Southern Province U19s beat the Western Province South U19s by 26 runs on D/L to emerge champions of the SLC Super U19 Provincial One Day Tournament.
Southern Province booked their spot in the finals of the SLC Super U19 Provincial tournament today after….
Winning the toss and batting first, Western Province South lost two wickets in as many overs as Thisara Dilshan got the ball seaming away from the right handers early on. Dananjaya Lakshan also gave him good support but it was left arm orthodox spinner Avindu Theekshana who reaped rich rewards off a very dry and slow surface at the Khettarama. He put up a bowling masterclass of left arm spin, as he ended up with top figures of 5/41 accounting to restrict a strong Western Province South batting line up to just 189.
Opening batsman Kamil Mishara made a fighting 68 for Western Province South batting deep into the innings but he didn’t get a lot of support as they were bundled out with five balls to spare in their innings. Kavindu Umayanga and Avindu Fernando looked promising making 38 and 28 respectively but they could not kick on as the the Southen Province U19s spinners took control during the middle stages.
Southern Province were well in control of the run chase as they reached 139/4 in just 34 overs when umpires Dilshan De Silva and Ranganath Prasanna decided to call off play due to the fading light in Colombo.
Hansika Welihinda anchored the run chase with an unbeaten 58* while he got good support from Thavisha Abishek who chipped in with 28 as Southern Province were 26 runs ahead on Duckworth Lewis when stumps were drawn.
Western Province South 189 (49.1) Kamil Mishara 68, Kavindu Umayanga 38, Avindu Fernando 28, Avindu Theekshana 5/41, Thisara Dilshan 2/23, Dananjaya Lakshan 2/20
Southern Province 139/4 (34) Hansika Welihinda 58*, Thavisha Abishek 28, Inshaka Maduwinda 2/31