Malaysia and Nepal came through their latest matches in the ACC U--16 Premier, remaining undefeated with just one more game to play. They meet on Wednesday in the last round of games, and the winner of their match will lift the trophy. It was the same scenario two years ago, that time Malaysia coming through by one wicket in the last over. Oman recorded their first victory of the tournament too, downing Thailand at the Kinrara Oval.

Malaysia had their most difficult game of the tournament so far, clawing Singapore back from 117 for 3 in the 20th over, to have them all out just 33 balls and ten runs later. Spinners Shahriel (4-8), Haziq and Virandeep combining, along with some excellent fielding to get Malaysia right back into the game. Malaysia then had to withstand the pace attack of the tournament's most potent new-ball bowlers, Brigu Iyer and Aryaman Uchil. A wicket fell in the first over, another in the sixth and then the seventh but all along captain and opener Virandeep held firm and took his side to victory by four wickets with an undefeated 59 off 95 balls with six 4s.

Thailand's Kiatiwut Suttisan

Oman finally hit their straps with the bat, pounding the Thai bowlers for 264 in their 40 overs, this time captain and opener Wasim Ali racing to 141 not out off 132 balls, with twenty-one 4s and a 6. Thailand had their chances; didn't take them. In reply Thailand put up a game fight with the bat Kiatiwut making a positive 42 out of the first 60 runs scored at just under a run-a-ball but once the spinners came on, Thailand were struggling.

Nepal's Anil Kharel in full flow

Nepal gave their batsman a run after winning the toss, and Bahrain put up their best bowling performance of the camapaign so far but were unable to string enough good deliveries together and were fallible in the field. Pranit Thapa made 70* off 60 balls, with seven 4s and a 6. Strong on the leg-side, he ran well between the wickets too and took Nepal to 233. Bahrain lost wickets steadily but once little left-arm tyro Anil Kharel came on - he took a wicket with his first fizzing delivery - the Bahrain batsmen fell in a rush and extras at 8, was second highest scorer after captain Srinivasan's 21 off 57.

Kinrara hosts the final day's match between Malaysia and Nepal on Wednesday, a virtual final in itself. It should be a terrific contest between two evenly-matched teams.

18th August, 2014

Malaysia v Singapore at Bayuemas
Singapore won the toss and chose to bat
Singapore: 127 all out off 25.1 overs (S.Pervaiz 43; S.Azmi 4-8)
Malaysia: 128 for 6 off 34.3 overs (V.Singh 59*; B.Iyer 4-41)
Man of the Match: Virandeep Singh (Malaysia)

Oman v Thailand at Kinrara
Oman won the toss and chose to bat
Oman: 264 for 5 off 40 overs (W.Ali 141*, P.Bhatt 40; K.Senamontree 4-54)
Thailand: 88 all out off 23.3 overs (K.Suttisan 42; H.Ganatra 3-24, Ubaidullah 5-10)
Man of the Match: Wasim Ali (Oman)

Bahrain v Nepal at Selangor Turf Club
Nepal won the toss and chose to bat
Nepal: 233 for 8 off 40 overs (R.Chand 33, P.Thapa 70*; A.Muzaffar 3-28)
Bahrain: 47 all out off 24.4 overs (A.Kharel 3-8)
Man of the Match: Pranit Thapa (Nepal)

ACC U-16 Premier Tournament Page

Photos by Peter Lim

Filed August 18th, 2014