Jaffna Hindu College dominated proceedings on day one of their 7th Battle of Hindus big match against traditional rivals Hindu College Bambalapitiya played at Jaffna.
Jaffna Hindu taking first lease of the wicket was helped by useful knocks from M. Thuvaragan, E. Ganeshwaran and K. Nikesh. They were given a sound start by openers Ganeshwaran and J. Girethaganesh who together put on 73 runs.
This was followed by a 62-run stand for the second wicket between Girethaganesh and Nikesh and later in the innings L. Sivaluxsan and Y. Vithusan associated in another valuable stand of 63 runs for the sixth wicket which helped them make a formidable score of 296 for 9 declared.
Hindu College Jaffna in their turn too was given a solid start of 50 runs by their openers S. Sheron and B. Utheesan but they lost two quick wickets and slipped to 63 for 3 before a valuable 62 runs stand for the fourth wicket between N. Ashan and skipper S. Mathusan enabled them end the day with a score of 145 for 5.
Jaffna Hindu College 296 for 9 declared (M. Thuvaragan 57, E. Ganeshwaran 47, K. Nikesh 43, L. Sivaluxsan 39, J. Girethaganesh 35, Y. Vithusan 24: G. Dinesh 2 for 10, N. Ashan 2 for 44)
Hindu College Bambalapitiya 145 for 5 (N. Ashan 48, B. Utheesan 24, S. Sheron 23, S. Mathusan 20: L. Sivaluxsan 3 for 54, K. Pirakalathan 2 for 43)