Mahanama College Colombo and former runners-up St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa won their respective Semifinal matches today to reach the finals of the Singer U17 Division I tournament.
After postponing the penultimate stage of the tournament several times due to unfavorable weather conditions the two semifinals eventually concluded today.
Despite interruptions in Mattegoda, the shortened mini Battle of the Golds between arch-rivals Mahanama College and D.S. Senanayake College was completed successfully. The other game between S. Thomas’ College and St. Sebastian’s College at BRC grounds was played as a usual 50-over game.
With the game forced to be played as a 21-over encounter the Mahanama skipper Pavan Rathnayake opted to chase in the Mattegoda Army Grounds.
DS however were able to put on a competitive score with the help of half-centuries by hard-hitting Amitha Dabare and Vice-captain Pumuditha Perera.
Justifying his decision at the toss, Rathnayake lead the chase for his team scoring a match-winning half-century to guide his team to the final.
D.S. Senanayake College – 141/5 (21) Amitha Dabare 72, Pumuditha Perera 58, Sithum Kenula 2/14
Mahanama College, Colombo – 142/5 (18.4) Pavan Rathnayake 52, Sachira Weliwatta 24, Sadishan Chamodya 23, Maneendra Jayathilake 2/23, Saniru Dissanayake 2/30
MAHANAMA COLLEGE WON BY 5 WICKETS & QUALIFIED TO FINALS
2.Thomas’ College vs St. Sebastian’s College
Runners-up of the 2018 edition, St. Sebastian’s College were inspired by the match-winning bowling efforts of orthodox spinners Sandun Fernando and Vice-Captain Kalana Sandeepa to defend the 119 they made after winning the toss.
Thomian off-spinner Anuk Palihawadana, who has been in good form throughout this tournament with both bat and ball once again impressed, first by helping to restrict the Sebastianites for a mere 119.
In the run-chase, he finished as the top-scorer in a poor batting effort by his team. Undone by the Moratuwa spinners, S. Thomas’ were bundled out for just 88 runs handing a 31-run win for St. Sebastian’s College.
St. Sebastian’s College – 119 (47.5) Sandun Fernando 32, Anuk Palihawadana 3/14, Adnaan Janees 2/18
Thomas’ College – 88 (40) Anuk Palihawadana 21, Sandun Fernando 3/10, Kalana Sandeepa 2/14
SEBASTIAN’S WON BY 31 RUNS & QUALIFIED TO FINALS