Congratulations to our Under 17 Cricket team who reached the quarter-finals of this year’s Inter International Schools tournament. Two comfortable victories in their opening matches boosted the team’s confidence, with Insaf Bakeer Markar top scoring in both his first games for the school. This meant that the next game against Royal Institute would decide who went through to the quarter-finals. Batting first, we had made only 50-5 after 17 overs, before Keshawa Wijeyawardena turned on the style. A succession of sixes helped us add 83 in the last 7 overs, with Keshawa run out off the last ball for 87 in one of the best ever innings for the school. He then took three wickets and Insaf four to give us a famous victory.

In a rain-affected quarter-final, reduced to only 17 overs a side, Gateway scored 112 batting first. Akilesh Rajaratnam helped us reach 43 after only 3 overs with some big hitting but his departure triggered a collapse and we ended up losing narrowly. Despite the disappointment of losing, the tournament was a great experience for our team, who will look to build on their performance in the future.

Pool Matches:

Wycherley Won 5 runs (Insaf 30; Kapilesh, 3-11)
Burhani Serendip Won 77 runs (Insaf 34; Sanush, 4-3)
Royal Institute Won 32 runs (Keshawa 87; Insaf 4-14, Keshawa 3-10)
Asian Lost 24 runs (Akilesh 24)


Gateway Lost 24 runs (Akilesh 34; Shahid, 3-22; Keshawa, 3-18)

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