08 Mar 2018

Women's ASEAN T20 Cup Day 1 and 2

Hong Kong v Bhutan

With the Hong Kong Women's team going into the ASEAN T20 Cup in Thailand, they were looking to start off with a win against Bhutan. Bhutan won the toss and elected to bat first. Hong Kong were able to restrict Bhutan to 88 runs. Captain Mariko Hill bowled very well and ended off with figures: 3 wickets for 7 runs after 4 overs.


Hong Kong were confident of reaching the target of 89 runs but the loss of Shanzeen Shahzad early in the innings, was not an ideal start. Kary Chan settled Hong Kong scoring 15 runs in the middle overs but had a unfortunate run out. Overall all the girls struggled against the spin bowlers of Bhutan and were only able to get up to 79 runs with the loss of 9 wickets.


Team Coach Richard Waite comments "Besides the disappointing outcome there are a lot of positives to take from the game, particularly from the young debutants Maryam Bibi, Alison Siu, and Mehreen Yousaf."


Hong Kong v Indonesia

For the second game Hong Kong faced Indonesia who won the toss and elected to bowl first on a hot and humid Bangkok morning. Hong Kong openers Shanzeen Shahzad and Yasmin Daswani took on the new ball pair of Ni Sariani and Netty Sitopul. A few balls into the second over, Shanzeen Shahzad was caught in first slip and had to depart, Mariko Hill was next in, Indonesia looked to nullify Hill’s straight hitting power by moving fielders deep. However, after a tough PowerPlay on a slow wicket, Hong Kong only reached 25-2 when Hill was caught in extra cover. Having the wickets of Emma Lai and Bella Poon fall quickly after each other Kary Chan looked confident to score runs. Yasmin Daswani and Kary Chan built a good partnership playing very positive they did this by frequently rotating the strike. After the dismissal of Yasmin Daswani, the rest of the wickets fell quickly after that, resulting in Hong Kong ending on 67 for 9 wickets.


Hong Kong was then sent to field and defend 67. Hong Kong got early wickets in the powerplay but Indonesia built a good partnership after those 2 losses. Maryam Bibi bowled very well and showed good character, seen as this was only her second game for Hong Kong.

"Having the opportunity to test these new players will give us an understanding of their progress and see how they handle games at this level." Waite said.

Once the two partnerships in the middle were broken wickets fell soon after each other for Indonesia, unfortunately it was not enough for Hong Kong and Indonesia reached the target in the 15th over with 2 wickets in hand.


"The squad is relatively inexperienced for this level, I believe this is a team that will grow with confidence the more games we play.” Mariko Hill said.

To finish Richard wait stated, "We have proven that we are capable of putting in performances with the ball, but it is our batting that needs to improve. The players need to have the confidence in the preparation that they have done and execute that during the games."

Hong Kong will have a rest day and then face Thailand on Friday the 9th of March. 

Live score here: http://www.cricketthailand.org/mc-acc-t20-asean-women-open-2018/

By: Esther Corder