|Saudi opener Ashraf taking on Thailand's Eshwaran|
Saudi Arabia came back strongly from the disappointment of losing a close game against Kuwait earlier in the week by beating Thailand by 75 runs on the fourth day of the ACC U-15 Cup.
Saudi Arabia posted the tournament’s highest score, 209, with opener Raza Zameer top-scoring with 73 off 61 deliveries. Their score was boosted by an unbroken run-a-ball stand of 40 by the eight wicket-pair of Haroon Rashid and Waqas Khalid which really turned the screws on a tiring Thai attack.
Thailand in reply were very much in the hunt, being 88 for 3 at one stage but a tight mid-innings spell by off-spinner Haroon Rashid who picked up two wickets for nine runs in his eight overs, put the brakes on the Thai charge. They were all out for 134.
In the day’s other matches, Hong Kong continued to show their calibre at this level by beating Bahrain by 43 runs. Like Saudi Arabia, they bucked the trend of the tournament by winning after batting first. Irfan Ahmed (54 off 44 deliveries) became the first batsman to score 100 runs in the competition.
Afghanistan beat Qatar by nine wickets to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Filed April 17 2005