Nuwanidu rescues St. Sebastian’s; Cambrians take major honours

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The 68th Battle of the Golds ended in a draw as Prince of Wales College took major honours in their annual encounter against St. Sebastian’s College at De Soyza Cricket Stadium in Moratuwa.

Photos: Prince of Wales’ College v St. Sebastian’s College | 68th Battle of the Golds – Day 1

Photo of Prince of Wales’ College v St. Sebastian’s College | 68th Battle of the Golds – Day 1

Cambrians resumed day two on 76 runs for 3 wickets and lost one of their overnight batsmen Sandun Fernando (30) without adding a run to the total. They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals without any big partnerships and were struggling at 133 runs for 7 wickets. Deputy skipper Avindu Fernando showed some resistance with the bat scoring valuable 56 runs.

However, right handed batsman Sanoj Darshika (59) and left handed batsman Dewaka Peiris (40) rescued the innings with an unbeaten 94 run partnership for the eight wicket before they declared the innings at 227 runs for 7 wickets just after the lunch break.

33rd Battle of the Golds One Day Encounter

The 33rd Battle of the Golds one-day cricket encounter between Prince of Wales’ College and St. Sebastian’s College .

In the bowling department, Sebastian right arm fast medium bowler Tashik Perera and Sri Lanka national team capped left arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama picked up 2 wickets each. Sebastianites began their second innings under pressure from the onset as they trailed by 68 runs.  

However, the experienced campaigner and the run machine of Sebastian’s College, Nuwanidu Fernando had other ideas as he led his side with the bat to post 70 runs for 2 wickets at tea break. After the tea break, Nuwanidu Fernando scored his half century and steadied the innings with the help of the other batsmen.

 

Savindu and Kaumal put Cambrians on top

Prince of Wales College was 76/3 in their first innings after bundling out their arch rivals St. Sebastian’s College for 159 runs

However, he lost his concentration and was dismissed for 82 runs, a little short of what could have been a brilliant century under pressure. Sebastianites ended the match on 153 runs for 6 wickets before both teams settled for a draw.  

Brief scores

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa 159 (50.1) Janishka Perera 32, Nishitha Abilash 28, Shanel Fernando 22, Praveen Cooray 22, Kaumal Nanayakkara 6/45, Savindu Peiris 4/49 & 153/6 (69) Nuwanidu Fernando 82, Tharusha Fernando 32, Kaumal Nanayakkara 2/49

Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa 227/7d (79) Sanoj Darshika 59*, Avindu Fernando 56, Dewaka Peiris 40*, Sandun Fernando 30, Suwath Mendis 21, Tashik Perera 2/33, Praveen Jayawickrama 2/61