The Asian Games women's cricket competition reached the knockout stage today with the first two quarter-finals. And it was China and Sri Lanka who secured their places in the semi-finals, thus putting themselves in contention for medals.

Japan won the toss and chose to bat first in their match against China, and their innings started badly, with both openers being dismissed cheaply. The Chinese bowlers were well on top in the early going, with Japan only on 20 when the fourth wicket fell in the 11th over.

Chihiro Sakamoto top scored for Japan with an unbeaten 25 as they speeded up their run scoring in the second half of the innings. Their eventual total was 71-7. Wu Juan was the pick of the bowlers with 3-11, but credit must also go to Yu Miao, who bowled two maidens and went for just three runs from her four overs.

China took their time chasing down their target, doing so in 18.4 overs. They were never in any trouble though, winning by 7 wickets. Had it not been for the 24 runs in wides conceded by the Japanese bowlers though, the game could have been a lot closer.

China will play the winner of tomorrow's quarter-final between Pakistan and Thailand in their semi-final on Thursday. Japan will head home disappointed in their performance. After winning the bronze medal in 2010, they were hopeful of reaching the semi-finals again at the very least.

The other quarter final today saw Hong Kong come up against a much stronger opponent than the teams they played in the first round in the shape of Sri Lanka, who have retained most of the players from their World Twenty20 squad. Sri Lanka batted first and put up 149-5 from their 20 overs, Lasanthi Madushani top scoring with 43.

The relatively inexperienced Hong Kong side had trouble even getting close to that target as Sri Lanka's bowlers dominated their run chase. Keenu Gill was the only player to reach double figures, scoring 16 as Hong Kong were bowled out for 67 to lose by 82 runs.

Sri Lanka will play the winners of tomorrow's Bangladesh v Nepal quarter-final in their semi-final on Thursday. Hong Kong will be angry at themselves for failing to win a close game against China on the opening day, as a win there would have seen them play Japan in the quarter-finals instead.


China Women beat Japan Women by 7 wickets
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 23 September
Japan Women 71-7 (20 overs, Wu Juan 3-11)
China Women 72-3 (18.4 overs)

Sri Lanka Women beat Hong Kong Women by 82 runs
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 23 September
Sri Lanka Women 149-5 (20 overs, L Madushani 43)
Hong Kong Women 67 (17.2 overs, S Siriwardene 4-13)