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By Chris Dhambarage
The star-studded Richmond College Team will start favourites when they confront the traditional rivals Mahinda College in the 112th Lovers’ Quarrel Inter-Schools Big Match which will be worked off on March 17 and 18 at the Galle Stadium.
Richmond led by Sri Lanka youth player Kamindu Mendis have enjoyed a splendid season this year where they were able to secure the top position in Group ‘A’ while competing in the Inter-Schools Under-19 Division One Tournament.
In addition, Richmond have reached the semi-finals of the Under-19 Division One Limited Over Tournament and also the quarter-finals of the Division One 2-day Tournament.
In contrast, Mahinda have struggled throughout the season to put up a decent performance and they are also still searching for their first victory of the current season.
However, there seem to be some hope for Mahinda in the Big Match considering the fact that they were able to produce an excellent batting performance during their last three outings of the tournament.
The Mahindians after going through a pretty ordinary season picked up their batting form during the latter stages and went on to make scores of over 300 runs in the last four outings.
This was no doubt an encouraging performance from Mahinda considering the fact that it also lifted their morale and the confidence needed to face their more fancied opponents.
In fact, Richmond will once again look to maintain their dominance over their rivals with another fine all-round performance in this Big Match.
They underlined their superiority in almost every outing this year and were able to record four outright victories in the most comprehensive manner.
The outstanding performance of Skipper Mendis has certainly given Richmond the edge over their rivals and they will be looking to conclude the season on a high note.
The only obstacle for Richmond in this Big Match seems to be the bad weather which has quite often played spoil sportduring the current Inter-Schools season.
Even then, Mahindahave always faced the Big Match with a lot of determination and on many occasions they have come out with a spirited performance despite going in as the underdogs.
Richmond College (from): Kamindu Mendis (Captain), Chamikara Hewage (Vice-Captain),Thilanga Udeeshana, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Avindu Theekshana, Sathsara Kumara, Duveen Kalansooriya, Vinuja Kiriella, Ravishkam Wijesiri, Thisara Divan, Adhithya Siriwardena, Kasun Tharaka, Thaveesha Abhishek, Sandun Mendis and Vishmitha Wijesiri
Mahinda College (from): Hansika Welihinda (Captain), Roshan Kavinda (Vice Captain), Venura Dulsara, Navod Paranavithana, Ashan Kandambi, Pasindu Hettiarachchi, Kasitha Sankesh, Kalindu Shresara, Kavindu Ediriweera, Aveska Kalupahana, Prameeth Thevarapperuma, Nupun Malinga, Pasan Pethiyagoda, K.K. Kevin, Thilina Nisansala, Prageeth Gunathilake and Chamara Sandaruwan.
The 67th Battle of the Golds Inter-Schools Big Match between traditional rivals St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales College also ended in a tame draw at the Moratuwa Stadium on Saturday (11).
Even then, the Cambrians had the satisfaction of snatching a close first innings lead over their opponents following some exceptional bowling by Kaumal Nanayakkara and Tharuka Fernando.
The pair shared eight wickets between them as the Sebastianites were bowled out for 221 despite a fighting half century from Mishen Silva (77).
Earlier, the Cambrians were rescued by a superb knock from Vishwa Chaturanga (88) who played the sheet anchor role after they had had won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Centenary Battle of the Blues Inter-Schools Big Match between traditional rivals Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College was also severely affected by bad weather at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy.
Even then, Trinity were able to take major honours in this rain-curtailed encounter as they piled up a formidable 270 for five in their first innings and then had the opposition struggling at 99 for six in reply.
Trinity’s first innings total was built around two superb innings from Hasitha Boyagoda (90) and Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan (83) who took the Antonian bowling apart with some aggressive batting.
In fact, the Trinitians could have easily scored over 300 runs but with bad weather curtailing play they decided to close the first innings at 270 for five.
The Antonians in reply were in deep trouble when the match was called off eventually with V. Nethumal and T. Dilshan threatening to run through the innings.
By M. Shamil Amit
The first day’s proceedings of the 138th Battle of the Blues between traditional rivals Royal College and S. Thomas’ College played at the SSC ground saw the Thomians end the day on 33 for no loss.
Royal, who were bowled out for 255, were helped by dropped catches by the Thomian fielders at crucial stages which saw Himesh Ramanayake and Ganith Sandeepa taking advantage as the pair added a valuable 83 runs for the eighth wicket.
The bowling effort put in by left arm pacie Kalana Perera who ended with impressive bowling returns of 5 for 47 proved to be vain as Royal made a good recovery being 172 for 7 at one stage.
The morning session saw Royal lose their first wicket at 16 but a 69-run stand for the second wicket between Ronuka Jayawardena and Pasindu Sooriyandara saw them coming back into the game.
But soon after the separation of the pair with the score on 85 they lost another wicket before reaching 100 runs with Kalana doing the damage. The two freshers Kavindu Madarasinghe and Ahan Sanchitha took Royal through to the lunch break on 108 for 3.
The post lunch session saw Royal losing two wickets for the addition of 33 runs, that of Sanchitha and Madarasinghe. Skipper Vithanage and Thevindu Senaratne added 24 runs for the sixth wicket before the former was dismissed with Royal on 165 and Senaratne did not last long as he perished after scoring seven runs.
Himesh Ramanayake was dropped by Dulith Gunaratne off Kalana Perera’s before he opened his account and that proved to be crucial as Ramanayake and Ganith Sandeepa slowly but surely took Royal out of the woods as Royal went into the tea break on 198 for 7.
The duo batting with caution went on to post their 50-run partnership and in the process Royal reached the 250-run mark. Five runs later they were separated with Sandeepa running himself out and Royal lost their remaining two wickets without any addition being bowled out for 255.
S. Thomas’s in their turn saw the openers Ravindu Kodituwakku and Dulith Gunaratne negotiating 10.3 overs before bad light put a stoppage to proceedings with the Thomians score of 23 for 0.
Royal 1st innings
Yuvin Herath lbw b K. Perera 06
Ronuka Jayawardena b K. Perera 32
Pasindu Sooriyabandara c Wijeratne b K. Perera 35
Kavindu Madarasinghe lbw b Ratnayake 38
Ahan Sanchitha hit wicket b Ratnayake 06
Helitha Vithanage c Wijeratne b K. Perera 10
Thevindu Senaratne c Kodituwakku b Eriyagama 19
Himesh Ramanayake c Peiris b Gunaratne 41
Ganith Sandeepa run out 42
Abhishek Perera b K. Perera 00
Manula Perera not out 00
Extras (b5, nb5, w16) 26
Total (all out: 71.3 overs) 255
Fall of wickets – 1-16, 2-85, 3-93, 4-116, 5-141, 6-165, 7-172, 8-255, 9-255, 10-255.
Bowling – Kalana Perera 19.3-2-47-5, Dinura Gunawardena 3-0-8-0, Thevin Eriyagama 10-01-55-1, Pavith Ratnayake 19-1-69-2, Dulith Gunaratne 4-2-4-1, Dellon Peiris 15-3-59-0, Ravindu Kodituwakku 1-0-8-0.
S. Thomas’ 1st innings
Ravindu Kodituwakku not 23
Dulith Gunaratne not out 10
Total (0 wicket: 10.3 overs) 33
Bowling – Himesh Ramanayake 4-2-12-0, Helitha Vithanage 2-0-8-0, Yuvin Herath 3-0-9-0, Ganith Sandeepa 1.3-0-4-0.
By Chris Dhambarage
S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia with an unbeaten record in the current season will start favourites when they take on the traditional rivals Royal College in their 138th annual Inter-Schools Battle of the Blues Big Match which begins at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Thursday (9).
The Thomians have certainly dished out some outstanding all-round cricket in the current season and are confident of putting up a solid performance having notched up five outright victories.
The secret behind their success this season is because all their senior players have performed with equal brilliance and have given one hundred per cent on the field in all departments of the game.
Royal of course have rallied around through their senior players and will be hoping to produce an improved performance in this vital encounter.
They are yet to register an outright victory which could be a worrying factor for the team and their preparations for the Big Match also took a backseat when they suffered a morale shattering defeat at the hands of Prince of Wales College on their home grounds at Reid Avenue.
However, despite this setback Royal still have confidence of their team and are banking heavily on their five coloursmen and the rest of the senior players to deliver the goods.
Royal will also have a psychological advantage going into the Big Match having won last year’s encounter at the same venue.
Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ suffered a major blow ahead of their Big Match as Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma was hit on the head by a delivery during a practice session and is now doubtful for the three-day encounter.
Even then, S. Thomas’ can be proud of their batting as they have with them three top batsmen who have compiled over 500 runs in the current season and two others who are nearing the 500-run mark.
Vice-Captain Ravindu Kodituwakku is their highest run-getter this year with over 750 run to his credit inclusive of one hundred and four half centuries.
The manner in which he has accumulated those runs has been really outstanding as he has been able to maintain a strike-rate of just under 100 runs which is a fantastic effort.
The Royal batting has been spearheaded by Skipper Helitha Vithanage who has scored over 1,000 runs in the current season.
Vithanage has been quite consistent throughout the season having struck three centuries and eight half centuries while Madarasinghe has one hundred and four fifties to his credit.
Even then, Royal’s bowling attack has lacked more penetration and variation with only their Vice-Captain and paceman Himesh Ramanayake striking form with over 40 wickets to his credit.
Ramanayake has taken up the responsibility and done the bulk of the bowling and also had a five wicket haul in the game against Prince of Wales College.
The Thomian bowling department is spearheaded by the left-arm spinner Pavith Ratnayakewho has captured over 80 wickets with a best effort of seven for 47 against Dharmapala Pannipitiya.
Ratnayake of course has lived up to expectations as the main strike bowler and has done the bulk of the bowling while claiming five wickets in an innings on seven occasions.
Meanwhile, Dellon Peiris has claimed 54 wickets with a best performance of six for 13 against Moratu MV and has two five-wicket hauls to his credit.
The Thomian bowling attack has plenty of variation as well with the left-arm pacemen Kalana Perera, Tehan Schaffeter and Dinura Gunawardena providing the back-up support.
In fact, Schaffter returned his best bowling figures when he captured five for 37 in the match against Mahinda College.
Royal College (from): Helitha Vithanage (Captain), Himesh Ramanayake (Vice-Captain), Ganith Heshan Sandeepa, Pasindu Sooriyabandara, Kavidu Madarasinghe, Chamaka Edirisinghe, Thevindu Senarathne, Abishek Perera, Gothama Ranasinghe, Ronuka Jayawardane, Madara Thalduwa, Charuka Hathurasinghe, Hasanga Themal, Yuvin Herath, Kawshan Kulasuriuya and Mathisha Amarasinghe.
S. Thomas’ (from):Romesh Nallaperuma (Captain), Ravindu Kodituwakku, Dinura Gunawardena, Bhathiya Dissanayake, Anuka Bulankulama, Dulip Gunaratne, Ishen Perera, Manthila Wijeratne, Sithara Hapuhinna, Kalana Perera, Trevin Iriyagama, Tehan Schaffter, Mohamed Ishaq, Shalin de Mel, Dellon Peiris, Pavith Ratnayake and, Dineth Kannangara.
By Shehan Daniel
Few coaches are remembered as fondly by Sri Lankan cricket fans as Davenell Whatmore, the Sri Lankan-born Australian coach, who in rags-to-riches fashion took a group of gritty cricketers to World Cup glory – an achievement that remains Sri Lanka’s greatest moment in its cricketing history.
Whatmore, whose most recent international full-time coaching stint was in Zimbabwe, studied at Royal College Colombo before emigrating to Australia and, in a strange sort of irony, is coaching their traditional rivals ahead of their 138th Battle of the Blues next month.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, Whatmore elaborated on his coaching role at S. Thomas’ College, the team playing this year’s big match, and what a young cricketer can learn from modern great Virat Kohli.
Q: You have a special place in Sri Lanka’s cricketing lore. How does it feel to come back and coach boys who could be the next generation of cricketers and World Cup winners?
It’s always fantastic to come back here. I have to say I haven’t been back too many times, in the last ten years or so but whenever I do it’s an absolute pleasure to come back to this little paradise of an island. Specifically this time I am doing a little work with the S. Thomas’ College and it’s been a wonderful experience, I’ve had terrific support from the Head Coach, the Assistant Coach, and the Warden. In fact everybody around this area has been wonderful to me, so it’s been a wonderful experience.
Q: What exactly is your role with S. Thomas’ College and have you had to adapt the way you coach, since you’re more familiar with handling international cricketers?
Basically I’m between full-time jobs. I finished my last assignment in Africa and I had a number of months at home in a very cold Melbourne winter, doing a lot of gardening and I recuperated well. I recharged the batteries and then I returned to a T20 competition in Bangladesh, and after that I had a bit of spare time came here, worked with a couple of academies on and off. And then one of the sessions was to come along to S. Thomas’ and spend (some time conducting) a training session. And that’s how it started. I was very pleased to see the facilities and I was happy to work with the first XI and the second XI and it grew from there. So the head-coach asked me what my plans were, and I said ‘I’m free in January, how about I come and spend a bit more time’ and he sought the permission of the warden and the committee and that’s how it came about. So I’m here more or less for five to six weeks, culminating in the big match.
I’m very much hands on (in the consultancy role), with the players as well as the coaches. We’ve also had a theory session on the importance of thinking as a cricketer, and interaction with other junior coaches in the school as well as a lot of discussion with the senior coach Dinesh and his support, Dilshan. So it’s been good.
(Had to change the approach) A little bit. But the beauty at this level is that you’re always working with the future. It’s always the future of the sport. Even though we’re playing against other opposition schools, every now and again we’re able to chat to opposition kids because they are still part of the future for the country. So, that’s been wonderful, but not without its frustrations — because it’s very difficult to put an old head on young shoulders. Lots of mistakes, keep being repeated, but you’ve just got to strive to ensure that they improve and performances increase.
Q: You said your time with the team culminates with the big match. What do you think of the team this year and do you think they will be able to regain the shield after ten years?
It’s a young team. Pretty much a difficult job for them to come up and play in a very big match, like the Royal-Thomian. It had a very special place in the history of cricket, and it comes with a lot of pressure. The boys this season have begun poorly but they’ve increased their performance and they’ve improved so much. The one thing this team does not lack, and that’s a real self-belief, to win the challenge. And there have been plenty of challenges along the way even in my short time.
Q: There have been some rumours that some of the players that are in the team are there not on merit but because of influence.
I’ve heard some very naughty things being written and said about these boys who are selected in the XI. And I’ve only been here for almost, on and off, for two and a half to three months. So I can categorically tell everybody, there is the least biasness I’ve ever seen in selection. And we all know that from time to time there’s a real push for reasons other than cricket. But in this situation, nothing other than merit, nothing other than performance, is the basis around which teams are selected and I am very happy to see that. And still there are one or two spots that we are looking to fill, so opportunities will be given to players to showcase and tell us that ‘you are the one’ that should be picked for this big match.
Q: Sri Lanka has a strong school cricketing system. How important is that to developing international cricketers and do you see a strong cricketing system at S. Thomas’ College?
It’s (S. Thomas’) a very traditional school. Lots of other schools are also very traditional and the amount of cricket that’s played here is wonderful to see and that’s how you get development. You can practise all you like but you need to continue to play your competition. And there is plenty of competition here at the school, and with other schools. So school cricket in Sri Lanka is in good shape. Some surfaces they play on can always be improved, but the competitiveness and the talent, is very much obvious to me, and the challenge there of course for the Schools’ Association and Sri Lanka Cricket is to develop that talent.
Q: You had two stints as Sri Lanka coach. Where do you see Sri Lanka Cricket at the moment, and how do you view the progress since you left in 2003?
My comments are as an outsider looking in and I’m not privy to lots of information. But clearly they are in a rebuilding phase, and it’s not easy to cover two great players that have left the game. (They’ve been) Without the services of a Lasith Malinga, who has been injured also for a lengthy period of time. It’s not easy. It’s a rebuilding phase but I can see obvious talent there, so we just need to be a little careful about the criticisms that come their way and we need to be more objective, keep providing more opportunities and support.
Q: Last year was 20 years since Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup. What kind of relationship do you maintain with those players, from the 1996 team?
I was part of a celebration (of the World Cup win) in Sydney. I wasn’t able to attend the function in Melbourne, where I live. But certainly I met them all in Sydney and had an absolute ball, reminiscing and reuniting with them all. There were only three players who couldn’t make it for other reason, but it was great. We played a T20 game, I fielded for 20 overs, took Arjuna’s place, and had a sore back. Aravinda made one of the best fifties you’ll ever want to to see. It’s almost like he never retired. He’s just a wonderful, wonderful player of skill and technique, it just wound the clock back.
Q: Your exit as coach after you first stint was somewhat premature. Do you regret how that ended and do you feel you had more to give Sri Lanka cricket at that time?
Absolutely. That’s going back a long way, 20 years or so. I don’t know. I left early, I got out of my contract early because the situation at the time was, let’s just say, was not conducive for me to stay. It’s a very sad part to be honest, but that’s in the past, I’ve got over that, that’s for sure. I hold no grudges. I really enjoyed my time for a year and a half and then came back for another four years in 1999.
Q: Would you come back and coach the Sri Lankan team if you were presented with the opportunity?
I’m about to swing into a more development side of things. I can never say never I guess, with full member countries or associate countries, but I think development now gives me a real kick; a buzz. So I’m looking to spend a bit more time in India with the Sri Ramachandra University where we’re hoping to develop a number of camps and programmes there that will offer some real good advice to boys not just in Chennai or India but also in the region, and anywhere in the world. It’s a new initiative, I’m thoroughly excited, and it looks like kicking off in April.
Q: You came close to returning as the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team coach last year. Are you disappointed that that fell through and you missed that opportunity?
Well you can’t have everything I guess. It’ll always be nice to be able to return and have some inputs into development here in the younger ones. As I said, never say never, but you never know what happens in the future.
Q: There is a perception that the modern cricketer is over-coached, with a team having any number of coaches. Do you think, as a coach yourself, there is this danger?
There is a danger, because the more coaches you have in the group, there is a tendency for those coaches to justify their positions and grab the players and say ‘I’ve got you now this is my specialised area and I’m going to give everything I’ve got’ — if everyone has that attitude the poor old individual will have no energy for his competition. So it’s a balance. Head coaches now have a little bit more of coordinating and (they have to ensure) that there is right amount of information in the overall set up for the individuals to play. But it’s nice to have support coaches, to have a head coach who has the confidence to work with his little team within the main group, and to ensure that everyone is on the same page, the communication is up to scratch and the whole machine moves with a well oiled effort.
Q: You coached Virat Kohli as a youngster when you were the India Under 19 coach. You’ve seen his remarkable ascent to the top of the game. How proud are you of what he has achieved so far, and what lesson can a young cricketer learn from him?
Virat came to the NCA when I was there a few weeks before the (2008 Under 19) World Cup. I was fortunate enough to be given the job of coaching that team; we won it. He was always skillful, he was always physical in his approach to training as well as competition. He was always positive and confident, but the thing to me that changed him was when he lost weight and that’s not an easy thing to do — when you decide ‘that’s it, I’m going to lose a number of kilogrammes to ensure my body is in better shape so that I can bat longer, and that my concentration level is going to be lengthened.’ When a player can do that he’s got real discipline. That was to me the turning point and it does not surprise me to see that he reached so many milestones in his young career so far.
That discipline (is an important lesson). That will to do well, to win the game. The will to perform, when it’s tough, you’ve got to have that mental strength. Lot of people have the hardware, not many have the software and he’s got it in abundance.
By M. Shamil Amit
Richmond College cruised through to an innings and 29-run win over Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda in the Under 19 inter-school cricket encounter concluded at the Surrey Village ground in Maggona on Friday.
The second day’s play saw Dharmasoka MV batting the second time with a deficit of 131 runs to erase being unable to achieve it as they were able to muster a score of only 102 runs.
A knock of 127 by Gajitha Kotuwegoda and a half ton by Thimira Supun on day two helped St. Mary’s Kegalle chalk a comfortable innings and 77-run win over St. Thomas’ Matale in the match which ended at Matale.
Jaffna Central thanks to a blistering knock of 167 by S. Kartheepan recorded a massive innings and 196-run win against Hindu Kokuvil in the match concluded at Jaffna yesterday.
Richmond 255 (Dhananjaya Lakshan 40, Sandun Mendis 40, Avindhu Theekshana 37, Kasun Tharaka 32, Ravishka Wijesiri 30: Kavindu Nadeeshan 4 for 61, Lohan De Soysa 2 for 43, Ushan Imantha 2 for 61)
Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda 124 (Kaveesh Kumara 37, Harshajith Rushantha 30: Ravishka Wijesiri 4 for 24, Avindu Theekshana 3 for 19, Thilanga Udeeshana 2 for 24) and 102 (Kaveesh Kumara 37, Dinuka Dilshan 25:Dhananjaya Lakshan 3 for 13, Sandun Mendis 3 for 18, Thilanga Udeeshan 2 for 12, Ravishka Wijesiri 2 for 20)
St. Thomas’ Matale 124 (Sajith De Silva 47, Bhawantha Samitharanga 19: Lasitha Udage 4 for 31, Daminda Gayan 2 for 24, Thimira Supun 2 for 24) and 184 (Lihaja Jayasundara 94, Sajith de Silva 71: Lasitha Udage 4 for 84, Thimira Supun 2 for 14, Mass Rahim 2 for 19)
St. Mary’s Kegalle (196/5 overnight) 385 for 9 declared (Gajitha Kotuwegoda 127, Thimira Supun 50, Mass Rahim 48, Sajeewa Ranjith 46, Lasitha Udage 43: Sasika Bandara 3 for 42, Deemantha Senanayake 2 for 71, Mohamed Ismail 2 for 77)
Hindu Kokkuvil 90 (K. Thushyanthan 32: S. Thasopan 4 for 13, T. Sajeepan 3 for 21, S. Mathushan 2 for 29) and 143 (K. Bhanujan 56: S. Thushanthan 6 for 31, S. Thasopan 4 for 52)
Jaffna Central (295/6 overnight) 429 (S. Kartheepan 167, A. Jaroshan 52, U. Priyaluhan 40, K. Nixon 34: R. Nithsuhan 3 for 67, S. Nishanth 2 for 78, U. Nimalathas 2 for 89)
By M. Shamil Amit
Ragama CC and Colts CC ended the Premier League campaign on a winning note when they recorded outright wins against Chilaw Marians and Tamil Union in the Super Eight encounters concluded at the Colts and Army ground in Panagoda on Friday.
Ragama CC coasted to a comfortable seven-wicket victory and the final day’s play saw them, resuming from their overnight score of 114 for 1 in pursuit of 188, racing to victory on the back of a half ton by Lahiru Milantha.
Colts CC coasted to a massive 182-run win as Tamil Union resuming from their overnight score of 203 for 4 was bundled out for 279 runs after having been set a mammoth target of 462 runs by Colts CC.
Chilaw Marians CC 168 and 295
Ragama CC 276 and (114/1 overnight) 191 for 3 (Lahiru Milantha 62, Samindu Fernando 44, Janith Liyanage 23, Akshu Fernando 38 n.o., Sameera de Zoysa 16 n.o.: Maduka Liyanapathiranage 2 for 61)
Colts CC 218 and 411
Tamil Union 168 and (203/4 overnight) 279 (Sithara Gimhan 85, Manoj Sarathchandra 59, Dineth Thimodya 37, Ramith Rambukwella 32: Akila Dhananjaya 5 for 103, Ishan Jayaratne 3 for 76)
Result: Match drawn
17:36 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 364/8 in 88 overs
J. Fernandopulle 72, P. Perera 59, R. Kavishka 3/84
16:21 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 314/6 in 81 overs
J. Fernandopulle 46*, P. Perera 41*
15:45 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 275/6 in 71 overs
P. Perera 31, R. Kanishja 2/50
14:43 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 240/6 in 59 overs
N. Sumanasinghe 114
13:27 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 175/3 in 43 overs
N. Sumanasinghe 85, D. Madurawela 49.
12:23 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 109/2 in 30 overs
N. Sumanasinghe 48 n.o, D. Madurawela 28 n.o.
11:26 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 75/2 in 25 overs
N. Sumanasinghe 27 n.o.
10:27 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 38/1 in 10 overs
17:22 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 3/0 in 2 overs at close
16:59 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 282 all out in 91.4 overs
D. Basnayake 64, C. Sankalpa 30, N. Sumanasinghe 4/32
15:07 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 163/5 in 66 overs
M. Theekshana 21 n.o, R. Ekanayake 2/21.
14:11 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 128/4 in 52 overs
S. Fernando 51, D. Chathuranga 42, R. Ekanayake 2/21
13:06 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 112/2 in 41 overs
S. Fernando 47 n.o, D. Chaturanga 38 n.o.
11:33 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 67/2 in 26 overs.
10:31 – St. Benedict’s 1st innings 34/1 in 11 overs
10:07 – St. Joseph’s won the toss and elected to field first
Result: S, Thomas’ won by one wicket
17:10 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 124/9 in 40.5 overs
Romesh Warnaperuma 35*, Vimukthi Netumal 3/45
16:22 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 108/9 in 34 overs
Romesh Warnaperuma 19*
14:57 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 44/2 in 11 overs
R. Kodithuwakku 24*, D. Peiris 111*
14:11 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 13/2 in 3 overs
R. Kodithuwakku 8*, Sithara Hapuhinna 0*
Trinity 2nd innings 76 all out
M. Suhaib 1*
13:07 – Trinity 2nd innings 48/6 in 13 overs
Tisaru Dilshan 13*, Badugoban 0*, Kevin Iriyagama 2 for 13
12:12 – Trinity 2nd innings 17/2 in 6 overs
Sanoogith Sanmuganadan 9*
S. Thomas 1st innings 179/9 dec in 52 overs
Sitara Hapuhinna 76, Vimukthi Netumal 5 for 63
10:40 – S. Thomas 1st innings 145/8 in 41 overs
Senan Peries 9*, Harin Ratnayaka 0*, Dimukthi Netumal 4 for 37
17:41 – S. Thomas 1st innings 123/3 in 27 overs at close
Mantila Wijeratne 27*, Sithara Hapuhinna 71*
17:11 – S. Thomas’ College 1st innings 92/3 in 20 overs
Mantila Wijeratne 16*, Sithara Hapihinna 51*
16:09 – S. Thomas’ College 1st innings 20/2 in 6 overs
Dinura Gunawardana 9*, Tisara Hapuhinna 6*
Trinity 1st innings 224 all out in 64.5 overs
Himanga Suriyampola 36, Hasintha Jayasuriya 26, Sanogith Sanmuganadan 35, C Ratnayake 5 for 54
15:12 – Trinity College 1st innings 219/8 in 61 overs
M. Sohib 2*, T. Banugoban 24*
14:22 – Trinity College 1st innings 210/7 in 56 overs
Thisaru Dilshan 8*, T. Banugoban 20*, K. Ratnayake 3/36
13:23 – Trinity 1st innings 167/6 in 40 overs
Purna Wanasinghe 12* T Banugoban 0*, K Ratnayake 3 for 32
12:06 – Trinity 1st innings 141/4 in 29 overs at lunch
Hasitha Boyagoda 20*
10:35 – Trinity 1st innings 48/1 in 10.3 overs
Himanga Suriyampola 18*, Sanogeeth Sanmuganadan 2*, Hasintha Jayasuriya out 26
Trinity College won the toss and elected to bat first
Result: Richmond College won by innings and 29 runs
13:06 – Dharmasoka College 2nd innings 102 all out in 32.5 overs
D. Dilshan 25, S. Mendis 3/18, D. Lakshan 3/13
11:30 – Dharmasoka College 2nd innings 78/4 in 23 overs
K. Kumara 37, D. Lakshan 3/13
10:33 – Dharmasoka College 2nd innings (following on) 16/3 in 8 overs.
17:30 – Dharmasoka college 1st innings 124 all out in 36.5 overs at close
R. Wijesiri 4/24, A. Theekshana 3/19
17:14 – Dharmasoka College 1st innings 93/4 in 30 overs
H. Rushantha 30, R. Wijesiri 2/4
16:32 – Dharmasoka College 1st innings 51/2 in 17 overs
13:28 – Richmond College 1st inning 177/7 in 43 overs
A. Theekshana 37, K. Tharaka 32, L. de Soysa 2/20
12:15 – Richmond College 1st innings 105/5 in 27 overs
D. Lakshan 40, K. Nadeeshan 2/14
11:14 – Richmond College 1st innings 69/2 in 18 overs
D. Lakshan 34 n.o.
Richmond College 1st innings 23/0 in 6 overs
Dharmasoka College won the toss and elected to field vs Richmond College
By M. Shamil Amit
SSC’s spin duo Sachithra Senanayake who ended with a match bag of eight wickets and Jeffery Vandersay combined to guide SSC to record an outright win by 84 runs with two day’s to spare in a low scoring match of the Premier Super Eight cricket tournament concluded at R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.
Ragama CC took a first inning lead over Chilaw Marians in another match of the same tournament played at the Colts ground.
Twin half tons by skipper Angelo Perera was the highlight of the match between NCC and Army SC as NCC dominated proceedings when play ended on day two at the FTZ ground in Katunayake.
Colts CC held the upper hand against Tamil Union at the end of the second day’s play in the match played at the Army ground in Panagoda.
At R. Premadasa Stadium
SSC 147 (Kaushal Silva 47, Minod Bhanuka 24, Kavindu Kulasekera 43 n.o.: Wanidnu Hasaranga 5 for 15, Ranitha Liyanaarachchi 2 for 35) and 155 (Kaushal Silva 43, Oshada Fernando 32, Ramesh Mendis 29: Ashan Priyanjan 4 for 14, Wanidu Hasaranga 3 for 49)
CCC (89/6 overnight) 101 (Roshan Anuruddha 27, Wanidu Hasaranga 18, Akila Jayasundara 16: Sachithra Senanayake 4 for 15, Dilshan Abeysinghe 3 for 44, Jeffery Vandersay 2 for 11) and 117 (Lasith Abeyratne 27, Ashan Priyanjan 16, Lahiru Madusanka 35 n.o.: Sachithra Senanayake 4 for 30, Jefferey Vandersay 4 for 46)
Chilaw Marians 168 (Mahela Udawatte 41, Raveen Yasas 18, Sachithra Serasinghe 17, Rukshan Fernando 16 n.o.: Nilanka Premaratne 5 for 41, Sahan Nanayakkara 2 for 18) and 116 for 2 (Ashen Silva 29, Mahela Udawatte 52 n.o., Sachithra Serasinghe 23 n.o.)
Ragama CC (86/2 overnight) 276 (Samminda Fernando 93, Koshan Dhanush 50, Sameera de Zoysa 27, Akshu Fernando 26, Nayana Fernando 19, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 16: Arosh Janoda 5 for 45, Shehan Jayasuriya 3 for 50)
At FTZ Katunayake
NCC 268 (Angelo Perera 53, Thimira Jayasinghe 53, Chathuranga de Silva 42, Lahiru Udara 35, Anuk Fernando 16: Yasoda Mendis 4 for 65, Dushan Vimukthi 3 for 64, Janith Silva 2 for 41) and 139 for 4 (Dinesh Chandimal 41, Jehan Mubarak 17, Angelo Perera 55 n.o., Chathuranga de Silva 20 n.o.: Dushan Vimukthi 2 for 39)
Army SC (23/0 overnight) 227 (Lakshitha Madushan 54, Ashan Randika 38, Dilshan de Soysa 38, Janith Silva 32, Navod Ilukwatte 27: Sachintha Peiris 4 for 43, Chathuranga dew Silva 4 for 63)
Colts CC 218 (Sadeera Samarawickrama 52, Priyamal Perera 47, Pasindu Lakshanka 23, Akila Dhananjaya 52 n.o.: Dulanjana Mendis 5 for 71, Ramith Rambukwella 4 for 75) and 248 for 3 (Sadeera Samarawickrama 93, Angelo Jayasinghe 76 n.o., Vishad Randika 60 n.o.: Pramdo Madushan 2 for 56)
Tamil Union (117/6 overnight) 168 (Sithara Gimhan 43, Kithruwan Vithanage 26, Charith Jayampathi 24, Pulina Tharanga 21: Ishan Jayaratne 5 for 40, Ali Khan 2 for 55, Akila Dhananjaya 2 for 64)
By M. Shamil Amit
Ravindu Kodituwakku scored a 129-ball 119 that included 16 boundaries and three sixes to help S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia reach 318 for seven declared against St. Sylvester’s College in their Under-19 cricket encounter played at Panadura.
S. Thomas’: 318/7 declared (Ravindu Kodituwakku 119, Sithara Hapuhinna 56, Romesh Nallaperuma 36, Manuja Perera 3/51)
St. Sylvester’s: 67/3
St. Peter’s: 282/6 declared (Vinul Gunawardena 61, Santhush Gunatileke 53, Shalitha Fernando 52, Anishka Perera 39, Manelker de Silva 31 n.o)
St. Anthony’s: 8/0
Maliyadeva: 181 (Damitha Silva 86, Dilshan Kollure 70, Naveen Gunawardena 5/55)
Thurstan: 141/4 (Yeshan Wickramarachchi 44, Imesh Virange 37)
President’s Kotte: 112 (Sachintha Liyanage 41, Kesara Nuwantha 5/26, Isuru Udayanga 3/13)
St. Servatius’ Matara: 122/8 (Sasika Dulshan 51, Thilan Prashan 35)
Rahula Matara: 185/5 (Ruwan Maduranga 68 n.o, Lakindu Chamodiya 54 n.o) vs Siri Piyarathana MMV Padukka
Devapathiraja MMV Rathgama: 185 (Nimesh Chathuranga 52, Thisaru Dilshan 39, Sudeera Weeraratne 34, Tharindu Lakshan 4/47)
Revatha MMV Balapitiya: 35/1
St. Thomas’ Matale: 121/1 (Vihaja Jayasundara 76 n.o) vs Royal Panadura
Sandalanka Central: 165 (Thisaru Dilshan 39, Sudeera Weeraratne 34, Nimesh Chathuranga 51 n.o, Tharindu Lakshan 3/40)
Zahira MMV Akurana: 205 (Mohamed Althaf 54, Shivakumar Subakumar 30, Mohamed Shahik 30, Binod Chathuranga 6/60)
Henegama Central: 352 (Sisakalum Lochana 109, Kaveesha Pinimuthu 104)
Kirindiwela Central: 39/2
Bandarawela MMV: 86 (Uditha Bandara 33, Rusiru Senaratne 6/34) and 182/8 (Hesham Ratnayake 77, Lakshan Chaminda 31 n.o)
Nugawela Central: 179 (Viraj Ekanayake 35, Uditha Bandara 4/65)
Dudley Senanayake MMV Tholangamuwa: 187 (Pulasthi Galdeniya 32, Maduranga Jagoda 4/53)
Sir John Kotelawala MMV Kurunegala: 42/5 (Prasad Gunasekera 3/9)
Result: NCC won by 176 runs
15:24 - Army SC 2nd innings 131 all out in 34 overs
J. Silva 24, L. Embuldeniya 4/42
14:25 – Army SC 2nd innings 109/7 in 26 overs
L. Madushan 39, D. Vimukthi 31, L. Embuldeniya 2/26
13:35 – Army SC 2nd innings (target 308) 24/3
12:19 – NCC 2nd innings 266 all out in 65.4 overs
A. Perera 106, D. Bandara 3/44
11:41 – NCC 2nd innings 252/7 in 59 overs
A. Perera 101*, S. Fernando 34, D. de Soysa 2/30
10:41 – NCC 2nd innings 200/6 in 46 overs
A. Perera 71 n.o, C. de Silva 48.
17:22 – NCC 2nd innings 139/4 in 33 overs at close
D. Chandimal 41, A. Perera 55*, C. de Silva 20*, D. Vimukthi 2/39
15:51 – NCC 2nd innings 38/3 in 12 overs
14:42 – Army SC 1st innings 227 all out in 70.3 overs
D. de Soysa 38, J. Silva 32, S. Peiris 4/43, C. de Silva 4/63.
13:36 – Army SC 1st innings 179/6 in 57 overs
D. de Soysa 27 n.o, S. Peiris 2/25, C. de Silva 2/44.
12:18 – Army SC 1st innings 144/4 in 42 overs
L. Madushan 54, N. Ilukwatta 27.
11:26 – Army SC 1st innings 118/2 in 30 overs
L. Madushan 50 n.o, N. Ilukwatta 20 n.o.
10:50 – Army SC 1st innings 83/1 in 16 overs
N. Randhika 38.
18:32 – Army SC 1st innings 23/0 in 5 overs at close
16:26 – NCC 1st innings 268 all out in 68.2 overs
T. Jayasinghe 53, Y. Mendis 4/65. D. Vimukthi 3/64
15:27 – NCC 1st innings 247/7 in 63 overs
T. Jayasinghe 40, D. Vimukthi 3/64
14:34 – NCC 1st innings 217/7 in 53 overs
A. Perera 53, C. de Silva 42, D. Vimukthi 3/54
13:31 – NCC 1st innings 161/4 in 39 overs
J. Mubarak 39, A. Perera 46 n.o.
12:40 – NCC 1st innings 96/3 in 27 overs
J. Mubarak 28 n.o, A. Perera 20 n.o, D. Vimukthi 2/25.
11:26 – NCC 1st innings 54/3 in 17 overs
L. Udara 35, D. Vimukthi 2/19.
10:45 – NCC 1st innings 19/1 in 8 overs
NCC won the toss and elected to bat first
Result: Colts CC won by 182 runs
11:28 – Tamil Union 2nd innings 279 all out in 62 overs
R. Rambukwella 32, A. Dananjaya 5/103, I. Jayaratne 3/76
11:04 – Tamil Union 2nd innings 243/8 in 58 overs
M. Sarathchandra 59, A. Dananjaya 4/76.
10:36 – Tamil Union 2nd innings 229/6 in 54 overs
S. Gimhan 85, I. Jayaratne 2/64, A. Dananjaya 2/69
17:32 – Tamil Union 2nd innings 203/4 in 47 overs at close
S. gimhan 79*, M. Sarathchandra 59, I/ Jayaratne 2/50
16:19 – Tamil Union 2nd innings 147/2 in 30 overs
S. Gimhan 59*, D. Thimodya 37
15:35 – Tamil Union 2nd innings (target 462) 78/1 in 16 overs
S. Gimhan 30*, D. Thimodya 29*
11:26 – Colts CC 2nd innings 303/6 in 95 overs.
V. Randhika 84, P. Madushan 4/75.
10:42 – Colts CC 2nd innings 279/5 in 86 overs
V. Randhika 72 n.o, A. Jayasinghe 81, P. Madushan 4/70
17:10 – Colts CC 2nd innings 248/3 in 77 overs at close
A. Jayasinghe 76*, V. Randhika 60*
15:49 – Colts CC 2nd innings 193/3 in 58 overs
A. Jayasinghe 53*, V de Silva 32*
14:44 – Colts CC 2nd innings 147/3 in 46 overs
S. Samarawickrema 93, A. Jayasinghe 33 n.o, P. Madushan 2/36.
12:21 – Colts CC 2nd innings 47/2 in 15 overs
S. Samarawickrema 33 n.o, P. Madushan 2/27.
11:23 – Tamil Union 1st innings 168 all out in 45.2 overs
C. Jayampathy 24, I. Jayaratne 5/40.
10:40 – Tamil Union 1st innings 143/9 in 40 overs
P. Tharanga 21, I. Jayaratne 5/26.
18:00 – Tamil Union 1st innings 117/6 in 33 overs at close
S. Gimhan 43, K. Vithanage 26, I. Jayaratne 2/19, A. Khan 2/45
16:24 – Tamil Union 1st innings 117/5 in 32 overs
P. Tharanga 21, S/ Gimhan 43*, I. Jayaratne 2/19
15:24 – Tamil Union 1st innings 65/3 in 17 overs
S. Gimhan 21*, A. Khan 2/36
14:31 – Tamil Union 1st innings 27/2 in 8 overs
Colts CC 1st innings 218 all out in 52.2 overs
A. Dananjaya 52*, D. Mendis 5/71, R. Rambukwella 4/75
13:29 – Colts CC 1st innings 202/9 in 50 overs
A. Dananjaya 44 n.o, D. Mendis 4/71, R. Rambukwella 4/67
12:35 – Colts CC 1st innings 152/7 in 39 overs
P. Perera 30 n.o, D. Mendis 2/56.
11:18 – Colts CC 1st innings 102/6 in 27 overs
S. Samarawickrema 52, R. Rambukwella 4/21.
10:28 – Colts CC 1st innings 60/1 in 14 overs
Colts CC won the toss and elected to bat vs Tamil Union
Result: SSC won by 84 runs
17:50 – CCC 2nd innings 117 all out in 33.4 overs
Lahiru Madushanka 35, L. Abeyratne 27, SMSM Senanayake 4/30, JDF Vandersay 4/46
16:21 – CCC 2nd innings 84/4 in 25.4 overs
Lahiru Madushanka 17*, Ranitha Liyanarachchi 3*, SMSM Senanayake 4/18
15:18 – CCC 2nd innings 39/4 in 12 overs
Lasith Abeyratne 9*, Ashan Priyanjan 16*, SMSM Senanayake 2 for 5
14:25 – CCC 2nd innings (target 202) 12/2 in 2.3 overs
Nisham Mazahir 10*, Ashan Priyanjan 0*
SSC 2nd innings 155 all out in 40.0 overs
JK Silva 43, BOP Fernando 32, PWH de Silva 3 for 49, SMA Priyanjan 4 for 14
13:34 – SSC 2nd innings 137/6 in 36 overs
Sachithra Senanayake 4*, Ramesh Mendis 23*, PWH de Silva 2 for 42
12:18 – SSC 2nd innings 95/5 in 25 overs
Kavindu Kulasekara 1*, Ramesh Mendis 0*, Wanidu Hasaranga 1 for 30
11:44 – SSC 2nd innings 81/2 in 19 overs
Kaushal Silva 37*, Adeesha Thilanchana 7*, Lahiru Madushanka 1 for 15
10:40 – SSC 2nd innings 9/1 in 4.2 overs
Kaushal Silva 4*, Oshada Fernando 5*
CCC 1st innings 101 all out in 25.2 overs
PSR Anurudda out 27, AMCD Abeysinghe 3 for 44, SMSM Senanayake 4 for 15, JDF Vandersay 2 for 11
17:39 – CCC 1st innings 89/6 in 20.2 overs at stumps
Roshan Anuruda 25*, Akila Jayasundera 16*, AMCD Abeysinghe 3/28
16:20 – CCC 1st innings 59/6 in 8.3 overs
Roshan Anuruda 11*, Akila Jayasundera 0*, AMCD Abeysinghe 3/28
14:58 – SSC 1st innings 147 all out in 47 overs
14:23 – SSC 1st innings 144/8 in 45.4 overs
Tharindu Ratnayake 2*, Kavindu Kulasekara 42*, Ranith Liyanarachchi 1 for 28
13:36 – SSC 1st innings 103/3 in 33.5 overs
Oshada Fernando 12*, Kavindu Kulasekara 16
12:35 – SSC 1st innings 71/1 in 25 overs
Oshada Fernando 4*, Kaushal Silva 41
11:58 – SSC 1st innings 62/1 in 22 overs
Oshada Fernando 0*, Kaushal Silva 36*
10:29 – SSC 1st innings 29/0 in 7 overs
Minod Bhanuka 5*, Kaushal Silva 24*
SSC won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Ragama SC won by 7 wickets
12:31 – Ragama 2nd innings 191/1 in 52.5 overs
Lahiru Milantha 44*, Aksha Fernando 41*, ST De silva 1 for 30
11:06 – Ragama 2nd innings 150/2 in 45.3 overs
Lahiru Milantha 61*, Aksha Fernando 14*, ST De silva 1 for 36
17:58 – Ragama SC 2nd inning 114/1 in 31 overs at close
Lahiru Milantha 44*, Saminda Fernando 41, ST De Silva 1/30
16:05 – Ragama 2nd innings 34/0 in 9.5 overs
Janith Liyanage 16*, Lahiru Milantha 17*
15:33 – Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 295 all out in 95.5 overs
MA Liyanapathiranage 54*, MARS Fernando 46, ML Udawatte 52, SC Serasinghe 56, S Nanayakkare 7 for 92
15:17 – Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 292/9 in 95 overs
Maduka Liyanapathiranage 53*, Raveen Yasas 17*, S Nanayakkare 6 for 91
13:58 – Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 244/9 in 79 overs
11:05 – Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 154/5 in 49.4 overs
Rukshan Shehan 1*, Sachithra Serasinghe 38*
17:50 – Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 116/2 in 37 overs at close
Sachithra Serasinghe 23*, Mahela Udawatte 42*, WGHN Premaratne 1/20
16:21 – Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 58/1 in 19 overs
Ashen Silva 27*, Mahela Udawatte 11*
15:18 Chilaw Marians 2nd innings 26/0 in 7 overs
Shehan Jayasuriya 13*, Ashen Silva 12*
14:25 – Ragama CC 1st innings 276 all out 85 overs
S Fernando out 93, HGKD Dhanushka out 50,Arosh Janoda 5 for 45
13:34 – Ragama CC 1st innings 129/6 in 74 overs
Koshan Dhanushka 23*, Sameera de Zoysa 27*, Arosh Janoda 3 for 45
12:18 – Ragama CC 1st innings 185/5 in 61 overs
Tilaksha Sumanasiri 12*, Sameera de Zoysa 6*, Arosh Janoda 3 for 41
11:44 – Ragama CC 1st innings 165/4 in 56.2 overs
Sameera de Zoysa 0*, Akshu Fernando 24*, Arosh Janoda 3 for 36
10:40 – Ragama CC 1st innings 127/3 in 43 overs
Saminda Fernando 65*, Akshu Fernando 18*
17:39 – Ragama 1st innings 86/2 in 30 overs at stumps
Nayana Fernando 13*, Samimda Fernando 50*
16:20 – Ragama CC 1st innings 56/2 in 21.5 overs
Nayana Fernando 1*, Samimda Fernando 33*
14:58 – Ragama CC 1st innings 22/0 in 8 overs
Saminda Fernando 11*, Lahiru Milantha 10*
14:23 – Ragama CC 1st innings 8/0 in 2.1 overs
Saminda Fernando 4*, Lahiru Milantha 4*
Chilaw Marians 1st innings 168 all out in 41.4 overs
ML Udawatte out 41, WGHN Premaratne 5 for 41, S Nanayakkare 2 for 18
13:36 – Chilaw Marians 1st innings 143/9 in 36.4 overs
Rukshan Shehan 7*, Raveen Yasas 4*, Nilanka Premaratne 5 for 39
12:33 – Chilaw Marians 1st innings 96/5 in 24.5 overs
Shehan Jayasuriya 2*, Thikshila de Silva 0*, Mahela Udawatte out 45, Nilanka Premaratne 2 for 24
11:50 – Chilaw Marians 1st innings 89/3 in 23 overs
Mahela Udawatte 36*, Sachithra Serasinghe 17*, J Liyanage 1 for 13
10:34 – Chilaw Marians 1st innings 14/1 in 6.3 overs
Ashen Silva 1*, Maduka Liyanapathiranage 1*
Ragama CC won the toss and elected to field
By Chris Dhambarage
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club brought an end to CCC’s unbeaten run with a stupendous performance in their SLC Premier League Tournament Tier ‘A’ fixture worked off at Panagoda.
The table leaders underlined their all-round superiority once again as they cruised to a resounding 366-run victory with more than a day to spare.
Even then, Chilaw Marians CC went through some anxious moments initially and they were under tremendous pressure after the side was dismissed for a modest 213 in the first innings.
CCC certainly made a splendid start to the game and they had all the reasons to feel confident after having produced a superb bowling display on the opening day.
However Chilaw Marians CC, like they have done in the previous games came out with a spirited performance on the field to restrict their opponents for 190 runs.
Malinda Pushpakumara continued his outstanding form with another controlled spell of bowling while Arosh Janoda and Isuru Udana also excelled while capturing wickets at vital stages of the game.
Chilaw Marians CC after claiming a close first innings lead never looked back from there onwards and went on to extend the overall lead beyond their opponents reach.
This was mainly due to a trailblazing 207 from Sachithra Serasinghe who compiled only the second double century of the tournament.
In fact, it was his teammate Shehan Jayasuriya who made the first double century of the tournament when he hammered a season highest 237 during a preliminary round fixture against the Bloomfield at Reid Avenue.
With opening batsman Vidura Adikari completing a maiden First-Class century, Chilaw Marians CC were able to pile up well over 400 runs in their second innings which almost sealed the game in their favour.
CCC of course had more than a day to reach their victory target of 485 runs but they surrendered rather meekly with their second innings lasting only 27.1 overs.
Pushpakumara who opened the bowling for Chilaw Marians CC ran through the CCC batting almost single handedly as he finished with his second seven-wicket haul in the tournament having produced a similar effort against the SSC earlier.
SSC vs Ragama CC
Meanwhile, SSC kept their hopes alive of winning the title with a smashing eight-wicket win over Ragama CC in their Premier Tournament Tier ‘A’ match played at the R. Premadasa Stadium.
This was a fine combined all-round effort that helped the SSC cruise to victory with all their key players making an impact on the field.
Even then, SSC’s bowling attack looked quite outstanding as they were able to dismiss the Ragama CC team for under 250 runs in each innings which was the key to their success.
First it was the left-arm paceman Vimukthi Perera who rocked the Ragama CC batting in the first innings with a hostile spell of bowling claiming five for 33.
He added two more scalps in the second innings but it were the spinners Sachithra Senanayake and Kasun Madushanka who really destroyed the Ragama CC batting with some penetrative bowling.
As a result Ragama CC were bowled out for a modest 201 in their second innings leaving the SSC an easy victory target of 33 runs.
This was a match where the SSC also proved their batting depth while scoring almost 400 runs in their first innings thanks to three solid half centuries.
In fact, two of those fifties were made by their number eight Sachithra Senanayake and number ten Tharindu Ratnayake as their last three wickets made a fantastic contribution of 136 runs.
NCC vs Colts CC
NCC had the satisfaction of recording their first win when they defeated Colts CC by six wickets in their Tier ‘A’ tournament match worked off at Katunayake.
After two successive defeats the NCC finally got their act together well and produced their best performance of the tournament to complete their task with more than a day to spare.
Paceman Lasith Embuldeniya certainly played an important role and his bowling performances in both innings helped the NCC to turn the game in their favour.
He produced an inspired spell of bowling to claim six wickets as Colts CC were bundled out for 192 in the first innings.
He then went on to complete a memorable game by adding four wickets to his tally in the second innings as the Colts CC were once again dismissed for less than 250 runs.
However, NCC will be somewhat disappointed that they could not put up a big total despite four of their batsmen completing half centuries.
Tamil Union vs Army SC
Sri Lanka Army Sports Club put up a stunning performance to beat the more fancied Tamil Union by innings and 30 runs in their Premier tournament Tier ‘A’ match played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place.
Army SC made their intentions clear very early and they had the game well under control after bowling out their opponents for 174 runs.
The pace-spin combination of Yasoda Mendis and Seekkuge Prasanna really tormented the Tamil Union batsmen as they shared seven wickets between them.
Prasanna later made his presence felt with the bat as well and with openers Leo Francisco and Lakshitha Madushan and Dilshan de Soysa also reaching the half century mark, Army SC went on to rattle up a formidable 383 in their first innings.
Tamil Union never looked like saving the game after they lost half of the side for only 81 runs and they were eventually bowled out for 179 runs in just over 50 overs.
Mendis once again impressed with three vital wickets while Nalin Priyadarshana and Dushan Vimukthi struck form with some accurate bowling.
By Shamzeer Jaleel
Trinity College piled up 238 for seven wickets in their Under-19 Inter-Schools cricket encounter against Isipathana College which commenced at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy on Thursday.
Trinity: 238/7 (Poorna Wanasekera 52, Chanuka Bandara 46, Himanga Sooriyampola 34, Hasitha Boyagoda 21, Lisura Veenath 3/53)
First innings win
St. John’s College Panadura scored a first innings win over Kingswood College in their Under-19 Inter-Schools cricket encounter which concluded at Gampola.
St. John’s: 274 and 251 (Rukshan Dissanayake 104, Sithum Praboda 49, Ganidu Kaushalya 4/60, Vimukthi Wijesiriwardana 4/92)
Kingswood: 208 (Janith Tennakon 58, Harinda Mahanama 49, Yashod Kavinda 38, Malith Gunawardane 5/49, Thamindu Niwarthana 3/34).
St. Anne’s hit up 270
St. Anne’s College scored 270 in their first innings against St. Thomas’ College Matale in their Under-19 Inter-Schools cricket encounter which commenced at Matale.
St. Anne’s: 277 (Dhananjaya Bandara 61, Lakshitha de Silva 49, Sachitha Jaysekara 40, Pubudu Ganegama 29, Dineth Chandiimal 28, Kavindu Ranasinghe 24, Sajith de Silva 5/37, Mohmmed Ismail 2/109)
St. Thomas’ Matale: 22/1.
Result: NCC won by 6 wickets
13:36 – NCC 2nd innings 111/4 in 23.1 overs
L. Udara 45 n.o, A. Perera 29 n.o, D. Perera 2/54, A. Dananjaya 2/37
12:23 – NCC 2nd innings (target 108) 43/1 in 9 overs
L. Udara 27 n.o.
11:43 – Colts CC 2nd innings 222 all out in 69.5 overs
P. Perera 45, L. Embuldeniya 4/62, J. Mubarak 3/29.
11:13 – Colts CC 2nd innings 215/8 in 68 overs
P. Perera 44 n.o, L. Embuldeniya 4/59.
18:11 – Colts CC 2nd innings 149/5 in 48 overs at close
L. Embuldeniya 3/36
16:41 – Colts CC 2nd innings 120/3 in 37 overs
S. samarawickrema 64, P. Lakshanka 32, L. Embuldeniya 2/25
15:13 – Colts CC 2nd innings 49/0 in 14 overs
NCC 1st innings 307 all out in 80.3 overs
D. Perera 6/82, N. Tharaka 3/87
14.03 - NCC 1st innings 307/9 in 80 overs.
A. Fernando 62, D.Perera 6/82
12.40 – NCC 1st innings 238/6 in 63 overs.
T. Jayasinghe 54, A. Fernando 21 n.o, N. Tharaka 3/68.
11.55 – NCC 1st innings 205/4 in 58 overs.
A. Perera 71 , T. Jayasinghe 54.
Day 2 – NCC 1st innins 192/4 in 52 overs.
A. Perera 62*, T. Jayasinghe 44*
17:21 – NCC 1st innings 130/4 in 34 overs at close
R. de Silva 51, A. Perera 42*, D. Perera 3/31
16:23 – NCC 1st innings 82/3 in 19 overs
R. de Silva 40 n.o.
14:29 – Colts CC 1st innings 192 all out in 54 overs
P. Perera 43, A. Dananjaya 33, L. Embuldeniya 2/25
12:23 – Colts CC 1st innings 109/7 in 31 overs
P. Perera 29*, S. Samarawickrema 35, L. Embuldeniya 5/34
11:18 – Colts CC 1st innings 62/4 in 17 overs
S. Samarawickrema 27*, L. Embuldeniya 3/17
Colts CC won the toss and elected to bat first vs NCC