The Carl Schubert Trophy, an annual match between the Under-23 sides of Malaysia and Singapore, was played over the last weekend, but rain meant that the match ended in a draw, though Singapore were looking well on track for their required total.
Playing at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia won the toss and elected to bat. Half centuries from Ariffin Ramly (57) and Shukri Abdul Rahim (53 not out) led them to a total of 277/8 before they were required to declare after 75 overs.
Singapore's reply owed much to a fine knock from Chetan Suryawanshi, who fell one run short of his maiden century. Christopher Janik also chipped in with 39 as Singapore were bowled out for 259 in their 75th over.
Malaysia's second innings saw them lose wickets regularly. A few batsmen got starts, but only Darvin Muralitharan was able to capitalise on his start, scoring 67 before he became one of five wickets for Rizwan Nasir. Chris Janik also bowled well down the order, taking 4/71 as Malaysia were bowled out for 241.
This set Singapore a target of 260 runs to be scored in 49 overs. They set off with the intent to chase the total down, scoring at just over five an over. Chetan Suryawanshi was leading the chase with 60 before he fell in the 17th over. The other Singaporean batsmen continued at a rate of around five an over, but in the end they were beaten by the rain, which brought an early end to the match in the 31st over with Singapore on 152/3 in the 31st over.
The match thus ended in a draw. Chetan Suryawanshi was the obvious candidate for man of the match. With ICC Europe having seemingly ended their experiment with two day cricket at Under-19 and Under-17 levels, this match now remains the only regular international youth contest played over anything other than one-day's duration for non-test nations.
Malaysia Under-23s drew with Singapore Under-23s
Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 14-16 November
Malaysia Under-23s 277/8d (75 overs, A Ramly 57, S Rahim 53*, E Azis 31) & 241 (73.5 overs, D Muralitharan 67, A Ramly 38, A Faiz 37, R Nasir 5/53, C Janik 4/71)
Singapore Under-23s 259 (74.1 overs, C Suryawanshi 99, C Janik 39) & 152/3 (30.5 overs, C Suryawanshi 60, K Bhatia 36, S Rahim 3/42)