2006 ACC U-15 Cup (Elite Division) - BAHRAIN v U.A.E.

Bahrain’s matches in this tournament have been enthralling. Their tussle with the UAE had both teams sniffing victory at different stages over the two days.

Bahrain made most of the running after being put into bat on a Bayumas wicket where the “ball moves like a snake” during the first hour, according to Bahrain’s manager Richard Mathias. Ironically, having withstood the venom of the UAE pacemen, both of Bahrain’s openers David Mathias and Samuel Viegas fell on the cusp of the hour after a partnership of 48. Two more wickets fell soon after and at 54 for 4, there was rebuilding to be done.

Runs slowed as the UAE imposed their grip but Divyesh Nambiar and Rahul Ramuchandran eked out some precious runs with the tail chipping in to take up them up to 150. UAE, marshalled by the adroit Manish Kishore, would have been satisfied with their performance – but they are better bowlers than batsmen.

As was proved by a stormy start to the UAE innings. David Mathias ripped out the top order and at 22 for 4, UAE were struggling. Mathias’s pace and bounce was not mastered by anyone but Vignesh Rajan who had already asserted himself on proceedings with four wickets in the Bahrain innings then showed the worth of defending the good deliveries and punishing anything loose with a gutsy 43 When he was last out, UAE had reached 119. Mathias finished with 6-43 off 24 overs, bowling off-spin as he tired.

Bahrain, seeking maximum points for the victory, then made an enterprising declaration late on the final day leaving the UAE to score 107 in just under an hour.

And go for it the UAE did. Eight runs came off the first over and when the second UAE wicket fell at the end of the 6th over with the score on 41, they were still in the hunt. Two wickets fell, however, in the next over and the decision was made to bat out the draw.

With Bahrain now only three points behind leaders Afghanistan and Kuwait, Group B is wide open and Bahrain’s contest with Afghanistan at the Kinrara Oval should be an epic.

David Mathias receiving the Man of the Match award from Match Referee N. Balakrishnan

Bahrain v U.A.E. at Bayumas Oval
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Bahrain: 150 for 8 in 60 overs (V. Rajan 4-32) and 75 for 5 decl. in 27 overs
UAE: 119 in 52.2 overs (V. Rajan 43; D. Mathias 6-43) and 65 for 5 in 13 overs
Bahrain – 13 points; UAE – 6 points
Man of the Match: David Mathias (Bahrain)

Pictures courtesy of Richard Mathias

Filed May 31 2006