Nepal and Hong Kong today secured their place in the quarter final of the women's cricket tournament at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Nepal played Malaysia in the day's first match, and were put into bat by Malaysian captain Winifred Duraisingam. They found run scoring difficult, but did manage to keep wickets in hand. Mamta Chaudhary and Sarita Magar put on an unbroken 38 for the fourth wicket to take the total to 88-3 from their 20 overs. Nepal were given a helping hand by the Malaysian bowlers, who gave up 26 extras, including 20 wides.

If Malaysia were confident in chasing down that low score, they were sadly mistaken. The Nepali bowling attack tore through the Malaysia batting line-up, only allowing Christina Baret to to reach double figures. Karuna Bhandari was the pick of Nepal's bowlers, taking 4-6 as Malaysia were bowled out for 42, losing by 46 runs.

Nepal now have tomorrow off before taking on Bangladesh in their quarter final on Wednesday. For Malaysia's women, their tournament is over, but their men's side will be in action next week.

The other match of the day was also a low scoring contest, with Hong Kong batting first against the hosts after winning the toss. Hong Kong started their innings with a 53 run partnership between openers Sze Wan Yip and Keenu Gill, which ended when the former was run out for 17.

Gill stayed in to score 33 before she too was run out, one of five run outs in the Hong Kong innings, with South Korea showing some fine fielding ability. Hong Kong scored 92-6 from their 20 overs.

Like Malaysia in the day's opening match, South Korea struggled in reply, with both openers gone within the first eight deliveries. Jeongyoon Kim was the only player to reach double figures, scoring 20 as her team were bundled out for 57, losing by 35 runs. Godiva Li was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-6.

Hong Kong will now have the unenviable task of playing Sri Lanka in their quarter final tomorrow. China will play Japan in the day's other match. The Koreans will have known this was always going to be a tough task, these being the first matches played by their women's team against much more experienced opponents. The key will be to build on this start. The Korean government losing interest, along with ICC cutbacks - and a distinct lack of interest in teams down the pecking order actually playing - may make that difficult.


Nepal Women beat Malaysia Women by 46 runs
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 22 September
Nepal Women 88-3 (20 overs)
Malaysia Women 42 (14.5 overs, Karuna Bhandari 4-6)

South Korea Women lost to Hong Kong Women by 35 runs
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 22 September
Hong Kong Women 92-6 (20 overs)
South Korea Women 57 (15.5 overs, G Li 3-6)