ACC U-19 Challenge Cup 2009 - Brunei v China


Small, Medium and Big:
He Ningxing, Rashid Khan and Zhang Yufei

In Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, where cricket was first played by the British timber and traders in 1904, China, a country with 19% of the world's population, took on Brunei which makes up 0.006% in the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup. Both are new to the game. Both are keen to improve.

“China wanted the win more today”, said ACC Development Officer for both countries Aminul Islam, so they won.

China’s recent intensive match preparation and training at the Bangladesh Institute of Sports (BKSP) paid dividends today. China’s young cricketers strolled to a 102-run victory over their Brunei counterparts, thanks to captain Zhang Yufei’s all-round brilliance.

Two weeks ago China took part in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in the UAE and lost badly. Today, Li Jian and Zhang Yufei, who were both in the T20 squad, buried those memories and put in strong performances.

Song Yangyang and Li Jian started things off with a 43-run partnership and Zhang Yufei (33 off 28) followed up with some aggressive strokeplay. Yufei struck seven 4s and “was happy to hit so many boundaries” with Fu Yifeng (19) and Wang Jing (21) also contributing.

Shahvez Cheema

Sarath Puduppully bowls to China’s He Ningxing

Brunei’s fastest, Shahvez Cheema and leg-break bowler Sarath Puduppully took five of the wickets wickets as China were bowled out in the 32nd over for 174. Brunei’s extras (30 wides, 2 no balls) and numerous misfields adding greatly to the score-line.

Ningxing (L) and Yufei (R) of China

China’s bowling wasn’t as accurate as their coach Rashid Khan would have liked, nevertheless He Ningxing (4-16) and Zhang Yufei (4-14) ran through Brunei. Brunei were all out for 72 at the end of the 27th over.

China’s U-19 captain is called ‘Big Man’ by his non-Chinese speaking coach. Zhang Yufei delivered a big performance today, saying that getting the runs and boundaries was “very easy against Brunei” and then went on to add that the game against Myanmar day-after-tomorrow would be “no problem”. Brunei is the second nation to be beaten by China since 2006. Myanmar were beaten twice in 2007. Myanmar themselves are improving and their match against China should be a competitive affair.

Brunei doesn’t play much cricket at home and train even less than China, but they too are part of Aminul Islam’s development portfolio at the ACC. Of Brunei he said, “This may not have been Brunei’s best team today but they are keen to improve. And no doubt given the amount of practice and opportunity that China have had, they too would be a decent team.”

ACC U-19 Challenge 2009
Group A: Brunei v China at Prem Oval
Brunei won the toss and elected to field
China: 174 all out off 31.2 overs (L. Jian 30, Z. Yufei 33; S. Cheema 3-27)
Brunei: 72 all out off 27 overs (Z. Yufei 4-14, H. Ningxing 4-16)
Man of the Match: Zhang Yufei (China)

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