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Unbeaten opening stand puts Johnians in control

113th Battle of the North


After conceding a slender lead of just 14 runs, St John’s College stamped their authority through an unbeaten opening stand of 121 runs in their second innings on Day 2 of the 113th Battle of the North at the Jaffna Central grounds.

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The 2nd day’s play resumed with Jaffna Central on 81 for 3 in their first innings. Their hero with the ball on day 1, Kamalarasa Iyalarasan continued his ‘blockathon’ on the second day too but the rest perished with not much of a contribution in terms of runs. Even though the batters failed to contribute with runs, they managed to hang on to their wickets for long periods of time, which helped Jaffna Central to eat up enough time.

The only batsman who played with a positive frame of mind was U19 National Cap, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth. He came out with intent and scored a brisk 41 with 3 sixes and 1 four. After the fall of Vijayakanth, Iyalarasan tried to be more proactive and he finally reached a hard fought half century. He was losing partners from the other end and ultimately he came to a situation where he had to score the runs all by himself. He somehow managed to get his team over the deficit and was ultimately stumped after a marathon knock of 77 off a whopping 239 deliveries.

Photos: Jaffna Central College vs St. John’s College – 113th Battle of the North | Day 2

Jaffna Central once again had the opportunity to seal the game in the third session with some quick wickets. But, their bowling and fielding let them down. The two opening batsmen of the visitors Sawmiyan and Thanujan put together an unbeaten stand to see off the day and put St John’s College in the lead by 107 runs.

Match drawn

Jaffna Central College
195/10 (79.2) & 176/7 (40)
St. John’s College, Jaffna
181/10 (46.5) & 245/9 (89)
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah c Nitharan Saravanamuththu b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa9122075.00
Thanujan Christy Prasanna c Nitharan Saravanamuththu b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa18283064.29
Vinojan Thiyagarajah c Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Mathusan Selvarasa02000.00
Elshan Denushan c Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa9122075.00
Hemathushan Mahendran c Vithusan Theesan b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa114007.14
Abinash Murfin c Inthujan Balarupan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth24301180.00
Dinoshan Theivendram c Rajclinton Rajaratnam b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth9813411273.13
Rathushan Nageswaran c Vithusan Theesan b Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal01000.00
Sabesan Kamalapalan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth471057.14
Abishek Anton c Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa5170029.41
Saraan Anton Selvathas not out026000.00
Extras13 (b 2 , lb 2 , nb 2, w 7)
Total181/10 (46.5 Overs, RR: 3.86)
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa1525453.60
Mathusan Selvarasa421213.00
Nitharan Saravanamuththu10505.00
Vithusan Theesan703805.43
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth11.534333.74
Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal602013.33
Nithusan Aniston21502.50
Sarangan Sritharan c Rathushan Nageswaran b Dinoshan Theivendram01000.00
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa c Sabesan Kamalapalan b E.Denushan772398032.22
Inthujan Balarupan c Abinash Murfin b Dinoshan Theivendram15673022.39
Jeyatharsan Antony Dias lbw b Saraan Anton Selvathas21543038.89
Rajclinton Rajaratnam c & b Abinash Murfin10402025.00
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Hemathushan Mahendran413513117.14
Mathusan Selvarasa lbw b E.Denushan260033.33
Nithusan Aniston b Saraan Anton Selvathas10211047.62
Nitharsan Saravanamuththu c Sabesan Kamalapalan b Saraan Anton Selvathas02000.00
Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal b Hemathushan Mahendran07000.00
Vithusan Theesan not out1100010.00
Extras18 (b 11 , lb 0 , nb 6, w 1)
Total195/10 (79.2 Overs, RR: 2.46)
Dinoshan Theivendram1362521.92
Abishek Anton1231801.50
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah10202.00
Rathushan Nageswaran1061301.30
Abinash Murfin1124113.73
Saraan Anton Selvathas2045432.70
Hemathushan Mahendran822022.50
Elshan Denushan4.201122.62
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah c & b Mathusan Selvarasa501172342.74
Thanujan Christy Prasanna c Sarangan Sritharan b Mathusan Selvarasa6616311040.49
Vinojan Thiyagarajah c Iyalarasan Kamalarasa b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth116006.25
Elshan Denushan c Iyalarasan Kamalarasa b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth5190026.32
Hemathushan Mahendran c Sarangan Sritharan b Mathusan Selvarasa3140021.43
Abinash Murfin run out14341041.18
Dinoshan Theivendram c Sarangan Sritharan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth24613039.34
Rathushan Nageswaran run out02000.00
Sabesan Kamalapalan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth14423033.33
Abishek Anton not out31575054.39
Saraan Anton Selvathas not out4141028.57
Extras33 (b 26 , lb 1 , nb 5, w 1)
Total245/9 (89 Overs, RR: 2.75)
Mathusan Selvarasa2265132.32
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa1252402.00
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth3888842.32
Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal20502.50
Vithusan Theesan1133903.55
Nithusan Aniston30802.67
Jeyatharsan Antony Dias10303.00

Sarangan Sritharan c Sabesan Kamalapalan b Abinash Murfin25525048.08
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa st Sabesan Kamalapalan b Saraan Anton Selvathas27454060.00
Inthujan Balarupan run out7281025.00
Jeyatharsan Antony Dias c Abinash Murfin b Dinoshan Theivendram23521044.23
Mathusan Selvarasa c Hemathushan Mahendran b Abinash Murfin653654180.56
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth run out14150193.33
Rajclinton Rajaratnam lbw b Abishek Anton04000.00
Nithusan Aniston not out180012.50
Nitharsan Saravanamuththu not out00000.00
Extras14 (b 10 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 1)
Total176/7 (40 Overs, RR: 4.4)
Dinoshan Theivendram712613.71
Abishek Anton502414.80
Abinash Murfin1122922.64
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah512304.60
Saraan Anton Selvathas1015215.20
Elshan Denushan10606.00
Rathushan Nageswaran10303.00