Mahanama College were crowned Singer U17 Division I champions as they beat St. Sebastian’s College by 3 wickets in the final played at the Thurstan College grounds in Colombo today.
Mahanama skipper, Sri Lanka youth cap Pavan Rathnayake once again decided to field first after winning the toss, just like in the Semifinal against arch-rivals D.S. Senanayake College, and restricted the boys from Moratuwa to a modest 196.
Captain Sukitha Prasanna top-scored for St. Sebastian’s College with 67 while the 9 wickets they lost were shared among the Mahanama bowlers, who as a pack bowled with discipline. Run-getting was not so easy for the Sebastianites as Mahanama made sure that they had a chaseable target with some tight bowling.
The run-chase wasn’t that easy as well. The match almost went to the wire as Mahanama kept losing wickets. However, crucial contributions from Sachira Waliwaththa, Vinuka Ruasinghe and Kaveesh Dissanayake ensured Mahanama’s victory. Dissanayake remained unbeaten and saw Mahanama cross the winning line with 3.4 overs to spare.
Incidentally, St. Sebastian’s College had also lost the U17 final last year after getting into the final 2 from 74 top cricket playing schools across the country. St. Joseph’s were the champions last year and now will pass on their title to newly crowned champions Mahanama College.
St. Sebastians College – 196/9 (50) Sukitha Prasanna 67, Yashan Avishka 33, Ashan Fernando 25, Santhila Rohana 2/12, Sadishan Samarasinghe 2/25
Mahanama College – 199/7 (46.2) Sachira Weliwaththa 46, Vinuka Rubasinghe 41, Kaveesh Dissnayake 32*, Sathila Rohana 24, Sandesh Fernando 3/44
MAHANAMA WON BY 3 WICKETS