Inter-schools U-19 Div-I cricket from mid March
Inter School Under-19 Division-I cricket tournament will commence from middle of March by the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA).
This year, the tournament will be conducted as a limited-over tournament due to the Covid -19 pandemic and General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level Examination.
The SLSCA has conducted a regular two-day tournament, from September to March every year, so far. The Division-I tournament will consist of Tier ‘A’ and ‘B’. There will be 36 schools in Tier A and B, which will be divided into 18 schools each Tier. There will be five matches each for every team.
The tournament will commence from March 15-20. First round will be completed before 9 April. The final round will start after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival. The tournament is scheduled to be over before end of April.
All first-round league matches will be played at the respective home grounds. The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final will be worked off on 20, 25, and 30 April respectively. All matches will be played at neutral venues from the quarter-finals onwards. The SLSCA is awaiting the necessary approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) for the tournament to be finalised.
Division-I Tier A Schools:
Group X – Trinity College – Kandy, Royal College – Colombo, D.S. Senanayake College – Colombo, De Mezenod College – Kandana, Gurukula College – Kelaniya, and Wesley College – Colombo
Group Y – St. Joseph’s College – Colombo, Mahanama College – Colombo, St. Thomas’ College – Matara, St. Sebastian’s College – Moratuwa, St. Benedict’s College – Kotahena, St. Anne’s College – Kurunegala
Group Z – St. Anthony’s College – Kandy, Nalanda College – Colombo, S. Thomas’ College – Mt. Lavinia, Richmond College – Galle, Maliyadeva College – Kurunegala, and Prince of Wales’ College – Moratuwa
Division-I Tier B Schools:
Group X – Thurstan College – Colombo, Mahinda College – Galle, St. Peter’s College – Bambalapitiya, Dharmaraja College – Kandy, St. Aloysius College – Galle, and Moratu Vidyalaya
Group Y – St. Joseph Vaz College – Wennappuwa, Isipathana College – Colombo, Ananda College – Colombo, Zahira College – Colombo, Dharmapala College – Pannipitiya, and Maris Stella College – Negombo
Group Z – Dharmashoka College – Ambalangoda, St. Servatius’ College – Matara, Devapathiraja College – Rathgama, St. Anthony’s College – Wattala, Lumbini College – Colombo, and St. Sylvester’s College – Kandy
(By Ishani Upatharitha)