Cricket Champs Again!
It was a down-to-the-wire affair at Reid Avenue, when the UCSC took on the much fancied Faculty of Management team for the Inter-Faculty Cricket title on 12th November 2009. In the end, the UCSC cricket team emerged victorious beating the Faculty of Management team by 5 runs. This was the 2nd consecutive year the UCSC has become the cricket champs after they beat the Faculty of Arts team to become champs in 2008.
This victory will undoubtedly be etched in the annals of UCSC cricketing history as one of the most interesting and nail-biting encounters ever. Batting first, the UCSC team scored 112/9 in their allotted 20 overs. In reply, the Management team could only manage 107 all out. Although the Management team lost wickets at regular intervals, they always kept up with required rate. But thanks to a brilliant final over bowled by UCSCâ€™s Sasanka Lekamwasam, which included a hat-trick, the UCSC escaped with the win. Needing only 8 off the last over with 4 wickets in hand, the Management team got the script all wrong when they went for quick runs and gifted their wickets away. Tight bowling was accompanied by good outfield catching by the UCSC and the last over read Dot, W, W, W, 1, Dot (Run Out).
Earlier in the day, the Management team did well to restrict the strong UCSC batting line-up to 112/9. The UCSC openers, Upul Sathkumara and Lahiru Perera, started off well putting on 45 in the first 4 overs. But, tight bowling by the spinners and careless batting triggered a collapse in the UCSC middle order. This was stemmed by some resolute batting by the lower order assisted by Captain Tharindu Kodikara who played a captainâ€™s knock. His 27 runs off the last over, which included back to back sixes, brought some respectability to the lackluster UCSC batting performance.
Congratulations to the UCSC cricket team and good luck for the next year!!!
Standing L to R: Duminda Dharmakeerthi, Sankha Dhinesh, Aftha Jaldin, Dharshana Dhanasena, Tharanga Shashi, Lakshan Jayasingha, Upul Sathkumara, and Dumindu Sanjeewa.
Seated L to R: Manora Pasan, Sasanka Lekamwasam, Tharindu Kodikara, Lahiru Perera, Ruchiru Samarasingha, and Dumindu Ranaweera.