Singapore were able to see off Qatar as they defeated them by 3 wickets to take fifth place at the Bayuemas Oval on Tuesday. An inspired performance from Captain Anish Param (3-22) and Mohammad Rizwan (3-30) with the ball, and Timothy Singham (37) with the bat, were enough for the Singaporeans to win their third game of the ACC U-19 Tournament.

Singapore were almost immediately over the moon when they dismissed danger-man Kamran Khan (4) in only the fourth over. Tan Wee Keng (1-16) eased the ball past Khan who was deceived by the pace and a thick edge had him soon back in the shade. Although Singapore maintained their accurate line for most of the innings, they initially had trouble dismissing Tamoor Sajjad (20) and Abhimanyu Verma (11), batsmen number two and three.

Ibrahim played a stunning innings

Their persistence eventually paid off as the wickets fell, but they came across yet another stumbling block, this time, in the form of Zaheer Ibrahim (43). Ibrahim had not had a solid performance so far this tournament and in this sole display, he cracked 5 four’s in an innings that highlighted maturity and level-headedness. A 57-run partnership with Iqbal Hussain (16) and a 27-run partnership with Deon Brito (21) were the teams biggest pluses as they soon fell for 143.

With a required run rate of just 2.86 per over, Singapore were enjoying their time in the middle. They crawled to 50 in the 17th over with four wickets down but a solid 59-run partnership between Prem Dadlani (28) and Timothy Singham (37) eased some nerves and enabled them to see the finish line. Singham eventually exited in the 44th over with the score at 142. Three deliveries later and Singapore grabbed fifth place beating Qatar by 3 wickets.

The Singaporeans have been rising to the occasion, based on team performances, as the tournament progressed and winning their final game of the tournament – not much more they could’ve asked for.

5th and 6th Playoff
Qatar v Singapore at Bayuemas Oval
Qatar won the toss and elected to bat
Qatar: 143 all out after 43.3 overs (Z. Ibrahim 43; A. Param 3-22, R. Madakia 3-30)
Singapore: 144 for 7 after 44.2 overs (T. Singham 37)
Man of the Match: Timothy Singham (Singapore)


Filed August 28 2007