UAE recorded their second win of the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship in beating Malaysia in a scrappy, low-scoring game at Singapore’s Yorker ground. Defending 108, UAE just had a bit more strength in depth than Malaysia, whose batters struggled against some, at times, quality bowling. UAE certainly had the edge in fielding.

Batting first after winning the toss UAE’s innings was looking in good shape approaching the mid-point of their innings but then a 4-wicket burst over the space of 16 balls put them under pressure. Mariana Lakie took 3 of them with her medium-pace, just putting the ball in the right place. UAE staged a recovery with Spoorthy Prakash top-scoring with 23, but had it not been for Malaysia’s 25 wides UAE would have really struggled.

Both sides are stronger in bowling. UAE with just a little more fire and passion to their today than Malaysia. They too bowled wides, but they waste fewer deliveries wide of the stumps too and even manage to bowl maidens. In fielding UAE had the edge, two run-outs at the start of the Malaysia innings the result of some dynamic work inside the circle.

The Malaysia and UAE tents, noisy during the first half of the day, were both quiet as Malaysia started their innings. The only thing you could hear from the UAE tent was their coach Shamsa Hashmi, saying “No wide balls.”

Malaysia’s Winifred Durasingham, who had made a fifty on the first day of the competition against Thailand, before failing the next against Bhutan, struggled today before skewing a slash and with her dismissal much rested on the sore-shoulders of captain Alessandra Shunmugam. Not a big-hitter but a judicious and conservative bat.

After 10 overs Malaysia were 28 for 4, Alessandra caught behind at the start of the 10th over. It didn’t matter if UAE wasted deliveries. Malaysia were not going to win. They did hit some boundaries towards the end of their innings, having passed 50 in the 19th over for the loss of seven wickets. With 5 overs to go Malaysia needed 53, three wickets in hand.

UAE held some good catches today, and did more things right than Malaysia who were a little below par. Both teams still have a chance of reaching the semi-finals but will need to win their last two matches. Only one of them will make it because Bhutan or Oman will get the other spot.

Singapore's Harnam Singh with Player of the Match UAE's Sneha Sankar

“Standards have really improved at this level,” says Shamsa Hashmi of Pakistan who worked with Iran at the ACC Women’s T20 last year, “teams still bowl too many wides but fielding’s better, bowling’s better and batting’s better.” You can tell she’d love to get things improving even further but so far, so good. UAE have a decent team, great team spirit and a couple of very good players. Malaysia come close too, and with a little more strength in depth (Winifred and Alessandra can’t do it all for them) could also be a force.

ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2010

Group B: Malaysia v UAE at Yorker, Singapore
UAE won the toss and chose to bat
UAE: 107 all out off 25 overs (M.Lakie 4-21)
Malaysia: 71 for 9 after 25 overs (S.Saleem 2-9, S.Sankar 2-14)
Player of the Match: Sneha Sankar (UAE)

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Filed October 7th, 2010