Ernst and Young Bahrain XI won the Bahrain Cricket Association Twenty20 Cup after beating Alpha Fire Services by 146 runs in the final. Adnan Butt scored 110 from just 46 balls in the winning side's total of 231/5.
Back in early May, a Belgium A side travelled to Luxembourg for a one-day match. Rain reduced the match to a 43 over contest. Luxembourg won the toss and chose to bat, scoring 186/8 from their overs. Belgium had reached 173/6 in the 39th over, largely thanks to 58 from Nadeem Khan, when rain brought an end to the match. Belgium were declared winners on run-rate.
Belize played two matches at home against the University of the West Indies cricket team towards the end of May. The first match, on the 26th, was a Twenty20 contest won by the students. The 50 over match played the next day was won by the home team by a margin of 154 runs. Andrew Banner was the man of the match after his 69 runs and four wickets played a major part in his team winning.
The organising committee for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou has revealed some of its plans for the first cricket tournament at the event. A permanent stadium with a square consisting of eight turf wickets will be constructed, along with two training grounds with four turf wickets each, at a total cost of US$7 million.
The tournament itself will consist of the four Asian ICC full members, China, and three qualifiers for both a men's and women's event. The men's qualifiers will be decided at next year's ACC Twenty20 Cup, whilst a qualifying process for the women's event has yet to be announced. Currently, the next three highest ranked women's teams in the region are Hong Kong, Malaysia and Nepal.
The Falkland Islands Under-17s team are to tour Chile later this year. They have received £4,680 from the local government towards the trip.
Banjul has been confirmed as the host for the North/West Africa Under-15 tournament at the end of October. Meanwhile, the Gambia Cricket Association has announced plans for a women's cricket academy to start next month. It is hoped that a national side can be formed by the end of the year.
The MCC's tour of Germany starts next Monday, with the following schedule:
16th June: Twenty20 v Berlin XI
17th June: One-day v Germany Under-19s
18th June: Twenty20 v Germany A
19th June: One-day v Germany
Guernsey Under-13s had a rather embarrassing match against their East Sussex counterparts last week. After bowling East Sussex out for 155, a 109 run second wicket partnership had helped lead Guernsey to 154/3. They then lost their next seven wickets without adding to the score to lose by one run in what has to be one of the worst collapses in cricketing history.
HSS have won Malaysia's Franchise League after beating Mamangam by three runs in a close final. HSS scored 207/8 from their 50 overs, and Mamangam were on 204/9 going into the final over. Dilawar Abbas was stumped off the bowling of HSS captain Umal Iranthika from the third ball of the over.
Mauritius have become a member of the Africa Cricket Association after their membership was approved at the AGM in Benoni two weeks ago, a first step on the ladder towards ICC affiliate membership. Cricket in Mauritius dates back to 1838, though the only appearances for the national side were two matches against a team from Luska in 1972. There are currently four clubs on the island.
Nigeria will host the North/West Africa Under-17 tournament in November.
The controversial age-testing procedures that led to all but two teams being thrown out of the ACC's Under-15 Cup last year is set to be scrapped by the ICC after their own medical council at a meeting in Dubai revealed that the margin of error in the test can be as high as two years and that it was "absolutely unscientific". Passports and birth certificates will be used instead.