China and Thailand seem to be heading into a winner takes all showdown on the final day of the tournament after they both recorded their third wins today in Chiang Mai.

Batting first after winning the toss against Bhutan, China scored 161-5 from their 40 overs, Zhang Mei top scoring with 38. Tshering Wangmo was the pick of Bhutan's bowlers, taking 3-21.

After losing their first wicket cheaply, Bhutan managed to put on 48 for the second wicket before captain Dechen Wangmo was out for 39. That was the only partnership of any substance though, and Bhutan were bowled out for 125, Han Lili taking 4-33.

Over at the Gymkhana ground, Thailand won the toss and put Hong Kong into bat. None of Hong Kong's batsmen were able to get a start, with captain Ishitaa Gidwani top scoring with 23. Chanida Sutthiruang took 3-16 as Hong Kong were bowled out for 122.

After losing both openers cheaply, the hosts quickly recovered with a 72 run partnership for the third wicket between Pundarika Prathanmitr and Nattaya Boochatham, which ended when Prathanmitr was out for 41.

Boochatham then put on an unbroken 40 with captain Sornnarin Tippoch to help secure the six wicket win for Thailand in the 24th over.

The tournament continues tomorrow with China playing Nepal and Thailand playing Iran.


China beat Bhutan by 36 runs
Prem Oval, Chiang Mai, 15 February
China 161-5 (40 overs, Zhang Mei 38, T Wangmo 3-21)
Bhutan 125 (37.1 overs, D Wangmo 39, Han Lili 4-33)

Thailand beat Hong Kong by 6 wickets
Chiang Mai Gymkhana, 15 February
Hong Kong 122 (37.1 overs, C Sutthiruang 3-16)
Thailand 123-4 (33.2 overs, P Prathanmitr 41)