Tamil Union–Moors clash in Under-23 final
The finals of the Under-23 Division One cricket tournament, which was
put off due to the ICC Under-19 World Cup and the recently concluded
inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) tournament, will be played
between Tamil Union and Moors at the Colts grounds, Colombo from today.
Moors skipper Ashan Priyanjan
Tamil Union captain Kithruwan Vithanage
Several players from both teams participated in the SLPL tournament -
Pabasara Waduge, Chamod Pathirana and Pulina Tharanga of the Tamil Union
played in the Youth World Cup series in Australia and captain Kithruwan
Vithanage (Kandurata Warriors), Sajith Kelumpriya (Ruhuna Royals), Gayan
Manishan (Negenahira Nagas) and Madusanka Ekanayake (Uthuru Rudras) were
involved in the SLPL tournament.
Before advancing to the final, Tamil union had four outright wins,
one first innings win and two first innings defeats out of seven matches
they played. The defending champions, Tamil Union defeated Moors by four
wickets in a first round match.
Tamil Union captain Kithruwan Vithanage was awarded the man of the
match in a SLPL match against Ruhunu Royals. Ashen Silva, Sajith
Kelumpriya, all rounder Denuwan Rajakaruna and Pabasara Waduge will be
looking to score heavily for Tamil Union while Madusanka Ekanayake,
Matheesha Perera and Suneth Chandima will restrict Moors with the ball.
Moors, led by star batsman skipper Ashan Priyanjan, scored 359 runs
with the top score of 150 not out against Bloomfield.
Priyanjan represented the victorious Uva Next team in the SLPL.
Leading run getter in the Under-23 tournament, Shehan Jayasuriya (with
620 runs) played for the Wayamba United in the SLPL.
His highest scores in this tournament so far 162 runs in the semi
final against Colts. For Moors Imraz Rafik (299 runs) and Chamikara
Edirisinghe (329 runs) excelled throughout the tournament.
The bowling department of the Moors will be bolstered by right-arm
off spinners Shehan Jayasuriya and Maduka Liyanapathirana, who have
captured 32 and 42 wickets respectively in seven matches. Left-arm fast
bowlers Narada Ratnayake (16 wickets) and Chamikara Edirisinghe (19
wickets) too had vital breakthroughs in the series.
Tamil Union (from): Kithruwan Vithanage (Captain), Ashen Silva, Dinuk
Jayasinghe, Sajith Kelumpriya, Denuwan Rajakaruna, Chathuranga de Silva,
Pabasara Waduge, Chamod Pathirana, Pulina Tharanga, Ramesh Lakshitha,
Vimukthi Perera, Matheesha Perera, Gayan Maneeshan, Madusanka Ekanayake,
Suneth Maduranga, Rashmika Maduranga, Sunimal Dissanayake, Chamuditha
Karunatilleke, Shevantha Bandara.
Coach Jeevantha Kulatunga, assistant coach Lasantha Prasad, team
manager Mahesh Bopage, official scorer Ravindra Fernando.
Moors (from): Ashan Priyanjana (Captain), Shehan Jayasuriya, Isham
Gouse, Imraz Raffik, Chalitha Helambage, Maduka Liyanapathirana,
Chamikara Weerasinghe, Lasitha Abeyratne, Narada Ratnayake, Lakshan
Rangika, Sanjaya Chathuranga, Gihan Mihiranga, Dayan Buddhika, Nipun
Kariyawasam, Pradeep Ananda, Luvina Lochana, Prabud Ranasinghe, Jehan
Coach Mahesh Weerasighe, assistant coach Sampath Epasinghe, team
manager and official scorer Fazal Mohamed.