Colombo South emerged Champions of the Prima U15 Sri Lanka Youth League as they defeated Colombo North by 3 wickets in the Final of the tournament played today (29th November), at MCA Grounds, Colombo.
Colombo North Skipper Kithma Sithmal won the toss and opted to bat first, but did nt start well with the bat, losing 6 top order wickets for just 51 runs. However, late order batters Rachintha de Silva and Osanda Pamuditha rescued the innings by adding 78 runs for the 7th wicket.
De Silva made 45 runs off 73 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes, while Pamuditha chipped in with 35 runs off 85 balls with 4 fours, as Colombo North posted 148/8 in the allotted 50 overs.
Rashan Nawanjana was the pick of the bowlers for Colombo South as he bagged 3 wickets for 20 runs in his 10-over spell, which included 5 maidens.
In reply, Colombo South too were unable to get a good start with the bat as they lost 4 wickets for 59 runs. However, the opening batter Hiruka Silva and Thevindu Wewalwala turned the game in their favour, building a crucial 57-run partnership for the 5th wicket which set the tone for Colombo South’s victory.
Silva who top scored for Colombo South contributed with 61 runs off 100 balls with 6 fours and a six, sending the Colombo North bowlers on a leather hunt.
Colombo North – 148/8 (50) Rachintha de Silva 45, Osanda Pamuditha 35, Rashan Nawanjana 3/20, Tenusha Yapa 2/30
Colombo South – 151/7 (45.5) Hiruka Silva 61, Thevindu Wewalwala 20, Kithma Sithmal 2/21, Lahiru Lakmal 2/25
Result – Colombo South won by 3 wickets