February 11, 2019
Opening day wins for North and East in Under-16 inter-zone
North and East zones registered opening-day victories in the MCA National Under-16 Inter Zone tournament at the Selangor Turf Club on Monday.
North Zone claimed a six-wicket win over West Zone, represented by the national women’s team who are preparing for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers in Bangkok later in February, before East Zone defeated West Zone by nine wickets.
On winning the toss, West Zone chose to bat in the first match but were bundled out for 40 runs in 16.5 overs as Amirullah Rusli took three wickets for 18 for North Zone.
World record holder Mas Elysa Yasmin Zulkifli and captain Winifred Duraisingam put on 12 runs after opener Yusrina Yaakop was bowled for nought by Amirullah’s first delivery.
West Zone fell to 15-5 inside six overs before Sasha Azmi briefly halted the fall of wickets with a patient five runs off 19 balls.
An 18-run partnership between Wan Azam Wan Ahmad and Sidharth Karthik Rajaratnam for the second wicket helped North Zone reach 44-4 with Ahmad Akmal Alif Zainal finishing on 11 not out after 8.3 overs.
Later, West Zone reached 63-8 in 20 overs after electing to bat first against East Zone with Yusrina (12), Winifred (11) and Wan Julia Wan Rosdi (11) leading the way.
Sachinu Hettige grabbed three wickets to put the brakes on West Zone before Lokman Nur Hakim Sahar (34) and Jinendra Muraly (16) combined in an unbeaten 51-run stand for the second wicket to guide East Zone to victory.
The competition continues on Tuesday with West Zone facing Central Zone before North, East and Central zones play each other in 40-over matches from Wednesday to Friday.
North Zone bt West Zone by 6 wickets. West 40 in 16.5 overs (Amirullah Rusli 3-18). North 44-4 in 8.3 overs (Wan Azam Wan Ahmad 11, Ahmad Akmal Alif Zainal 11 not out).
East Zone bt West Zone by 9 wickets. West 63-8 in 20 overs (Yusrina Yaakop 12, Sachinu Hettige 3-8). East 65-1 in 7.1 overs (Lokman Nur Hakim Sahar 34 not out, Jinendra Muraly 16 not out).