The Prince of Wales’ College vs St. Sebastian’s College’s annual encounter recognized as the “Moratuwa Battle of the Golds” concluded today in a draw at the De Zoysa Stadium Moratuwa.
St. Sebastian’s College started day 02 proceedings on 43/1 in reply to Prince of Wales’ College’s 1st innings score of 194 with their skipper, under 19 national cap, Nuwanidu Fernando in the middle. After his heroics on day 1, a 4-wicket haul including a hat-trick, he looked steady and confident.
Day 1 Report: Suwath and Nuwanidu keep Moratuwa’s entropy in balance
Opener Dunith Jayathunga didn’t last long as he was dismissed for 25 runs with the addition 12 runs to the St Sebastian’s overnight score. Middle order batsmen Sukitha Prasanna and Janishka Perera too got out cheaply, but the skipper Fernando on the other end collected runs all around the ground to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Kaumal Nanayakkara, the left arm leg spinner, who has picked up more than 100 wickets this season, made sure to keep the Sebastianites’ wicket column constantly moving as he picked up 4 wickets on a spin-friendly surface.
But St. Sebastian’s skipper wasn’t bothered by the wickets falling around him and he went on to score a grand century to make his already special big match, an unforgettable one.
St Sebastian’s declared the innings on 220/8 and let the Cambrians bat again for a few overs. With not much time left in the game, Prince of Wales batted the 24 overs left in the day’s play to finish on 51 for 3 and the game came to an end in yet another draw.
After this match, the Cambrians still have the edge in the record books as they lead the victory column with 6 to St. Sebastian’s 3 wins. But in limited overs encounters, the roles are reversed as the St. Sebastian’s have an impressive 17-13 lead.
The 34th limited overs cricket encounter between St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa which will be played on the 17th of March at the De Zoysa Stadium, Moratuwa and can be watched live on Dialog Television Channel No. 77, MyTV and ThePapare.com.
Prince of Wales College – 194 (78.5) Suvath Mendis 78, Dinura Fernando 44, Nuwanidu Fernando 4/24, Bihanga Mendis 2/21, Praveen Coorey 2/32 & 51/3 (24) Vinuja Ranpul 32, Tashith Perera 2/12
St. Sebastians College – 220/8 d (86.2) Nuwanindu Fernando 102, Dunith Jayathunaga 25, Bihanga Mendis 34, Praveen Cooray 23, Kaumal Nanayakkara 4/79, Naduka Fernando 2/50
Result – Match Drawn