By Richard Lockwood

China and Thailand came face to face in the ACC Women’s Championship in the final round of group matches with both teams boasting impressive records of four wins in four matches, but it was China who came out on top by recording victory by 47 runs at Prem Oval in Chiang Mai.

All is not lost for Thailand as they had already qualified for the semi-finals and two more wins would still bring them the title but China showed they were an extremely strong side as they easily defended a total of 118. The home side could be pleased with their performance in the field as they took a series of stunning catches, three of them by Nattaya Boochatham and two by Sornnarin Tippoch, but the batting was rather disappointing as only the captain reached double figures as she produced another composed innings of 28 in 41 balls.

Thailand were dismissed for 71 in 19 overs as the three impressive Chinese spinners claimed two wickets apiece to back up the efforts of captain Wang Meng who is probably the fastest bowler in the competition.

Nepal also kept up their unbeaten record as they beat Hong Kong by six wickets to win Group A. Hong Kong had started confidently with the bat but collapsed from 23 for no wicket to 54 all out and Nary Thapa, who had already taken three wickets, was able to guide Nepal to victory from a perilous position of six for three.

Nepal are also a strong all-round side and so Thailand will now face another stern test in the first semi-final while China will meet Hong Kong in the second semi-final. Both matches will be played at Prem Oval on 30th January.

Bhutan finished third in Group A after beating UAE by seven wickets after bowling them out for 67 at Royal Chiang Mai and Iran gained their third consecutive win to come third in Group B as opener Roya Kaheni again saw them home to victory against Singapore.

Qatar saved their best for last by beating Kuwait by five wickets at Gymkhana to gain their first win in the competition and to finish fourth in Group B. Malaysia and UAE still have to face each other in the last of the group matches to decide who finishes third and fourth in Group A.


Nepal beat Hong Kong by six wickets
Bhutan beat UAE by seven wickets
Qatar beat Kuwait by five wickets
China beat Thailand by 47 runs
Iran beat Singapore by six wickets

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Filed January 28th, 2013