By Richard Lockwood

It was a historic day for Cricket in Thailand as their women’s team beat China by 17 runs in the final of the ACC Women’s Championship to lift a prestigious trophy and also to win the chance of taking part in a competition held in Ireland that will decide the qualifiers for the next Women’s World Twenty20.

At the start of the day this all seemed highly unlikely as an overnight storm had swept across Chiang Mai but the match was moved from Prem Oval to the new ground at Royal Chiang Mai and this proved to be a fitting stage for a triumphant day for Thailand with a large and enthusiastic crowd in attendance.

Thailand were asked to bat first and were struggling against a testing Chinese bowling attack when captain Sornnarin Tippoch was joined by Chanida Sutthiruang and a precarious position of 46 for five was converted into a more than useful total of 95 for six. Sornnarin made an unbeaten 28 and Chanida contributed 17 to a partnership of 40 in six overs.

Chanida then dismissed both openers in her first over and China were 0 for 2 and then 5 for 5. The Chinese were unbeaten so far in the tournament with six wins out of six but they were now surely heading for defeat. Huang Zhuo did her best until she was out for 30 in the last over but Thailand were able to secure victory by 17 runs as China were bowled out for 78 in 24.4 overs.

The presentations were a joyous occasion as Sornnarin Tippoch lifted the trophy and also won the player of the tournament award for 13 wickets and 186 runs as well as becoming the first player to score a century in ACC women’s cricket. Chanida Sutthiruang was named player of the match for her 17 and 3 for 6 and was also bowler of the tournament with 18 wickets, while China’s Zhang Mei was made batter of the tournament with 269 runs. Iran won the Spirit of Cricket Award for their contribution on and off the field to a memorable competition that will be long remembered in Thailand.

Nepal finished in third place after beating Hong Kong by eight wickets at Gymkhana Club.

ACC Women’s Championship 2013
Final: Thailand v China at RCGC
China won the toss and elected to field
Thailand: 95 for 6 off 25 overs (S.Tippoch 28*)
China: 78 all out off 24.4 overs (H.Zhuo 30; C.Sutthiruang 3-6)
Player of the Final: Chanida Sutthiruang (Thailand)

Spirit of Cricket Award: Iran
Bowler of the Tournament: Channida Sutthiruang (Thailand)
Batter of the Tournament: Zhang Mei (China)
Player of the Tournament: Sornnarin Tippoch (Thailand)

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Filed January 31st, 2013