Report by Richard Lockwood, CAT

Thailand faced United Arab Emirates in their second match in the ACC Under 19 Elite Cup which is being held in Thailand until 10th February, and the home side almost pulled off a dramatic victory as captain Vichanath Singh returned the outstanding figures of five for 25 in his 10 overs.

Thailand were asked to bat first and they struggled in difficult conditions but at least the batsmen gave an improved showing as they battled hard for their runs. Daniel Leach faced 47 balls for his eight, Weerachai Maneerat 60 balls for 14 and Ishan Kalra 52 balls for 20.

On paper a total of 88 looks a disappointing effort but Thailand were only bowled out in the 46th over, and this occupation of the crease will surely help the batsmen in future matches. Mohsin Khan and Chirag Suri both took three wickets for UAE.

With such a small total to defend Thailand captain Vichanath Singh opened the bowling himself and soon was wreaking havoc against a batting side who had only made 87 themselves in their last match. Could Thailand pull off a miracle?

UAE’s openers went for their shots but a score of 28 for no wicket soon became 45 for 5 in the eighth over as Vichanath Singh took four wickets in his first four overs with his beguiling left-arm spin. He took a fifth wicket in his last over to leave UAE on 69 for six, but Reuben Abraham saw his side home by four wickets with a sensible unbeaten 27.

Nepal look a formidable side after defeating Oman by a mighty 304 runs at Thai Cricket Ground and Thailand will face both sides later in the tournament, while in Chiang Mai there were wins for Qatar against Singapore and for Malaysia against Bahrain.

ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2011

Group B: Thailand v UAE at AIT, Bangkok
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Thailand: 88 all out off 45.4 overs (M. Khan 3-11, C.Suri 3-26)
UAE: 89 for 6 off 23.2 overs (V.Singh 5-25)
Man of the Match: Mohsin Khan (UAE)

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Filed February 2nd, 2011