Two matches in the Singer Schools U-19 Division I two-day cricket tournament 2017/18 were conducted around the island today.
De Mazenod College vs Maliyadeva College
The hosts De Mazenod started the second day in hope of notching up an outright victory against a much-fancied Maliyadeva College in the group ‘D’ encounter which ended in Kandana.
Stylish right-hander Kaveen Bandara came to the rescue and stroked an unbeaten century in the second innings along with Muditha Premadasa (88) to spoil the Mazenodian party in Kandana. However, De Mazenod College take the honors in the drawn game with a 1st innings win.
Maliyadeva College – 102 (35.5) Sanjeewan Priyadarshana 43*, Muditha Premadasa 22, Romal Fernando 5/22, Sihina Sithumina 3/22 & 259/9d (73.3) Kaveen Bandara 105*, Muditha Premadasa 88, Yomal Fernando 3/69, Sihina Sithumina 2/23
De Mazenod College – 217 (51.3) Saliya Jude 73, Mithila Geeth 53, Praveen Fonseka 22, Mithul Senerath 21, Vishwa Dissanayaka 5/61, Dulaj Ranathunga 4/58 & 58/1 (13)
Result – Match drawn (De Mazenod College won 1st innings)
Gurukula College vs Wesley College
Wesley College skipper Thisuraka Akmeemana won the toss and invited the lads from Kelaniya to take the first lease of the Campbell park surface in the group ‘C’ encounter which commenced today.
The Gurukula boys accepted the challenge and posted 258 in 69.5 overs to put the pressure on the double blues.
Right arm off spinner Rahul Gunasekara was impressive with 4 scalps for Wesley College, while Pruthuvi Bimsara (48) and Pathum Mahesh (46) stroked valuable knocks to give the visitors the upper hand. In reply, the hosts were in a spot of bother with losing 3 wickets for 42 runs at stumps.
Match will continue tomorrow for day two,
Gurukula College – 258 (69.5) Pruthuvi Bimsara 48, Pathum Mahesh 46, Thimira Nayanatharu 35, Praveen Nimesh 32, Nuwan Chanaka 30, Rahul Gunasekara 4/57, Movin Subasinghe 2/64, Sakuntha Liyanage 2/66.
Wesley College – 42/3 (26)