The ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024 is a pathway tournament for the second-string Asian teams for the Women’s Asia Cup 2024, which got underway on the 10th of February 2024 in Malaysia.
Featuring sixteen teams, the tournament is essential in providing a platform for players of these teams to carve a name for themselves and shine on a global stage. Day 1 featured some interesting encounters, throwing up a myriad of results.
Here’s how Day 1 unfolded of ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024:
Malaysia vs Thailand- Thailand won by 10 Wickets
In the low-scoring Malaysia versus Thailand match, Thailand registered a comprehensive ten-wicket win at Kuala Lumpur. Batting first, Malaysia was skittled for 32 as Thailand was supreme with the ball with Chanida Sutthiruang scalping three wickets, and Onnicha Kamchomphu pocketing two wickets.
In the subsequent run-chase, Thailand had Nannapat Koncharoenkai top score with a knock of 21 and skipper Naruemol Chaiwai chipped in with 8 to wrap up the match in 4.4 overs.
Singapore vs Kuwait- Kuwait won by 10 Wickets
Kuwait sailed to a 10-wicket win versus Singapore at Kuala Lumpur. Scoring a dismal 89/6 in their first essay, Singapore had a collective batting failure that saw none of their batters score barring GK Diviya who stood out with a knock of 38. Mariamma Hyder was incisive with the ball scalping three wickets with Maria Jasvi playing excellent support with two wickets.
Kuwait chased down the total in 13.4 overs as Priyada Murali’s 29 coupled with a calm and composed knock of 49 from Zeefa Jilani ensured a scintillating win.
United Arab Emirates vs China- UAE won by 121 Runs
In the UAE versus China encounter, the UAE pulled off a massive 121-run victory at Bangi. Batting first, skipper Esha Oza and Kavisha Egodage stitched a 68-run partnership.
With Oza falling for 36, it was the unbeaten knock of 69 from Egodage and a counter-attacking 37 off 29, UAE ended up with 155/1 in 20 overs.
China, in return, was skittled for 34 as Egodage scalped three wickets, Samaira Dharnidharka and Suraksha Kotte took two wickets, with Heena Hotchandani and Vaishnave Mahesh rounding up the rest of the Chinese batting with a wicket apiece sealing a 121 run win.
Japan vs Oman- Japan won by 14 Runs
Japan kickstarted their campaign with a narrow 14-run victory against Oman. Batting first, Japan posted 130/4 with knocks of 44 by Hinase Goti and 64 by Mai Yanagida driving them to a big total.
In the run-chase that ensued, Nitya Joshi and Javed Hina scored knocks of 43 and 24, but with the rest of the batting not capitalising, Japan pulled off a major upset and ran home with a 14-run win.
Indonesia vs Malaysia- Malaysia won by 6 Wickets
In the low-scoring affair, Malaysia romped to a six-wicket win versus Indonesia at Kuala Lumpur.
Indonesia limped to 80/7 as the opening duo of Ni Putu Ayu Nanda Sakarini and Ni Luh Dewi were the only recognised batters to get to double-digit scores. Ainna Hamizah Hashim and Mas Elysa were clinical with the ball to restrict Indonesia.
The run-chase for Malaysia had its fair share of ups and downs but the knocks of 35 from Mas Elysa and 24 from Mahirah Izzati Ismail ensured a win in 17.5 overs.
Bahrain vs Qatar- Qatar won by 7 Wickets
Qatar cruises to a seven-wicket win versus Bahrain at Kuala Lumpur. Bahrain slumped to a first innings total of 61 in what was a disastrous batting outing. Qatar had Sabeeja Panayan with four wickets, Saachi Dhadwal scalped two wickets with Aysha, Angeline Mare and Sudha Thapa with one wicket each.
Qatar had skipper Aysha headline the run-chase with a knock of 27 with Angeline Mare’s 11, Saachi Dhadwal’s 5, Shrutiben Rana’s and Sabeeja Panayan’s 7 each ensuring an easy win by seven wickets.
Hong Kong vs Nepal- Nepal Won by 8 Wickets
In the much-anticipated encounter that featured Hong Kong and Nepal, a comprehensive eight-wicket win was secured by Nepal in Kuala Lumpur.
Hing Kong had a sub-par batting effort scoring only 93/8 in their 20 overs with contributions of 21 from skipper Kary Chan and a late blitz from Yasmin Daswani and Maryam Bibi salvaging the batting. Puja Mahato and Rubina Chhetry scalped two wickets each to restrict Hong Kong. Nepal had a memorable outing with the bat as Sita Rana Magar and skipper Indu Barma led from the front with knocks of 26 and 40 respectively to seal an easy eight-wicket win.
Bhutan vs Maldives- Bhutan won by 94 Runs
Bhutan cemented a critical 94-run win versus Maldives at Kuala Lumpur. In the first essay batting, Bhutan had Karma Dema and skipper Dechen Wangmo score 16 and 36 respectively with 32 extras from Maldives making headlines that ensured a total of 124.8 in the 20 overs. Nabaa Naseem, Latsha Haleemath, and Aishath Meesa Rameez were instrumental in their wicket tally.
In the run-chase that followed besides skipper, Sumayya Abdul’s laboured 56 balls 15 none of the other batters came to the party that saw Bhutan seal a memorable 94-run win.