A bold batting display by the Josephians led by their ace run getter Dineth Jayakody put them in the box seat at the 85th Battle of the Saints against arch rivals St. Peter’s College.
The 84th Battle of the Saints cricket encounter between St. Joseph’s College and St. Peter’s…
The Josephians won the toss on a gloomy morning at the P. Sara Oval and as expected asked the Peterites to take first lease of the wicket.
Ashan de Alwis trapped Peterite opener Bhanuka de Silva in front to put the Josephians on top, but a solid 59 run partnership for the second wicket between Santhush Gunathilake – who was dropped on 00 – and Dinith Anjula(41) revived the Peterite innings.
Skipper Ranmith Jayasena and his deputy Nipunaka Fonseka made useful 20’s but it was Gunathilake who held the key as he went past his half century after a few nervy moments early on.
The Peterites had set themselves up for a big finish but a brain fade from the experienced Gunathilake who fell after attempting a reverse sweep off Josephian skipper Ashian Daniel, opened the flood gates of the boys from Bambalapitiya.
Skipper Daniel went on to capture three wickets in a game changing spell as the Peterites lost their last seven wickets for 57 runs to be bowled out for 219 in their allotted 60 overs. Shalinda Seneviratne and Lakshan Gamage also captured two wickets apiece for the Josephians
The Darley Road boys came out all guns blazing as Johanne De Zilva hit an explosive 45 at the top of the order in an opening stands of 72 with wicket-keeper Sheran Fonseka.
Kanishka Maduwantha who dismissed De Zilva then trapped Shevone Daniel in front for a duck, as the Peterites clawed their way back in to the match. Fonseka too fell to a lose stroke with the score on nelson before Dineth Jayakody took matters to his hands along with Dilesh Perera in an unbroken stand of 78* for the four wicket.
The 84th Battle of the Saints ended in a draw as St. Peter’s College took major honours in their annual…
Jayakody used the slog sweep to very good effect in his unbeaten 62* off 85 balls, while Dilesh Perera looked solid in his unbeaten 37* as the Josephians ended the day on 189/3, 30 runs behind the Peterites with 16 overs remaining (first innings limited to 60 overs per team).
Kanishka Maduwantha captured 2/51 in his 12 overs for the Peterites while skipper Jayasena picked up the only other wicket to fall.
|Banuka de Silva||lbw b Ashan De Alwis||5||21||0||0||23.81|
|Dinith Anjula||c Miranga Wickramage b Dunith Wellalage||41||74||4||2||55.41|
|Santhush Gunathilake||c Dilesh Perera b Ashen Daniel||72||105||6||0||68.57|
|Ranmith Jayasena||b Shalinda Senevirathne||21||27||1||0||77.78|
|Nipunaka Fonseka||lbw b Ashen Daniel||21||63||1||0||33.33|
|Shivan Perera||c Sachintha Ravindu b Ashen Daniel||9||13||1||0||69.23|
|Shannon Fernando||c Shevon Fonseka b Shalinda Senevirathne||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Kanishka Maduwantha||c Shevon Fonseka b Lakshan Gamage||10||18||0||0||55.56|
|Wanuja Sahan||run out||26||28||1||0||92.86|
|Ruwin Senevirathne||b Lakshan Gamage||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Tariq Saboor||not out||1||6||0||0||16.67|
|Extras||13 (b 7 , lb 3 , nb 1, w 2)|
|Total||219/10 (60.0 Overs, RR: 3.65)|
|Ashan De Alwis||7.0||0||20||1||2.86|
|Johanne De Zilva||4.0||2||8||0||2.00|
|Shevon Fonseka||c Nipunaka Fonseka b Ranmith Jayasena||37||69||4||0||53.62|
|Johanne De Zilva||c Santhush Gunathilake b Kanishka Maduwantha||45||56||4||1||80.36|
|Shevon Daniel||lbw b Kanishka Maduwantha||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Dineth Jayakody||b Shivan Perera||77||110||6||2||70.00|
|Dilesh Perera||c Shivan Perera b Tariq Saboor||62||80||4||0||77.50|
|Lakshan Gamage||b Tariq Saboor||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Sachintha Ravindu||c Wanuja Sahan b Ranmith Jayasena||22||15||0||0||146.67|
|Dunith Wellalage||c Nipunaka Fonseka b Santhush Gunathilake||19||15||0||0||126.67|
|Ashen Daniel||not out||5||6||0||0||83.33|
|Shalinda Senevirathne||not out||9||9||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||9 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 4, w 1)|
|Total||286/8 (60.0 Overs, RR: 4.77)|
|Banuka de Silva||c Dunith Wellalage b Ashan De Alwis||4||11||0||0||36.36|
|Dinith Anjula||c Johanne De Zilva b Ashen Daniel||6||22||0||0||27.27|
|Santhush Gunathilake||not out||161||190||11||0||84.74|
|Shannon Fernando||c & b Shalinda Senevirathne||25||47||3||0||53.19|
|Ranmith Jayasena||st Sheran Fonseka b Ashen Daniel||3||13||0||0||23.08|
|Nipunaka Fonseka||b Lakshan Gamage||11||39||1||0||28.21|
|Shivan Perera||run out||12||16||2||0||75.00|
|Kanishka Maduwantha||not out||89||138||7||0||64.49|
|Extras||6 (b 3 , lb 0 , nb 2, w 1)|
|Total||317/6 (79.0 Overs, RR: 4.01)|
|Ashan De Alwis||7.0||0||36||1||5.14|
|Johanne De Zilva||7.0||0||58||0||8.29|