Hosts Malaysia have secured the gold medal for the men's 50 over cricket tournament at the South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur with one game to spare after beating old rivals Singapore today at the Kinrara Oval.

Singapore won the toss and chose to bat first and lost their first three wickets for just 30 runs. A 107 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Navin Param and Rezza Gaznavi got the innings back on track before Param was run out for 66.

Gaznavi went on to score an unbeaten 86, but there was only one other double figure score in the Singapore innings and they were bowled out for 195 three balls short of their allocated overs. Derek Duraisingam was the pick of the home team's bowlers with 3-35.

Malaysia lost two wickets quickly in reply and were 9-2, but then had the third wicket pairing of Ahmed Faiz and Virandeep Singh get them most of the way to their target. They put on 145 before Singh was trapped lbw by Mohamed Shoib.

Faiz brought up his century before he hit a return catch to Shoib shortly afterwards having scored 105. The fifth wicket pairing of Suharril Fetri and Shafiq Sharif then guided the home side home safely to secure the six wicket win and the gold medal.

The Malaysia and Singapore women's sides were also in action earlier in the day on the same ground. Malaysia captain Winifred Duraisingam won the toss and put Singapore into bat, with the visitors crawling to 55-6 from their 20 overs.

The target was no problem for Malaysia, who knocked off the required runs in 7.3 overs to win by 9 wickets. Skipper Duraisingam top scored with an unbeaten 25.

The women's tournament continues tomorrow with Indonesia playing Singapore. Though the medalists have been decided in the men's 50 over tournament, there's still one more match to play with the champions set to take on Indonesia.


Malaysia Women beat Singapore Women by 9 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 23 August
Singapore Women 55-6 (20 overs)
Malaysia Women 58-1 (7.3 overs)

Malaysia beat Singapore by 6 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 23 August
Singapore 195 (49.3 overs, R Gaznavi 86*, N Param 66, D Duraisingam 3-35)
Malaysia 196-4 (44.1 overs, Ahmed Faiz 105, Virandeep Singh 45, Mohamed Shoib 4-42)