Maldives takes regional cricket title

The Maldives national cricket side defeated Saudi Arabia by a single wicket yesterday in Bangkok to win the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) 2010 Trophy Challenge.

Maldivian Ismail Nihad was awarded the Man of the Match title by officials for his role in helping put Saudi Arabia all out for 139 runs off 43.3 overs. The Maldives took the match 140 for nine off 41.4 overs.

The victory will now see both finalists promoted to the ACC Trophy Elite tournament in 2012, where they will face teams such as Afghanistan, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

This year’s Trophy Challenge tournament, which began December 4, 2010, saw eight teams including China, Brunei, Iran and Myanmar compete against the Maldives.