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Kuwait and Oman registered massive victories on the opening day of the Asian Cricket Council’s Under-16 Western Region tournament being held in the UAE.

While Kuwait defeated Saudi Arabia by 237 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Oman secured a huge 10-wicket victory over Maldives at the Ajman’s Eden Garden.

Saudi Arabia’s decision to field first after winning the toss turned out to be a nightmare as Kuwait made full use of the opportunity.

It was skipper Abdul Sadiq who was the cornerstone behind Kuwait’s big score. After opener Gokul Sunil Kumar (44, 40b) and Meet Bhavsar (37, 42b) provided a fine start, Sadiq took charge of the proceedings smashing 16 boundaries and two sixes during his 67-ball stay to hammer a superb 126.

Govind Sunil Kumar chipped in with a 26-ball 32 while Faez Ahmed Q provided the final touches with a 15 as Kuwait posted a huge 297 for eight in 35 overs.

Already under pressure Saudi Arabia were no match to they were shot out for a paltry 60 in 24.1 overs.

Naman Kirankumar Patel, Zeeshan Azeem J, Jandu Hamoud Amanullah and Abdul Sadiq all claimed two wickets each for the winners.

Kuwait's Abdul Sadiq

In the other match, after put in to bat, Maldives made a relatively decent start with openers Ali M Ivan (14) and Mohamed IS (15) sharing 44 runs for the first wicket.

But after both departed in a span of three balls, things began to look grim for Maldives. Mohamed Ahusan spend some time facing 27 balls to score a gritty 17 while Abdulla Naisam Ismail and Rasheed R scored an identical 10 as Maldives managed a mere 104 for eight in 35 overs.

Most of the Oman bowlers did well but Mohammad Sameer was the pick of them to claim four wickets while Adeel Abbas clinched two.

Chasing a relatively easier target, Oman openers were hardly troubled as they saw through the target in just 14 overs.

It was Mohammed Sameer again in the limelight scoring an impressive unbeaten 51-ball 61 while Rushil Dadwal hit a fine 34 not out from 33 deliveries.

Six teams are competing in the tournament with hosts UAE, Bahrain being the other two teams. The final will be played on 12th January at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Day 1: Sun 7 Jan

Maldives v Oman at Eden Ajman
Oman won the toss and elected to field
Maldives: 104 for 8 off 35 overs (M.Sameer 4-11)
Oman: 106 not out off 14 overs (R.Dadwal 34*, M.Sameer 61*)

Kuwait v Saudi Arabia at Sarjah
Saudi Arabia won the toss and elected to field
Kuwait: 297 for 8 off 35 overs (Gokul Kumar 44, M.Bhavsar 37, A.Sadiq 126, Govind Kumar 32; Khuzaima 5-55)
Saudi Arabia: 60 all out off 24.1 overs

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Filed January 8th, 2018

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