Trinity College and St. Joseph’s College emerged Joint Champions of the U17 Division 1 Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament, as the final ended in a tie today (24th September) at Surrey Village Grounds in Maggona.
St. Joseph’s College Skipper Kenath Liyanage won the toss and invited Trinity College to bat first. The boys from Kandy were unable to get off to a good start as they lost the first 3 wickets for just 49 runs on the board.
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However, three 30+ partnerships built by the Trinity middle order ensured that they reached 198/8 in the allotted 50 overs. No. 6 batter Jayavi Liyanagama was the top-scorer for Trinity College as he made 48 runs off 79 balls with 4 fours.
Kaveen Pathirana and Yenula Dewthusa starred with the ball for the Joes, sharing 5 wickets between them.
Chasing 199 runs to win, St. Joseph’s College also got off to a poor start with the bat, losing 2 top order wickets for 33 runs inside the first 10 overs. However, opening batter Sahan Dabare and Skipper Kenath Liyanage rescued the innings, adding a 59-run partnership for the 3rd wicket.
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After their dismissals, the St. Joseph’s College batting lineup saw a collapse as they lost 7 wickets for 74 runs, reducing their hopes of clinching the title. However, the Joes’ last pair, Dunick Perera and Oshada Gunasinghe, showed great fightback, pushing their side forward.
The duo added 32 runs to the last wicket and almost snatched a victory for the Joes before Perera ran himself out in the very last ball of the innings, when they needed 2 runs in the final delivery.
Trinity College, Kandy 198/8 (50) Jayavi Liyanagama 48, Dimantha Mahavithana 30, Wathila Udara 30, Kavindu Jayarathne 20*, Kaven Pathirana 3/28, Yenula Dewthusa 2/20
St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 198 (50) Sahan Dabare 57, Naren Muralidaran 20, Kenath Liyanage 20, Sweath Anurajeewa 3/54, Jayavi Liyanagama 2/19
Result – Match Tied (Trinity College and St. Joseph’s College declared Joint Champions)
|Dimantha Mahavithana||b Yenula Dewthusa||30||40||5||0||75.00|
|Pulisha Thimeth Thilakarathna||c Rishma Amarasinghe b Dunick Perera||0||7||0||0||0.00|
|Lakvin Abeysinghe||c Yenula Dewthusa b Kavean Pathirana||7||28||1||0||25.00|
|Wathila Udara||run out (Kavean Pathirana)||30||49||4||0||61.22|
|Oshana Lokuge||c Naren Muralidaran b Kavean Pathirana||3||15||0||0||20.00|
|Jayavi Liyanagama||b Yenula Dewthusa||48||79||4||0||60.76|
|Mohamed Aadham||c Abishek Jayaweera b Naren Muralidaran||10||31||0||0||32.26|
|Sweath Anurajeewa||c Dunick Perera b Kavean Pathirana||11||26||0||0||42.31|
|Malith Rathnayake||not out||1||12||0||0||8.33|
|Kavindu Jayarathne||not out||20||16||0||2||125.00|
|Extras||38 (b 1 , lb 5 , nb 3, w 29, pen 0)|
|Total||198/8 (50 Overs, RR: 3.96)|
|Abishek Jayaweera||b Kavindu Jayarathne||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Sahan Dabare||c Malith Rathnayake b Jayavi Liyanagama||57||82||3||2||69.51|
|Naren Muralidaran||b Malith Rathnayake||20||32||4||0||62.50|
|Keneth Liyanage||st Mohamed Aadham b Wathila Udara||20||43||4||0||46.51|
|Rishma Amarasinghe||c & b Sweath Anurajeewa||17||38||1||0||44.74|
|Kavean Pathirana||run out (Wathila Udara)||4||3||1||0||133.33|
|Yenula Dewthusa||b Jayavi Liyanagama||17||31||0||1||54.84|
|Sasanka Ranaweera||b Sweath Anurajeewa||15||21||2||0||71.43|
|Manik Gunawardena||c Mohamed Aadham b Sweath Anurajeewa||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|Dunick Perera||run out (Pulisha Thimeth Thilakarathna)||15||24||1||1||62.50|
|Oshada Gunasinghe||not out||17||20||2||0||85.00|
|Extras||15 (b 1 , lb 0 , nb 2, w 12, pen 0)|
|Total||198/10 (50 Overs, RR: 3.96)|
|Pulisha Thimeth Thilakarathna||1||0||8||0||8.00|