Oman Under-15s score 582 in Thailand
In one-day cricket, scoring at six an over is usually considered to be a decent performance. Seven an over a great performance, and 8 an over a brilliant performance. But to score at 14 runs an over is simply amazing, and that's exactly what happened in Chiang Mai today at the ACC Under 15 Challenge tournament.
Playing against Oman, Brunei won the toss and elected to field first. This decision would prove to be so wrong, it makes Nasser Hussain's decision in Brisbane in the 2002/03 first Ashes test look like brilliant captaincy. Openers Suneet Russell Fernades and Luvieen Nirmal Alva scored 192 and 150 respectively as Oman rattled up 582 from their 40 overs.
Higher scores have been made in 45 over and 50 over games, but this is believed to be the highest score made in a 40 over match, beating the previous record of 508 set by the HCC 4th XI against the Quick Haag 4th XI in the Netherlands in 2002.
It is perhaps no surprise that Brunei lost the match, after being dismissed for just 69. Oman thus win by the huge margin of 473 runs.
In today's other match, hosts Thailand bowled newcomers China out for just 56, 20 of those runs coming from extras. No Chinese batsman reached double figures. Thailand raced to their target in just eight overs without losing a wicket.
In other news from the tournament, the teams of Brunei and Qatar have been ruled ineligible, and hence they will automatically finish 9th and 10th, though they will continue to play their matches, and teams that beat them will get points and runs will count towards their final net run-rate.