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ESoft winners of the Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s National Finals

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The champion ESoft Metro Campus team
The champion ESoft Metro Campus team

Red Bull Campus Cricket has had a massive impact on the local cricketing scene and this year, they decided to take things a step further by organizing the Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s National Finals.

As a prelude to the big finale, exhibition games were scheduled from October 27 to 29, with finals being played on 30th.

Though there was heavy rain in Colombo over the four days of competition, the organizers managed to squeeze in three of the four scheduled matches, which saw a host of new talent shine. In the first exhibition game, ESoft Metro Campus managed to scrape though with a two-wicket win against the very competitive Wadduwa Central ladies on the 27th. Wadduwa Central then came back to register a convincing 67-run win against the National Youth Corps on the 29th. Unfortunately, the game between the Wadduwa Central and Sky Academy, scheduled for the 28th had to be abandoned due to inclement weather.

The Final saw ESoft Metro Campus take on Sky Academy in a rain-shortened game. After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, Sky Academy struggled to restrict the ESoft batters. The star-studded ESoft line-up piled on quick runs to post 103/7 in 14 overs.

The ladies from Sky Academy just could not get going, ending with just 42 runs for the loss of five wickets in their 14 overs. National cap Sathya Sandeepani was named Player of the Match for taking two wickets for 7 and scoring 18 runs off 16 balls.

ESoft were therefore crowned winners of the first ever Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s National title, winning the final by 61 runs.

Brief Scores

ESoft Metro Campus 103/7 (14) – Sathya Sandeepani 18 (16), Janadi Anali 15 (7), Lakmali Rajapaksa 5/7

Sky Academy 42/5 (14) – Sansala Wanigasekara 21 (38), Sathya Sandeepani 2/7, Nimasha Madushani 2/2

Red Bull Campus Cricket is a T20 tournament organized for university students, providing a platform for youngsters to pursue their sporting dreams while also not having to sacrifice their education.

Having been launched in 2012, the tournament has seen many players who went on to represent their national teams compete in the 9 previous editions of the Men’s tournament.

Red Bull athlete and Sri Lanka Women’s cricket team captain Chamari Athapaththu has been a vocal advocate for the growth of women’s sport in the island. Her movement #BigGirlsCan which was addressing barriers faced by sportswomen was an inspiration and Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s Edition is an amalgamation of what she initiated.

Red Bull hopes that the very first Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s National Finals will promote the sport further and bring much needed excitement and attention to the women’s game in Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – 01:00

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