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Red Bull Campus Cricket / ESoft winners of inaugural women’s cricket C’ship

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 organising the Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s National Final.
As a prelude to the big finale, exhibition games were held from October, 27th to the 29thwith final was played on October 30.
Though there was heavy rain in Colombo over the four days of competition, the organisers managed to squeeze in 3 of the 4 scheduled matches, which saw a host of new talent shine through.
In the first exhibition game, ESoft Metro Campus managed to scrape though with a 2-wicket win against the very competitive Wadduwa Central ladies on the October 27. Wadduwa Central then came back to register a convincing 67-run win against the National Youth Corps on October 29. Unfortunately, the game between the Wadduwa Central and Sky Academy, which was scheduled for the October 28 had to be abandoned due to inclement weather.
The Final saw ESoft Metro Campus take on Sky Academy in a rain-shortened game earlier. 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 the 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 5 wickets in their 14 overs. National cap SathyaSandeepani was named Player of the Match for her 2/7 with the ball and 18 off 16 runs with the bat.
ESoft were therefore crowned winners of the first ever Red Bull Campus Cricket Women’s Nationals, winning the final by 61 runs.
Chief Scores
ESoft Metro Campus 103/7, 14 overs) (SathyaSandeepani 18 (16), JanadiAnali 15 (7), Lakmali Rajapaksa 5/7)
Sky Academy 42/5 (14),(SansalaWanigasekara 21 (38), SathyaSandeepani 2/7, NimashaMadushani 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 ChamariAthapaththu 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.The first stage in Red Bull’s plans to conduct a World Finals, the competition saw a host of new talent like JanadiAnali, SathyaSandeepani, LakmaliRajapaksa and SansalaWanigasekara emerge.
This project is part of Red Bull’s long-standing commitment to providing a platform for young and aspiring femalecricketing talent, thereby Red Bull is giving Wiiings to aspiring professionals, who, in the past have not had similar opportunities.The final day of action wastelecasted LIVE on Channel Eye and simulcasted on ThePapare.com.

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