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On another day when captains winning the toss had no hesitation in inserting the opposition, Singapore finally had something to show for their efforts, notching their first win of the ACC U-16 Premier with a thunderous 10-wicket victory over Bahrain at the Kinrara Oval. Nepal, after not having it easy with the bat, showed their bowling strength, spinners to the fore, in beating Oman by 102 runs. Home team Malaysia were made to work harder than they expected by a doughty Thailand side, before coming through by five wickets.

Singapore's win was set up by their pacemen Brigu Iyer and Ariman Uchil who had Bahrain at 10 for 4 in the 10th over. Bahrain's middle-order batsman, wicket-keeper captain Bharat Srinivasan withstood the surge with a counterattacking 37 off 45 deliveries, (three 4s, three 6s) but once he fell slicing a drive, the coup de grace was applied by off-spinner Rohan Rangarajan who took three wickets to polish off the tail. In reply, conscious of needing to win and win quickly if net run-rate comes in to play in these rain-filled days, Singapore knocked off the 69 runs they required for victory in 51 deliveries with no loss, Rangarajan finishing on 48* off 37 deliveries, with eight sweetly timed boundaries.

Thailand's top-order notched runs steadily at the Selangor Turf Club against a striving Malaysian attack, the third-wicket stand being worth 38-runs, but once the spinners found their line and length, the Thai batsmen struggled for momentum. Nevertheless, finishing on 87 for 8 after 40 overs was a minor triumph. In reply, Malaysia's batsmen were made to work hard, Thailand's bowling less erratic than on previous days and with some good catches taken, pressure was applied. Malaysia's batsmen just had a bit more power and game sense than their opponents and were able to close out the game inside 19 overs.

Nepal's batsmen didn't find it easy against an Oman attack capable of bowling some fine deliveries and the innings had to be regularly repaired. Jitendra Singh held things together in the middle order with 32* and Nepal's 164 was gettable on a good batting strip. As good as they are as batsmen, however, Nepal's youngsters have shown themselves to be even better bowlers. Oman's openers had their moments of good fortune against the new ball bowlers but once the spinners came on, it was Nepal's match all the way. The first Oman wicket fell to off-spinner Jitendra Singh at the end of the 17th over with the score on 49, the next nine fell for just 15 more runs, Jitendra taking three of them, little slow left-armer Anil Kharel six.

Nepal remain top of the table, with the next round of matches to be played on Monday.

Bahrain v Singapore at Kinrara
Singapore won the toss and elected to field
Bahrain: 66 all out off 25.3 overs (B.Srinivasan 37; A.Gopinath 3-11, R.Rangarajan 3-2)
Singapore: 69 for 0 off 8.3 overs (R.Rangarajan 48*)
Man of the Match: Rohan Rangarajan (Singapore)

Malaysia v Thailand at Selangor Turf Club
Malaysia won the toss and elected to field
Thailand: 87 for 8 off 40 overs (V.Singh 3-15)
Malaysia: 89 for 5 off 18.2 overs
Man of the Match: Virandeep Singh (Malaysia)

Nepal v Oman at Royal Selangor Club
Oman won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 164 all out off 40 overs (J.Singh 32*; I.Joseph 3-30)
Oman: 62 all out off 29 overs (A.Kharel 6-16, J.Singh 4-4)
Man of the Match: Anil Kharel (Nepal)

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Photos by Peter Lim

Filed August 17th, 2014

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