Bhutan woman tasted success in their first outing in international cricket when the Under-19 side beat Singapore by 14 runs in the Asian Cricket Council's inaugural U-19 tournament at the Chiang Mail Gymkhana in Thailand. Bhutan's 101 was the highest total of the opening day which featured three other matches. However it was a score boosted by 48 extras conceded by Singapore, with Ugyen Dema top scoring for Bhutan with 17.
Nepal, who reached the ACC women's tournament final last year, easily overhauled Malaysia's 51 with seven wickets to spare at the Prem Oval. Keshari Chaudhari was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 8 off her five overs.
UAE could not match Hong Kong and were skittled out for 60 with medium-pacer Keenu Gill getting incredible figures of 5 for 3 at the Prem Oval. After losing fast bowler Godiva Li to a hamstring injury early in the game, Hong Kong's attack rallied around their captain Gill and kept the pressure on UAE with their disciplined bowling. Natasha Cherriath's 29 was UAE's top score in an innings where six batsmen registered ducks. After tearing through UAE's line-up, Gill returned to smash 28 off 22 balls to take Hong Kong to an eight-wicket win. Hong Kong's manager Angela Kwan was impressed by the way the players responded after Godiva's injury. There were two difficult starts for us when we batted and bowled but we came back well and it's been a very good start by us," Kwan was quoted as saying on the ACC website.
Siwaporn Kosathong's unbeaten 33 took hosts Thailand to a five-wicket win over Qatar at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana. Piraorn Kamla took 3 for 17 to bowl out Qatar for 74, a total that included 32 extras. There were some nervous moments in the chase when Rishika Reddy reduced Thailand to 19 for 3 but Kosathong stayed calm and added useful partnerships with Nathakan Chantham and Naruemol Chawai to take Thailand to victory.