Sandun helps Sebs fightback to book final berth

Under 17 Division I Cricket Semis

by Reemus Fernando

Sandun Fernando produced an outstanding all round performance for last year finalists St. Sebastian’s to fight back and secure a place in the final as they beat S. Thomas’ by 31 runs in the Under-17 Division I cricket tournament semi-final played at BRC ground on Tuesday.

The Sebs could muster only 119 runs after deciding to bat first. That was thanks largely to a fighting knock of 32 runs by Sandun Fernando. The Sebs were 59 for five wickets when he came to bat.

Later Fernando used his left-arm spin to good effect to restrict Thomians to 88 runs. He picked up three wickets for nine runs while Kalana Sandeepa took two wickets.

Anuk Palihawadana was the standout player for the Thomians. He took three wickets and top scored with 21 runs for Thomians.


St. Sebastian’s 119 all out in 47.5 overs (Sandun Fernando 32; Anuk Palihawadana 3/14, Adhnan Janees 2/18)

S. Thomas’ 88 all out in 40 overs (Anuk Palihawadana 21, Vinuja Wijayabandara 19; Sandun Fernando 3/09, Kalana Sandeepa 2/14)

Pawan powers Mahanama

Pawan Rathnayake powered Mahanama with a valuable half century for them to beat arch rivals D.S. Senanayake by five wickets in the Under-17 Division I semi-final at Mattegoda.

Chasing a target of 142 runs to win in 21 overs, Mahanama were precariously placed at 44 for two when Ratnayake came to bat. He top scored with 52 runs and saw them tie the score before parting.

D.S. Senanayake had a disastrous start when they lost two wickets for four runs. But Amitha Dabare (72) and Pumuditha Perera put on 116 runs for the third wicket to guide them to their eventual total.

The match got off to a delayed start as the teams had to shift from Bloomfield ground to Mattegoda due to wet ground conditions at the former. It was reduced to 21 overs a side later. Mahanama will now meet St. Sebastian’s in the final.


DSS 141 for 5 in 21 overs (Amitha Dabare 72, Pumuditha Perera 58n.o.; Sethum Kenula 2/14)

Mahanama 142 for 5 in 18.4 overs (Pawan Rathnayake 52, Sachira Weliwatta 24, Sadeeshan Chamodya 23, Vinuka Rubasinghe 19; Maneendra Jayathilake 2/23, Saniru Abeysekara 2/30)


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