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20th April 2019

Singapore took on Bhutan in their first Group B match at the beautiful settings of the Royal Chiangmai Golf Club. Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the Singaporean pace attack, though wayward at times, struck crucial blows to the Bhutanese batting line up, most notably Aaron Varghese who took 3 wickets in one over, with all three victims clean bowled. Varghese finishing with figures of 3/9 off 3 overs while his partner in attack, Neil Karnik registering figures of 2/3 in his 4 overs.Jeevan Santhanam was introduced into the bowling attack and his left arm spin wrecked further havoc on the Bhutanese as they were wrapped up for 48 in 14 overs, Santhanam helping himself to 5 wickets for 11 runs in 3 overs.

Singapore in to bat and openers Chajjer and Maheshwari made light work of the chase, especially the left hander Chhajer who took to the Bhutanese bowling attack scoring 27* (22) while Maheshwari scoring a run a ball 16*.Jeevan Santhanam named Man of the Match for his 5 wicket haul.

A commanding 10 wicket victory in the first fixture of the campaign and a big boost to the confidence of the team who had come off a difficult series against the Malaysians in the revamped Carl Schubert Trophy, all of whom were playing representative cricket for the first time. However, the experience of playing age group representative level just before the ACC ER Trophy seemed to have paid off well with a win at the start of this campaign and should bode well for the rest of the tournament.

Singapore play Hong Kong in their next fixture on the 23rd of April and a win in this fixture would confirm qualification for the semi-finals of the tournament.

Leave your messages of congratulations for the boys on SCA Facebook page link as below and best wishes for their next match. MAJULAH!

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