on 47 for the fifth wicket and took that partnership to 49 from the first ball of the 17th over.

But suddenly the runs dried up and the wickets began to fall. Two more runs came from the 17th, but two wickets fell, leaving China on 78-6. Two more runs and a further wicket from the 18th over, and the game was starting to swing back to Hong Kong. The 19th over went the same way, and China needed four from the last over with two wickets in hand.

Two more runs from the first two balls of the final over swung the game back to China, but Chan Ka Man then dismissed Wang Meng lbw to give China a late scare. A dot ball followed, before Zhang Xiangxue scored the two remaining runs from the penultimate delivery, securing a one wicket win with one ball to spare.

Earlier in the day on that ground, Nepal played their first match of the tournament, batting first against Malaysia. Sita Magar top scored for them with 42 as they scored 126-5 from their 20 overs. Malaysia could only manage 92-7 in reply, losing by 34 runs.

Tomorrow will be a rest day in Bangkok, with play resuming on Thursday. The UAE will look to make it three wins in three matches when they take on Malaysia, whilst Thailand will play Nepal and China take on Kuwait.


Nepal Women beat Malaysia Women by 34 runs
Terdthai Ground, Bangkok, 19 February
Nepal Women 126-5 (20 overs, S Magar 42)
Malaysia Women 92-7 (20 overs)

United Arab Emirates Women beat Kuwait Women by 86 runs
AIT Ground, Bangkok, 19 February
United Arab Emirates Women 145-5 (20 overs, E Rohit 41, K Egodage 36)
Kuwait Women 59 (16.2 overs, C Seneviratna 5-3)

China Women beat Hong Kong Women by 1 wicket
Terdthai Ground, Bangkok, 19 February
Hong Kong Women 86-8 (20 overs, Y To 37)
China Women 87-9 (19.5 overs, Y To 3-9)