The OWSC Munchee Glucofit sixes is scheduled to be held from September 24 to 26 at the Campbell Park. The tournament which is the 18th in the series is conducted by the Old Wesleyites Sports Club and sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits Ltd for the third successive year.
‘The tournament which began in 1993 with 23 teams has now increased to 36 teams which speak volumes of the success in organizing it in a professional manner’ said OWSC president Jeremy Brohier.
Jeremy Brohier President of OWSC receiving the sponsorship package for the OWSC Munchee Glucofit Sixes from Lakshman de Silva Managing Director of CBL.
He further stressed that the much looked forward to tournament which has the blessings of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and has gone from strength to strength which has benefited the organizers, sponsors and the youngsters participating. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held from October 1 to 3 but was forced to bring forward as owing to difficulties in getting the live television coverage.
Last year hidden talent in the outstation was seen when a team from the north had the honour of advancing to the semi finals.
The 36 teams will be divided in to nine groups of four teams in each. All matches will be monitored and supervised by a technical committee whose decision pertaining to the tournament will be the final.
The organizers will for the first time experiment the white ball which and coloured clothing which will be used from the semi final stages. The first two days of the tournament will as usual be played with the red ball.
If it turns out success they intend playing the entire tournament with the white ball from next year. Last year two girl’s schools participated in an exhibition game and this year the organizers have invited four schools and are awaiting confirmation.
The organizers last year introduced an art competition named Munchee Glucofit Cricart which was confined to students of Wesley. With this year’s art competition coinciding with International Children’s Day and the organisors are making arrangements to invite additional schools to display their talent.
The defending champions are St Joseph’s who won it for the second time after 1999.
The teams participating are hosts Wesley, Royal Colombo, Ananda, Moratu MV, Nalanda, St Joseph’s, St Peter’s, Lyceum Wattala, S. Thomas’, DSS, Thurstan, St Sebastian’s, Prince of Wales, Basilica Ragama, Dharmapala Pannipitiya, St Benedict’s, Kalutara MV, Richmond, De Mazenod, Carey, Royal Panadura, St Thomas Matale, Trinity, Joseph Vaz, Asoka MV, CWW Kannangara MMV, Isipathana, Mahanama Colombo, Royal Institute, Lumbni MV, Jaffna Schools combined, Batticaloa Combined, Habarana Isuru School, Debarawewa Central, Kantalai MMV and Royal Central Polonnaruwa.