The curtains of the Under 19 inter-schools cricket season will ring down with the final of the Under 19 T20 cricket tournament between Trinity and St. Peter’s scheduled to be played at the CCC ground from 1.30 p.m. onwards.
The clash will be significant for the two teams who will be coming into the game with an aim of fulfilling a mission where Trinity will be looking to sign off the season with a victory to complete a triple having already won the league and the limited over.
St. Peter’s on the other hand will be all out to avenge their semi final defeat to the same opponents in the limited over tournament played a few days back.
With the two teams coming into the game with the aim of fulfilling their ambitions the final encounter will no doubt be an interesting tussle and promises to be a fitting finale as both the sides has talented players who could pull off the game in their favour.
Likewise the completion of the final will also see a big relief for the schoolboy cricketers who have had a long and strenuous cricket season which began in mid September last year.
Of course Trinity being the defending champions will go all out to retain the title for yet another year and more than that as mentioned earlier they will also go all out for the triple of titles which no other school has been able to achieve.
But the Peterites are not going to be easy nuts to crack and they too will be looking forward to sign off the season with a win and also add another trophy to their cupboard.
Performance wise the top order batting of Trinity apart from Janishka Premasinghe who has made immense contributions.
A responsible knock from skipper Niroshan Dickwella is the need of the hour.
A steady innings, like they did in the semi finals from Ron Chandragupta, Dinuk Wickramanayake and the experienced Akila Jayasundara will no doubt be an added bonus and their supporters will be looking forward for a repeat of that today.In the bowling department a lot will be expected from Janishka Premasinghe, Lakshan Jayasinghe, Amrith Srimahan, Akila Jayasundara, Alwin Fernando and Heshan Wanniarachchi to curtail the Peterites.
On the other hand the Peterites will be hoping for another fine start from their reliable openers skipper Shehan Fernando and Shasheen Fernando along with Lahiru Milantha, Ranitha Liyanaarachchi, Kavinda de Tissera and Janith Liyanage to put up a challenging score.
In the bowling department Ali Khan and Udaka Galhena will be the main strikers and with support from Julian de Zyiva, Ranith Liyanaarchchi and skipper Shehan they are capable of restricting their opponents.
With two matches being played yesterday and one match before the final is due to be played in the morning today it is definitely going to be tough for whoever chases the target.
Prior to the final between Trinity and St. Peter’s the play off for the third place between Richmond and St. Sylvester’s is scheduled to be played in the morning session.