U19 Cricket – Ananda College and Thurstan College advance to semis

U19 Cricket

Ananda College overcame Maris Stella College in a thriller, while Thurstan College beat Dharmasoka College in their Singer-Cup U19 Division I two-day quarter finals worked off today at Surrey village grounds and Kadirana grounds respectively.

Ananda vs Maris Stella

Resuming on 131 for 3 wickets, Maris Stella College started the chase on a positive note as Kevin Perera made a fluent 67 and Sachindu Colombage a solid 44. However Anandian skipper Kavishka Anjula was wiry with his seam bowling as he grabbed four crucial scalps to restrict the lads from Negombo for 230 as they fell short of the target by 6 runs.

Skipper Kavishka Anjula and Sammu Ashan stroked brisk half-tons in the second innings as Ananda College ended up on 231 for 5 at close of play ensuring Ananda secure a place in the semi-finals.

Brief scores

Ananda College, Colombo 236 (60.2) Kamesh Nirmal 60, Sammu Ashan 58, Kavindu Gimhan 45, Lahiru Hiranya 28, Lasith Croospulle 2/30, Pasindu Colombage 2/33, Pasindu Ushetti 2/34, Thimindu Preethma 2/48 & 231/5 (48.2) Kavishka Anjula 77, Sammu Ashan 55, Sahan Suraweera 45, Ravindu Fernando 2/43, Pasindu Ushetti 2/62

Maris Stella College, Negombo 230 (62.3) Kevin Perera 67, Sachindu Colombage 44, Roshen Fernando 40, Lasith Croospulle 38, Kavishka Anjula 4/45, Sammu Ashan 2/40, Ashel Sigera 2/40.

Thurstan vs Dharmasoka

Chasing a victory target of 187, the Thurstanites came out all guns blazing as the top order made useful contributions and they entered the semi-finals with a convincing win over Dharmasoka in the quarter finals which concluded today at Kadirana grounds.

Middle order batting sensation Sawan Prabash anchored the innings with a splendid century and Charana Nanayakkara with a breezy 49 helped Thurstan College pile up 342 for 8 wickets to complete a first innings win. Kavindu Nadeeshan bagged four scalps for the Sokians.

Dharmasoka College struggled once again with the bat in the second innings as the left arm spinner Naveen Gunawardana made life difficult for the lads from Ambalangoda capturing 6 scalps.

Brief scores

Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda 186 (76.2) Kasun Maduranga 78, Dinuka Dilshan 28, Umesh Imantha 22, Thushal Madushanka 6/58, Sandaru Dias 3/42 & 136/8 (23) Harshajith Kushan 43, Naveen Gunawardana 6/58.

Thurstan College, Colombo 342/8d (87.1) Sawan Prabash 101*, Charana Nanayakkara 49, Navod Samarakoon 44, Yeshan Wickaramarachchi 39, Kasun Aberathna 32, Kusal Madusanka 27, Kavindu Nadeeshan 4/131, Aroshana de Zoysa 3/49.