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ACC Archived News - December 2012

Cricket Of Secondary Interest In Myanmar
Myanmar have completed their most recent domestic cricket event, the ‘Education Ministry, ACC, MCF Joint Inter School New Recruit Cricket Tournament’ and had the children been fully-grown, no doubt the tournament name could have found room to be mentioned on their shirts. 11 Yangon schools put up teams, with five schools taking part in the Girls’ event.
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Al Amerat Rises
It’s been four years in the making and now the first game has been played on the fully turfed Al Amerat ground in Oman. “It’s a wonderful achievement by Oman Cricket,” says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander, it is pretty much a perfect pitch. For years what has held Oman back in overseas competitions is their inability to play and practice on grass. We can now expect even better performances from them.”
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ACC Rankings 2011-2012: Nepal On Top
Following the conclusion of the last tournament in the biennial ranking cycle of the ACC, the ACC Trophy Challenge, it has been possible to establish the final overall rankings for 2011 and 2012. Nepal are ranked first for the second consecutive cycle, following their triumph in ACC Trophy Elite 2012 and runners-up placings in ACC U-19 Elite 2011 and ACC U-16 Elite 2012. Malaysia and Afghanistan move up a place to second and third.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012, FINAL
Singapore v Bahrain at Prem Oval
SINGAPORE WON BY 24 RUNS
Singapore won the toss and chose to bat
Singapore: 214 for 8 off 50 overs (C.Suryawanshi 40, K.Shinde 36; Q.Saeed 3-27)
Bahrain: 190 all out off 45.4 overs (S.Yousaf 31*; A.Mahboob 5-22)
Man of the Match: Amjad Mahboob (Singapore)
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 6: Semi Final 2: Bahrain Still Too Strong For Thailand
By Richard Lockwood, Cricket Association of Thailand

Bahrain beat Thailand by 124 runs at Prem Oval in the second Semi-final of the ACC Trophy Challenge to confirm their return to the Elite Division. They will now play Singapore in the Final in what should be an exciting match.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 6: 5th/6th Playoff: Iran Cracks China
They've had some memorable matches in the past, and today's was the closest of them all. The Iran players themselves said afterwards, "China have improved a lot". In this battle between the two strong bowling teams it was Iran who just got home, by 1 wicket in the playoff for 5th place at the new Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club Cricket Ground.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 5: Semi Final 1: Singapore Return To The Elite
By Richard Lockwood, Cricket Association of Thailand

Singapore faced Qatar at Traidhos Oval in the first semi-final of the ACC Trophy Challenge and despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first in testing conditions showed enough application and class with the bat to post a total of 262 for seven which they successfully defended to win by 39 runs to reach the final and regain a place in the Elite Division.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 4: China Bulls Myanmar All Over The Shop
China and Myanmar have a cricketing rivalry going back a few years, it may be towards the lower end of the rankings tables but it is intense competition nevertheless. Myanmar had their moments, but it was China that prevailed at the sylvan Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club ground.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 4: Bahrain Pace Their Chase To Perfection
By Richard Lockwood, Cricket Association of Thailand

Bahrain defeated Qatar by six wickets to decide the winners of Group B in the ACC Trophy Challenge in what was the most competitive match of the tournament so far. Bahrain gained the ictory that would bring them a semi-final against Thailand thanks to a well-controlled chase of Qatar’s total of 234 for six. Qatar, who lost the toss and were forced to bat first, have the consolation of a semi-final against Singapore.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 3: Thailand Learn Some Valuable Lessons
By Richard Lockwood, Cricket Association of Thailand

Thailand faced Singapore at the Traidhos Oval in a match which decided the winners of Group A in the ACC Trophy Challenge. Singapore, so far the strongest team in the competition and desperate to regain their place amongst the Elite, triumphed by 162 runs and but there were still a lot of positives for the home side and the younger players will have gained vital experience before the semi-finals.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 2: Thailand Bowl Iran Over
Thailand started their campaign to climb out of the ACC Challenge Division with a dominant win over combative Iran, beating the Gulf state by six wickets at the Traidhos Oval in Chiang Mai. It was a win set up by their bowlers, and though Iran themselves came back hard at Thailand, there was enough quality batting to get the home side through.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 1: Singapore Celebrate A Special Day In Style
By Richard Lockwood, CAT

International cricket came to the lovely new ground at Royal Chiang Mai Golf and Cricket Resort and Singapore marked a royal occasion by defeating Iran by 10 wickets in Group A of the ACC Trophy Challenge.
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ACC TROPHY CHALLENGE 2012
Day 1: Qatar Slices Myanmar
One-sided, yes, but if Myanmar could have done better with the bat, Qatar wouldn't have won at all comfortably. Myanmar are better in the field, and had the most potent bowler on display. But if you only score 54 in a 50-over match, batting first....
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ACC Trophy Challenge: Ladder To The Stars
The 17 Associate and Affiliate members currently in ACC competitions (Brunei have not been participating in the 2011 and 2012 seasons) are in two divisions - Elite and Challenge. Elite is for the top 10 teams, Challenge is for the remainder. After every Challenge event, the top two go up.
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Aminul Encouraged By Malaysia And Singapore
He’s just returned from Malaysia and Singapore where he conducted Level I Courses and Aminul Islam is very encouraged by what he’s seen. “Cricket is improving in these countries because of the coaches who are coming up,” he says, “the course participants were focussed and disciplined and all the right questions were asked. The benefits are going to become apparent.”
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CAN AIDS
In its bid to promote the universal issues of HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day, the Cricket Association of Nepal staged a celebrity cricket match in Kathmandu featuring celebrities from the national motion picture and music industries. National coach Pubudu Dassanayake captained the CAN side which faced a team led by Sunil Thapa. Government ministers were in attendance as well as a fair-sized crowd in the generally light-hearted affair.
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Mahboob Shah Graces
He has been one of Pakistan’s foremost umpires and, post-retirement is an Umpiring Resource Person* for the ACC. When you look like Mahboob Shah, when you are in the presence of Mahboob Shah, it feels like a blessing’s going to come forth at any moment. And so they have, in the UAE this time. In November Mr. Shah conducted two Level I Courses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, dispensing wisdom and benedictions to a new cadre of umpiring disciples on his first visit to the UAE since 2005.
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