Singapore's cricketers gave themselves a timely boost before their World Cricket League Division 3 outing in Uganda next March by beating Malaysia 2-0 to claim the Stan Nagaiah Trophy yesterday.
Malaysia are one of the teams - along with Uganda, Canada, the United States and Oman - that Singapore will encounter in the east African country next year and the Republic's players comprehensively outplayed their Causeway rivals over three days in Johor Bahru to secure the annual series.
On Friday, the Twenty20 match at the Johor Cricket Academy Oval in Mutiara Rini was washed out.
On Saturday, Singapore beat Malaysia by 32 runs, under the Duckworth-Lewis method, in the 50-overs-a-side match.
After bowling out Malaysia for 116 in 43.1 overs, with man of the match Dharmichand Mulewa taking 4-26, Singapore raced to 82-1 in 14.1 overs when rain stopped play.
Arjun Mutreja was 41 not out and Rohan Rangarajan hit 36.
In the third match, another 50-overs-a-side clash, yesterday, Singapore's bowlers skittled Malaysia out for 100 in 32.2 overs.
Man of the match Amjad Mehboob took 4-20.
Singapore hit 101 for 3 in 24.4 overs, with Anish Param (30 not out) and Chetan Suryawanshi (34 not out) sealing a seven-wicket win.
"It's an amazing feeling to reclaim the Stan Nagaiah Trophy after six years," said captain Suryawanshi. "Last year we also won the Saudara Cup (the annual three-day match between Singapore and Malaysia) after four years.
"We are on a roll and the victories bode well for us in Uganda."
V.K. Santosh Kumar