By Nur Azimah binti Mahmood
BAYUEMAS OVAL, KLANG, 11 Oct. 2011 - The University of Colombo cricket team won the International University Invitational Cricket Competition held here last week beating the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh team by 72 runs in the finals.
The championship organised by the National University of Malaysia (UKM) attracted 8 teams which were divided into two groups.
Group A comprises UKM, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College, China and University of Chittagong.
Group B is made up of The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; Shenyang Sports University, China; University of Colombo Sri Lanka and Sunway University, Malaysia.
The UKM Cricket team failed to qualify for the semi finals even though it beat the University of Chittagong but lost to Nanyang Technological University, Singapore at the group stage. Three of the four teams had identical points but based on the Duckworth-Lewis system of tallying UKM lost out, Director of UKM’s Sports Centre, Dr. Tajul Arifin Muhamad told UKM News Portal.
The Nanyang Technical University was third in the championship.
The champion won the Challenge Trophy, RM4,000 and medals while the second and third teams received RM2,500 and RM1,500 respectively.
M. B. Santaruwan from Colombo University was judged the best player of the tournament while M. Sethunga also of Colombo University received a prize for the best player in the finals when he got 4 wickets for just 14 runs.
Pro-Canselor Tunku Laxamana Tunku Dato’ Seri Utama Naquiyuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Ja’afar gave away the prizes. UKM Vice Chancellor, Prof Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin and the Vice President of the Malaysian Malay Cricket Association, Dato’ Ar. Mir Shahariman Shaharuddin attended the prize giving ceremony.