St Joseph's defeat Trinity to clinch under-17 title

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St Joseph’s came out victorious in a low scoring final of the under 17 division one cricket tournament by four wickets against Trinity played at the CCC grounds yesterday.

The batting track as in the previous games played in this venue, which has been unpredictable, looked no different as the batsmen from both sides found it difficult to counter the bowling with any degree of certainty.

The Josephians though chasing a mediocre target of 139 runs were made to work hard for their runs which they ultimately reached at the tail end of the 39th over.

If not for the partnership of 64 runs between Vidusha Jayasinghe and Rosco Thatil the Joes would have undergone much more pressure and a score of 175 would have seen them struggling.

Even then the runs added by Vidusha and Rosco took them over 100 deliveries which speaks volumes of how difficult batting in this track was. Nevertheless credit cannot be taken away from the champions as they were the better team and stuck to their task.

Earlier in the day Trinity skipper Akila Jayasundara winning the toss and deciding to bat got off to a sedate start with the openers adding 36 runs. Three quick wickets within the a space of five overs saw the young lions slide to 53 for 3 in the 17th over before they were rescued by an invaluable 45 run fifth wicket stand between top scorers Niroshan Dickwella and Janishka Premasinghe.

Unfortunately that was all that they could do as the late order batting struggled to make ends meet. The uneven pitch saw them losing wickets at regular intervals and were restricted to a score of 138 in their 50 overs.

It’s a pity that the organizers concerned are playing matches in this ground without a break. It was only two days ago that the under 15 division one quarter final encounter between Royal and St Joseph’s was played.

This was followed by this final game and today St Peter’s are down to play De Mazenod in a crucial under 15 division one semi final encounter at the same venue.

(By M. Shamil Amit for Daily Mirror.)

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