Avindu, Sandun lead Richmond’s fight back
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By M. Shamil Amit 

Avindu Theekshana whose bowling was instrumental in Southern Province lifting the Super U19 inter- provincial title on Sunday put in another dazzling performance but this time with the bat, as he along with Sandun Mendis led Richmond College’s fight back to end day one on a formidable score of 306 for 8 against Ananda College in the Singer U19 two-day league tournament final played at the Thurstan ground.

Avindu Theekshana

The Ananda bowlers had Richmond in a spot of bother after skipper Kamindu Mendis won the toss and elected to take first lease of the wicket as they lost their openers skipper Kamindu and Dhananjaya Lakshan with the scoreboard reading 19.

Richmond fell into deeper trouble as they lost two more quick wickets for the addition of three runs and were struggling on 22 for 4 in the 13th over. It seemed that the Ananda bowlers were going to have a field day with their bowlers being on top.

But it was not to be as Avindu came to their rescue as he was involved in three crucial and valuable partnerships. The first was with another player from the champion Southern Province team Thaveesha Abhishek, with whom he put on 76 runs for the fifth-wicket before Thaveesha was dismissed having made a dogged innings of 46 in 81 balls inclusive of five boundaries and two sixes.

The second partnership was for the sixth wicket, a brief 36 runs with Ravishka Wijesiri, which followed by a 68 runs for the seventh wicket with Kasun Tharaka.

Avindu’s heroic innings of 81 in 160 balls that included ten boundaries came to an end along with Tharaka’s dismissal as Richmond lost two quick wickets at the same score of 202.

But that was all that the Ananda bowlers could achieve as Sandun Mendis who made an unbeaten 64 with nine boundaries and a six along with Duveen Kalansuriya who remained unbeaten on 36 frustrated them associating in an unbroken 105-run stand for the ninth-wicket helping Richmond end the day with a healthy and challenging score.

Richmond 306 for 8 (Avindu Theekshana 80, Thaveesha Abhishek 46, Kasun Tharaka 25, Ravishka Wijesiri 21, Sandun Mendis 64 n.o., Duveen Kalansuriya 36 n.o.: Supun Waragoda 4 for 91, Dileepa Jayalath 2 for 80) vs Ananda


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