The group stage of the ACC Under-19 Challenge Cup has concluded, with Saudi Arabia coming out on top after beating Bhutan yesterday.
In the match at the Prem Centre Cricket School, Bhutan elected to bat, but lost wickets regularly, only Jigme Singye showing any resistance with 47. Nasir Anwar was the pick of the Saudi bowlers with 4/41, though the bowling from the Saudis wasn't perfect, conceding 46 in extras.
The Saudi reply owed much to a near 100 run partnership between captain Mohammed Imran and Hussain Anwar. Imran remained unbeaten on 74 as Saudi Arabia reached their target after 29 overs to win by six wickets.
China came close to recording their first win in the tournament against the Maldives. The Maldives batted first and scored 168 before being dismissed after 45 overs. Husham Ibrahim was the top scorer with 45, whilst Zuan Xu was the pick of the Chinese bowlers with 3/23.
China's run chase started badly when they lost both openers cheaply, but the middle order staged a minor recovery, which ended when Zhan Jinhui (25) and Zhang Yufei (35) were dismissed in quick succession. Yufei was bowled by Husham Ibrahim who went on to finish with figures of 4/12 from his 6.2 overs, leading his team to a 34 run win when they bowled China out in the 44th over.
The semi-finals take place today, with Saudi Arabia playing China and the Maldives playing Bhutan.
Bhutan lost to Saudi Arabia by 6 wickets
Prem Centre School, Chiang Mai
Bhutan 158 (39.3 overs, J Singye 47, Nasir Anwar 4/41)
Saudi Arabia 160/4 (29 overs, Mohammed Imran 74*)
China lost to Maldives by 34 runs
Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai
Maldives 168 (45 overs, Hushman Ibrahim 45, Zuan Xu 3/23)
China 134 (43.2 overs, Zhang Yufei 35, Hushman Ibrahim 4/12)