On a morning that was humid, the turf lush and heavy following hours of heavy rain that forced the abandonment of games after lunch the day before, the captains who won the toss on Day 2 of the ACC U-16 Premier had no hesitation in asking the opposition to bat. Singapore's seamers given first use of the conditions at the Kinrara Oval, capitalised to have Nepal 13 for 4 inside the seventh over. Brigu Iyer and Aryaman Uchil (3-19) bowling with pace on and around off-stump, Uchil bowling with two slips and a gully. As soon as the new-ball bowlers came off, Singapore stopped attacking and singles were there for the taking. A steady 78-run partnership between Nepal captain Sumit Maharjan (41 off 73, six 4s) and Pranit Thapa (32 off 48, five 4s) wrested the initiative back from Singapore and the later batsmen took Nepal's score to 143 for 8 in their 40 overs.

Singapore's openers after being put in to bat were looking comfortable in a 33-run stand before Nepal's off-spinner Pawan Sarraf came on and a loose drive off to cover opened the gates for Nepal's bowlers to run through the Singapore batting. Two more wickets fell for seven more runs, and then four wickets fell after the score reached 60 for the addition of just six runs, Jitendra Singh (3-15) again in the wickets along with Man of the Match Pawan. Aryaman Uchil was last man out for 23 with the score on 95 but Singapore had been outbowled, outbatted and outfielded for all but a dozen overs all match.

At the Selangor Turf Club home side Malaysia made up for their game the previous day against Oman being called off when they were in a winning position with a five-wicket win against Bahrain. Bahrain were indebted to hard-hitting opener Ivan Joseph (42 off 63, five 4s, two 6s), the only batsman to reach double figures against a threatening but erratic Malaysian attack for whom left-arm spinner and captain Virandeep Singh shone with 3 for 17. Bahrain were dismissed for 117 inside the 34th over. Bahrain struck early to dismiss Virandeep Singh in the first over over of Malaysia's innings but some enterprising batting from the rest of the batsmen took Malaysia home in the 28th over for the loss of just five wickets.

In the game between Bahrain and Thailand at the Royal Selangor Club, Thailand looked like they could post a challenging score with their openers Sirapop Payat and Sakchai Prakae playing comfortably in putting on a partnership of 25. However once they were dismissed, only specialist batsman Kiatiwut Suttisan reached double figures as the Thais were dismissed for 78 in the 35th over. Left-arm-spinner Lakshman reeling off five maidens in his seven overs, taking 3 for 8. Thailand's bowlers made the Bahraini boys work hard for their victory, with a sharp run-out and with two further wickets falling to have Bahrain at 48 for 3. However opener Abdul Ahad (22* off 58 balls) and Avais Choudhry held firm to take Bahrain to their target with no further loss at the start of the 20th over.

Nepal v Singapore at Kinrara
Singapore won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 143 for 8 off 40 overs (S.Maharjan 41, P.Thapa 32; A.Uchil 3-19)
Singapore: 94 all out off 35.2 overs (P.Sharraf 4-12, J.Singh 3-15)
Man of the Match: Pawan Sharraf (Nepal)

Malaysia v Oman at Selangor Turf Club
Malaysia won the toss and elected to field
Oman: 117 all out off 33.2 overs (I.Joseph 42; V.Singh 3-17)
Malaysia: 120 for 5 off 27.2 overs (M.Ikhwan 31)
Man of the Match: Virandeep Singh (Malaysia)

Bahrain v Thailand at Royal Selangor Club
Bahrain won the toss and elected to field
Thailand: 78 all out off 34.4 overs
Bahrain: 79 for 3 off 19.1 overs
Man of the Match: Lakshman (Bahrain)

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Photos by Peter Lim

Filed August 15th, 2014