14 all out: China cricket hopes stumped by record T20 loss

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

BANGKOK: Cricket’s gov­ern­ing body has long dreamed of spread­ing the game to China, but the lat­est per­for­mance by its women’s team is un­likely to in­spire many in the world’s most pop­u­lous na­tion to take up the bat and ball.

China were skit­tled out for just 14 runs at a tour­na­ment in Bangkok on Sun­day – the low­est ever score in a Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional match, for men or women.

In re­ply to the United Arab Emi­rates’ mas­sive 203 for 3, China were bowled out in un­der an hour and with 10 overs to spare at the Thai­land T20 Smash.

Hin Li li led their f leet­ing re­sis­tance to the UAE’s un­spar­ing at­tack, top-scor­ing with four.

The Thai land T20 Smash in­cludes fel low cricket ing un­der­dogs Malaysia, In­done­sia and Myan­mar.

It is not the first em­bar­rass­ment to be­fall Chi­nese cricket against Asian nat ions who Bei­jing dom­i­nates in eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal terms, but strug­gles to match on the wicket.

In Oc­to­ber last year, China’s men made a dis­mal 26 against Nepal at a World Twenty20 qual­i­fier, a to­tal bested in just 11 balls. China is a new­comer to world cricket, hav­ing fielded its first in­ter­na­tional team at the 2010 Asian Games.

Its women’s team is ranked 25th of 47 coun­tries play­ing women’s T20, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil web­site.

China’s men and women play mainly low- rank­ing T20 events against re­gional Asian sides, most of whom are also min­nows on the global crick­et­ing stage.

The ICC has pre­vi­ously de­scribed China as a “strate­gic pri­or­ity”, and said it is work­ing with the China Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on ways to “achieve sus­tain­able growth in one of the most com­plex and com­pet­i­tive sports mar­kets in the world”. — AFP She was on the wrong side of the ledger when Ame r i c a n Lind­say Daven­port beat her 6- 0, 6- 0 at In­dian Wells in 2005. — AFP

Oman’s de­fender Saad Al Mukhani (left) fights for the ball with Ja­pan’s mid­fielder Genki Haraguchi (third right) dur­ing the AFC Asian Cup group F match be­tween Oman and Ja­pan at Hazza bin Zayed Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi. — AFP photo

Maria Shara­pova

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