Kalana leads S. Thomas’ fight back after Manula five-fer


The two Perera’s, Manula of Royal College and Kalana of S. Thomas’ College hogged the limelight on day one of the 139th Battle of the Blues cricket encounter on Friday at SSC Grounds.


After being sent into bat first on a slightly gloomy morning, S. Thomas’ College were rattled by the slow left-arm spin of Manula who took 5 for 43 to restrict the Thomians to 166 for 9. In reply, Royal were struggling at 33 for 3 against the quality left-arm fast bowling of Kalana.

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Earlier in the first session, the Royal seamers failed to deliver the goods by troubling the Thomian openers on a fresh, green pitch which prompted the skipper Pasindu Sooriyabandara to bring on the slow bowlers after only 9 overs by the seam bowling-trio.

Off-spinner Kamil Mishara struck right away in his second over when the Thomian vice-captain Dulith Gunaratne was caught at cover to end the 27-run opening stand.

Left-arm spinner Manula Perera was introduced to the attack in the 16th over which slowed down the Thomians drastically. Perera took a splendid return catch to dismiss Shalin De Mel as the Thomians went into lunch on 52 for 2.

After the forty-minute break, Manula continued to halt the Thomians by picking up wickets at regular intervals. One-drop batsman Kishan Munasinghe was trapped right in front while the Thomian skipper Dellon Peiris holed out to mid-on as the school by the sea were 4 down for 69.

Photos: Royal College vs S. Thomas’ College – 139th Battle of the Blues – Day 01

Sithara Hapuhinna and Manthila Wijerathne constructed the best partnership in the Thomian innings – 46 runs in 67 deliveries for the 5th wicket before seamer Kavindu Pathiratne induced the outside edge of Hapuhinna for 34.

Wiijeratne made 24 before becoming Manula’s fourth victim while Kalana Perera also played a loose stroke as Manula completed his five-wicket haul.

“There wasn’t much assistance from the pitch so I had a clear plan of bowling to a set line and length. I made small adjustments to the field and changed the bowling speeds which I think helped me. I am extremely happy to take a five-fer which I was dreaming as a kid.” Manula stated exclusively to ThePapare.com

The Thomian lower order could not make much of a difference to the slow run-rate of 2.58 as they ended their innings on 166 for 9 by making a bold declaration at around 4.00pm.S

S.Thomas’ College spearhead Kalana Perera was on top of his game as he trapped Bhagya Dissanayake in his very first over with a delivery which angled back into the right-hander.

Kalana Perera’s second wicket was purely thanks to an exceptional catch by Shalin De Mel at cover-point to dismiss Gayan Dissanayake while Kamil Mishara could not handle the short deliver- barrage of the Sri Lanka U19 left-arm seamer as Royal were tottering at 21 for 3.

Captain Sooriyabandara and Vice-Captain Kavindu Madarasinghe managed to bat till the umpires called it a day due to bad light, losing 8 overs from the allotted 90 overs for the day.

Play will resume tomorrow (10th March) at 9.45am for second day’s play.


Full Scorecard

S. Thomas' College

166/9 & 227/6

(61 overs)


Royal College

178/10 & 143/6

(42 overs)

match drawn

S. Thomas' College’s 1st Innings

D.Gunarathna c Bhagyan Dissanayake b Kamil Mishara1639
S.De.Mel c & b Manula Perera1552
K.Munasinghe lbw by Manula Perera1349
D.Peiris c Kavindu Pathirana b Manula Perera1244
S.Hapuhinna c Gayan Dissanayake b Kavindu Pathirana3451
M.Wijeyrathna b Manula Perera2441
K.Perera c Themal Bandara b Manula Perera1317
M.Rupasinghe c Pasindu sooriyabandara b Themal Bandara1340
T.Eriyagama (runout) Lahiru Madusanka518
P.Rathnayake not out430
G.Dissanayake50270 5.40
P.Sooriyabandara2020 1.00
K.Mishara113171 1.55
K.Pathirana103211 2.10
D.Wijeysekara2080 4.00
L.Madusanka11.31310 2.74
M.Perera195435 2.26
T.Bandara4161 1.50
166/9 (64.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-27 , 2-38 , 3-54 , 4-69 , 5-115 , 6-128 , 7-149 , 8-153 , 9-166

Royal College’s 1st Innings

B.Dissanayake lbw by Kalana Perera18
G.Dissanayake c Shalin De Mel b Kalana Perera67
K.Madarasinghe c Maneesha Rupasinghe b Pavith Rathnayake37137
K.Mishara c Dulith Gunarathna b Kalana Perera813
P.Sooriyabandara c Sithara Happuhinna b Kalana Perera4690
K.Pathirana st. by Sithara Happuhinna b Dellon Peiris1351
T.Senarathna lbw by Dellon Peiris1316
L.Madusanka c Kishan Munasinghe b Dellon Peiris128
D.Wijeysekara st. by Sithara Happuhinna b Dellon Peiris2367
T.Bandara c Sithara Happuhinna b Kalana Perera614
M.Perera not out80
D.Gunarathna1100 0.00
K.Perera267565 2.15
T.Eriyagama51210 4.20
S.Fernando187290 1.61
P.Rathnayake71201 2.86
S.De.Mel62100 1.67
D.Peiris122404 3.33
178/10 (75 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-1 , 2-8 , 3-21 , 4-96 , 5-104 , 6-127 , 7-139 , 8-139 , 9-151 , 10-178

S. Thomas' College’s 2nd Innings

S.De.Mel (runout) kaushal(sub)57139
D.Gunarathna c Thevindu Senarathna b Lahiru Madusanka59138
S.Hapuhinna (runout) Pasindu sooriyabandara4742
M.Wijeyrathna c Kavindu Madarasinghe b Manula Perera1920
K.Perera c Bhagyan Dissanayake b Manula Perera109
M.Rupasinghe c Kamil Mishara b Kavindu Madarasinghe108
D.Peiris not out149
T.Eriyagama not out11
G.Dissanayake1100 0.00
K.Mishara132340 2.62
M.Perera141452 3.21
K.Pathirana133531 4.08
L.Madusanka71391 5.57
D.Wijeysekara41140 3.50
T.Bandara3090 3.00
P.Sooriyabandara60230 3.83
227/6 (61 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-107 , 2-150 , 3-189 , 4-194 , 5-207 , 6-215

Royal College’s 2nd Innings

B.Dissanayake b Pavith Rathnayake1839
G.Dissanayake b Kalana Perera935
K.Madarasinghe not out5887
K.Mishara b Dellon Peiris2218
P.Sooriyabandara c Kishan Munasinghe b Dellon Peiris03
K.Pathirana b Kishan Munasinghe14
T.Senarathna lbw by Dellon Peiris2443
M.Perera not out923
K.Perera113371 3.36
S.Fernando4290 2.25
D.Peiris142503 3.57
K.Munasinghe62141 2.33
P.Rathnayake70331 4.71
143/6 (42 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-27 , 2-29 , 3-55 , 4-55 , 5-60 , 6-116