Five matches of the Singer Schools ‘Under 19 Division I’ Cricket Tournament 2018/19 were conducted today around the island.
Royal College, Colombo vs St. Joseph’s College, Colombo
The traditional fixture between Royal College and St. Joseph’s College commenced today at St. Joseph’s College Grounds. The visitors won the toss and decided to take the first lease of the wicket but did not get a good start to their innings as they lost two wickets for 42 runs in 24 overs. However, the right handed duo Pasindu Sooriyabandara and Bhagya Dissanayake met at the crease and put on a 110-run partnership for the third wicket.
Bhagya Dissanayake top scored with a knock of 88 runs off 207 balls including 15 fours before being bowled by off spinner Ashan Daniel in the 63rd over. Pasindu Sooriyabandara who represented Sri Lanka U19s in recent times gave good support at the other end scoring 63 runs. After their dismissals, the visitors lost their way as they were restricted to 240 runs.
At one stage, Royal College was 152 runs for 2 wickets but the batting collapse saw them losing 7 wickets for just 88 runs. Left arm spinner Shalinda Senevirathne was instrumental in causing this collapse with figures of 6 wickets for 83 runs in 34 overs including 8 maidens. In reply, Johanne de Zilva and Sheron Fonseka opened the innings for the Joes and got off to a flying start scoring 36 runs in 6 overs before the end of the first day’s play.
Royal College – 240/9d (98) Bhagya Dissanayake 88, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 63, Kaushan Kulasooriya 26, Shalinda Senevirathne 6/83, Ashen Daniel 2/62
St. Joseph’s College – 36/0 (6)
St. Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa vs St. Aloysius College, Galle
St. Aloysius College recorded an innings victory against St. Joseph Vaz College in their Group C fixture which concluded today at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. Manushka Samith starred with the ball for the lads from Galle picking up a match bag of 7 wickets for 60 runs.
St. Joseph Vaz College – 75 (40.2) Manushka Samith 5/16, Kavindu Dilhara 3/21 & 127 (46.2) Sohan Anurudda 65, Harshana Nadeesha 3/24, Manushka Samith 2/44
St. Aloysius College – 247/8d (63.5) Gimhana Ashirwada 75, Omal Sandith 50, Arshana Nandeesha 29, Manushka Samith 27, Ravindu Kanchana 22, Achintha Deshan 3/63, Avindu Shehara 2/57 Danuka Nirmal 2/66
Result – St. Aloysius College won by an innings & 45 runs
Mahinda College, Galle vs Devapathiraja College, Rathgama
The Group A fixture between Mahinda College and Devapathiraja College ended in a draw today at Mahinda College Grounds in Galle but the hosts managed to win first innings points. Nipun Malinga’s brilliant knock of 124 runs and left arm seamer Pasan Pethangoda’s match bag of 8 wickets for 72 runs helped Mahinda College to take honors in this encounter.
Devapathiraja College – 183 (67.5) Sudeera Weerarathne 52, Irushka Thimira 49, Thisara Dilshan 23, Dinitha Prabanka 22, Pasan Pethangoda 5/49, Kushan Madushan 4/61 & 73/7 (42.5) Jeewaka Sheshan 25*, Pasan Pethangoda 3/23, Kushan Madusha 2/18
Mahinda College – 333/7d (53.1) Nipun Malinga 124, Kaushitha Kodithuwakku 61, Hansika Walihinda 50, Ashen Kandambi 37, Sadew Induwara 26, Danuja Iduwara 22, Pathum Madhusanka 2/49, Jeewaka Shasheen 2/71, Pathum Madushanka 1/53
Result – Match Drawn (Mahinda College won first innings points)
Gurukula College, Kelaniya vs St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy
The Group A fixture between Gurukula College and St. Sylvester’s College also ended in a draw but the lads from Kandy managed to take first innings points. Nadeera Balasooriya’s effort with the bat and Manoharan Pavithran’s effort with the ball helped Sylvesters to claim first innings honors.
Gurukula College – 128 (49.3) Rashmika Mewan 63, Hasindu Nisshanka 3/24, Charith Rajaguru 2/13, Pasan Hettiarachchi 2/15, Nadeera Balasooriya 2/36 & 136 (49.2) Rashmika Mewan 47, Shanaka Ishara 26*, Nuwan Chanaka 20, Manoharan Pavitran 5/34, Iroshan Chandrabahu 2/19, Hasindu Nishshanka 2/33
St. Sylvester’s College – 183 (68.1) Nadeera Balasooriya 66, Avindu Herath 26, Kevin Nemshan 24, Sachintha Chamith 3/27, Rishika Sankalpa 3/44, Praveen Nimesh 2/25 & 76/9 (21) Pasan Hettiarachchi 22, Sachintha Chamith 3/19, Praveen Nimesh 3/32
Result – Match Drawn (St. Sylvester’s College won first innings points)
Ananda College, Colombo vs Wesley College, Colombo
The Group D fixture between Ananda College and Wesley College commenced today at Wesley College Grounds in Colombo. The Anandian skipper won the toss and opted to bat first in their own backyard and posted 288 runs for 8 wickets at stumps on day one. Muditha Ranathunga and Kalana Wijesiri shone with the bat for the hosts scoring 84 and 75 runs respectively.
Ananda College – 288/8 (94.3) Muditha Ranathunga 84, Kalana Wijesiri 75, Sudeepa Angulugaha 40, Ramesh Nirmal 38, Daminda Reshan 25, Thenuka Perera 5/84