Dimuth Karunaratna

The Championship that eluded the SSC for a period of three years have been regained once again by SSC. What is unique about this year’s Championship that it was won by the budding youngsters that represented SSC, whilst most of the senior players were on National duty in South Africa and Australia.

SSC regains championship after three years
The performance of the players does not reflect very much in the statistics. This is due to the fact that most players were on National duty at given times and the players that replaced the National players were equal to the task.

Samanthe Dodanwela
Samanthe Dodanwela

As for the batting as many as 6 centuries and 23 half centuries were scored towards winning the championship. The centuries were scored by Danushka Gunatilake [2], Dimuth Karunaratna [2], Minodh Banuka [1] and Sachitra Senanayake [1] and out of the 23 half centuries Charith Asalanka the Under 19 School Boy Cricketer of the year and Under 19 national captain  lead the way by scoring 5 half centuries.

In terms of the bowling department, Sachitra Senanayake lead the way by capturing 43 wickets along with J D F Vandesay behind him with 39 wickets, Vandersay also had a rich hall of five   wicket halls and ended up with 2 match bags of 10 wickets, whilstVimukthi Perera chipped in with 25 and Kasun Madushanka 27 wickets, whilst making valuable contributions with the bat when needed to show case his all-round ability.

Danushka Gunatilake led the batting averages with an average of 70.0 and a strike rate of 79.24 by scoring 2 centuries and 2 half centuries in as many as 7 innings. K. Kulasekera with 415 runs with 3 half centuries, M. Banuka with 474 runs with a highest score of 146 runs to his name and a half century along with DasunShanaka  with four half centuries too made valuable contributions towards SSC annexing the championship.

To cap it all Sachitra Senanayake was the best player of the team by scoring 380 runs and not only capturing 43 wickets but also responsible for 18 catches which speaks in volumes of his ability to perform under pressure at times using all his international experience to lead SSC to the Championship.