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Afghanistan's U-16s won the 2014 ACC U16 Elite League, beating Hong Kong to top the table on the final day of the tournament. Unbeaten so far, whoever won today was going to win the League and from the moment Yousaf Zazai called correctly, it was Afghanistan's day. Their players played powerful, surging cricket, the batsmen one after the other building momentum to take them to 216 off their 40 overs. Hong Kong lost a wicket to the first ball of their innings and never recovered, leg-spinner Abdul Wasi, turning the ball both ways, taking 5 for 19.

Day 5: Hong Kong Hammer Iran, Kuwait Clatter Qatar
Hong Kong's Raag Kapur hit the tournament's first century as his team set themselves up for what will be an ACC U-16 Elite League title decider against Afghanistan tomorrow. Kapur's 112 against Iran took just 104 deliveries and his partnership of 162 with his captain Jhatavedh Subramanyan (74) was full of sparkling strokes in the V.

Day 4: Afghanistan And Kuwait Power On
Afghanistan made short work of Qatar on Day 4 of the ACC U-16 Elite, winning by nine wickets at West End Park chasing 63. Had pace-bowler Aakash Manohar taken the return catch offered by Islam Hakeemzai the ball after he yorked Mohammad Hassan, Qatar would have had a chance to make some inroads into the powerful Afghanistan batting. It was not to be.

Day 3: Afghanistan Cruise, Qatar Bemuse
Afghanistan continued winning with an eight-wicket victory over Kuwait. Kuwait's top order acquitted themselves well initially before succumbing to spinner Abdul Wasi who took 7-13. Hong Kong and Qatar enjoyed a more even battle, with Qatar in range of Hong Kong's 220 with an opening partnership of 91. But it's not how well you start, it's how well you finish...
ACC Scholarships Continue For Umpires And Analysts
The ACC Scholarship program which, in recent years has seen curators from Myanmar and Thailand further their learning in Sri Lanka, and then last year had the most prominent women cricketers from the ACC region take part in Sri Lankan women's league cricket, is now extending to umpires and video analysts. Durga Nath Subedi and Raman Shiwakoti from Nepal, and Tabarak Dar from Hong Kong are among the four who will be in Sri Lanka in November along with their countries' touring teams.
China Goes East
The fourth-place finish of China's women at the Incheon Asian Games has inspired Linhai City Council in Zhejiang Province to build a cricket ground. "It will be in a school, because schools are where sports start in China," says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
Hong Kong And Nepal Tour Sri Lanka
Following a request from the ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee has approved tours by the top four Asian Associates to the island, Afghanistan, Hong Kong Nepal and the UAE. The decision has been taken, say Sri Lanka Cricket, "to support the region's Non-Test playing countries." The first ACC touring teams to Sri Lanka will be Hong Kong and Nepal in November.
Asian Games 2014: Cricket In Fine Mettle
Sri Lanka's men won cricket gold at the Incheon Asian Games, Pakistan's women doing the same. Neither team had it easy, Pakistan's women fighting back in a rain-affected final against Bangladesh, when their opponents needed just 14 runs off the last three overs, to win by 4 runs. Sri Lanka's semi-final against Bangladesh had to be abandoned because of heavy rain, Lahiru Thirimanne's side going through on the coin-toss. The following day under bright blue skies, they were made to sweat by Afghanistan before eventually winning by 68 runs, sending their fans in the capacity crowd into raptures.
Asia's Men Up For Incheon
Barring the absence of captain Mushfiqur Rahim who is getting married during the Incheon Asian Games, Bangladesh are sending close to their strongest possible side in defence of their gold medal from the previous event in Guangzhou. The squad have been match-hardened by a tour of the West Indies and will be in peak condition for Korea. As will everyone else. "A gold medal is something to treasure for one's whole life, it's an achievement for the whole country," says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam.
Malaysia Racing Their Game
Malaysia's cricketers have been training like never before as they prepare for the Incheon Asian Games and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3. "There is an amazing level of commitment from the players, and I am confident it will pay off in results on the pitch," says national coach Bilal Asad, who has been instrumental in recruiting the services of fitness trainer Sheraz Khalid from the Pakistan Cricket Board for Malaysia.
Rumesh Gets The Ball Rolling In Bhutan
Bhutan, beset by difficult cricketing weather, with limited and small playing grounds and with no turf wickets are nevertheless on the verge of an upturn in performance and fortunes. A new full-sized ground at Gelephu is in the planning stages, a new Bhutan Cricket Council Board Development Coach from Sri Lanka Shanaka Fernando has been appointed, and a fresh back of coaches has been created. "Given their limited resources Bhutan has come a fair way already, there's potential there and this new ground will definitely help them prepare better for international events," says ACC Development Officer for Bhutan Rumesh Ratnayake.
Hong Kong's Coaches Make More Coaches
Hong Kong has just completed another Level I Coaching Course this time with the most eminent group of coach educators yet. ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam, along with Hong Kong’s Director of Cricket Charlie Burke, Men's Assistant Coach Jawaid Iqbal, Women's Coach Najeeb Amar and Assistant Coach Chris Pickett as well as HKCA Development Officer Rob Lee, and National Squad Bowling Coach Simon Cook, took 31 emerging coaches through their certification process. "There is a real energy and commitment in Hong Kong for cricket and these coaches are on the first steps of what can be a productive career," says Aminul.
Asia's Women Training Hard For Incheon
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka remain overwhelming favourites for gold and silver at the women's cricket event at the Incheon Asian Games. The bronze medal is something that is a realistic target for anyone of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal and Thailand. "Once you're in the knock-out stage in T20 one short passage of play can decide a match, and given the rate of improvement of the top ACC countries, they cannot be underestimated," says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam.

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