The 110th Battle of the North big match between St. John’s College Jaffna and Jaffna Central College was poised for an interesting finish when play ended on the second at Jaffna Central ground in Jaffna yesterday.
St. John’s in reply to Jaffna Central’s score of 161 continuing from their overnight score of 61 for 4 were made to fight hard for their runs in the later stages of the innings.
The Johnians lost their first wicket in the morning session for the addition of 16 runs and from there on they never recovered as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Struggling on 106 for 8 they were helped by two useful partnerships for the ninth and last wicket of 30 runs between Jathusan and Stalon which helped them end with a score of 163.
The Centralites batting the second time suffered an early setback but a 51-run stand for the second wicket between Priyaluxshan and Komethagan and a 42-run stand for the third wicket between Priyaluxshan and skipper Alanraj helped them end the day on 164 for 6 for a lead of 162 runs.
Jaffna Central 1st innings 161 (A. Jeroshan 59, S. Komethagan 39: V. Jathusan 4 for 39, M. Nilojan 3 for 28, A. Gnanamirthan 2 for 38)
St John’s 1st innings (61/4 overnight)
P. Somaskaran b Thespian Raj 08
C. Thevaprashanth c and b Thespian Raj 14
S. Tipius b Thashopan 00
K. Kapilraj b Thespian Raj 22
S. Jeni Flemin c Thespain b Alanraj 04
J. Krishanjuthan c Kirubakaran b Alanraj 31
A. Gnanamirthan c Priyalaxshan b Thespian Raj 06
V. Jathusan not out 28
A. Herold Lasky run out 02
M. Nilojan c Komethagan b Thashopan 15
J. Stalon b Thashopan 18
Extras (b7, lb2, nb5, w1) 15
Total (all out: 53.3 overs) 163
Fall of wickets – 1-26 (Somaskaran), 2-27 (Tipus), 3-33 (Thevaprashanth), 4-42 (Jeni Flemin), 5-78 (Kapilarj), 6-92 (Krishanthujan), 7-104 (Gnanamirthan), 8-106 (Herold Lasky), 9-133 (Nilojan).
Bowling – S. Mathushan 6-1-14-0, Y. Kirubakaran 5-0-13-0, S. Thashopan 15.3-5-24-3, K. Thespian Raj 18-3-74-4, S. Alanraj 9-1-29-2.
Jaffna Central 2nd innings
A. Jeroshan c Thevaprashanth b Nilojan 00
U. Priyaluxshan b Nilojan 28
S. Komethagan c Herold Lasky b Gnanamirthan 34
S. Alanraj c Kapilraj b Jathusan 34
S. Kowthaman st Thevaprashanth b Gnanamirthan 13
V. Dinojan c Krishanthujan b Kapilraj 15
Y. Kirubakaran not out 30
Extras (b2, lb6, nb1, w1) 10
Total (6 wickets: 65.2 overs) 164
Fall of wickets – 1-1 (Jeroshan), 2-52 (Komethagan), 3-95 (Priyaluxshan), 4-111 (Kowthaman), 5-123 (Alanraj), 6-164 (Dinojan).
Bowling – M. Nilojan 14-7-33-2,, K. Kapilraj 15-8-24-1, V. Jathusan 15.2-5-33-1, A. Gnanamirthan 19-4-53-2, J. Krishanthujan 2-0-13-0.