Afghanistan and Nepal through to qualifier
Two more entrants to the Under-19 World Cup Qualifier in Ireland in July have been confirmed after the semi-finals of the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup took place today.
Asia's representatives in the last qualifier, Afghanistan and Hong Kong, were meeting in one of the semi-finals at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok, with Hong Kong batting first after winning the toss.
They never really got going though, with Afghanistan bowling well to bowl them out for 133. Kinchit Shah top scored for Hong Kong with 28, whilst Abdul Naseri was the pick of the Afghan bowlers with 5-27. The target was little problem for Afghanistan, who scored the required runs in 31.3 overs to win by seven wickets, Afsar Zazai top scoring with 57.
The other semi-final was similarly one-sided, with Qatar scoring only 113 after being put in to bat. Rahul Viswakarma continued his fine tournament by taking 4-20. Nepal reached their target in 20 overs to win by six wickets, Narash Buddayer top scoring with an unbeaten 41.
The important job has been done for the two winners today, but there is still the matter of the final, to take place on Thursday, as will the third place play-off. The fifth, seventh and ninth place play-offs will all take place tomorrow.