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News: China beat Myanmar, and Bhutan beat Maldives in U15 ACC Cup

Very  interesting. China has won their first ever representative cricket match. Bhutan beating Maldives also seems to be an interesting indication, given the amount of interest in cricket in Maldives, and the the fact that Maldives have been affiliated with ICC for much longer.

Rego? Are you in Thailand watching all this? How about some first hand feedback?

Categories: China, Maldives
  1. Ram
    December 14, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    Now, that’s some news!…Winning your first ever official cricket match is an achievement in itself, all the more if you’ve done it convincingly which is what China’ve just managed…It’s also good that apart from Brunei, Oman, Qatar, all other teams seem to fielding home-grown sides made of local players, which gives an indication of the potential for the game to grow in this part of the World…

  2. December 14, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    I think Bhutan’s and Myanmar’s senior teams are also home grown, so is Maldives.

  3. December 14, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    Yeah Ram and Nasir, We Bhutanese cricketer are all home grown and that’s something unique about it!!!, great that our under-15 boys have won against Maldives, my best wish for rest of the match,

  4. Noire
    December 15, 2006 at 3:20 am

    Gd Achievement…both China and Bhutan!

  5. fred
    December 15, 2006 at 4:25 am

    well I suppose beating Mynmar is better than losing to Mynmar.
    A quick glance at the match report would suggest Test status is still a wee bit away.
    Hope to see Thailand triumph. Good luck to all the Thai lads from Japan.

  6. December 15, 2006 at 6:49 am

    Fred…. ahem….. test status?!?

  7. December 15, 2006 at 7:11 am

    hahaha…don’t worry about the test status… might take ages..anyway just sad hearing My Country (Bhutan) lost to Oman, and A news release from Thailand Cricket states that Brunei and Qatar disqualified from the tournament as both the countries were unable to meet the Qualification Rules!!

  8. December 15, 2006 at 9:13 am

    indeed….. it was a bad display actually……. 33-2, and then 56 all out……. they were chasing only 106, so perhaps they should have done better………

    btw….. is Oman also fielding only an ineligable team for the sake of particiaption? Or did their team meet the criteria………………

    Thailand has also started off strongly beating Iran by 195 runs……..

    Regarding brunei and Qatar…… it is very bad that development tournaments like this are having ineligable teams at the U15 level!!?!?!?!? what kind of development are these countries doing if they dont 9 players who are citizens and 2 who are residents!

  9. fred
    December 15, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    Test status? Haven’t you all listened to Malcom Speed?
    Next you’ll be saying you don’t believe in Santa Claus…..

  10. December 15, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    fred….. what are you refering to?

  11. December 16, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    I guess… Brunei and Qatar should have at least got their own home grown players, such an shame for both the country. Nevertheless, the tournament is boasting young talented players every country with Oman dominating destroying the helpless brunei.The score at the moment, Brunie 25-3 (13 Overs) against Bhutan. Cheers guys

  12. December 17, 2006 at 12:00 am

    I will just recap….. Thailand beat China by 10 wkts yesterday, Rego must have seen that game so we will wait for first hand update on the Chinese team……. Oman beat Brunei, and Oman actually scored a crazy 524 in 40 overs ! and this was the ineligable Brunei team??! wonder if it was just better to field their eligable team….. just how worse could it have been!??!?!

  13. Nishadh Rego
    December 19, 2006 at 5:18 am

    yes mate..i’ve been quite busy as the assistant coach of the thai team..so have not had the time to check up here often..We’ve just topped the group beating pre-tournament favorites Saudi Arabia by 133 runs. I must say I’m in my element at the moment as the Saudis had some good players and quite a bit of arrogance…for the record..we have 9 ehtnic thais in the team..with one of them scoring 90 against Iran..and 2 scoring 40s against Saudi..

    China! China..well..in a couple of years ..they are going to be the team to beat..at the U-15 level..They got saudi 243/7 in 40 overs today…with their star bowler..getting 2/30 off 8 overs..i couldnt believe it when i saw them..they play straight..their bowlers have decent actions..its just the fine tuning that they have to do..to be competitive here..

    Bhutan look like a good side..we are meeting them in the semis…They beat Maldives..so it should be a good game..

    I haven’t seen Brunei..but by god..i don’t think they should be allowed to play when they are getting thrashed like that..especially with an ineligible team..

    I wonder why Qatar didn’t just pick up 2 or 3 Qataris from the street and train them for a couple of months..thats what the Saudis did..Iran are also looking like a decent team..though they have a couple of blokes who look 25..

  14. December 19, 2006 at 11:35 am

    The saudis have arabs in their team that they picked up from the street?? Thats something new……

    Best of luck for the semi final…………

  15. December 21, 2006 at 1:22 am

    Current standings in the tournament are:

    1/2 Thailand/Oman
    3/4 Bhutan/Iran
    5 – Maldives
    6 – Saudi Arabia
    7 – China
    8 – Myanmar
    9 – Qatar**
    10 – Brunei**

    **Qatar should have been the semi finalists in this tournament, but they were fielding an in eligable team, so they didnt get any points. Thats why both they are Brunei, who were also doing the same thing, ended up at the bottom of the pile.

    In the semi finals, Thailand are in a winning position against Bhutan, and Oman have already thrashed Iran. So the final positions in the top 4 will be decided in a couple of days.

  16. nishadh rego
    December 21, 2006 at 5:59 am

    we were in a winning position…until we lost the plot..we’ve lost to bhutan by 15 runs…45/0..to 48/3..with our top three batsmen back in the pavilion..2 runouts…Bhutan and Oman qualify to the Elite Group..while we remain in this s**t..i cant tell you how ticked off i am at the moment..we’ll be joined by Singapore and HOng Kong in the next U-15 tournament..so yea…

    Bhutan were an excellent bowling and fielding side..they got OMan out for 106 as well..so yeah..just too bad for us.

  17. fred
    December 21, 2006 at 6:29 am

    Congratulations! C’mon, only 1 side can win. Be proud of what the boys have done. Semi final! Re-group tomorrow and clinch 3rd spot. It’s a fantastic effort.
    Finish off with a win tomorrow. well done so far, but don’t finish on a loss, please!

  18. December 21, 2006 at 7:29 am

    I am shocked…. it looked like Thailand had this one in the bag………

    Good going for Bhutan…… cricket in that country is taking off quite well….. the it has legs as well as can be seen from their age level performances…… they will be playing in the elite group next year, and are likely to be relegated, but still a great step forward for them……

    Perhaps next time I should take the old cricket adage “its not over till its over” into account before making ranking predictions……

  19. Ram
    December 21, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Well….I didn’t know that Bhutan had a side capable of standing up to Thailand at the age-group level, leave alone defeating them…Given that this Bhutan side lost to Oman, not sure how many positives can be derived from Thailand’s point of view considering they were one of the pre-tournament favorites…A long way to go for Thai cricket..

  20. December 23, 2006 at 4:16 am

    Oman has beaten Bhutan without any problems, and Thailand has given the same treatment to Iran…….. the top 4 were:


  21. Nishadh Rego
    December 23, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    Ram, I don’t think I’m too worried. We were a better side, but simply took it a bit easy. Bhutan had 3 or 4 players in their senior team who played in the ACC Trophy, therefore I can’t reallllyy blame the boys tooo much. The result reminds me of that Nepal – Qatar match in the 2004 ACC Trophy. I think there were quite a few positives for us. We won 5 out of 6 matches losing only 1 by 16 runs. It does happen! To be honest, Oman weren’t that great either, all they had was a couple of very good spinners capable of playing U-19s. It was those two who did everything for them right througout the tournament.

    The fact that we hosted a 10 nation tournament says alot for thailand cricket. We’ve just completed an Academy in Chiang Mai, with 8 turf center wickets, 6 turf nets, a gym, and swimming pool. In the future, all our national teams will be there before major tournaments. The ground was built for this tournament with alot of the moeny coming from ACC.

    There’s one aspect of this tournament I am furious about.
    None of the Gulf countries did their age verification tests. Iran were inspected by the ACC after they lost their semi-finals, and it turned out that 7 of their players were over age. Oman still have done their test, and have gone home already. Qatar had a couple of over-age players as well. I have no idea what ACC is doing in this regard. Its a joke!

  22. December 24, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    Age verification was an issue in this tournament…… nationality was an issue in the U19 tournament…… the ACC being obsessed only with the number of teams particiapting only reminds one of Kevin Curran’s statement that his current Zim team is doing a lot better in terms of ODI record than the pre 2003 Zim team !!! technically correct sentence, but only morons will fall for it……..

  23. December 24, 2006 at 11:20 pm

    Cheers Guys…Bhutan have made to Elite Division, all Credit to my boys..and oman are strong side… our batting was a problem, bowling and fielding was superb…nice comments mates…

  24. December 25, 2006 at 3:03 am

    hopefully bhutan can improve and try to STAY in the elite group next year…… regarding Oman, if age verifcation was an issue with them, and they never got tested, then next year they will have a problem in the elite league….. ACC should have at least done age verification on Oman boys…. perhaps no one complained?

  25. December 29, 2006 at 4:18 am

    I guess we will stay in the elite for while, but never know!! let’s keep finger crossed, i guess the age Verification should have been done prior to the tournament and it would be different case in elite as the age for qualification is little different compared to Challenge cup.All said and done, yea none have complained. Anyway Nasir, nice to be here getting all the feedback and lovely comments, i love coming here, but for few days i couldn’t as the net was slow or have no connection due to the Earthquake in south asia. Keep up the good work mate.

  26. December 29, 2006 at 5:44 am


    How about a detailed feedback/analysis on China? Perhaps as a seperate post rather than in this comments section. I am sure a lot of people will be interested in that.

  27. Nishadh Rego
    December 30, 2006 at 11:19 pm

    Bhutan certainly impressed everyone present. They are a 100% “Bhutanese” side, coming from all over Bhutan. One of their major advantages is the fact that they are naturally fit and agile people.

    Batting wise, they were all technically very correct however lacked the experience and confidence in certain situations..I have a feeling they will stay in the elite division with a little more work.

    About the post on China, sure mate..I dont have much time right now, but ill get to it in a few days..

  28. Garth Reid
    March 29, 2007 at 3:34 am

    We are living in Mumbai and are of Australian origin. Our 12 yr old son is criket crazy. Where in Asia is close to a lovely clean beach, easy-going, and has a decent criket training program and plentiful cheap food? Any ideas?

  29. rego
    May 23, 2007 at 4:24 am

    why doesn’t your son play in Mumbai?

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