HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal clinched the third place playoff with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Hong Kong in the ACC Women’s Championship at the Gymkhana grounds in Chiang Mai today.
Asked to bat first, Hong Kong were restricted for 32-9 in 19 overs before Nepal surpassed the total losing two wickets in 7.3 overs. Opener Yip Sze Wan top scored with 12 runs in a hapless Hong Kong batting. Hong Kong were able to find just two boundaries in their entire innings, both struck by Wan in her 33-ball knock. None of the other Hong Kong batswomen could score in double figures with 10 sundries being their next best contributor to the total.
Former Nepal skipper Nary Thapa finished with an enviable figures of 3-1 in her four-over spell that included three maidens. Skipper Rubina Chhetry (2-10) claimed two while Sonu Khadka (1-8) and Karuna Bhandari (1-1) took one wicket apiece.
A day after suffering a humiliating seven-wicket loss to eventual champions Thailand where they could only post 38 runs, Nepal had an easy ride over Hong. Chasing a lowly 33-run target, Sobha Aale and Sita Rana Magar virtually sealed the match with an opening stand of 24 runs in 5.1 overs.
Sobha was first to be dismissed, bowled by Tam Shun, before Sita gave her wicket to the same bowler in 7.1 overs with Nepal needing only one run to win. Sita made 23-ball 10 and Sobha eight off 12 balls. Both hit two boundaries each. Indu Barma (four) and Sarita Barma (one) remained unbeaten. Shun finished with figures of 2-2 from 1.2 overs for Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, hosts Thailand stunned China by 17 runs in final to lift the championship trophy and qualified for the World Twenty20 Qualifier set for August, 2013 in Ireland.
Put into the bat first, Thailand scored a modest 95-6 in 25 overs with skipper Sornnarin Tippoch making unbeaten 28 runs. In reply, China were bowled out for 78 runs in 24.2 overs.
Chasing just 96 to win, a remarkable batting collapse saw China reduced to 5-5 in 4.1 overs. But middle order batswoman Huang Zhou almost pulled the game away from Thailand with her patient 78-ball knock. Zhou ran out of partners after wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Any hopes of China getting across the finish line were extinguished when Zhou was run out, the ninth wicket to fall, at 77-9.
Chanida Sutthiruang was the pick of the Thailand bowlers with 3-6 while Rattanna Sangsoma claimed 2-15.