The Under-19 Challenge Cup in Thailand continued today, with Saudi Arabia beating China, and the Maldives beating Bhutan
Saudi Arabia won the toss and elected to field, which quickly proved to be the correct decision. Spinner Ejaz Sagheer ripped through the Chinese batting order with 6/13 from his six overs as China were bowled out for 60 with only Yang Haiming reaching double figures. Extras was the top scorer with 27.
The target was little problem for the Saudis, and they reached it in the eleventh over without losing a wicket. Ejaz Sagheer was the obvious choice for man of the match.
The Maldives got their match against Bhutan off to a good start with an opening partnership of 128 between Ahmed Hassan and Jilwaz Rasheed. Rasheed was dismissed for 51 whilst Hassan went on to score 76. One of two Tandin Wangchucks in the Bhutan side was the pick of the bowlers with 3/28, with Sushil Luite also picking up three wickets in the total of 245/8.
Bhutan did well to get close to the Maldives total, with Manoj Adhikara top scoring with 64. None of the other batsmen could stay with him though, and they owed much of their total of 224 to the 63 extras conceded by the Maldives. They were bowled out in the 47th over, losing by 21 runs.
Tomorrow is a rest-day in Thailand, and on Tuesday Bhutan will take on Saudi Arabia, whilst China will look to pick up their first win at this level against the Maldives.
Saudi Arabia beat China by 10 wickets
Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai
China 60 (24.2 overs, Ejaz Sagheer 6/13)
Saudi Arabia 63/0 (10.4 overs)
Bhutan v Maldives by 21 runs
Prem. School, Chiang Mai
Maldives 245/8 (50 overs, Ahmed Hassan 76, Jilwaz Rasheed 51, Mihusan Hamid 41, Tandin Wangchuck (A) 3/28, Sushil Luite 3/33)
Bhutan 224 (46.5 overs, Manoj Adhikari 64, Jilwaz Rasheed 3/40)