Hosts Singapore have finished the ACC Elite League on top of the table on net run rate and will be promoted to the ACC Premier League after beating the Maldives yesterday.

After putting the Maldives in to bat, Singapore bundled them out for just 73, with Abhiraj Singh and Mulewa Dharmichand both taking three wickets. Singapore then cruised to an 8 wicket win, knocking off the required runs in just 6.3 overs.

The result meant that Singapore's net run rate was lifted above that of Saudi Arabia, but they needed Kuwait to beat the Saudis in order to secure the title. Kuwait could have theoretically also won the title, but the margin of victory needed to do that was essentially impossible.

In a game reduced to 47 overs, Kuwait put Saudi Arabia into bat after winning the toss. The Saudi's soon found themselves on the back foot after being reduced to 7-3 and then 33-5. A middle order fightback enabled them to score 205-7 from their allocated overs.

They then found themselves on the receiving end of an onslaught from Kuwaiti opener Mohammed Irfan. Hitting the ball to all parts of the Kallang ground, he smashed an unbeaten 129 from just 68 balls to lead his team to a 5 wicket win and ensure that Singapore won the tournament.

In the other match of the day, Bhutan's horror show of a tournament came to an end with another thumping defeat, this time at the hands of Bahrain. Bahrain scored 317-8 from their 50 overs before bowling Bhutan out for 145 to win by 172 runs.

Bhutan will be relegated to the ACC Challenge League after their poor performance in this tournament. Their tournament can be summed up by a glance at their tournament net run rate of -4.679. This essentially means that their average result was a 234 run defeat.

Singapore though will be delighted with their performance. Not only have they secured promotion to the ACC Premier League, they also enter WCL Division 4, which they will also host, in some form. They will certainly be amongst the favourites to secure promotion from that event.


Singapore beat Maldives by 8 wickets
The Padang, Singapore, 13 June
Maldives 73 (27 overs, M Dharmichand 3-3, Abhiraj SIngh 3-21)
Singapore 76-2 (6.3 overs)

Kuwait beat Saudi Arabia by 5 wickets
Kallang Ground, Singapore, 13 June
Saudi Arabia 205-7 (47 overs, Afzal Saleem 59, Mohammad Nadeem 56*, Saad Khalid 3-50) Kuwait 206-5 (24.4 overs, Mohammed Irfan 129*)

Bahrain beat Bhutan by 172 runs
Indian Association Ground, Singapore, 13 June
Bahrain 317-8 (50 overs, J Chaturanga 88, Mirza Baig 72, Mirza Yaqoob 41, J Singye 3-53)
Bhutan 145 (42.2 overs, J Singye 42, P Wangdi 35, Junaid Niazi 3-33)