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Dinoshan saves the day for St. John’s

113th Battle of the North

A brilliant back-to-the-wall innings by Theivendram Dinoshan helped St John’s College gain the upper hand on Day 1 of the 113th Battle of the North at the Jaffna Central College grounds.

After winning the toss, Jaffna Central skipper Selvarasa Mathusan decided to put the visitors in to bat first. His decision proved to be the right one, as his bowlers managed to keep picking up wickets at regular intervals. Iyalarasan Kamalarsa stuck repeatedly with the new ball as the Johnian batting line-up crumbled under the pressure.

Amongst the top 5, only Christy Thanujan got to double figures (18). However, Murfin Abinash and Dinoshan put together a resurrecting act but Abinash lost his patience at the brink of lunch and skied a slog sweep off the bowling of Viyasakanth to give the hosts the breakthrough they wanted. The very next ball cost them another wicket, which had them in big trouble, having lost 7 wickets going into lunch.

Photos: Jaffna Central College vs St. John’s College | 113th Battle of the North – Day 1

Dinoshan was the only hope for the visitors but he was running out of partners at the other end. Soon he was forced to face most of the deliveries with the last man by his side. Once he reached his half century, he started to up the ante. Just like how, Vishwa Fernando supported Kusal Perera in the recent Sri Lanka v South Africa Test matches, Anton Saraan gave solid support to Dinoshan who batted with utmost ease. He stroked 11 boundaries and 2 sixes in his innings. Unfortunately, he missed out on a big match ton when he edged one to the keeper off Viyaskanth, just 2 runs short of the milestone.

The Johnians had the ideal start to the post tea session, with their hero with the bat, Dinoshan striking with the very first ball of the innings. Jaffna Central straight away went on to the back foot as they began a ‘blockathon’, trying to get through the day. Balarupan Inthujan and Iyalarasan blocked and blocked until Inthujan finally tried to cut and edged one straight to first slip off the bowling of Dinoshan. Even though the visitors got the opening they couldn’t find another breakthrough before stumps.

Match drawn

Jaffna Central College
195/10 (79.2) & 176/7 (40)
St. John’s College, Jaffna
181/10 (46.5) & 245/9 (89)
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah c Nitharan Saravanamuththu b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa9122075.00
Thanujan Christy Prasanna c Nitharan Saravanamuththu b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa18283064.29
Vinojan Thiyagarajah c Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Mathusan Selvarasa02000.00
Elshan Denushan c Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa9122075.00
Hemathushan Mahendran c Vithusan Theesan b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa114007.14
Abinash Murfin c Inthujan Balarupan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth24301180.00
Dinoshan Theivendram c Rajclinton Rajaratnam b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth9813411273.13
Rathushan Nageswaran c Vithusan Theesan b Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal01000.00
Sabesan Kamalapalan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth471057.14
Abishek Anton c Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Iyalarasan Kamalarasa5170029.41
Saraan Anton Selvathas not out026000.00
Extras13 (b 2 , lb 2 , nb 2, w 7, pen 0)
Total181/10 (46.5 Overs, RR: 3.86)
Fall of Wickets 1-23 (3) Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah, 2-23 (3.2) Vinojan Thiyagarajah, 3-40 (6.5) Elshan Denushan, 4-45 (10.1) Thanujan Christy Prasanna, 5-52 (12.4) Hemathushan Mahendran, 6-89 (20.5) Abinash Murfin, 7-89 (21.1) Rathushan Nageswaran, 8-101 (24.1) Sabesan Kamalapalan, 9-128 (32.3) Abishek Anton, 10-181 (46.5) Dinoshan Theivendram,
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa1525453.60
Mathusan Selvarasa421213.00
Nitharan Saravanamuththu10505.00
Vithusan Theesan703805.43
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth11.534333.74
Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal602013.33
Nithusan Aniston21502.50
Sarangan Sritharan c Rathushan Nageswaran b Dinoshan Theivendram01000.00
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa c Sabesan Kamalapalan b E.Denushan772398032.22
Inthujan Balarupan c Abinash Murfin b Dinoshan Theivendram15673022.39
Jeyatharsan Antony Dias lbw b Saraan Anton Selvathas21543038.89
Rajclinton Rajaratnam c & b Abinash Murfin10402025.00
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth b Hemathushan Mahendran413513117.14
Mathusan Selvarasa lbw b E.Denushan260033.33
Nithusan Aniston b Saraan Anton Selvathas10211047.62
Nitharsan Saravanamuththu c Sabesan Kamalapalan b Saraan Anton Selvathas02000.00
Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal b Hemathushan Mahendran07000.00
Vithusan Theesan not out1100010.00
Extras18 (b 11 , lb 0 , nb 6, w 1, pen 0)
Total195/10 (79.2 Overs, RR: 2.46)
Fall of Wickets 1-0 (0.1) Sarangan Sritharan, 2-43 (22.4) Inthujan Balarupan, 3-77 (40.5) Jeyatharsan Antony Dias, 4-96 (51.2) Rajclinton Rajaratnam, 5-168 (64.3) Mathusan Selvarasa, 6-165 (66.3) Viyaskanth Vijayakanth, 7-184 (73.1) Nithusan Aniston, 8-184 (73.3) Nitharsan Saravanamuththu, 9-185 (75) Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal, 10-195 (79.2) Iyalarasan Kamalarasa,
Dinoshan Theivendram1362521.92
Abishek Anton1231801.50
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah10202.00
Rathushan Nageswaran1061301.30
Abinash Murfin1124113.73
Saraan Anton Selvathas2045432.70
Hemathushan Mahendran822022.50
Elshan Denushan4.201122.62
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah c & b Mathusan Selvarasa501172342.74
Thanujan Christy Prasanna c Sarangan Sritharan b Mathusan Selvarasa6616311040.49
Vinojan Thiyagarajah c Iyalarasan Kamalarasa b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth116006.25
Elshan Denushan c Iyalarasan Kamalarasa b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth5190026.32
Hemathushan Mahendran c Sarangan Sritharan b Mathusan Selvarasa3140021.43
Abinash Murfin run out (Mathusan Selvarasa)14341041.18
Dinoshan Theivendram c Sarangan Sritharan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth24613039.34
Rathushan Nageswaran run out (Mathusan Selvarasa)02000.00
Sabesan Kamalapalan b Viyaskanth Vijayakanth14423033.33
Abishek Anton not out31575054.39
Saraan Anton Selvathas not out4141028.57
Extras33 (b 26 , lb 1 , nb 5, w 1, pen 0)
Total245/9 (89 Overs, RR: 2.75)
Fall of Wickets 1-134 (44.3) Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah, 2-144 (48.4) Thanujan Christy Prasanna, 3-145 (49.1) Vinojan Thiyagarajah, 4-150 (52.5) Hemathushan Mahendran, 5-162 (57.1) Elshan Denushan, 6-185 (66) Abinash Murfin, 7-186 (68.2) Rathushan Nageswaran, 8-200 (71.1) Dinoshan Theivendram, 9-235 (83.4) Sabesan Kamalapalan,
Mathusan Selvarasa2265132.32
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa1252402.00
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth3888842.32
Braveenraj Kamalarajkurukkal20502.50
Vithusan Theesan1133903.55
Nithusan Aniston30802.67
Jeyatharsan Antony Dias10303.00

Sarangan Sritharan c Sabesan Kamalapalan b Abinash Murfin25525048.08
Iyalarasan Kamalarasa st Sabesan Kamalapalan b Saraan Anton Selvathas27454060.00
Inthujan Balarupan run out (Vinojan Thiyagarajah)7281025.00
Jeyatharsan Antony Dias c Abinash Murfin b Dinoshan Theivendram23521044.23
Mathusan Selvarasa c Hemathushan Mahendran b Abinash Murfin653654180.56
Viyaskanth Vijayakanth run out (Vinojan Thiyagarajah)14150193.33
Rajclinton Rajaratnam lbw b Abishek Anton04000.00
Nithusan Aniston not out180012.50
Nitharsan Saravanamuththu not out00000.00
Extras14 (b 10 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 1, pen 0)
Total176/7 (40 Overs, RR: 4.4)
Fall of Wickets 1-57 (15.3) Iyalarasan Kamalarasa, 2-80 (24.5) Jeyatharsan Antony Dias, 3-134 (32.3) Inthujan Balarupan, 4-166 (36.4) Viyaskanth Vijayakanth, 5-167 (37.5) Rajclinton Rajaratnam, 6-176 (39.2) Mathusan Selvarasa, 7-59 (61.1) Sarangan Sritharan,
Dinoshan Theivendram712613.71
Abishek Anton502414.80
Abinash Murfin1122922.64
Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah512304.60
Saraan Anton Selvathas1015215.20
Elshan Denushan10606.00
Rathushan Nageswaran10303.00