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LR Cricket Academy emerged the new under 15 champions when they defeated the defenders MCA Cricket Academy ‘Blues’ by 33 runs to win the under 15 final of the 7th edition of the Inter Academy Invitational Cricket Tournament played at the MCA grounds recently.
Winning the toss and taking first lease of the wicket, were tottering with seven wickets down and hardly many runs on the board. But a blood transfusion stand of 50 runs for the eighth wicket between Avisha Wilwalaarachchi (46) and Vishwas Chathuranga (16) brought their score to a match winning 168 before their last man was dismissed.
Chasing a target of 169 for victory, MCA Cricket Academy ‘Blues’ got off to a flying start with 17 runs coming on the board in the first two overs of their innings. But thereafter they lost their way with the LRCA bowlers dropping into a better length and some brilliant fielding and catching to fold up for 135 runs and give LRC Academy a 33 run win and the title.
Special awards – based on performances up to the quarter finals – Best bowler – Yasindu Yularatne of the Dessert Club, Sharjah.
Best batsman – Navod Kalansuriya. Player of the tournament – Janodh Samarainghe – SSK Cricket Academy. Player of the final – Avishka Wilwalaarachchi SSK CA.
LRCA 168 in 29.4 overs (K. Lakthilina 18, S. Ashan 25, A. Wilwalaarachchi 46, V. Chathuranga 16, V. Silva 19, S. Weeraratne 2 for 31, D. Perera 4 for 34)
MCA CA ‘Blues’ 135 in 27.2 overs (S. Wijeratne 12, M. Jayawardena 10, D. Perera 31, N. Kalansuriya 14, C. Nanayakkara 22, A. Vimukthi 10, K. Lakthilina 3 for 25, V. Silva 3 for 13, R. Avishka 2 for 35) (BM)
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