The Sri Lanka Schools Under 19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2020/2021 which commenced on the 16th of March has reached its pinnacle – the knockouts, with the group stage coming to an end on the 12th of April.
The 50-over tournament saw the participation of 36 schools competing in two tiers with each team playing five group games.
The Quarter Finals are set to be played from the 19th to 22nd April. The Semi-Finals will be worked out on the 25th and 28th April, while the two Finals will be worked out on the 1st and 2nd of May. The knockout phase will be played in coloured clothing and using white balls.
Due to the current Pandemic situation, the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) scrapped the two-day format for this season and also due to the time constraints, divided the 36 Division 1 schools into two tiers, as per their seeding from the 2019/2020 season. Thus, the top 18 schools competed in Tier A, while the bottom 18 schools were drawn into playing in Tier B.
In the Tier A competition, Royal College, Mahanama College and Richmond College remained unbeaten and managed to top their respective groups (X,Y,Z) by winning five matches apiece. Trinity College, St. Sebastian’s College and St. Anthony’s College, Kandy qualified for the final eight stage by ending as the second-placed teams in their groups as per the points. St. Joseph’s College and Nalanda College found themselves playing in the knockouts by becoming the two best third-placed teams with more points than the other third-placed team, Gurukula College.
St. Peter’s College, Isipathana College and St. Anthony’s College, Wattala dominated proceedings in the Tier B competition by winning their respective groups (X,Y,Z) by defeating all their five opponents in the group stage. Mahinda College, St. Joseph Vaz College and Devapathiraja College ended up as the runners-up in their groups and booked their places in the top eight, while Ananda College and Dharmasoka College qualified through the ‘Best Third’ allocation.
Under 19 Division 1 – Tier A – Quarter Final Schedule
- QF 1 – Royal College, Colombo vs Nalanda College, Colombo – 19th April at S. Thomas’ College Grounds
- QF 2 – Mahanama College, Colombo vs St. Anthony’s College, Kandy – 20th April at Welegedara Stadium
- QF 3 – Trinity College, Kandy vs St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa – 19th April at Royal College Grounds
- QF 4 – Richmond College, Galle vs St. Joseph’s College, Colombo – 20th April at D.S Senanayake College Grounds
Under 19 Division 1 – Tier B – Quarter Final Schedule
- QF 1 – St. Peter’s College, Colombo vs Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda – 21st April at Galle International Stadium
- QF 2 – Isipathana College, Colombo vs Devapathiraja College, Rathgama – 22nd April at D.S Senanayake College Grounds
- QF 3 – Mahinda College, Galle vs St. Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa – 22nd April at Prince of Wales College Grounds
- QF 4 – St. Anthony’s College, Wattala vs Ananda College, Colombo – 21st April at St. Peter’s College Grounds
Under 19 Division 1 – Tier A – Semi Final Schedule
- SF 1 – Winner of QF 1 vs Winner of QF 2 – 28th April at Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa
- SF 2 – Winner of QF 3 vs Winner of QF 4 – 28th April at Surrey Village Grounds, Maggona
Under 19 Division 1 – Tier B – Semi Final Schedule
- SF 1 – Winner of QF 1 vs Winner of QF 2 – 25th April at BRC Grounds, Colombo
- SF 2 – Winner of QF 3 vs Winner of QF 4 – 25th April at Thurstan Grounds, Colombo
Under 19 Division 1 – Tier A – Final – 1st May at NCC Grounds
Under 19 Division 1 – Tier B – Final – 2nd May at NCC Grounds
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