Nepal secure ACC Premier League title
Two matches in the ACC Premier League were played recently, the results of which have seen Nepal secure the title.
The first of the two matches, between Singapore and the UAE was completely rained off without a ball bowled, but play did occur in the Malaysia v UAE match in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia batted first, and were quickly reduced to 26/5 thanks to four wickets from Ahmed Nadeem. The Malaysian middle order then staged a recovery, especially Anwar Arudin and Darvi Muralitharan who both made scores in the 40s, but Malaysia were still bowled out for just 181.
The UAE batted much better, with most of their batsmen getting a start as they declared on 342/8 after 88 overs. Former Sri Lankan first-class player Gayan Silva top-scoring with 70. The UAE then bundled Malaysia out for just 100 in their second innings.
The UAE did not do enough to secure the title though, and Nepal win for the first time.
The tournament is not currently on the list of ACC events for 2007, and its future is not certain. The 2006 tournament has been characterised by poor organisation. Fixtures, especially those of the UAE, were often not confirmed until almost the last minute and they were sometimes changed without notice. There was originally supposed to be a final, and that has been abandoned without any explanation.
A proposed second division tournament also hasn't taken place. Two teams were scheduled to be replaced in the 2007 event, but as already noted, that seems to not be going ahead.
The tournament is an important one, and was the only multi-day tournament at regional non-test level. If it is to come back, an improvement in organisation is seriously needed.