China will be the sole non-full member representative in the Asian Games women's cricket semi-finals after Thailand and Nepal lost to Pakistan and Bangladesh in their quarter-finals today.

Thailand won the toss against Pakistan and chose to put them into bat in a game reduced to 14 overs after rain delayed the start. They initially had Pakistan on the ropes with both openers out within the first two overs with the score on 11. Pakistan's class showed after that start though, with the recovery led by Nain Abidi.

Abidi shared in a 31 run partnership for the third wicket with Bismah Mahroof before putting on 45 for the fourth wicket with Qanita Jalil. Abidi scored 40 before she was run out in the final over of the innings, helping Pakistan post 97-5 from their 14 overs.

Thailand struggled in reply, with the Pakistani bowlers well on top of the game. They did manage to bat out their overs, but could only score 46-7 and lost by 51 runs. Nattaya Boochatham was the only player to reach double figures.

Pakistan will now meet China in their semi-final tomorrow. Thailand have opted not to enter a men's team in the tournament, so for them their Asian Games cricket is over.

Bangladesh's win over Nepal in the second quarter-final was even more comprehensive. Put into bat, Bangladesh made 107-7 from their 20 overs, with Ayasha Rahman top scoring with an unbeaten 51.

Against their much more experienced opponents, Nepal's batting line-up offered very little resistance. They were bowled out for just 26 with no one reaching double figures. The total would look even worse were it not for the 10 wides bowled by Bangladesh. All the Bangladeshi bowlers bowled well, with Rumana Ahmed and Salma Khatun both taking wickets, the latter conceding just one run.

Bangladesh will now take on Sri Lanka in tomorrow's semi-final. Nepal's cricket fans will look to their men - considered to be medal contenders - with their first match coming on Saturday against Kuwait.


Pakistan Women beat Thailand Women by 51 runs
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 24 September
Pakistan Women 97-5 (14 overs, Nain Abidi 40)
Thailand Women 46-7 (14 overs)

Bangladesh Women beat Nepal Women by 81 runs
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 24 September
Bangladesh Women 107-4 (20 overs, Ayasha Rahman 51*)
Nepal Women 26 (15.3 overs, Salma Khatun 3-1, Rumana Ahmed 3-4)