The 8th Annual Series between C.C.C. School of Cricket and the touring “Imtiaz Ahmed C.A. from India, played for the “Imtiaz Ahmed – Nelson Mendis” Challenge Trophy saw the CCC School of Cricket retaining the Trophy for yet another year, when they dominated the series, wining seven matches and losing only one.
The under-14 team won all four encounters while the U–12 team won three and lost one.
The visiting Imtiaz Ahmed Cricket Academy coached by former Indian national cricketer, veteran Imtiaz Ahmed found the experienced and talented CCC teams hard to beat, though some matches had very close finishes. Vikar Ahmed, the coach on tour, addressing the gathering at the Awards Presentation Ceremony, said that the extreme hot and humid conditions didn’t help his players, but promised to bring a stronger and fitter team next year.
Nelson Mendis, addressing the visitors spoke about the 17 years old friendship he has developed with Imtiaz Ahmed and advised the young cricketers to follow them and initiate and develop friendships among one another for stronger bonds in future. He said that making a good friend from your opponents is as good as making a century against them.
Parents of both the visiting and host teams gave away the awards to the winners and the best performers, while the main award the “Imtiaz Ahmed – Nelson Mendis” Challenge Trophy was given away by Vikar Ahmed, son of Imtiaz Ahmed and was received jointly by two captains of CCC, Thevindu Senaratne (U-14) and Muthaar Nasir (U-12)
The following Awards were won by CCC players:-
Best Batsman- Yasa Abeysekera, Best Bowler- Monil Silva, Best Fielder- Kavindu Pathiratne, Best Allrounder- Shyamsunder Krishnasriram, Most Promising Young Player- (Ms) Gagani Silva, Player of the Series- Shyamsuner Krishnasriram.
Best Batsman- Linal Subasinghe, Best Bowler- Omen Kapuliyanage, Best Fielder- Hiran Jayasundera, Best Allrounder- Muthaar Nasir, Most Promising Young Player- Dasis Manchanayake. Player of the Series- Sharu Shanmuganathan.
Y. Siddharth of Imtiaz Ahmed C.A was adjudged the promising young allrounder won two awards on offer for the “Best Batsman” and Player of the Series.