Defending U19 champions St. Joseph’s College were deprived of a victory against Maris Stella College today as bad light stopped the game when they were just 2 runs short of the required target. In two other games in Colombo, Thurstan drew with St. Anthony’s Wattala while Nalanda dominated the first day’s play against St. Sylvester’s.
Maris Stella College vs St. Joseph’s College – (Group A)
St. Joseph’s resumed their first innings on 136/5 and went on to add 95 more runs as opener Sheran Fonseka finishing as the top-scorer. Former skipper Ashain Daniel did the bulk of the scoring today with 58 runs.
Daniel then continued to dominate the opposition as he picked up 6 wickets to bundle out the home team for a mere 112 runs at the St. Sebastian’s College grounds in Katuneriya. This left the Josephians with a target of 51 in 13 overs.
Despite winning the championship last year, St. Joseph’s experienced a bitter outright loss to the same opposition at home earlier in the season. With a chance to take revenge, the visitors were well on course for a comfortable win when bad light forced the umpires to stop the game with the score on 49.
Maris Stella College – 169 (51.1) Thilina Perera 37, Shane Wijesinghe 30, Sandeepa Fernando 23, Sahan Perera 23, Dunith Welallage 3/35, Lakshan Gamage 3/43 & 112 (44.5) Chemidu Weerawansa 43, Naveen Fernando 21, Ashain Daniel 6/37, Shalinda Senevirathna 3/31
St. Joseph’s College – 231 (71.4) Sheran Fonseka 76, Ashain Daniel 58, Johanne De Zilva 57, Thilina Perera 3/57, Tharindu Maduwantha 2/28, Heshan Silva 2/39, Naveen Fernando 2/46 & 49/4 (11.4) Dunith Welallage 24, Thilina Perera 2/27
MATCH DRAWN (ST. JOSEPH’S WON FIRST INNING POINTS)
Thurstan College vs St. Anthony’s College, Wattala – (Group C)
Thurstan College managed to win points in the first innings in a drawn encounter as they finished their first innings on 185 in reply to the 183 made by St. Anthony’s yesterday at the Thurstan College grounds in Colombo.
Left-arm spinner Kaveesha Dulanjana impressed for the visitors with a five-fer as Dananjaya Silva and Avishka Kaushalya scored 40’s for the hosts.
The Antonians lost 6 wickets in their slow 2nd innings which took them 71 overs to get to 115 before play was stopped.
St. Anthony’s College, Wattala – 183 (58.3) Sandun Madushanka 56, Nisal Silva 37, Amitha Sandeepa 24, Thaveesha Dulanjana 24, Abdul Rahman 20, Punthila Samanthakumara 6/38 Bawantha Jayasinghe 2/46 & 115/6 (71) Kanishka Gimhan 36, Romesh Suranga 32*, Bhawantha Jayasinghe 3/15, Bimara Ranathunga 2/33
Thurstan College – 185 (51.1) Dananjaya Silva 42, Avishka Kaushalya 40, Jayavihan Mahavithana 35, Kaveesha Dulanjana 5/61, Amith Sandeepa 2/34
MATCH DRAWN (THURSTAN WON FIRST INNING POINTS)
Nalanda College vs St. Sylvester’s College – (Group C)
Another game of group C started today at the Nalanda College grounds in Colombo between the home team and St. Sylvester’s College Kandy. The visitors opted to field first after winning the toss and saw some delightful batting from the home boys.
Jithesh Wasala top-scored with 88 while skipper Avishka Perera scored 63 before 14-year old Sajitha Vithanage dented St. Sylvester’s with his left-arm spin. The youngster picked up 4 wickets as St. Sylvester’s College were bowled out for 70 by the end of the opening day.
Nalanda College – 261 (67) Jithesh Wasala 88, Avishka Perera 63, Lakshan Mayadunna 38, Chanul Athukorala 28, Kavishka Dilshan 4/71, Shashika Basnayake 3/57
St. Sylvester’s College – 70 (27.2) Kasun Edirithilake 30, Chandula Jayakody 26, Sajitha Vithanage 4/15, Chamodya Rajapaksha 2/16
STUMPS – DAY 1