Sri Sumangala College Old Boys were crowned Carnival of Cricket champions at the Sri Lanka Sports Association’s 6th annual event held on April 10 and 11 at Camp Hill.
The tournament was keenly contested, with Sri Sumangala defeating Dharmaraja College by 14 runs in the final.
Some matches went down to the wire, with Sri Sumangala beating Ananda by one run in a last-ball thriller in the semi-final game.
The carnival is normally run in two divisions – Schools and Open Clubs – but due to heavy rain in the preceding week, the club event was postponed as the turf wicket on Oval 3 at the Whites Hill Reserve Grounds was unplayable. The schools’ division, with nine teams, was able to go ahead on the drier ovals.
SLSAQ president Lal Mendis said that despite the curtailed event, the carnival was a huge success and attracted more than 300 players and spectators across the two days. The quality of cricket also was of a high standard.
“I thank the players for playing the game in true sportsmanlike manner and taking the game to the next level. We will have a bigger and better Carnival of Cricket next year by getting more young people involved,” Lal said.
He thanked the councillors from Holland Park, Coorparoo and Calamvale wards for their continued support and sponsorship of the tournament via the Lord Mayor’s Community Fund.
In attendance were Cr Angela Owen (Calamvale) and Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Queensland Anton Swan, who also is the association’s patron.
Sri Sumangala 5 /58 defeated Ananda 2/57
Dharmaraja 2/69 defeated Trinity 2/68
Sri Sumangala – 4/90 defeated Dharmaraja 2/76
Best batsman: Danushka (Dharmaraja)
Best bowler: Nilantha (Sri Sumangala)
Best all-rounder: Supun (St Sebastian’s)