The men's 50 over tournament at the South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur got underway today with wins for Thailand and Singapore.

With all matches in the event set to be played at the Kinrara Oval, the opening day saw what is likely the first ever 50 over match double header, with playing hours set to run from 8am to midnight. The ground staff will therefore have been pleased that both matches were one sided affairs that were over quickly.

The day's first match saw Thailand take on Myanmar, the latter playing their first international in almost 5 years. The Thais won the toss and chose to put Myanmar - infamous for being bowled out for just 10 by Nepal in 2006 - in to bat.

Myanmar had a better time with the bat this time, but still only managed 61, with only three of their batsmen reaching double figures. Vichanath Singh and the 16 year old Payuputh Sungnard both took three wickets for Thailand.

Unsurprisingly Thailand had little trouble chasing their target and won by nine wickets with 36.3 overs to spare.

In the second match of the day, Indonesia - who finished fifth in the recent EAP World Cricket League qualifier - took on Singapore, with the latter winning the toss and putting Indonesia in to bat.

Indonesia promptly collapsed to 26-6, before their tailenders helped them recover to post 89. Geda Suda Arsa top scored with 32, whilst Anantha Krishna was the pick of Singapore's bowlers, taking four wickets for just three runs.

Like Thailand earlier in the day, Singapore had little problem chasing their target. Navin Param top scored with 36 as they won by nine wickets with 29.2 overs to spare.

There will be only one game tomorrow with Thailand taking on hosts Malaysia. The five team tournament is a round robin event with no final. The teams will then be joined by Vietnam - making their international debut - for a Twenty20 tournament. A women's T20 tournament, involving Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand in addition to hosts Malaysia will also be played, starting on Monday.


Thailand beat Myanmar by 9 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 17 August
Myanmar 61 (29.4 overs, P Sungnard 3-13, Vichanath Singh 3-18)
Thailand 63-1 (13.3 overs)

Singapore beat Indonesia by 9 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 17 August
Indonesia 89 (29.4 overs, A Krishna 4-3, A Vijayan 3-13)
Singapore 90-1 (20.4 overs, N Param 36)