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Malaysia’s Sukri bowling against the UAE

The final round of matches in the preliminary stage of the U-15 Cup saw two excellent matches. Singapore and Malaysia took on Kuwait and the UAE respectively, with the teams from the tropics beating the desert nations.

Both matches were closely fought and may well go the other way should the teams meet in the latter stages, but there was no denying that it is likely one, if not two, of these four teams will be playing in the tournament Final.

Singapore’s all-round bowling strength proved decisive in their encounter as, having posted an eminently gettable score of 138, their bowlers bowled Kuwait out within 25 overs to win by 43 runs. Little Ian Wee Keng bowling with fire, bagged four of the first five wickets.

In the other match, the highly-fancied UAE team lost a tense battle with Malaysia, as the all-round strength of the Malaysians prevailed. Malaysia’s fielding was superb, as they forced four run outs and took some excellent catches. UAE were dismissed for just 117. Malaysia’s batsmen then dug in, eschewing the risky shots and playing the percentage game as they won by four wickets with five overs to spare.

In the quarter-finals, to take place on the 19th , Malaysia will take on Kuwait, Singapore play UAE, Hong Kong play Afghanistan and Nepal play Bahrain.

Match Results

Filed April 18 2005