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S. Thomas’ on course to reclaim shield; Can Royal stop?

140th Battle of the Blues – Day 2

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Royal College managed to gain a slender 10-run lead over S. Thomas’ College at close on the 2nd day of the 140th Battle of the Blues, but the School by the Sea dominated proceedings at SSC grounds in Colombo on Friday.

Resuming their 1st innings on 158/6 in reply to the 158 made by Royal College, S. Thomas’ went on to post a very good first innings score of 296 with a handy lead of 138.

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The day didn’t begin as expected for the boys from Mt. Lavinia as they lost both overnight batsmen very early in the day. At 169/8, the Thomians were desperate of a good partnership to extend their lead and take advantage of the game.

Handling the Big Match pressure brilliantly, Umayanga Suwaris and Kalana Perera helped their team take a sizeable lead. The partnership which started cautiously with Suwaris playing second fiddle to hard-hitting Kalana saw the latter reach his half-century first. The speedster also grabbed 6 wickets while bowling on day one.

Suwaris was on 38 when Kalana was dismissed breaking the 91-run 9th wicket stand, 5 runs short of the Royal-Thomian record for the same wicket.  

Managing the number 11 Shannon Fernando quite brilliantly, the left-handed Suwaris batted through to lunch seeing off the extra half an hour of the extended first session. He became the third Thomian to score a half-century in this game before he was run out just after the lunch break.

Photo Album : Royal College vs S. Thomas’ College – 140th Battle of the Blues | Day 2

Royal College was provided with a decent opening partnership after they began their second essay 138 runs behind S. Thomas’. Openers Kamil Mishara and Isiwara Dissanayake looked in good touch until Mishara threw his wicket away by slashing at a very wide Kalana Perera delivery to give Shalin De Mel his 6th catch of the match.

De Mel then picked up his first wicket as he bowled Dissanayake with a beautiful in-swinging delivery. However, after a mini-resurrection from Captain Kavindu Madarasinghe and Ahan Sanchitha, Kalana picked his 2nd wicket to separate the duo.

Following Ahan’s wicket, the Royal skipper was dismissed by Shannon Fernando giving Shalin his 7th catch of the match. This feat by De Mel is a Royal-Thomian record.

Royal finished the day on 148/4 with a lead of just 10 runs. Bhagya Dissanayake (16*) and Kavindu Pathirathne (20*) will walk out tomorrow to save the match for Royal.

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