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Late Royal wickets eclipse Kalana, Ryan efforts

140th Battle of the Blues 2019 – Day 1

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Late wickets by Royal College derailed the efforts of S. Thomas’ College on the opening day of the 140th Battle of the Blues at SSC Grounds, Colombo on Thursday.

Royal College felt the heat straight away when Sri Lanka U19 cap Kalana Perera struck in the very first over of the match after Royal skipper Kavindu Madarasinghe won the toss and elected to bat first.

Photos: Royal College vs S. Thomas’ College – 140th Battle of the Blues | Day 1

The Royalists were sent 5 down for 87 runs at lunch with Perera grabbing 4 of them. The first session despite being dominated by the Thomian bowlers, Sri Lanka U19 cap Kamil Mishara stood firm for the boys from Reid Avenue remaining unbeaten for lunch. He was in fact involved in an important 42-run partnership with Ahan Sanchitha.

The middle session too began with some quick wickets for S. Thomas’ College as Perera completed his 3rd 5-wicket haul in Royal-Thomian encounters. Left-arm spinner Shannon Fernando grabbed all 4 remaining wickets. In addition to the two wicket-takers, Shalin De Mel was fantastic in the slip cordon taking 5 catches, a few of them quite brilliant.

In batting for Royal, apart from Mishara’s 36, bowlers Kavindu Pathirathne and Kaushan Kulasooriya chipped in with valuable scores of 35 and 28 respectively. The duo also helped their team reach 150 adding 65 runs for the 8th wicket after they got together when Royal was in dire straits at 87/7.

The Thomian innings also saw an early set back after a decent 35-run opening stand between skipper Sithara Hapuhinna and Shalin De Mel as they lost two back-to-back wickets just before tea.

Royal ‘spirit’ or Thomian ‘grit’? mouth-watering clash ahead

The final session of the day began with both sides evenly poised. Ryan Fernando, a complete rookie not having played any 1st XI cricket previously this season was remarkable and together with Yohan Perera took S. Thomas’ straight to the box seat with a free-flowing 97-run partnership. From 35/2, the two youngsters handled the big-match pressure wonderfully displaying tremendous character.

Ryan was the first man to go after an elegant 60 and was followed by the wicket of Kishan Munasinghe who was dismissed for 8. Both wickets were taken by Mishara. Just before the end of the day, Gishan Balasuriya dismissed Yohan Perera for 49 and former Thomian captain Dellon Peiris to even out things for Royal.

Scores were level at the close as S. Thomas’ were on 158/6 with both Ravindu De Silva and night-watchman Dilmin Rathnayake yet to get off the mark.

Result

S. Thomas’ College
296/10 (78.5) & 124/3 (20)
Royal College
158/10 (48.3) & 259/10 (108.2)
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Isiwara Dissanayake b Kalana Perera 0 4 0 0 0.00
Kamil Mishara c Shalin De Mel b Shannon Fernando 36 87 6 0 41.38
Ahan Sanchitha lbw b Kalana Perera 15 27 2 0 55.56
Pasindu Sooriyabandara c Shalin De Mel b Kalana Perera 2 5 0 0 40.00
Kavindu Madarasinghe c Shalin De Mel b Shannon Fernando 11 27 2 0 40.74
Bagya Dissanayake c Dellon Peiris b Kalana Perera 12 20 2 0 60.00
Tithira Weerasinghe lbw b Kalana Perera 0 3 0 0 0.00
Kavindu Pathirathne lbw b Kalana Perera 35 61 7 0 57.38
Kaushan Kulasooriya c Shalin De Mel b Shannon Fernando 28 47 5 0 59.57
Lahiru Madushanka not out 6 7 1 0 85.71
Gishan Balasuriya c Shalin De Mel b Shannon Fernando 0 6 0 0 0.00
Extras 13 (b 4 , lb 4 , nb 4, w 1, pen 0)
Total 158/10 (48.3 Overs, RR: 3.26)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kalana Perera 14 4 54 6 3.86
Shalin De Mel 3 0 12 0 4.00
Kishan Munasinghe 6 1 21 0 3.50
Yohan Perera 1 0 2 0 2.00
Shannon Fernando 15.3 8 27 4 1.76
Dellon Peiris 5 1 18 0 3.60
Dilmin Rathnayake 4 1 16 0 4.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Sithara Hapuinna c Kaushan Kulasooriya b K Mishara 14 13 3 0 107.69
Shalin De Mel lbw b Kavindu Pathirathna 21 18 5 0 116.67
Ryan Fernando c & b Kamil Mishara 60 66 9 1 90.91
Yohan Perera c Kavindu Madarasinghe b Gishan Balasuriya 49 90 8 0 54.44
Kishan Munasinghe b Kamil Mishara 8 18 1 0 44.44
Dellon Peiris b Gishan Balasuriya 4 16 0 0 25.00
Ravindu De Silva b Lahiru Madushanka 2 23 0 0 8.70
Dilmin Rathnayake c Kavindu Madarasinghe b Kavindu Pathirathne 3 29 0 0 10.34
Umayanga Suwaris run out (Kavindu Madarasinghe) 62 109 9 0 56.88
Kalana Perera c Kaushan Kulasooriya b Kavindu Pathirathne 62 59 9 1 105.08
Shannon Fernando not out 5 32 0 0 15.62
Extras 6 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 2, w 4, pen 0)
Total 296/10 (78.5 Overs, RR: 3.75)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavindu Pathirathne 16 1 83 3 5.19
Lahiru Madushanka 9 1 37 1 4.11
Kamil Mishara 19 5 70 3 3.68
Gishan Balasuriya 23 9 65 2 2.83
Kaushan Kulasooriya 10.5 2 26 0 2.48
Tithira Weerasinghe 1 0 14 0 14.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Isiwara Dissanayake b Shalin De Mel 20 77 2 0 25.97
Kamil Mishara c Shalin De Mel b Kalana Perera 34 58 6 0 58.62
Kavindu Madarasinghe c Shalin De Mel b Shannon Fernando 25 50 5 0 50.00
Ahan Sanchitha c Sithara Hapuhinna b Kalana Perera 26 50 3 0 52.00
Bagya Dissanayake c & b Dellon Peiris 21 96 2 0 21.88
Kavindu Pathirathne c Dellon Peiris b Kalana Perera 24 54 3 0 44.44
Pasindu Sooriyabandara c Dellon Peiris b Yohan Perera 67 160 9 0 41.88
Tithira Weerasinghe c & b Dellon Peiris 0 3 0 0 0.00
Kaushan Kulasooriya c Ryan Fernando b Kishan Munasinghe 14 37 3 0 37.84
Lahiru Madushanka not out 11 64 1 0 17.19
Gishan Balasuriya b Yohan Perera 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras 17 (b 6 , lb 4 , nb 6, w 1, pen 0)
Total 259/10 (108.2 Overs, RR: 2.39)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kalana Perera 30 6 102 3 3.40
Shannon Fernando 23 11 35 1 1.52
Dellon Peiris 23 6 53 2 2.30
Kishan Munasinghe 9 6 14 1 1.56
Dilmin Rathnayake 5 2 16 0 3.20
Shalin De Mel 11 5 12 1 1.09
Yohan Perera 5.2 0 15 2 2.88
Umayanga Suwaris 2 1 2 0 1.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Sithara Hapuhinna c Bagya Dissanayake b Kamil Mishara 34 30 5 0 113.33
Shalin De Mel not out 67 55 10 1 121.82
Ryan Fernando st Kavindu Madarasinghe b Gishan Balasuriya 3 9 0 0 33.33
Yohan Perera b Lahiru Madushanka 2 17 0 0 11.76
Ravindu De Silva not out 13 9 1 0 144.44
Extras 5 (b 4 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 124/3 (20 Overs, RR: 6.2)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavindu Pathirathne 4 0 39 0 9.75
Kamil Mishara 4 0 22 1 5.50
Kaushan Kulasooriya 2 0 16 0 8.00
Lahiru Madushanka 5 0 19 1 3.80
Gishan Balasuriya 5 1 23 1 4.60