Six matches of the Singer Schools Under 19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2018/19 were conducted today around the island.
President’s College, Kotte vs Isipathana College, Colombo
Traditional fixture between President’s College and Isipathana College saw 3 innings and 24 wickets in its opening day at Colts Cricket grounds. Isipathana invited the opposition to bat first and was quickly rewarded as their bowlers, particularly Isipathana captain Madushika Sandaruwan, decimated the President’s College batting line up inside 29 overs.
In reply to the opposition’s 119, Isipathana also failed with the bat as they couldn’t gain a significant first innings lead as off spinner Thashika Nirmal’s 4-fer restricted Isipathana to 130.
President’s College were 92/4 in their second innings at stumps.
Presidents College – 119 (28.2) Sashika Nirmal 38, Chiranga Heshan 34, Vikum Kalhara 26, Madushika Sandaruwan 7/30, Thevindu Dickwella 2/31 & 92/4 (27) Akila Roshan 44*, Vikum Kalhara 24*
Isipathana College – 130 (36.4) Ravindu Rathnayake 48, Thashika Nirmal 4/34, Suwen Sewmika 2/09, Eran Kesara 2/11
Wesley College, Colombo vs Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya
Wesley College won the toss and elected to bat at Dharmapala College ground in a group D fixture. Right handed bat Shenal Dangalle’s half century pushed Wesley total to a fighting 207. Taking matters to his own hands, Dangalle turned up with the ball too picking up 2 wickets to trouble Dharmapala who ended the day on 84/5.
Wesley College – 207 (67) Shenal Dangalle 68, Moveen Subasinghe 29, Rahul Gunaskera 23, Shahim Dias 21, Buddima Wijesundara 20, Dulaj Egodage 3/34, Vihanga Gunarathne 3/44, Shashika Dilshan 2/36
Dharmapala College – 84/5 (28) Sanchana Lanka 27*, Sidath Dharmasiriwardane 2/11, Shenal Dangalle 2/25
St. Thomas College, Matara vs Ananda College, Colombo
Batsmen from St. Thomas College, Matara launched a slow and steady batting display today at Ananda College grounds after they were put in to bat by the home team.
With the help of the Thomas duo Nipuna Ruchira and Mihisal Amoda’s half centuries, the visitors reached 205/5 to conclude a tiring day at the middle for the home team.
St. Thomas College, Matara 205/5 (95) Nipun Ruchira 62, Mihisal Amoda 52, Harindu Jayasekara 43, Gisanthika Jayaweera 24*, Janidu Jayawardane 2/
St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa vs Moratu Maha Vidyalaya, Moratuwa
Group C fixture between neighbours from Moratuwa was held at Moratu Vidyalaya grounds. The visitors decided to bat first but collapsed embarrassingly to a below par 149. All-rounder Nisitha Abilash was the only one who looked assured with the bat, but he too was dismissed for 41.
Home team captain, dashing right hand bat Nishan Madushka, scored yet another crucial knock for his team before getting out for 84. The hosts were 162/6 at stumps and will hope to build a considerable first innings lead with Nadith Mischendra who is on 50*.
St. Sebastian’s College – 149 (45) Nisitha Abilash 41, Vinuja Ranasinghe 21, Janishka Perera 21, Eran Hansamal 3/35, Pawantha Sulakshana 2/11, Vishwa Didulanga 2/31, Najith Nischendra 2/44
Moratu Maha Vidyalaya – 162/6 (43) Nishan Madushka 84, Najith Mischendra 50*, Janishka Perera 2/18, Vinuja Ranasinghe 2/48
Lumbini College, Colombo vs Nalanda College, Colombo
Lumbini was shattered by a brilliant spell of fast bowling by under 19 National cap Chamindu Wijesinghe who grabbed 6 scalps to plummet the visitors to 44 runs in 19.1 overs at Nalanda College grounds.
Nalanda then set a 141 lead for Lumbini 2nd innings as they declared their 1st innings for 185/9 to use the final 20 overs of the day to good use. Lumbini College was staring down at an embarrassing innings defeat at the end of the day with only 8 wickets in hand, but 90 runs needed to make Nalanda bat again.
Lumbini College – 44 (19.1) Chamindu Wijesinghe 6/21, Dineth Samaraweera 3/21 & 51/2 (20) Maheema Weerakon 2/02
Nalanda College – 185/9d (51) Avishka Perera 34, Moksha Sankalpa 30, Chamindu Wijesinghe 21, Maheema Weerakon 20, Ravishka Wijesiri 4/82, Ravindu Rashanka 2/26, Yasiru Jayasinghe 2/36
St. Mary’s College, Kegalle vs Dharmaraja College, Kandy
Left arm orthodox Upendra Warnakulasooriya’s 6-fer made sure St. Mary’s College crumbled to 150 in 48 overs despite Pasan Walisinghe’s fine fifty at Dharmaraja College ground after the visitors were sent in to bat by Dharmaraja captain.
The hosts concluded the day strongly as they were 203/5, leading by 53 runs with another 5 wickets in hand to march on to the final day of the match.
St. Mary’s College – 150 (47.1) Pasan Walisinghe 53, Gajitha Kotuwegoda 31, Gihan Abeywardane 24, Upendra Warnakulasooriya 6/55, Mithila Gayashan 2/15
Dharmaraja College – 203/5 (44.4) Kasun Gunawardane 50, Isuru Dayananda 48, Sachintha Senanayake 41, Dulaj Bandara 24, Mithila Gayashan 21*, Gihan Abeywardane 4/56