Harmony champs again
St Peter’s College won the Murali Harmony T20 Cup for the second successive year after defeating Trinity College by four wickets in the final in Killinochchi on November 5
The defending champions chased down a target of 103 in 19 overs. Trinity was restricted to 102 for nine in its 20 overs.
Trinity, sent in to bat on the Killinochchi Central College ground, suffered early setbacks and slid to 33 for four after six overs, And, despite some determined batting by the middle order, the Trinitians could not get on top of some tight bowling. Left-arm spinner Sahan Nanayakkare claimed 3 for 14 in his fours overs and was well-supported by paceman Naveen Dharshana, with two wickets.
In their run chase, the Peterites lost their first wicket at 16 but were steadied by a second-wicket partnership of 32 between Hashan Upendra and Janith Liyanage.
The loss of more quick wickets did not stop the dash to the title, with skipper Kavindra de Thissera leading the way with a measured 24 not out and Sachin Dalpadhadu striking a quick 20. St Peter’s made 106 for the loss of six wickets.
St Peter’s was a fitting winner of the tournament, going through the group and knock-out stages unbeaten. The Peterites also bagged three of the four awards – de Thissera was player of the final; Upendra was named the tournament’s best batsman and Nanayakkare the best bowler. Trinitian Raveen Sayer was the player of the tournament.
The second annual Murali Harmony T20 Cup was played at five venues across Sri Lanka’s northern province. The tournament aims to promote unity and reconciliation as well as the development of cricket, in the post-war regions of the country, by bringing men’s and women’s teams from the south to play sides from the north and east.