By Chris Dhambarage
Richmond College recovered from an early setback to take major honours in their 112th Lovers’ Quarrel Inter-School Big Match against the traditional rivals Mahinda College which concluded at the Galle Stadium on Saturday (18).
After they were bowled out for a modest 184 runs, Richmond came back strongly to snatch a four-run first innings lead following some inspired bowling from the spinners.
Mahinda of course took the initiative as they dominated the opening day with a fine all-round performance and at one stage they were well set to build up a good first innings lead.
However, Richmond came back into the game strongly on the second day with their bowlers performing quite magnificently to bundle out the opposition for 180 runs in the first innings.
Middle order batsman Vinura Hiranjith played a lone innings for Mahinda but he did not have enough support to carry on as Sandun Mendis and Avindu Theekshana shared seven wickets between them.
In addition, the manner in which Mahinda batted in the first innings was quite disappointing as they maintained a pathetic scoring-rate of just under two runs per over.
In fact Richmond gave a fine exhibition of batting in their second innings while racing to 205 for one wicket from just 33 overs with the openers Dhananjaya Lakshan and Kamindu Mendis making amends for their first innings failure.
Mendis of course missed out on a hundred by just eight runs but Lakshan really took advantage of the situation and went on to hit an unbeaten 101.
Richmond: 184 (Avindu Theekshana 38, Kamindu Mendis 32, Dhananjaya Lakshan 30, Kavisha Abishek 37, Adithya Siriwardena 26, Kalindu Edirisinghe 2/19, Nipun Malinga 2/50, Kavindu Ediriweera 2/24) and 205/1 (Dhananjaya Lakshan 101 n.o, Kamindu Mendis 92)
Mahinda: 180 (Vinura Hiranjith 57, Navod Paranavithana 20, Kavindu Ediriweera 27, Sandun Mendis 3/47, Avindu Theekshana 4/59).