Royal College became the champions of the Singer U19 Division 2 (Limited Overs) Cricket Tournament 2018/19, after their comprehensive win in the final against Sri Sumangala College, Panadura on 31st of March at Moors Sports Club Ground.
Royal College, after their narrow win of 36 runs versus St. Johns’ College, Panadura in the semifinal, decided to chase after winning the toss.
Both schools won their respective limited over fixtures in big matches and were riding high on confidence.
Royal College Playing XI – Bhagya Dissanayake, Kavindu Madarasinghe (C), A Sanchitha, Pasindu Sooriyabandara, Kamil Mishara, Lahiru Madusanka, Kawshan Kulasuriya, Gishan Balasooriya, S Amarasekara, Sadisha Rajapaksa, Rukshan Ravindra
Sri Sumangala College Playing XI – Sasindu De Silva, M Harshana, P N Jayasekara, I Imsara, T Silva, J Induwara, P Shanadith †, P Madusanka, S Ishara, V L Kumara, A Jayasinghe
Sumangalian opening pair started their innings positively and put up a 38-run partnership before M. Harshana was bowled for 11 by Roy-Tho limited overs encounter hero Lahiru Madushanka. Opener Sasindu de Silva scored 38 runs with 4 fours before he was trapped in front by Gishan Balasooriya’s spin.
The pick of the batters for Sri Sumangala College was I. Imsara who made the major contribution with an almost run-a-ball 84. He lifted the Sumangala innings to a decent 231. Spin duo Sadisha Rajapaksa and Gishan Balasooriya picked up two wickets each.
In reply, Royal openers, Bhagya Dissanayake and skipper Kavindu Madarasinghe made their intentions clear from the get-go, scoring at 5 runs per over before they were reduced to 73 for 2 in 15 overs. The pair had to walk back after scoring 15 & 32 respectively.
Then, A. Sanchitha and U19 national cap Pasindu Sooriyabandara combined for an unbeaten, match winning 159-run partnership to seal the championship for Royal College.
Sooriyabandara was too good for the Sumangala attack, scoring yet another century, that too in just 87 balls, while Sanchitha played the second fiddle, contributing with a run-a-ball 74.
Winning the limited overs championship doesn’t mean Royal College will be promoted to Div. 01. They will need to seal one of the seats in final of the Singer U19 Division 2 (two- day) Cricket Tournament to be promoted to the division 01 again. They have already qualified for the semi finals and will meet Kaluthara Vidyalaya to decide their fate in division 02.