Brilliant Thaveesha Abishek guide Richmond to famous victory
A brilliant 99 not out by Richmond College captain Thaveesha Abishek guided them to a six-wicket victory with 3 balls to spare in the 114th Lovers’ Quarrel against traditional rivals Mahinda College at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Needing to make 215 to win off a minimum of 45 overs, skipper Abishek led the way with the bat, putting on a fine partnership of 123 for the fourth wicket alongside Dilum Sudeera.
The pair came together with the score on 81 for 3 and the game in the balance. Sudeera was unfortunately run out for 40 with the score on 204 but by then, it was well and truly Richmond’s game to lose. His 40 runs contained only 2 boundaries. Skipper Abishek remained unbeaten on 99 with 10 boundaries and 2 sixes to his name.
Banuka Manohara, who made 40 with six boundaries, and Adithya Siriwardhana (26) put on a 49 run partnership for the second wicket to contribute to the Richmondite cause.[caption id="attachment_2323870" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Skipper Thaveesha Abishek after guiding Richmond College to a famous win at Galle International Stadium on 16th March, 2019[/caption]
Resuming day two on 99 for 6 in their first innings, Richmond College batsman, Sandun Mendis, and Sammu Vimud added a further 19 runs to the overnight score before being separated with the dismissal of Mendis, whose 36 contained six hits to the ropes. Mendis and Vimud had put on 62 runs for the seventh wicket.
Once this partnership was broken, Richmond College lost two quick wickets for the addition of nine runs, including the wicket of Vimud who scored 26, with one boundary.
The last wicket pair of Chamath Dilsara and Kalpa Nethsara frustrated the Mahinda College bowlers and added on 17 valuable runs for the last wicket to push the Richmond College score to 144.
Mahinda College, spinner Kushan Madhusa, capturing 5 for 20, did most of the damage while fellow spinners Ashen Kandambi and Navod Paranavithana snatched two wickets each.
Going into bat for the second time with a lead of 53 runs Mahinda College made their intentions clear, as they had in the 1st innings, looking to extend their lead with Navod Paranavithana and Kawshitha Kodithuwakku adding 25 for the first wicket.
But from there on it was their highest run-getter for the season, Hansika Welihinda, who took charge of the scoring with a stroke-filled inning of 71, compiled with 7 fours and a six. This innings helped Mahinda College declare their innings at the fall of their 9th wicket with the score at 161, setting their opponents 215 to win.
Dilum Sudeera was once again the pick of the Richmond College bowlers with a haul of 4 for 57 and Kalpa Nethsara finished off with 3 for 32.