A close contest on the cards when S. Thomas’ Prep. meet Vidyaloka

Inter School Under 13 Division II Cricket Final



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by Reemus Fernando


A close contest is expected when S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Colombo meet Vidyaloka College, Galle in the final of the ‘Singer Trophy’ Inter School Under 13 Division II tournament at Sri Sumangala College grounds Hikkaduwa today.


The two teams who will be promoted to Division I category next year by virtue of becoming the finalists of the Division II tournament have some fine players who did well during the tournament this year.


Players to watch


Skipper Lian Thirimanne and his deputy Thishen Eheliyagoda are the players to watch in the S. Thomas’ Preparatory School team. Eheliyagoda has scored more than 650 runs with two centuries and five half centuries. He has also taken 18 wickets. Thirimanne has a tally of over 30 wickets.


Dasun Chamod, Rimesh Kavinda, Senaru Niduwara and Reshan Benasha are expected to do well for Vidyaloka. Chamod is the leading scorer for them with over 400 runs against his name. Kavinda too has scored over 200 runs. Niduwara is the leading strike bowler with over 30 wickets for the tournament. Benash has taken some 18 wickets.


Road to final


After doing well during the preliminary round matches both teams encountered some tough opponents during the business end of the tournament.


S. Thomas’ Preparatory edged out President’s College(B), Kotte (pre quarter-final), Sri Sumangala, Panadura (quarter-final) and Royal (B), Colombo (semi-final) during the knockout stage.


Vidyaloka fell Royal, Moneragala (pre quarter-final), St. Sebastian’s (B), Moratuwa (quarter-final) and St. Peter’s (B), Bambalapitiya during the knockout stage.


Fighting for first innings points or just points for wickets and runs had been the norm during the latter part of the tournament. With their prime target of winning the Division I promotion now achieved it would be interesting to watch whether these two teams will go all out to claim an outright win.


Teams


S. Thomas’ Preparatory School (from): Lian Thirimanne (Captain), Tishen Eheliyagoda (V. Capt.), Ramith Ellawala, Yasindra Siriwardena, L. de Silva, Saveen Kodagoda, O. Weerasekera, B. Benjamin, A. Amzari, A. de Silva, Y. Warnakulasuriya, Neresh Ranjith Kumar, N. Ikram, B. Balakumar, N. Fernando. Officials: Sabu Weerasooriya (Head Coach), Mihiran Wickramasinghe (Asst. Coach), A. Ananthan (Master in Charge), J. Senanayake (Asst. MiC), Rev. Fr. Dhushantha Fernando (Warden).


Vidyaloka College Galle (from): Rashmika Prabath (Captain), Nimesh Avinda, Dasun Chamod, Prageeth Bimsara, Reshan Benasha, Pasan Madusanka, Senaru Niduwara, Sasagah Sri Ravindu, Lidula Nuwanga, Sadil Senudha, Binuda Jithnuka, Desath Rashmitha, Dulina Poojan, Upeksha Kavinda, Kavindu Sathsara. Officials: Thusitha Kariyawasam (Coach), L.R. Manatunga (Master in Charge), P.P.W. Senevirathne (Principal).


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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