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2018 East Asia Cup - Final

15 September 2018

Japan and CHK Sportsroad Dragons team get into final for East Asia Cup 2018. The game starts off with Japan team bats first.

Tomoki Ota and Makato Taniyama top-scored for Japan Cricket Association, as they were bowled out for 160 - the highest score of the tournament so far. Henry Siu took 4/29, and the entire team contributed with the ball and in the field, but Japan's deep batting ensure that the CHK Sportsroad Dragons 香港體路飛龍 would have a steep mountain to climb.

The Dragons struck early - Henry Siu removing Kano LBW in the first over, and he added the wickets of Kobayashi and Kimura in an opening spell of 3/20. Japan were 31/3 in 5 overs when Ota joining Taniyama at the crease.

Together they put on 58 runs in 5 overs, batting wonderfully and hitting the ball all around the park. The partnership was broken by Siegfried Wai - bowling for the first time this tournament. He took a while to find his radar, but eventually got it right, dismissing the dangerous Taniyama for 34. Ota fell a couple of overs later, beaten by the Ka U's flight, for 42, but that didn't stop the Japanese batsmen from playing their shots. They made full use of their batting depth, and cameos Takada, Takahashi and Miyauchi took them to the highest score of the tournament yet, with 2 balls to spare. The Dragons fielded mostly well, but missed a couple of catches and had a few misfields - the exhaustion of two back to back games showing.

Detail match info can be found HERE