Unbeaten Colombo North Champs

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Unbeaten Colombo North emerged champions of the Under-17 Youth League Cricket Tournament, when they beat Kandy by 19 runs in the final at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Kandy won the toss and elected to field. Colombo North scored 283 runs in 50 overs. Skipper Kavindu Amameth, left hand opener, scored 82 runs in 100 balls with 7 boundaries and 3 sixes. Samindu Madhuranga scored 50 runs in 63 deliveries with 6 boundaries. Koojana Perera knocked 48 runs in 35 deliveries with 6 boundaries and a six. Hiran Jayasundara (29), Praveen Maneeshan (18*), Sahan Dabare (14) and Thanuga Palihawadana (11) helped to build their inning. Kavindu Amameth and Samindu Maduranga were involved in a stand of 91 runs for the 5th wicket.

Sheshan Yashon claimed 4 wickets for 40 runs, while Akila Wickramasinghe, Nisal Abeyrathne and Manula Kularathne claimed 2 wickets each.

Kandy replied with 264 runs in 48.3 overs. Supun Waduge, left hand opener, scored 93 runs in 128 deliveries with 11 boundaries and a six. Thisara Ekanayake (37), Wathila Udara (32), Pulindu Perera (31), Jayavi Liyanagama (21) and Manula Kularathne (12*) made useful contributions. helped to build their inning.

Supun and Pulindu Perera gave Kandy a good start with a partnership of 55 runs. Thisara Ekanayake joined Supun and the pair put on a partnership of 92 runs for the 4th wicket.

Praveen Maneeshan claimed 3 wickets for 38 runs. Lahiru Amarasekara, Tharusha Kodikara and Garuka Sanketh claimed 2 wickets each.

Colombo North:  283 (50) (Kavindu Amameth 82, Samindu Madhuranga 50, Koojana Perera 48, Hiran Jayasundara 29, Sheshan Yashon 4/40, Akila Wickramasinghe 2/44, Nisal Abeyrathne 2/50, Manula Kularathne 2/68)

Kandy: 264 (48.3) (Supun Waduge 93, Thisara Ekanayake 37, Wathila Udara 32, Pulindu Perera 31, Praveen Maneeshan 3/38, Lahiru Amarasekara 2/33, Tharusha Kodikara 2/55, Garuka Sanketh 2/77)

Awards

Best batter – Supun Waduge (Kandy)

Best bowler – Garuka Sanketh (Colombo North)

Man of the final – Kavindu Amameth (Colombo North)

Player of the tournament – Dinura Kalupahana (Galle)

 (IR)