Semi-Final 2: Malaysia v Qatar at Tudhikel

The victorious Malaysia team.

Malaysia had an easy victory over Qatar to reach their second consecutive U-19 Final.

Malaysia lost an opener for no score for the second game in a row but this time it wasn’t captain Suhan Kumar, who thumped a belligerent 55 off just 49 balls. Ariffin Ramly continued the good work with a steady 74 until he was out just before the close of the innings.

Qatar's Tamoor Sajjad.

Qatar’s spinners were treated with more respect than the seamers as ten bowlers in total were tried by their captain Qamar Sadiq.

Malaysia’s 218 always looked like it could be enough, especially once Mohammad Kasman and Manrick Singh had reduced Qatar to 28 for 4. A fifty partnership between Deon Britto and Qamar Sadiq revived Qatar somewhat but they fell steadily behind the required run-rate. Malaysia’s catching was a little better than that shown against the UAE, one effort in particular being outstanding.

Manrick Singh and Ezrafiq Azis winning matches and the hearts of a new generation in Nepal.

Malaysia eventually won by 60 runs and will play Nepal in a repeat of the 2003 U-19 Final.

Manrick Singh (Malaysia's Main Strike Bowler)

Filed November 18 2005