The rapid increase in international play outside of ICC tournaments by associates since T20I status was expanded to all ICC members continued this week with action in both Singapore and Malaysia following on from the recent CWC Challenge League event in Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore played host to Zimbabwe and Nepal in a tri-series at the Indian Association ground. The highlight of this from an associate point of view was a first ever win over a full member for Singapore when they narrowly beat the Zimbabweans by four runs in the third match of the series.

Singapore batted first in the match and amassed a challenging 181-9 from their rain reduced quota of 18 overs. Tim David and Manpreet Singh top scored with 41 for the hosts. An innings of 66 from just 35 balls by Sean Williams helped Zimbabwe get close, but Singapore just held on, Sidhant Singh restricting the visitors to just five runs from a final over in which they required 10.

Zimbabwe won their other three matches to win the tri-series, whilst Nepal beat Singapore by 9 wickets after a fantastic 106 from 52 balls by the mercurial Paras Khadka helped them chase down a target of 152 in 16 overs. The other Singapore v Nepal match was abandoned due to rain. Despite that defeat against Nepal, Singapore will head to the global qualifier high in confidence thanks to their win over Zimbabwe.

Just under 200 miles north west in Kuala Lumpur, Vanuatu remained in the city after the CWC Challenge League tournament to play a five match T20I series against the hosts. Both teams had disappointing campaigns in that tournament with only one win each and were looking to salvage some pride.

It was Vanuatu who came out on top with a 3-2 series victory, the highlight of which came in the second match when Patrick Matautaava scored 103 from 52 balls to help secure a 51 run win.

Elsewhere, the South American Championship for both men and women began in Peru on Thursday, but results are rather hard to come by at the time of writing, highlighting the need for the ICC to take more of a lead in publicising these games.

Coming up this week, Jersey will be in Qatar as part of their global qualifier preparations for a three match T20I series.

Malta announced the schedule for a four nation series to be hosted at Marsa Sports Club, also involving Czech Republic, Hungary and Iceland, to begin on 17 October. With Iceland a non-ICC member and Hungary unable to field a team meeting eligibility requirements, only the matches between the hosts and the Czechs will be T20Is.

A revival of the Iberia Cup for the first time in over 20 years was announced this past week, with Spain set to host a T20I series also involving Gibraltar and Portugal. It will be played from 25-27 October at the La Manga ground.