After a women's tournament where all medals went to full members, a men's tournament where an associate (or affiliate) side is guaranteed at least a silver medal started today in Incheon, Korea.

The first match of the day saw hosts South Korea, with much of their team being converted baseball players, batted first after losing the toss against Malaysia. They started reasonably well, with the opening pair of Sunghoon Cho and Ilhwan Seo putting on 32 in 8.5 overs.

The wheels soon came off though, and they soon found themselves on 41-5 as the Malaysian bowlers got on top of the game. Korea did manage to bat out their overs, scoring 71-8. Faruq Hakimin, playing for Malaysia for the first time in almost two years, was the pick of the bowlers with 3-13.

Malaysia wasted little time chasing down that total, reaching their target in 11.5 overs to win by 8 wickets. Suhan Alagaratnam top scored with 35.

Malaysia will look to secure their place in the quarter finals when they take on China tomorrow. Korea's next match will be against China on Monday.

The second match of the day saw Nepal take on Kuwait. Given that most of the team only arrived at 7am this morning after an overnight flight, they'd have been forgiven for taking their time in this match. Instead, they got things over with quickly, with the match concluding in less time than was allocated for the first innings.

Kuwait, fielding a team consisting entirely of Kuwaiti citizens for the first time, won the toss and chose to bat first. Nepal, bringing back memories of the match in 2006 when they bowled Burma out for 10, managed to bowl Kuwait out for just 20. Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi both took three wickets, going for four and one run respectively.

Kuwait did manage to take one Nepali wicket, but Nepal still won the game in rapid fashion, scoring their runs in 2.5 overs to win by nine wickets.

Nepal will take on the Maldives in tomorrow's match, with a win securing a quarter final against Afghanistan. Kuwait will have a day to pick themselves up before they play the Maldives on Monday.


South Korea lost to Malaysia by 8 wickets
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 27 September
South Korea 71-8 (20 overs, Faruq Hakimin 3-13)
Malaysia 72-2 (11.5 overs, Suhan Alagaratnman 35)

Nepal beat Kuwait by 9 wickets
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon, 27 September
Kuwait 20 (13.2 overs, B Regmi 3-1, S Kami 3-4)
Nepal 21-1 (2.5 overs)