Bhutan were on the receiving end of some almighty thrashings during the ACC Trophy Elite in Kuwait earlier this year, and after today's match against Vanuatu, Kuwait will fast be becoming Bhutan's least favourite destination.
Whilst today's defeat didn't quite reach the nadir of their 437 run defeat by the UAE in April, it was still pretty comprehensive, and will have given Vanuatu great confidence as they look to gain promotion to WCL Division Seven next year.
Bhutan actually started the match reasonably well, removing both openers with just 30 runs on the board. But Vanuatu captain Andrew Mansale and Johnathan Dunn then put on 154 for the third wicket before Dunn was bowled by Jigme Singye in the 28th over for 75, made from 64 balls.
Mansale was out stumped seven overs later for 87 with the score on 204-6, but that wasn't the end of the run scoring. Trevor Langa and Patrick Matautaava put on 93 for the seventh wicket before Langa was caught behind for 40. Matutaava then took the game away from Bhutan, dominating an eighth wicket partnership that made 29 runs in just 14 balls.
Matutaava was eventually bowled by Lobzang Yonten for 79, made from 43 balls, and Vanuatu went on to make 337-9 from their 50 overs. Yonten was the pick of Bhutan's bowlers with 3-52 from his eight overs, and Phuntso Wangdi deserves a lot of credit for his 2-31 from eight overs, the only Bhutan bowler not to go at more than a run a ball.
The target was never likely to be chased by Bhutan, and they were bundled out for just 55, losing by 282 runs, with no batsman reaching double figures. Extras was the top scorer with 12, and Patrick Matautaava completed a fine all-round performance by being the pick of the bowlers with 4-11. He was a well deserved recipient of the man of the match award.
The other match in Group A was also very one-sided. Hosts Kuwait bowled Suriname out for 76, Mohammad Murad and Saad Khalid both taking four wickets, before they knocked off the runs in just 7.1 overs to win by nine wickets. Irfan Bhatti hit a rapid 46 from 29 balls.
The Group B matches were somewhat closer, with the Bahamas beating Gibraltar by seven wickets with six overs to spare thanks to Gregory Taylor's 74, whilst Germany won a close one over Zambia by just 11 runs after Zambia collapsed from 74-3 to 117 all out.
Tomorrow's Group A matches will see today's two big winners face off as the hosts play Vanuatu, whilst Suriname will play Bhutan. In Group B, the Bahamas will play Zambia and European rivals Germany and Gibraltar will face off against each other.