Ashan, Aveesha wreck Bens at home

Singer U19 Division I Cricket Tournament 2018/19


St. Benedict’s College, Colombo ended their tournament fixture of the Singer U19 Division I tournament 2018/19 against Maris Stella College, Negombo today, 5th January, at Kotahena. Three other games were also played today around the Island.

St. Benedict’s College vs Maris Stella College

The home skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first on a greenish surface, hoping to purchase early wickets in the first hour. Maris Stella batsmen got off to a decent start, but a middle-order collapse crashed them down to 199 runs in the first-innings from 174 for 5.

Skipper Ashan Fernando lead from the front as he top-scored for the Negombo school with an elegant 65 runs. Amantha Perera and the opener, Chathura Anuradha, made useful contributions with 44 and 40 runs respectively.

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The mystery spinner, Maheesh Theekshana of St. Benedict’s College, who was put under pressure by Ashan Fernando early-on found his rhythm later in the day as he ripped off 5 wickets of the visitors.

The host was an absolute batting struggle as they were strangled for just 99 runs. The gutsy fast-bowler Aveesha Keshan picked up a five-fer with some steep bounce and sharp seam movement. The pateint 127-ball 38 was the top-score of the innings.

The follow-on was enforced by the visitors and the host was not in any better position in that either. The Benedictines were undone for 117 runs yet again with a target of 18 runs for the boys from Negombo.

Photos: Maris Stella College vs St. Benedict’s College | Singer U19 Cricket Tournament 2018/19

Maris Stella boys chased the target in a rather funny manner losing 3 wickets to chase that down.

Brief Scores

Maris Stella College, Negombo 199 (58.2) Ashan Fernando 65, Amantha Perera 44, Chathura Anurada 40, Maheesh Theekshana 5/75, Nimesh Malinda 2/44 & 18/3 (6.3) Maheesh Theekshana 2/09

St. Benedict’s College, Colombo 99 (49.1) Pasan Suwahas 35, Kaviru Perera 38, Aveesha Keshan 5/41, Ravindu Fernando 4/29 & F/O 117 (37.1) Bryan Oswin 27, Maheesh Theekshana 35, Pasindu Ushetti 4/18, Ravindu Fernando 2/57, Kevin Perera 3/10

Maris Stella College, Negombo 18/3 (6.3)


Mahanama College, Colombo vs Zahira College, Colombo

Zahira College won the toss and elected to field first in a game that ended a tame draw at Zahira College Grounds. Mahanama College scored 228 runs for their first-innings. Skipper, Pathum Boteju scored an unbeaten 93 runs. Mohammad Salsa was the pick of the bowlers with 6 wickets to his name.

Zahira College, in reply, batted out the rest of the game as Mohammad Salsa and Dilsara Chamoda engaged in a batting-marathon. The duo stood unbeaten by the end with scores of 132 runs and 114 runs respectively. Zahira College made a mammoth 387 runs by the close of play.

Brief Scores

Mahanama College, Colombo 228 (86.3) Pathum Botheju 93*, Lahiru Kavinda 23, Devind Manishka 21, Mohommed Salsa 6/100

Zahira College, Colombo 387/3 (100) Yasith Samaradivakara 45, Chathura Dilrukshan 61, Mohammed Salsa 132*, Dilsara Chamoda 114*, Pathum Botheju 2/52


S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia vs Nalanda College, Colombo

The visiting S. Thomas’ College won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 163 runs for their first-innings. Shalin de Mel top-scored with 40 runs while Mahima Weerakoon picked up 4 for 29 runs.

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In reply, the host managed only 127 runs for their first-innings. The top-score was the 33 made by Ranidu de Silva. Speedster Kalana Perera enjoyed a five-fer giving away 46 runs.

In the second-innings, the Thomians scored 180 runs in 43.2 overs. Skipper, Sithara Hapuhinna was the pick of the batting with a half-century to his name. The Nalanda captain, Lakshitha Rasanjana bagged an astonishing 7 wickets.

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Nalanda College were at 111 for 4 when the umpires decided to take the bails off. Avishka Perera was at the crease with 42 runs to his name.

Brief Scores

S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia 163 (51.4) Shalin de Mel 40, Mohommad Ishaq 26, Kishan Munasinghe 21, Mahima Weerakoon 4/29, Lakshitha Rasanjana 3/41, Kaveesh Maduraperuma 2/34 & 180 (43.2) Sithara Hapuhinna 60, Deon Fernando 55, Lakshitha Rasanjana 7/73, Kaveesh Madurapperuma 3/50

Nalanda College, Colombo 127 (35.2) Ranindu de Silva 33, Dilhara Polgampola 29, Kalana Perera 5/46, Delon Peiris 3/26, Shannon Fernando 2/20 & 111/4 (55) Avishka Perera 42*, Lakshitha Rasanjana 25, Kalana Perera 2/34


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St. Servatius’ College, Matara vs Moratu Maha Vidyalaya

Moratu Maha Vidyalaya are hosting the Matara boys in a group ‘C’ fixture. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted 187 runs for their first-innings in over 2 sessions of batting. Chethaka Denuwan top-scored with 45 runs while Eran Hansamal picked 4 wickets.

Moratu Maha Vidyalaya was at 105 runs for the loss of 7 wickets by stumps. Nishan Madushka scored 54 runs while the other national coloursman in the opposite team, Shashika Dulshan picked up a five-fer.

Brief Scores

St. Servatius’ College, Matara 187 (67.4) Chethaka Denuwan 45, Pasindu Manupriya 38, Naveen Sahith 21, Eran Hansamal 4/48, Vishwa Didulana 3/31

Moratu Maha Vidyalaya, Moratuwa 105/7 (31) Nishan Madushka 54, Sasika Dulshan 5/17, Naveen Sahid 2/07


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