The ACC Under-16 Elite Cup continued in Nepal yesterday, with Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Nepal all winning their matches by more than 100 runs.
Saudi Arabia were playing Thailand at the Engineering Ground in Kathmandu. Batting first after winning the toss, an innings of 70 from Mohammad Abdullah led them to a total of 233 from 36.5 overs. In reply, Thailand had little answer to the Saudi spinners, with 14 year old Saudi-born leg-spinner Faheem Afrad the pick of the bunch, taking six wickets for just ten runs from 5.4 overs as Thailand were bowled out for 74, losing by 159 runs.
At the Army School Ground, Hong Kong also chose to bat after wining the toss against Bahrain. They scored 211-9 from their 40 overs, Miten Khatri top scoring with 59. Kinchit Shah then took 4-17 to help bowl out Bahrain for 98, giving Hong Kong a 113 run win.
Hosts Nepal became the first team with two wins, and are looking like the favourites for the title after a 101 run win over Kuwait at Tribhuvan University. Batting first, Nepal made 183 from their 40 overs before bowling their opponents out for 82, Nischal Pandey taking 5-15 to add to his 58 runs in Nepal's innings.
Saudi Arabia beat Thailand by 159 runs
Engineering Ground, Kathmandu, 9 March
Saudi Arabia 233 (36.5 overs, Mohammad Abdullah 70, Salman Saleem 36, K Shah 4-45)
Thailand 74 (20.4 overs, Faheem Afrad 6-10)
Hong Kong beat Bahrain by 113 runs
Army School Ground, Kathmandu, 9 March
Hong Kong 211-9 (40 overs, M Khatri 59, Ibrahim Ishaq 37, Nikhil Bolar 3-21)
Bahrain 98 (27 overs, Kinchit Shah 4-17)
Nepal beat Kuwait by 101 runs
Tribhuvan University, 9 March
Nepal 183 (40 overs, N Pandey 58, Ali Zaheer 3-28, Naser Rashid 3-42)
Kuwait 82 (25 overs, N Pandey 5-15, B Chaudhary 3-16)