ARMED Forces are as good as in the semi-finals of the Malaysian Cricket Premier League after coasting to their third successive win with a 99-run romp over Silver State at the Kinrara Oval yesterday.
Only an unlikely set of results can deny Forces a place in the last four as they only have co-favourites Kuala Lumpur left to play on May 19, which should decide which team top Group B.
Yesterday, Forces elected to get in some batting practice on winning the toss as they piled up 171 runs before being dismissed with four balls remaining as Ariffin Ramly (47), Suharril Fetri Shuib (41) and Abdul Rashid Ahad (24) got among the runs.
Silver State's new signing Mokhtasir Uzzaman Tushar claimed four wickets for 24 runs before the club side were shot for out 72 in 28.2 overs, Fayyaz Ahmed top-scoring with 28.
Rashid (5-11) did the most damage with the ball and was ably supported by Sidarth Priyankara and Shukri Abdul Rahim, who chipped in with two wickets each.
Tenaga Nasional also had reason to celebrate as they managed 164-6 to post a four-wicket win over Terengganu at the Bayuemas Oval in Klang, their first in two Group A matches.
Former national player and coach Thushara Kodikara's 38 led TNB past Terengganu's total of 163 all out with former national captain Rohan Vishnu Suppiah adding 20.
Johor bounced back from their defeat to Forces to down Selangor by 60 runs at Mutiara Rini, Skudai for their second win in Group B.
Khizar Hayat Durrani scored 37 runs as Johor reached 117-8 in 50 overs before Umar Asad (3-30) helped dismiss Selangor for 117 in 45.3 overs.