Malaysia win Division 4 title
Malaysia have won Division Four of the World Cricket League after beating hosts Singapore in today's final at the Kallang ground.
Put into bat by Singapore captain Saad Janjua, Malaysia found run scoring hard to come by initially, scoring at under four runs an over. They were on 125 when the fourth wicket fell at the end of the 32nd over.
That brought Khizar Hayat to the crease, and he proceeded to turn the innings around, hitting 63 from just 48 balls before he was out in the 48th over. Malaysia went on to score 235-7 from their 50 overs.
Singapore got reasonably close in reply, but in truth were never in the game. Chaminda Ruwan - by far the tournament's leading run scorer - top scored with 54, but only two other batsmen were able to go past 20.
Suharril Fetri was the pick of Malaysia's bowlers with 3-31 as Singapore were bowled out for 178, losing by 57 runs.
Both teams will now be preparing for Division 3 in Uganda later this year, where they will play Bermuda, Nepal, the USA and the hosts.
For both it is something of a voyage into the unknown. Malaysia have never played a World Cricket League tournament outside of Malaysia and Singapore, whilst they haven't played outside of Asia at all since the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. Neither have played in Africa since the 1994 ICC Trophy in Kenya.
In the other ranking matches today, Denmark beat Italy by 35 runs in the 3rd place play-off, whilst Oman avoided the wooden spoon by beating Jersey by 36 runs in the 5th place play-off.