ACC Under 15 Challenge: Day Five report
In the match between hosts Thailand and Saudi Arabia, Thailand batted first and scored 261/6. Top scorer in the innings was extras with 76, whilst Maz bin Tahip took 4/63 for the Saudis. Saudi Arabia got their chase off to a good start with Abdul Samad scoring 62, but the rest of the order collapsed and they were dismissed for just 128, losing by 133 runs. The result secured Thailand's place in the semi-finals.
Oman played the Maldives today, and scored 205/8 from their 40 overs, Mohamed Mifthah taking 4 wickets for the Maldives. The target was beyond the Maldives and they were dismissed for 104, Nikhil Kuruvilla taking 3/9 from his 8 overs. The three defeats mean that Maldives can now not qualify for the semi finals.
Iran played Myanmar in Bangkok, knowing that a win would see them through to the semi finals. This they achieved with little problem, dismissing their opponents for 83 and chasing down the total in eight overs for the loss of just one wicket.
Bhutan were the latest team to come up against Qatar and their high-scoring batsman Tamoor Sajjad in Chiang Mai. Samjad uncharacteristically failed with the bat, only scoring 37. Lakshmi Prasad Gajmer took 3 middle order wickets whilst man of the match Fahad Ghulam scored 81 to take Qatar to 213/9. Bhutan were then bowled out for 112. The result hasn't been all bad for Bhutan though, as the ineligibility of the Qatar team means that they still secure their semi final spot.
So the semi final teams have been confirmed as Thailand, Iran, Oman and Bhutan, with the last round of group matches tomorrow deciding the pairings.