The Asian Games women's cricket tournament got underway today in Incheon, with China and Thailand completing straightforward wins over South Korea and Malaysia respectively.

The first match of the day saw hosts South Korea make their debut in international women's cricket against China. The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first, soon finding themselves on 8-3 in the fourth over, struggling against their much more experienced opponents.

Jina Lee and Seungmin Song offered some brief resistance, putting on 25 for the fourth wicket before Xiang Ruan dismissed them both in the ninth over. China sliced through the rest of the Korean batting line up, with the last seven wickets falling for just 16 runs as they were bowled out for 49. Ruan finished with five wickets for just nine runs from her three overs.

China took 15 overs to chase down their target, but they did so with little effort and were never in any serious trouble. Zhang Mei top scored with 17 as they completed an eight wicket win.

Malaysia also chose to bat first in their match against Thailand, and like Korea earlier in the day, they struggled. Emylia Eliani was the only member of the team to reach double figures, scoring 13, as Malaysia could only manage 49-8 from their 20 overs. Nattakan Chantam was the pick of the bowlers with 4-6 from her four overs.

Thailand chased down their target with no trouble, aside from one wicket, completing a nine wicket win in 11.4 overs, with Nattakan Chantam top scoring with 16.

China and Thailand will both be back in action again tomorrow, hoping to secure their quarter final spots when they take on Hong Kong and Nepal respectively.


South Korea Women lost to China Women by 8 wickets
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 20 September
South Korea Women 49 (13.2 overs, X Ruan 5-9)
China Women 50-2 (15 overs)

Thailand Women beat Malaysia Women by 9 wickets
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 20 September
Malaysia Women 49-8 (20 overs, N Chantam 4-6)
Thailand Women 50-1 (11.4 overs)