Western Province Central took the pot of gold in the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Under-19 Provincial final pulling off a 16-run win over Western Province North at the CCC Grounds on Saturday.
Western Province Central overcame the early hiccup of the loss of a wicket with Kamil Mishara setting the stage for victory with a superb 72 and 56 by Pasindu Sooriyabandara in a total of 225 in 48.4 overs. At one stage Western Province Central was well poised for a bigger total on 151 for 2 but lost eight wickets for 74 runs as Western Province North bowlers fought back. The two were associated in a 98-run alliance for the third wicket. Kamil Mishara also posted an invaluable 45-run partnership for the second wicket.
Right arm paceman Avishka Tharindu claimed 3 wickets for 38 runs for Western Province North while Mahesh Theekshana and Ravindu Fernando took 2 wickets apiece.
Meanwhile, Western Province North needing 226 runs to win also suffered an early setback of the loss of opening batsman Shehan Fernando for a duck 48.4
But the innings was revived with a fine 86-run partnership between Mohomed Samaz and skipper Ashan Fernando for the second wicket but collapsed to 122 for 6. They did stage a late rally to reach 209 for 9 wickets in their 50 overs lacking the clout for the final assault to upstage the opposition. . Mohomed Samaz scored 49 before being run out. Left arm spinner Sonal Dinusha was the wrecker with the ball for the champion team with 4 for 22.
Western Province Central 225 (48.4 Overs)
(Kamil Mishara 72 and 56 by Pasindu Sooriyabandara 56, Avishka Tharindu 3/39, Ravindu Fernando 2/36, Mahesh Theekshana 2/47).
Western Province North 209/9 (50 Overs)
(Mohomed Samaz 49, Ashan Fernando 34, Avishka Tharindu 32, Ravindu Fernando 28, Sonal Dinusha 4/22).
By Srian Obeyesekere
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