By Richard Lockwood

Thailand made a strong start to the ACC Women’s Championship as they beat Qatar by 10 wickets at Royal Chiang Mai Golf and Cricket Resort. The home side dismissed the opposition for just 33 and achieved victory in just 4.4 overs.

The teams were playing the afternoon match at Royals and Qatar won the toss and elected to bat.

Qatar had made a steady start against the new ball by reaching 16 in five overs and Thailand made their first bowling change with Chanida Sutthiruang introduced into the attack, but Aysha Mohammad was run out attempting a second runs by Sornnarin Tippoch.

Thailand's inspiring captain had already shown her prowess in the field and she was soon into the attack bowling her off spin. Thailand were looking for a strong performance and Sornnarin was leading from the front as she bowled Akanksha Anil and then had Rizpha Bano caught at mid on by Nattaya Boochatham. Qatar were suddenly 17 for 3.

Qatar were now struggling as they lost their fourth wicket on 18 as Huda Malik was bowled by Chanida Sutthiruang as she swiped at a straight ball.

Thailand were looking impressive in the field as Hiral Agarwal was run out by a direct hit from Narumol Chaiwai to leave Qatar on18 for five.

Qatar's sixth wicket fell on 21 as Khadija Imtiaz was caught at short extra cover by Wongpaka Liengprasert off the bowling of Chanida Sutthiruang and the innings was turning into a procession as Aaliya Chougle was bowled by Sornnarin Tippoch as Qatar were 24 for 7.

Four runs had been added to the total when Aisha Rehman tried a big hit but was caught and bowled as Sornnarin took her fourth wicket and it was soon five for the Thailand skipper as Yasmeen Gul moved back in front of her stumps and was lbw. Qatar 28 for 9 from 13 overs.

Qatar's innings was over almost before it began as Sornnarin Tippoch took the last wicket to finish with the wonderful figures of six for six as Qatar were dismssed for just 33 in 14.4 overs.

Thailand needed only 34 to win their first match of the tournament and Pundarika Prathanmitr likes to go for her shots. She didn't disappoint as she hit the first ball of the innings for four and Thailand scored eight from the first over. Nattakan Chantham has recently been promoted to open the innings and she pushed a pair of twos nicely into the gaps in the second over.

Thailand's girls have been playing against men's teams in Bangkok and Chiang Mai over the last month and have grown in confidence as a result. Pundarika was showing the benefits of tough match practice as she produced a straight drive and a cover drive which both went to the boundary.

Now it was Nattakan Chantham’s turn to show her power as she on-drove for four and Thailand were close to success at 27 for no wicket after 4 overs.

Thailand clinched victory by ten wickets as Nattakan Chantham stroked the ball through the covers for a delightful boundary. Thailand were 35 for no wicket after just 4.4 overs with Pundarika on 21 and Nattakan on 12. Thailand will meet stiffer opposition later on in the tournament but this was an encouraging start for the home side.

ACC Women’s Championship 2013
Group B: Thailand v Qatar at RCGC
Qatar won the toss and choose to bat
Qatar: 33 all out of 14.4 over (S.Tippoch 6-6)
Thailand: 35 for 0 off 4.4 overs
Player of the match: Sornnarin Tippoch (Thailand)

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Filed January 23rd, 2013