HK women bid for Asian crown

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 June, 2009, 12:00am

An upbeat and confident Hong Kong squad have set their sights on winning the inaugural Asian Cricket Council Women's Twenty20 Championships, which get underway in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Captained by Neisha Pratt, the 14-strong team left yesterday intent on emulating their male counterparts, who are the ACC champions at both the senior and under-19 level.

'We have a very balanced side, with experienced and young players.' Pratt said. 'We have one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament and a strong fielding unit. If we can stay confident and focused, we are a strong contender for the title.'

A total of 12 teams will take part in this first ACC Twenty20 women's edition. The event was originally slated to be a qualifying tournament for the Asian Games in Guangzhou next year, but officials had a change of mind after a number of other teams within Asia, like Japan, were not included for this tournament.

Hong Kong will head group B alongside Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, China, Kuwait and Oman. Group A will include top seeds Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Qatar, Brunei and Iran. The top two teams in each group go into the semi-finals.

Hong Kong face two warm-up games against Malaysia and China before their first group game against the United Arab Emirates on Friday.