08th March, 2021
Kotmale Kings became the Champions of the Nuwara Eliya Premier League 2021, a T20 competition played at the Radella Cricket Ground, during the weekend.
During the finals of the 05-team competition, Kotmale Kings defeated Maskeliya Sunrises by 05 wickets to grab the Championship of the inaugural Reha Steel NPL 2021, which was organized by the Nuwara Eliya District Cricket Association with the assistance of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The 05 teams namely the Kotmale Kings, Maskeliya Sunrisers, Hanguranketha Tuskers, Nuwara Eliya Gladiators, and Walapane Night Riders comprised of players representing cricket clubs spread across the Nuwara Eliya District.
The finals were played on Sunday at the picturesque Radella Cricket Ground, with the participation of Honorable C. B. Rathnayake, the Minister of Wildlife and Forest Conservation as the Chief Guest, who is also the President of the Nuwara Eliya District Cricket Association.
Mr. Shammi Silva, President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, Vice President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mr. Ravin Wickramaratne, Vice President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mr. Mohan De Silva, Honorary Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mr. Lasantha Wickremesinghe, Treasurer of Sri Lanka Cricket, and Mr. Jagath Jayasundera, Secretary of the Nuwara Eliya District Cricket Association also graced the occasion. S. Thirichelvam, the owner of the Reha Steel Firm, which is the title sponsor of the tournament also were present.
Maskeliya Sunrisers, after putting into bat by the Sunrisers, scored 106 runs from 18.2 balls, whilst Kotmale Kings chased the score in 19 overs for the loss of just 5 wickets.
The Champions were awarded a sum of LKR, 150,000 along with the Trophy, and the Runner up Team was offered LKR 100,000.