An inaugural Invitational Under 12 Cricket Tournament conducted by the CCC School of Cricket got underway last Friday. This mini tournament will be competed among Cricket Coaching Schools and Academies and will be limited to eight teams.

According to Nelson Mendis, Director of CCC School of Cricket this tournament will be opened to other Academies from next year and will be held in a bigger scale. The objective of this inaugural tournament will be to provide exposure to young cricketers to gain valuable experience and showcase their hidden talents while playing their first competitive tournament matches.

The participating eight teams will play the preliminary round matches in two groups –

Group ‘A’: Sanath Jayasuriya CA, Nugegoda CA, Asian Grammar School, CCC School of Cricket ‘A’

Group ‘B’: NCC School of Cricket, Panadura Cricket Coaching School, CCC School of Cricket ‘B’, SSC School of Cricket

The Semi-final matches will be played at the Ananda Sasthralaya Grounds on February 24 and the 1st semi-final match between the Winners of Group ‘A’ and Runners-up of Group ‘B’ will take place in the morning and the 2nd semi-final to be played in the evening on the same day will the Winner of Group ‘B’ vs. Runner-up of Group ‘A’.

Final match of the tournament will be played on the following day (February 25) followed by the losers final in the morning and the awards presentation will take immediately after the finals. – Lakshman Ranasinghe

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