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UOM Cricket Season Begins on a Winning Note
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University of Moratuwa 394/9 (50 overs)

Sahan Perera (102)

Nuwan Marasinghe (62)

Daminda Dhananjaya 5-8

Nisitha Wijewantha 5-34

 

P.C.R.C 74 (17.4 overs)

Mahendralal (20)

Anuradha (15)

 

The UOM Cricket team recorded their biggest win in history against P.C.R.C (Professionals' C.R. Club) at the first round match of the Colombo Division III, played at the university grounds. This match marked the beginning of the new season for UOM cricket under the captaincy of Sahan Perera. Playing his first match as the captain, Sahan dazzled spectators by scoring a century. Bowlers, Nisitha Wijewardena and Daminda Dhananjaya also made their maiden five wicket hauls.

The UOM team won the toss and elected to bat. Opener Nuwan Marasinghe scored a solid 62 runs and provided a good foundation for the innings. The former captain, Randika Perera who was back after an injury scored a quick fire 18 runs and propelled the score further. Geeth Sankalpa, a newcomer scored a half century and built a partnership of 91 runs for the 8th wicket. The UOM team ended their innings with a gigantic score of 394 runs.

With a mammoth total at hand, team P.C.R.C. was under pressure right from the start. The P.C.R.C. batsmen were not allowed to settle down by the UOM bowlers. Seamer Nisitha ripped through the top order by taking 5 wickets for 34 runs. With the loss of early wickets, the P.C.R.C batsmen were not able to rebuild their innings. Mahendralal was the highest scorer for P.C.R.C. with 20 runs. Anuradha, the last man to bat also managed to add 15 runs to the scoreboard. The rest of the batsmen crumbled under the pressure and were unable to reach two figure scores. The UOM bowlers managed to get all P.C.R.C. batsmen out for just 74 runs at the end of 17.4 overs

With a massive win in their first match of the season, the UOM Cricket team will look forward to carry this momentum and progress through the tournament with confidence.

By Rukshan Maliq

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Moratuwa Sharks Makes History for Take on The World Universities
Written by info upload    Saturday, 26 January 2013 18:56    PDF Print Email
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There was a superb display of cricket at P. Sara stadium Colombo in the Red Bull Campus Cricket Finals. There were great moments that one would never forget including superb catches, run outs, great fielding efforts and even miss fields. Finally The most consistent team of the tournament, Moratuwa Sharks claimed the victory of the first ever inter university T20 tournament of Sri Lankan cricket after winning a game filled with great deal of tension.

After winning the toss J’pura Kings’ captain invited Moratuwa Sharks to bat on the wearing P. Sara pitch. However early luck was on Sharks’ side when Nisitha Wijewantha top edged and bottom edged two P.K Perera deliveries for four passing Kings’ keeper Kishan. At the 4th over Sharks’ opener Sameera Marasinghe in full form gave superb display of power play taking 3 consecutive boundaries. It was against the bowling of S.  Edirisinghe where the first lofted drive over extra cover, then the best of the lot, cut though the covers and finally flicked towards square leg rope.

At the last over of the field restrictions, Sameera produced an outstanding shot for a six by stepping out to send the bowl over long on boundary followed by a lofted drive over bowler’s head for four. After power play they were well placed at 57/0 while they were searching for a mammoth total. But things were not happening as they expected when lofted on drive of Sameera Marasinghe found the long off fielder at the rope which was a superbly timed hit into the breeze of P.  Sara oval at 7th over. 

 

Then Sahan Perera, the vice captain joined Nisitha Wijewantha and added some valuable runs by singles and two’s until Nisitha was bowled by a superb full length delivery of King’s bowler Edirisinghe.  Before that Sharks were marching towards a big total when they were 75/1 after 10 overs.  Sharks’ expectation of a big total was lowered to some extent when their power hitter, Captain Rumesh Madushanka was bowled by Edirisinghe’s full length delivery which took advantage of the low bounce of the pitch. 

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Despite giving away 14 runs in his first over, Edirisinghe did well to take 2 wickets in his 2nd and 3rd overs. After 15 overs Sharks were at a better position as 111/2. Things got worse for Sharks when Kings claimed a team hat trick by running out Vimukthi Gunathilake, then taking top edged catch of Daminda Dhananjaya, and clean bowling Janindu Arukgoda. It was Kings’ left arm orthodox bowler whose efforts were able to take 2 wickets for 18 runs.

Sahan Perera as he usually does anchored the innings but top edged an attempted reverse sweep to fine leg at 28. Then wicket keeper batsmen Gagith Abeysekara joined Lalitha Prasanga when the score was 127/7 and took some valuable runs in the last over by collecting 2 fours, the first by Gagith, lofted drive for one bounce four and the next by Lalitha. At the end of 20 overs Moratuwa Sharks had taken 137/9 leaving J’pura Kings a possible but difficult aim.

J’pura Kings showed their courage and pushed the game their way.  Moratuwa Sharks putting 138 runs seemed a good yet achievable total on a wearing pitch at P Sara oval. J’pura openers, Thilina Samarasinghe and Roshan Cooray eased towards the total by grabbing full advantage of some missed chances. They put pressure on Sharks’ bowlers by finding occasional boundaries and showed great professionalism by taking singles and two runs regularly. But after loosing the openers Sharks started to believe and gave their best efforts to grab the title of their life. Finally their never giving up attitude paid back by taking them towards the victory.

Having to chase a total of 138, Kings had to play their best inning on the spin friendly track @ P Sara. But J’pura openers Thilina samarasinghe, one of the most aggressive batsmen in university cricket and captain Cooray made a sensible partnership with their experience at this level of cricket. At the end of the powerplay they were well settled with 34/0. It was a fortunate moment for the Kings at the 6th over when Sharks captain Rumesh Madushanka missed a rare chance of a runout at short extra cover giving Kings captain new life. At very next delivery Sharks paid the price for the missed run out when Cooray flicked the ball over the mid wicket rope.

Kings openers eased towards the target until the 9th over by taking effortless singles. But then was the over of the match bowled by off spinner, Vihangun Ariyaratne producing 5 plays and misses and making pressure on the Kings. After 10 overs Kings were well placed towards victory with 55/0. Playing supportive hand, Thilina samarasinghe played lofted off drive over extra cover but found running Rumesh Madushanka only to missed the catch in an one handed effort. Since then J,pura openers started to play their ruthless display of shots and there was a miss field in the 11th over when Rumesh Madushanka missed the ball which was travelling towards the midwicket boundary. 

After 11 over Kings were at 64/0. Then in the 12th over Thilina showed why he is considered as such a great batsman when he attacked Vimukthi Gunathilake’s delivery which travelled towards square leg boundary in between deep square leg and deep mid wicket fielders. Then the captain took his deserved 50 in a stylish way driving the ball over long on boundary.

Sharks had a great relief when the captain was run out after producing his most valuable inning of the tournament.  But he went out after laying the winning platform for his team. Then onto the crease was kings’ in form batsman no 3, P.K Silva to support Thilina. The Sharks never felt relief when they saw pressurized Daminda Dhananjaya, at long off making a long barrier only to see the ball passing between his legs towards the boundary. Then after the Captain’s dismissal Thilina shouldered the burden and took occasional boundaries at regular intervals. 

Then came the most important moment of the tournament, Thilina Samarasinghe played an on drive finding diving K. Munasingha at short midwicket.  That was a superb catch by Munasinghe marking the turning point of the match. Then match was taken a sudden turn around and Sharks started to have faith after sending out the most aggressive batsman Thereafter  Sharks had some brilliant fielding efforts to stop singles and boundaries. 

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At the beginning of the 17th over the game was a balanced contest where Kings needed 27 runs from 18 deliveries. The Sharks captain handed the ball over to Vimukthi  Gunathilake, arguably the best left arm orthodox bowler of the university cricket when Kings had to take 27 within 18 deliveries with 8 wickets remaining.  P.K Silva Kings’ no 3 tried to sweep the full length delivery only to see the ball hitting the middle stump. On the very next delivery the new batsman played a reckless shot to find Sahan Perera at long off. Then Vimukthi finished his superb spell as 26 for two wickets leaving next two bowlers todefend 22 within 2 over. 

Then Sameera Marasinghe bowled the best over of his spell leaving Daminda 18 runs to defend. Sharks players experienced the most joyful moment of their young lives when Daminda bowled a dot ball at the 120th delivery of Kings’ innings.

So J’pura made superb effort for chasing down the highest total of the P. Sara wicket but eventually failed to do it due to superb coming back of Moratuwa Sharks. Moratuwa Sharks will be able to represent Sri Lanka at Red Bull World University T20 tournament at Bangalore. Finally the first ever Red Bull nter university T20 title was taken by Moratuwa Sharks who deserved it since they were the only unbeaten team of the tournament as well as the inter university one day cricket champions.

On 23rd of the February, Moratuwa sharks will be fleeing to Bangalore to take on the world. 

By Tharindu wanigasekara

 

 

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 January 2013 19:42 )
 
Spirited Lions Snatch Third Spot of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2013
Written by info upload    Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:47    PDF Print Email
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Awesome bowling display backed with superb fielding ensured a gripping victory to Peradeniya Lions in the third place game of Red Bull Cricket Championship. A game that was seemed already taken by the Wayamba Heroes was well fought by the Lions to defend a total of 96 in a pitch which seemed to have more runs.

 Wayamba Heroes’ captain won the toss, in a bright morning that made a perfect setting for an ideal third place game. He took his team to field first to make use of the condition, well suited to bowlers.

Lions’ opener, K Perera opened the account with a superb drive through the covers that went all the way to the boundary in the very first over of the game. Aggressive Perera was sent packing by M.D.S Jayasekara when he found the batsmen leg before.  In the third over, Heroes’ J.M Jawad bowled A. Priyashad to making it worse for the Lions.

Heroes’ fielders displayed a great spirit in fielding and made the runs hard to come by. They put their best effort to stop the singles and eventually turned a poor call by Lions’ batsmen to get well set H.S.H Weerasingha out.

The iconic inning of the Lions was of their skipper S. Wijesekara who made 38 runs. He kept scoring all around the ground with several stylish boundaries. He was bowled in the 14th over when the total was on 70. Heroes further tightened their grip around the Lions with some brilliant fielding and bowled them out for 96 in the last over of the innings.

Wayamba, slid down their highest scorer of the tournament and usual opener, Seelarathna and brought in Udara and R. Kumarathunga to go behind the Lions bowling attack. Perera playing an aggressive inning from the word go, made a brisk 19 with a couple of boundaries to bring Wayamba to a total of 27 for no wickets at the end of 5 overs.

Lion’s captain brought in his spinners, seeing the pitch had something offer. The turning pitch helped the disciplined Lions spinners to slow down the run rate. They kept exploiting the conditions and thus induced pressure on batsmen.

Heroes kept the scorecard tickling with their opener R. Kumaratunga playing a sensible inning, while Maduranga kept an aggressive touch. Everything was going well for the Heroes until Maduranga was caught at the fine leg for 21, trying to play over the fine leg fielder.

Right after then the pressure kept building up, with runs drying and wickets falling at regular intervals. However until the end, the game was well opened for both the teams. Heroes had wickets in hand with classy batsmen while Lions had their classy bowlers in the stack.

O. Weeraratna was called to bowl the last 19th over. By then Heroes required 20 runs and had two of their well experienced batsmen at the crease. Weeraratne kept the line and length and forced the batsmen to throw their wickets. A direct hit form the deep, by Weeraratne in the last over got Jawad out while running for the 4th run. The target of 97 was too much for the Heroes and finally slumped to 86/6 at the end.

The Lions grabbed the victory from the Jaws of defeat to win the third place in the Red Bull Campus Cricket Championship.   

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By Ahamed Yahya

 

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:20 )
 
Unbeaten Mora clashing with Japura Kings in the bid for the crown
Written by info upload    Thursday, 24 January 2013 15:35    PDF Print Email
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14 teams, 4 groups, 25 playing matches spanning over 50 days. And it all comes down to this, the climax of the Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament. Mora Sharks and Japura Kings are clashing for the pride of being crowned as the T20 champions of the Island. And to cap it all they also get to play in the Asian tournament of Red Bull Campus Cricket which will be played in India. It’s time for both the teams to reap the benefits of the immense effort they put in to win the RBCC tournament.

14 teams played for the crown and they were grouped into 4 groups named Vijaya, Gamunu, Parakum and Kashyapa. The top 2 teams of every group advanced into the Quarterfinal stage. Moratuwa, Peradeniya, Jayawardanapura and Wayamba were the teams to go to Semifinals from these 14 teams. In scintillating Semifinals clashes Moratuwa won over Wayamba Heroes and Japura won over Peredeniya Lions to book their names in the Final, the ultimate clash.

3rd place off will also be played in the same day between Wayamba Heroes (Won over Sabragamuwa Dangerous in QF) and Peradeniya Lions (won QF over Jaffna Bulls).

Path to the Final:
Moratuwa Sharks: 1st in the Vijaya group => Won the Quarterfinal vs Kelaniya Gladiators => Won the Semifinal vs Wayamba Heroes

Japura Kings: 2nd in the Kashyapa group => Won the Quarterfinal vs Colombo Royals => Won the Semifinal vs Peradeniya Lions

Moratuwa Sharks is the only unbeaten team in the whole tournament and they are slight favorites in this final clash. They have won all 4 matches they played in this Red Bull Campus Cricket (They have played one less match than Japura Kings because Moratuwa Sharks was pooled in a group with 3 teams). They are also the Inter University Cricket champions in the recently concluded SLUG 2012.

Moratuwa Sharks has essayed their victories on the face of their superior batting. They are the only team in the whole tournament to consistently muster 150 + totals. Their 191-2 vs VPA Warriors in the Mora Sharks’ very first match of the tournament is still the highest total by a team in this RBCC. They piled up another 156 in the very next match against one of the prê tournament favorites Peradeniya Lions. In the next 2 matches they batted second and easily chased the totals that were given to them. So far in this Tournament Moratuwa has shown that their batting is good no matter whether they are batting first or second!

Individually speaking W.S.U Perera and N.S Marasinghe are the pick of the batsmen in the Moratuwa team. W.S.U Perera blasted an unbeaten 50 vs VPA warriors and another 50 vs Peradeniya. His average is also sky rocketing considering he has 2 not outs in this Tournament. N.S Marasinghe is also scoring consistently and is giving steady starts to the Moratuwa Sharks. Madhushanka and Goonathilake are also in a great touch with the bat.

Moratuwa Sharks’ bowling has not been great as they would love to have. But in the 2 knock out matches they played in RBCC they have shown some improvement in their bowling. Their bowling attack is taking enough wickets in regular intervals but they are being tad expensive while doing so.  D.Dhananjaya and W.S.U Perera have being good throughout the tournament. Madushanka and Marasinghe also have a lot of responsibility in their hands. It all would depend on how the all-rounders of Moratuwa perform in the Final clash.

Japura Kings are essentially the Anti-Moratuwa of the tournament. As Moratuwa Sharks constructed their victories on the foundation laid by their batsmen Japura Kings blasted their way to the Finals on the back of their bowling. They are the best bowling side of the tournament as they have showcased it time and time again. The most number of runs they have conceded in this tournament is 105; on the contrary Moratuwa has twice conceded 150 + totals.

Jayawardanapura has taken their bowling prowess to another level for the knock out stages. In the Quarterfinal they bundled out the defending champions Colombo Royals on their own backyard for a paltry 48 runs. They were ruthless in that match and the best thing about that performance was that all the bowlers contributed to this thrashing, which means they are bowling better as a bowling unit. In the Semifinals they defended a small target of 115 vs Peradeniya Lions. Their bowling performance is the classic manual on how to choke the opponents. Peradeniya was cruising towards the victory in the 14th over with 80-2. A lesser team would’ve resigned to defeat at this point. But Japura Kings is not one of those teams. They fought back with their spinners and choked Peradeniya Lions. The attacking fields deployed by the skipper coupled with some aggressive fielding won the game for Japura Kings. Peradeniya was bundled out for 105. Japura showed real mental toughness vs Peradeniya in that match and that would come handy in the Finals, where it would be all about playing under pressure.

Kanthab, Weerasekara, Edirisinghe and Karunarathne are the architects behind the strong Japura bowling unit. They should continue their bowling prowess to bring the crown to Jayawardanapura.

Bowling might be their strength, but batting is their Achilles heel. Japura Kings is yet to put up a complete batting performance in this tournament. They need to pull up their socks and should put up a better batting show in the Finals to have any realistic hope to win the tournament. T.M. Samarasinghe is the only batsman from Japura Kings who is showing some kind of form in this RBCC tournament. He didn’t play in the first match of their campaign and they lost it vs Sabragamuva Dangerous (It can’t be a co-incidence).

So, it’s time for the fitting finale where the best batting side is playing the best bowling side. It’s like watching the batting unit of South Africa playing the bowling unit of South Africa; best bowling in the world vs best batting in the world.

Final is the place where the past records means as small as a pea, what does matter is how you play that match. The team which doesn’t wither under pressure would come on top. You may be the best team in this format but you will not succeed if you can’t play well under some pressure you can’t emerge victorious (Read Sri Lanka in the WT20 final vs West Indies).

Can the unbeaten team of the tournament Mora Sharks jump over the final hurdle too? To see the answer for yourself be there in P.Saravanamuthu stadium (Colombo Oval) on 26th of January!

By Sutharman Paskaran

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Mora Sharks eliminate the mighty Wayamba Heroes
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Wayamba Heroes   - 87 all out       19.5 overs

Moratuwa Sharks -    91/3               14 overs

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and the P.Sarawanamuttu ground was ready to facilitate the second semifinal of the Red Bull Campus Cricket Tournament 2013. Moratuwa Sharks ,the only unbeaten team of the tournament  and the strong Wayamaba Heroes were having their final practice sessions for the critical battle which would decide on their dream of the championship trophy. Mora Sharks was through to the semifinals with their victory over Kelaniya Gladiators in the quarter-finals while Wayamaba Heroes made their way by winning over Sabaragamuwa Dangerous.

The much awaited toss was in favour of Moratuwa Sharks and the captain Romesh Madushanka chose to field first inviting Wayamaba Heros to bat.

 

 

 

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The opening pair of Wayamba Heroes , gave their team a good start but that was not sufficient to hold the bowling army of Moratuwa Sharks. The first wicket fell at 23  in the fifth over, and third and fourth wickets fell at forty four which increased the pressure of the batsmen. Moratuwa Sharks demonstrated some excellent bowling and fielding throughout the innings. The hope of the Wayamba team to go for a high score was demolished with the super bowling of Vimukthi Gunathilake, the highest wicket taker for UOM. Vimukthi bagged four wickets and missed the hat-trick having being short of one ball since his four overs were completed with the second consecutive wicket. Waymba team built a strong partnership of nineteen runs for the last wicket which took the score board of Wayamba Heros to eighty seven .The first innings came to an end leaving a target of eighty eight runs for the Moratuwa Sharks to march toward the grand finale.

The second innings commenced sharp at 4 p.m. Despite of their lack of experience compared to Moratuwa Sharks,Wayamba Heroes had a great start forcing the first wicket of Moratuwa to fall at just eight runs. But the pressure lasted only for few overs since Nuwan Sameera  Marasinghe, an all rounder of the Sharks started to turn the tables around with runs coming out of his bat smoothly and confidently. Batsmen showed no signs of excitement and hesitation but simply built up their innings while safeguarding the wicket. Sahan, the Vice Captain of UOM gave a great support to Nuwan until both of them were dismissed when the score of Sharks struck seventy five. Nuwan, who paved the winning path for Moratuwa was out after collecting invaluable forty two runs. When he walked to the stadium with the applause of the spectators , Romesh Madushnka, the captain of the team , took the responsibility to his shoulders. He, who was renowned for hitting massive sixes demonstrated this ability and led the team to finish off with ninety-one runs for three wickets after just fourteen overs. The bowling and fielding of Wayamba which was of high quality at the start, seemed to die down gradually.

 

 

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Both the teams demonstrated high level of cricket and it should be noted that Moratuwa entered the match without their captain, Randika Perera who was injured in a preliminary match. The spirit and the sportsmanship of the teams were highly appreciated by the commentators as well as the cricket fans.

Thus, Moratuwa sharks , the proud champions of the Inter University Cricket Championship 2012 ,made their way through to the grand final yet again, which will be held on the 26th Saturday at the same venue. They will be meeting J’Pura Kings who put down Peradeniya Lions at the first semifinal held this morning.

MoraSpirit congratulates Moratuwa and Wayamba teams for the great effort they put on and together with the cricket fans we are in eager to witness a thrilling battle for the prestigious trophy.

by P.R. Senanayake


 

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