Singapore and Hong Kong claimed the two spots from the ACC Eastern Region T20 tournament held in Bangkok from 27th Feb – 06th Mar, 2020 into the 2020 Asia Cup Qualifiers, to be hosted by Malaysia in Sep 2020. While Singapore won the Eastern Region competition remaining unbeaten in the tournament, Hong Kong finished second after beating Malaysia by six wickets in the last match of the competition.
Singapore’s Tim David was named the player of the tournament, while team-mate Sidhant Singh won the best batsman award and Hong Kong’s Aftab Hussain won the best bowler award in the tournament. Malaysia finished 3rd in the points table, while Nepal and Thailand finished 4th and 5th respectively. Singapore and Hong Kong will now join with United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in the Asia Cup Qualifiers, from which the winner will advance to the main draw of 2020 ACC Asia Cup, and get the opportunity to play T20I matches against the regional full members.
Hong Kong produced the goods when it mattered the most after a horrendous 5-0 whitewash in the Interport T20I series against Malaysia, to put up a disciplined bowling and batting performance to win the all-important game and claim their spot in the main qualifiers. Malaysia will be bitterly disappointed after a brilliant start to the tournament, as they defeated Nepal in their opening game of the tournament. Nepal, on the other hand, will keep ruing their batting failures over the past 12-18 months, as yet again they failed to qualify from a regional event to the main qualifiers of either an ACC or an ICC event.
Singapore were thoroughly clinical in their outings in the tournament from the outset, registering wins over Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and were primed to continue the same against Nepal, however, due to overnight rain having left the outfield and square too damp to even start the game, the match was eventually abandoned without a ball being bowled on the final day of the competition.
ACC Eastern Region T20 Top Run-Scorers
|Timothy David||Singapore||150||2||92 n.o||150||192.3||2|
|Jamie Atkinson||Hong Kong||107||4||50||53.5||118.88||1|
|Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak||Malaysia||104||3||51 n.o||52||126.82||1|
|Nizakat Khan||Hong Kong||99||4||48||24.75||154.68||0|
|Shahid Wasif||Hong Kong||96||4||50||24||104.34||1|
|Virandeep Singh||Malaysia||79||4||41 n.o||26.33||103.94||0|
ACC Eastern Region T20 Top Wicket-Takers
|Aftab Hussain||Hong Kong||8||4||71||14/3||8.87||4.43||12|
|Haroon Arshad||Hong Kong||7||4||88||16/5||12.57||6.21||12.14|
|Ehsan Khan||Hong Kong||6||4||78||9/2||13||5.2||15|