Lyceum International School, Wattala were crowned champions of the U17 Division 2 Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament 2023 as they defeated Christ King College, Ja-Ela by 8 wickets in the Final of the tournament, worked off today (19th August) at De Mazenod College Grounds, Kandana.
Christ King College won the toss and opted to bat first, but unfortunately had a terrible start to their innings, losing 4 top order wickets for just 48 runs.
However, the Skipper Avishka Nirmal and wicket-keeper batter Pramod Chathuranga rescued the innings, adding a 77-run partnership for the 5th wicket.
Christ King College was unable to capitalize on that partnership as they lost the remaining 5 wickets for just 17 runs to be bowled out for 142 runs.
Nirmal, who scored 59 runs off 74 balls with 6 fours and a six, was the star performer with the bat for Christ King College, while Sadev Hettiarachchi stole the headlines with the ball, picking up 3 wickets for just 35 runs for Lyceum International School.
In reply, Lyceum International School got off to a sedate start to their innings compared to their counterparts. The opening batter Omalka Hapuarachchi set the platform in the run-chase, building two crucial partnerships of 36 and 35 with Danidu Nawaratne and Shavidu Silva for the 1st and 2nd wickets respectively.
Subsequently, Silva and Tharusha Ranasinghe collaborated for an unbeaten 72-run stand for the 3rd wicket, helping Lyceum International School get over the line with 8 wickets in hand.
Christ King College, Ja-Ela – 142 (41.5) Avishka Nirmal 59, Pramod Chathuranga 25, Sadev Hettiarachchi 3/35, Tharusha Ranasinghe 2/25
Lyceum International School, Wattala – 143/2 (31.5) Shavidu Silva 38*, Omalka Hapuarachchi 37, Tharusha Ranasinghe 37*
Result – Lyceum International School won by 8 wickets and clinched the championship