ACC Under-19 Championship - Day Two report
The ACC Under-19 Championship continued yesterday, and unlike the first day, all matches went pretty much as expected.
Afghanistan batted first against Qatar and a fine innings from Noor-ul-Haq had them cruising on 93/3 after 30 overs, but wickets then fell quickly and they were reduced to 119/8 in the 40th over. ul-Haq then held things together with the tail-enders, leading his team to 161 before he was removed in the 47th over. The Oman reply never really got going, with only four batsman reaching double figures, none of whom outscored extras, as they were bowled out for 121, losing by 40 runs.
Thailand ran Oman close yesterday, but their match against the UAE was the complete polar opposite of close. They were bundled out for 79, Rohan Mustafa taking 5/20. The UAE reached their target in just 11 overs without losing a wicket, Arjun Lamba scoring 51.
Oman won the toss and chose to field against Singapore. It was probably the wrong decision as Singapore raced to 225/8 from their 50 overs, their innings being held together by Anish Param with 88, before Saud Haroon had him stumped. Haroon finished with figures of 3/33 from his eight overs. Oman's reply got off to a terrible start when they lost Suneet Fernandes from the second ball with no score on the board, and his partner Shrey Wilson fell in the third over. The upper middle order led somewhat of a recovery, but none of them got a substantial start, and they were eventually bowled out for 170, giving Oman a 55 run win.
Hong Kong chose to bat against Kuwait, looking to bounce back from their upset loss on the first day. This they did, reaching 245 before they were bowled out in the 48th over. Robbie Bacon top-scored with 50, Courtney Kruger also contributing well with 46. Kuwait's reply never really got started and they were bowled out for 107, Hong Kong easily winning by 138 runs. Nadeem Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 3/10 from his ten overs, whilst man of the match Robbie Bacon took the final wicket, and with his brother John also picking up two wickets, it was a sizzling performance from the Bacon brothers. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)