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Brilliant Thaveesha Abishek guide Richmond to famous victory

114th Lovers’ Quarrel


A brilliant 99 not out by Richmond College captain Thaveesha Abishek guided them to a six-wicket victory with 3 balls to spare in the 114th Lovers’ Quarrel against traditional rivals Mahinda College at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Needing to make 215 to win off a minimum of 45 overs, skipper Abishek led the way with the bat, putting on a fine partnership of 123 for the fourth wicket alongside Dilum Sudeera.

Photos: Richmond College vs Mahinda College | 114th Lovers’ Quarrel | Day 2

The pair came together with the score on 81 for 3 and the game in the balance. Sudeera was unfortunately run out for 40 with the score on 204 but by then, it was well and truly Richmond’s game to lose. His 40 runs contained only 2 boundaries. Skipper Abishek remained unbeaten on 99 with 10 boundaries and 2 sixes to his name.

Banuka Manohara, who made 40 with six boundaries, and Adithya Siriwardhana (26) put on a 49 run partnership for the second wicket to contribute to the Richmondite cause.

Skipper Thaveesha Abishek after guiding Richmond College to a famous win at Galle International Stadium on 16th March, 2019

Resuming day two on 99 for 6 in their first innings, Richmond College batsman, Sandun Mendis, and Sammu Vimud added a further 19 runs to the overnight score before being separated with the dismissal of Mendis, whose 36 contained six hits to the ropes. Mendis and Vimud had put on 62 runs for the seventh wicket.

Once this partnership was broken, Richmond College lost two quick wickets for the addition of nine runs, including the wicket of Vimud who scored 26, with one boundary.

The last wicket pair of Chamath Dilsara and Kalpa Nethsara frustrated the Mahinda College bowlers and added on 17 valuable runs for the last wicket to push the Richmond College score to 144.

Mahinda College, spinner Kushan Madhusa, capturing 5 for 20, did most of the damage while fellow spinners Ashen Kandambi and Navod Paranavithana snatched two wickets each.

Going into bat for the second time with a lead of 53 runs Mahinda College made their intentions clear, as they had in the 1st innings, looking to extend their lead with Navod Paranavithana and Kawshitha Kodithuwakku adding 25 for the first wicket.

But from there on it was their highest run-getter for the season, Hansika Welihinda, who took charge of the scoring with a stroke-filled inning of 71, compiled with 7 fours and a six. This innings helped Mahinda College declare their innings at the fall of their 9th wicket with the score at 161, setting their opponents 215 to win.

Dilum Sudeera was once again the pick of the Richmond College bowlers with a haul of 4 for 57 and Kalpa Nethsara finished off with 3 for 32.



Richmond College
144/10 (46) & 215/4 (44.3)
Mahinda College
197/10 (63.3) & 161/9 (34)
Navod Dinusri Paranavithana lbw b Sandun Mendis26303086.67
K Kodithuwakku c Kavindu Hansika Edirweera b Dilum Sudeera36503072.00
D Induwara lbw b Dilum Sudeera9182050.00
Ravindu Hansika Welihinda c Vinuja Kiriella b Sandun Mendis05000.00
Nipun Malinga b Sandun Mendis442914151.72
Vinura Hiranjith Dulsara c Thaveesha Abhishek b Dimuth Sadaruwan26912028.57
Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi b Dilum Sudeera17181094.44
K Madusha c Thaveesha Abhishek b Dilum Sudeera3110027.27
Pasan Ranmal Pethangoda c Dilum Sudeera b Dimuth Sadaruwan11681016.18
Kushan Randeepa c Thaveesha Abhishek b Dilum Sudeera4281014.29
Subanu K Rajapaksha not out8291027.59
Extras13 (b 3 , lb 7 , nb 3, w 0)
Total197/10 (63.3 Overs, RR: 3.1)
Kalpa Nethsara501803.60
Amshi Oren502605.20
Sandun Mendis1824232.33
Dilum Sudeera23.334852.06
Dimuth Sadaruwan1233422.83
Adithya Siriwardena st Vinura Hiranjith Dulsara b K Madusha20482041.67
Vinuja Kiriella b K Malliyawadu6250024.00
Bhanuka Manohara lbw b Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi13291144.83
Thaveesha Abhishek st Vinura Hiranjith Dulsara b K Madusha6141042.86
Dimuth Sadaruwan b K Madusha04000.00
Dilum Sudeera c Vinura Hiranjith Dulsara b Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi03000.00
Sandun Mendis b Navod Dinusri Paranavithana36426085.71
Vimud Sapnaka lbw b Navod Dinusri Paranavithana20440045.45
Amshi Oren c Subanu K Rajapaksha b K Madusha5121041.67
Chamath Dilsara c Ravindu Hansika Welihinda b K Madusha15271055.56
Kalpa Nethsara not out3200150.00
Extras20 (b 10 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 5)
Total144/10 (46 Overs, RR: 3.13)
Nipun Malinga1013603.60
Pasan Ranmal Pethangoda502204.40
K Malliyawadu611813.00
Navod Dinusri Paranavithana922422.67
K Madusha922052.22
Subanu K Rajapaksha53701.40
Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi201025.00
Navod Dinusri Paranavithana b Kalpa Nethsara30391276.92
K Kodithuwakku b Sandun Mendis131200108.33
Ravindu Hansika Welihinda lbw b Kalpa Nethsara71805188.75
Vinura Hiranjith Dulsara c Sandun Mendis b Dilum Sudeera10151066.67
Nipun Malinga lbw b Kalpa Nethsara4100040.00
K Malliyawadu c Thaveesha Abhishek b Dilum Sudeera180012.50
Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi run out181600112.50
D Induwara b Dilum Sudeera130033.33
Pasan Ranmal Pethangoda not out2200100.00
Subanu K Rajapaksha lbw b Dilum Sudeera3200150.00
Extras8 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 4)
Total161/9 (34 Overs, RR: 4.74)
Sandun Mendis602714.50
Dilum Sudeera14.514242.90
Dimuth Sadaruwan201507.50
Amshi Oren401804.50
Kalpa Nethsara802232.75

Adithya Siriwardena lbw b Subanu K Rajapaksha26542048.15
Vinuja Kiriella c Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi b K Madusha112008.33
Bhanuka Manohara b Pasan Ranmal Pethangoda40646062.50
Thaveesha Abhishek not out999262107.61
Dilum Sudeera run out424230100.00
Sandun Mendis not out2200100.00
Extras5 (b 4 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 1)
Total215/4 (44.3 Overs, RR: 4.83)
Nipun Malinga10.323803.69
Ashen Janith Gunasekara Kandambi311404.67
Navod Dinusri Paranavithana813103.88
K Madusha1206015.00
Subanu K Rajapaksha501412.80
Pasan Ranmal Pethangoda603105.17