2006 ACC U-15 Cup (Elite Division) - SINGAPORE v KUWAIT

Starting this match, Kuwait were the fancied team but Singapore finally started playing to their strengths and a combination of tight bowling and good fielding restricted Kuwait.

Kuwait’s top-scoring batsman was all-rounder Imran Idress with 23. Gaznavi Rezza (5-33) constantly hounded the batsmen with his spin and at the end of the 59th over Kuwait were all out for 129.

Stung hard, Kuwait looked to bounce back and the very first ball of the Singaporean innings saw them lose the wicket of their captain, Timothy Singham. It was tough going all the way after that as Singapore’s batsmen could barely get the ball off the square. They were all out for 114 in the 58th over. The batsmen had constant difficulty facing up to the spin of Imran Idress (5-25) who took four of the last five wickets.

Syed Munaf (36) and Haseeb Rehman (34) saw Kuwait off to a solid start and put on 78 for the first wicket. Kuwait’s batsmen still striggled to come to terms with the conditions and were caught in two minds between defence and safety and attack and a better chance of victory. They ultimately put up a total of 131, leaving Singapore 146 runs to chase in order to win.

With 8 wickets between them, Haroon Shahid (5-21) and Imran Idress (3-27) demolished whatever hopes Singapore had of securing a win. Singapore were all out for 69.

Singapore v Kuwait at Kilat Aman
Singapore won the toss and elected to field
Kuwait: 129 all out in 59 overs (G. Rezza 5-33) and 131 for 9 in 53.2 overs
Singapore: 114 all out in 56.1 overs (I. Idress 5-25) and 69 all out in 23.1 overs (H. Shahid 5-21)
Man of the match: Imran Idress (Kuwait)

Filed June 6 2006