A new Champion will be crowned this year, as defending champions St. Servatius College Matara and ‘A division’ schools knocked out of the final 16.
The first two rounds of the singer schools u17 cricket tournament which ran over 3 months at different venues all over the Island have been completed. And now we are down to the 16 teams who have earned promotion to the knock-out stages of the Pre-quarter finals.
The tournament kicked off in May featuring 74 teams in the first round on a league basis divided into 10 groups. It later cut down to 32 teams divided into 8 groups where the top 2 teams of each group have now earned themselves promotion.
The Pre-Quarter finals will be played on a Knock-out basis, and 8 teams will qualify to the quarter-finals round.
St. Servatius College Matara who were crowned champions last year, surprisingly failed to qualify for the second round this year. The second division schools strung up quite a few surprises as many of the ‘A division’ schools were knocked out from the group stages. Richmond College, Trinity College and St. Aloysius College Galle were big names in ‘A division’ cricket who were knocked out of the tournament after poor performances during the season.
Ananda College was lucky to have qualified on ‘Net Run-Rate’ breaking the hearts of Mahanama College who initially defeated Ananda College but lost to Piliyandala Central in their last group fixture.
The 16 teams are as follows
Nalanda College Colombo
Prince of Wales College Moratuwa
S.Thomas’ College Mt Lavinia
Ananda College Colombo 10
St. Peter’s College Colombo
Royal College Colombo
St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa
Isipathana College Colombo
St. Joseph’s College Colombo
Thurstan College Colombo
Gurukula Vidyalaya – Kelaniya
St. Anthony’s College Wattala
St. Anthony’s College Katugasthota
Dharmaraja College Kandy
Mahinda College Galle
Maliyadeva College Kurunegala
The Fixtures are as follows.
|18th August 2018||St. Joseph’s College vs Isipathana College||St.Joseph’s Grounds Maradana|
|20th August 2018||Mahinda College vs Prince of Wales College||Galle Interntional stadium|
|20th August 2018||Gurukula Vidyalaya vs Royal College||Mahara Prison Grounds|
|21st August 2018||S. Thomas College vs Dharmaraja College||S. Thomas’ Grounds Mount Lavinia|
|21st August 2018||St. Anthony’s College vs Ananda College||St.Anthony’s Grounds Katugasthota|
|22nd August 2018||St. Sebastian’s College vs Thurstan College||St.Sebastian’s Grounds Moratuwa|
|TBC||St. Peter’s College vs St. Anthony’s College Wattala||St. Peter’s’ Grounds Bambalapitiya|
|TBC||Nalanda College vs Maliyadeva College||Nalanda Grounds|