The pendulum kept swinging both ways in the Singer Schools U19 Division 1 two-day final, but St. Joseph’s had their noses slightly ahead when stumps were drawn on day 1.
The Thomians won the toss and opted to bat first as their skipper Sithara Hapuhinna himself decided to enjoy excellent batting conditions.
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Hapuhinna hit the ball to all parts of the Royal College grounds in Colombo, as he raced to a century in the opening session.
The Thomians who had made scores in excess of 500 in their quarterfinal and semifinal, had set themselves up for another massive score against the Josephians.
The Josephian skipper Ashian Daniel got one to turn and bounce out of no where right after the break to have Hapuhinna caught at slip for 117 off just 127 balls, as the flood gates all of a sudden opened for the Thomians.
They lost their last 8 wickets from their on for just 49 runs, as the Josephians made a grand comeback into the match.
The chief tormentor was Dunith Wellalage who strangled the Thomians with his left arm spin, while he got good support from fellow spinners Daniel and Shalinda Senenviratne who capture two wickets apiece. Wellalage ended with figures of 5/40 after conceding 19 runs off his first two overs.
The Josephians lost Johanne De Zylwa early on in their reply before Dinal Anuradha and Sheran Fonseka steadied the ship to take the Josephians to 49/1.
A mix-up between the duo ended the stand as the Josephians lost 3/11 to be precariously placed at 60/4.
Dineth Jayakody and Dunith Wellalage made sure the Josephians had no further hiccups as they put on an unbroken stand of 60* runs, to take the Josephians to 120/4 at close – 96 runs away from the Thomians’ first innings score.
|Sithara Hapuhinna||c Lakshan Gamage b Ashen Daniel||117||127||21||1||92.13|
|Shalin De Mel||c Johanne De Zilva b Shalinda Senevirathne||12||29||2||0||41.38|
|Ryan Fernando||c Sheran Fonseka b Lakshan Gamage||24||45||3||0||53.33|
|Yohan Perera||c Sachintha Ravindu b Ashen Daniel||14||50||2||0||28.00|
|Ravindu De Silva||b Dunith Wellalage||19||33||3||0||57.58|
|Kishan Munasinghe||lbw b Dunith Wellalage||1||6||0||0||16.67|
|Umayanga Suwaris||b Dunith Wellalage||5||11||1||0||45.45|
|Kalana Perera||c Yesith Rupasinghe b Dunith Wellalage||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Dellon Peiris||c Johanne De Zilva b Shalinda Senevirathne||21||40||4||0||52.50|
|Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama||lbw b Dunith Wellalage||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Shannon Fernando||not out||0||13||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||3 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 1)|
|Total||216/10 (59.1 Overs, RR: 3.65)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-58 Shalin De Mel, 2-123 Ryan Fernando, 3-167 Sithara Hapuhinna, 4-174 Yohan Perera, 5-175 Kishan Munasinghe, 6-181 Umayanga Suwaris, 7-181 Kalana Perera, 8-198 Ravindu De Silva, 9-198 Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama, 10-216 Dellon Peiris,|
|Johanne De Zilva||7||1||47||0||6.71|
|Johanne De Zilva||c & b Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama||12||24||1||0||50.00|
|Sheran Fonseka||c Sithara Hapuhinna b Kalana Perera||17||54||1||0||31.48|
|Dinal Anuradha||run out||18||44||3||0||40.91|
|Dineth Jayakody||c Dellon Peiris b Kalana Perera||44||65||4||0||67.69|
|Dilesh Perera||lbw Kishan Munasinghe b Shannon Fernando||4||7||1||0||57.14|
|Dunith Wellalage||c Kalana Perera b Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama||88||104||10||1||84.62|
|Sachintha Ravindu||c & b Shannon Fernando||34||51||5||0||66.67|
|Lakshan Gamage||b Kalana Perera||10||19||0||0||52.63|
|Yesith Rupasinghe||b Dellon Peiris||23||41||4||0||56.10|
|Ashen Daniel||not out||11||20||1||0||55.00|
|Shalinda Senevirathne||b Dellon Peiris||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||8 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 3, w 2)|
|Total||269/10 (72 Overs, RR: 3.74)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-22 Johanne De Zilva, 2-49 Dinal Anuradha, 3-55 Sheran Fonseka, 4-60 Dilesh Perera, 5-130 Dineth Jayakody, 6-192 Sachintha Ravindu, 7-218 Lakshan Gamage, 8-243 Dunith Wellalage, 9-269 Yesith Rupasinghe, 10-269 Ashen Daniel,|
|Shalin De Mel||2||0||4||0||2.00|
|Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama||6||0||26||2||4.33|
|Sithara Hapuhinna||c Sachintha Ravindu b Dunith Wellalage||38||41||2||1||92.68|
|Shalin De Mel||c Lakshan Gamage b Ashan De Alwis||24||27||2||0||88.89|
|Ravindu De Silva||not out||4||5||0||0||80.00|
|Extras||1 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 0)|
|Total||67/2 (12.2 Overs, RR: 5.43)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-49 Shalin De Mel, 2-38 Sithara Hapuhinna,|
|Ashan De Alwis||6||1||18||1||3.00|