Thurstan College started the 2nd and final day of the 56th Thurstan-Isipathana encounter, just 15 runs behind the 169 runs made by Isipathana College in the 1st innings. Isipathana College faced a major setback even before the day’s play began as their strike bowler Dinath Dissanayake was reported for a suspect action and was ruled out from bowling further in this match.
All-rounder Ravindu Rathnayake starting off proceedings for the boys in green in Dissanayake’s absence took two wickets in just the 2nd over he bowled in the day. Overnight batsman Rashmika Hiripitiya and young all-rounder Bawantha Jayasinghe, were both dismissed with consecutive deliveries.
Following the early blows, it was all about Ranesh Silva in the rest of the Thurstan innings. The right-handed fresher continuing from 28 not out went on to become the first ever Thurstanite to score a century on his Big Match debut. His wonderful knock of 109 runs came in 116 balls. He was eventually undone by Rathnayake, ending the Thurstan innings for 276 runs with a lead of 107.
The 2nd essay by Isipathana got off to a decent start as openers Thevindu Dickwella and Mandeepa Gunasekara batted for 14.4 overs scoring 54 runs. With the Pathanians inching close towards going past Thurstan’s lead, Sandaru Dias started controlling the Isipathana innings.
The Thurstan skipper, dismissed both the openers in quick succession with his left-arm spin. Isipathana were allowed to score just 90 runs after losing their 1st wicket as they were bundled out for 144 runs.
Dias who was the chief destroyer of the Isipathana innings, grabbed 6 wickets, becoming the first Thurstanite to take 10 wickets in a Big Match. Apart from the openers Dickwella and Gunasekara, who scored 39 and 23 respectively, Rathnayake fought hard to save his team. He was unfortunately dismissed as the 7 wicket, literally sealing the match for Thurstan. He was Dias’ 4th victim.
The Thurstan openers finished off the match with an unbeaten stand of 41 as they chased down the required 38 runs in just 7.5 overs. This win for Thurstan came after 27 years.
All 5 awards on offer were swept away by the victorious Thurstanites,