The Chinese team were taking
part in the tournament for only the second time.
Bhutan were the top team in
the Chiang Mai group, finishing
the preliminary rounds unbeaten.
Though relatively new to the
sport, the youngsters from Myanmar still
gave a good account of themselves.
Report by Martin Bilsborrow;
Photos courtesy The Asian Cricket Council
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-15 Challenge Cup tournament took place
recently over the period 8-16 December using three venues in Bangkok and
Chiang Mai’s own Gymkhana Club and the Prem International School.
Teams from six nations took part in the tournament, namely Bhutan, Brunei,
China, Maldives, Myanmar, and Qatar and the format for the competition was
one day cricket with 40 overs per side, using one day international (ODI)
pair of Maldivian players have designs on the ‘Man of the Match’ trophy.
This is the second time that the Challenge Cup tournament has been held in
Thailand, and in January 2008 the ACC Under-19 Challenge Cup will also be
held in the kingdom. These tournaments underscore the availability of
international-class cricket facilities in Thailand and the expanding
interest in the sport in this country.
The preliminary games took place from December 8-13 and the first matches
saw a win for Qatar over the Maldives in Bangkok whilst in Chiang Mai,
Bhutan handed out a real drubbing to the inexperienced Chinese side, scoring
243 runs and then bowling their opponents out for just 43 in 16 overs.
The second day of the tournament saw a reversal of fortunes for the two
beaten teams from the opening day. The Maldives made short work of Brunei,
bowling them out for just 15 and then knocking of the required runs in 1.4
young Brunei batsman heads to the middle.
Meanwhile at the Prem International School grounds in Chiang Mai, China
batted first against Myanmar and posted a respectable total of 159. The
Myanmar team put up a good fight though as they scored 102 in reply, an
innings that included an amazing 55 wides by the wayward Chinese bowlers.
Bhutan and Qatar continued to show strong form over the remainder of the
preliminary games, the former recording further victories of Myanmar and
China, whilst Qatar proved too powerful in their group for both Brunei and
With the top two teams progressing from each group, the semi-finals saw
Bhutan take on Maldives whilst Qatar faced China, both games taking place in
At the Bangkok Polo Club grounds, Bhutan overcame the Maldives by seven
wickets, knocking off the required 57 runs in just 7.4 overs. Meanwhile at
Asia Institute of Technology, China were bowled out for just 32 runs against
Qatar, who went on to score the winning runs without losing any wickets.
good friendships were forged during the week long event.
The final, therefore, on Sunday December 16 saw the two unbeaten teams,
Bhutan and Qatar face off at the Bangkok Polo Club grounds.
Bhutan won the toss and elected to bat first. Their batsmen scored steadily
against the Qatar bowlers but they were not able to make the large scores
they had achieved in earlier matches, eventually finishing on 121 all out
after 35.4 overs.
Thinley Tenzin was the high scorer for Bhutan with 36, after star batsman
Jigme Singye had been bowled by Ali Ishtiaq for only 9 runs. Faizan Ahmed
took 4 wickets and Ali Ishtiaq took 3 for Qatar.
In the Qatar innings, only 4 batsmen were needed to reach the Bhutan total,
as Taha Muhammed scored 39, Ali Ishtiaq 31, and Faizan Ahmed 30. Bhutan
tried 7 different bowlers but none of them could stop Qatar.
In the battle for third place at the AIT grounds, the Maldives beat China by
13 runs in a tight low scoring contest and in the ‘Wooden Spoon’ match,
Myanmar racked up an impressive 218 run total against Brunei who were
themselves bowled out for 29 in 14 overs.
Thus the 2007 Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under 15 Challenge Cup was awarded
to the Qatar team after their impressive performances over the 8-day
tournament in which they remained unbeaten throughout.
Some nimble work in the outfield
keeps the score down.
The victorious Qatar team
celebrate another wicket.
Bhutan run a quick single
China takes on Bhutan in the