China and Thailand have been by far the best teams in the tournament, and they won again today to ensure that their match on Tuesday will decide the winners of the tournament.

At the Prem Oval in Chiang Mai, Thailand batted first after winning the toss. They got off to a great start with the opening pair of Chanida Sutthiruang and Naruemol Chaiwai putting on 91 for the first wicket.

A mini collapse saw them lose four wickets for just 13 runs, including the wicket of Sutthiruang for 61. But captain Sornnarin Tippoch and Sirintra Saengsakaorat put on an unbroken 115 for the fifth wicket to take Thailand to a total of 219-4 from their 40 overs. Tippoch was the top scorer with 64 not out.

And it was Tippoch who did the business with the ball in the Iran innings, taking 5-13 as Iran were bowled out for just 54 runs, losing by 165 runs. Only two of the Iranian batsmen were able to reach double figures.

Over at the Gymkhana ground, China also chose to bat first after winning the toss. Their innings started badly when Sun Mengyao was trapped lbw for a duck from the second ball of the match. They scored slowly and steadily from there on and finished on 159-8 from their 40 overs.

Nepal may have fancied their chances at chasing down that target, but China kept things tight with the ball and in the field. Only three Nepalese batsmen reached double figures as they were bowled out for 90, Yu Miao and Han Lili both taking three wickets.

China will now play Thailand on Tuesday in a match that will decide the winner of the tournament. There are two matches tomorrow though, with Iran playing Bhutan and Nepal playing Hong Kong.


Thailand beat Iran by 165 runs
Prem Oval, Chiang Mai, 16 February
Thailand 219-4 (40 overs, S Tippoch 64*, C Sutthiruang 61)
Iran 54 (32.5 overs, S Tippoch 5-13, S Laomi 3-8)

China beat Nepal by 69 runs
Chiang Mai Gymkhana, 16 February
China 159-8 (40 overs)
Nepal 90 (36.1 overs, Han Lili 3-21, Yu Miao 3-22)