Hosts Malaysia have begun their campaign in the men's 50 over competition at the South East Asian Games with a win over Thailand today in Kuala Lumpur.
Thailand captain Nopphon Senamontree won the toss at the Kinrara Academy Oval, and chose to put the home side in to bat, perhaps hoping for a similar result to his team's game against Indonesia on the opening day.
However, as World Cricket League teams have found out over the years, Malaysia are a tough opponent in their own backyard, and they started their innings with a 78 run opening partnership between captain Anwar Arudin and Norwira Zazmie. The partnership ended when the latter was out for 19, whilst Arudin reached 42 before he was the second man out.
Ahmed Fiaz and Virandeep Singh put on 80 for the third wicket before Fiaz was run out for 46, and Singh ended up as the top scorer with 79 in Malaysia's total of 265-6 from their 50 overs.
After an extended two hour innings interval, Thailand's reply never really got going. Only three batsmen reached double figures and the greatest contribution was the 24 extras conceded by the home team. Dhivendran Mogan was the pick of the Malaysian bowlers with 3-10 as Thailand were bowled out for 105 to lose by 160 runs.
The event continues tomorrow with Indonesia and Myanmar both looking to record their first win when they play each other.
Malaysia beat Thailand by 160 runs
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 18 August
Malaysia 265-6 (50 overs, Virandeep Singh 79, Ahmed Fiaz 46, Anwar Arudin 42)
Thailand 105 (35 overs, D Mogan 3-10)