Women’s teams from UAE, Hong Kong & registered victories on the opening day of ICC Women’s World T20 Asia Qualifiers in Thailand.
UAE and Hong Kong had relatively easy wins in their matches against China Women & Malaysia Women respectively.
UAE and China played out a 5- overs a side match due to delayed start as rains left a wet outfield at the start of days play. When the match started, UAE women posted 40/1 in their 5 overs with Udeni Dona (19 n.o off 14) and Esha Rohit (14 off 15) almost playing the full quota of overs.
In reply, China women could muster upto 24/2 in their 5 overs with Roopa Nagraj (1/8 off 2) and Shubha Venkataraman (1/10 off 2) bowling well to restrict the scoring.
Wet outfield and slow wicket meant that Hong Kong women batting first found scoring very difficult and reached only 77/7 in their 20 overs. Jenefer Davis (29 off 36) and Natural Yip (18 off 38) saved their team the blushes as they were in serious trouble at 24/5 in the 9th over.
Zayani Syamini (4/13) and Jannadiah Halim (2/9) were the pick of the bowlers for Malaysia women. In reply, Malaysia players also found the going very tough in the conditions and Hong Kong bowlers rattled hem out for only 42 runs in 17 overs.
None of the Malaysian batters could reach double figures as Charlotte Chan (2/8) and Marina Lamplough (2/8) were supported well by Keenu Gill, Kary Chan & Mariko Hill who bagged a wicket each.
In the final match of the day, Nepal women took on the host’s, Malaysia women in their first group match. Nepal bowlers had Thailand in early trouble as they reduced them to 42/5 in 8 overs. Naruemol Chaiwai (23 n.o off 37), Sornnarin Tippoch (15 off 27) & Chanida Sutthiruang (13 n.o off 13) took the score to a respectable 90/6 from 20 overs.
Sarita Magar (2/11 off 4), Karuna Bhandari (1/14 off 4) & Nari Thapa (0/12 off 4) bowled nicely on the slow track and restricted the scoring.
Nepal women were 10/0 in their innings when rain intervened and there was no further play possible with the match ending as a no result and points shared between the teams.