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Nalanda College win Battle of the Maroons after 69 years

92nd Battle of the Maroons

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The 92nd battle of the Maroons between Ananda College & Nalanda College was worked off on the  10th & 11th of  July at the Sinhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground. The encounter produced an amazing result for the first time after 20 years for Nalanda College, as they walked out victorious by 9 wickets.

Ananda College Skipper Nethma Karunaratne, who won the toss, elected to bowl first hoping to take some early wickets in the first hour. However, the Nalanda College openers Rusiru Vilochana and Yasiru Abeykoon put together a solid stand to deny the expected good start for Ananda College. Unfortunately for Nalanda, the introduction of left-arm spinner Shakthi Udara derailed the early progress of Nalanda as they were restricted to 148 for 6 at one point. To combat this, the Nalanda number 6 Chanul Athukorala played a solid counter-attacking knock to score 88 off 89 deliveries which included 10 fours and 3 sixes. He also managed to stitch 2 very important partnerships for the 7th and 8th wickets with Eranga Jayakody(23) and skipper Dineth Samaraweera(33). Along with these names, former Sri Lankan U19 Vice Captain Raveen de Silva scored a quick fire 40. Thanks to these contributions, Nalanda got to 289 for the loss of 9 wickets, while Shakthi Udara took a well deserved fifer for Ananda College.

Ananda College, in reply to Nalanda’s 289, had a horrid start to their 1st innings as they lost 5 wickets for 35 runs. However, Iruth Gimshan, who stabilized the innings a bit for Ananda, managed to take them towards the end of the day with a scoreline of 69 for 5. Vinuja Ranpul was the chief destroyer of Ananda as he took 3 quick wickets with the new ball in hand.

Ananda began day 2 trailing by 220 runs, qnd they did not have a great start as they lost 2 wickets in the space of just 5 runs. However, Shakthi Udara, who joined with Iruth Gimshan, managed to construct a stand of 44 for the 8th wicket. After Shakti’s dismissal, the others were unable to contribute much for Ananda as they were bundled out for 139. Iruth Gimshan, who played a quality knock under pressure, was unbeaten on 70 off 106 deliveries when the final wicket fell. For Nalanda, Vinuja Ranpul – another Sri Lanka U19 player – took 4 wickets, while Raveen de Silva took 3 wickets.

Nalanda College, with a healthy lead of 150, enforced the follow on, and compared to the first innings Ananda had a better chance as they were on 78 for 2 at one point, with 2 settled batters in the middle. However the whole complexion of the match changed completely in favor of Nalanda College when Mineth Premaratne hit a full toss straight towards a fielder. The downfall began for Ananda with that dismissal as they lost 8 wickets even before taking the lead.

For the final 2 wickets, Ananda added 31, and a target of 31 was set for Nalanda College to clinch the P de S Kularatne Trophy in the final hour of Day 2. Hansaja Jayasinghe top-scored for Ananda with a fighting 48 and Vinuja Ranpul took 2 wickets along with Raveen de Silva for Nalanda College.

 Nalanda College cruised to victory by chasing down the target of 31 in just 5.1 overs to win the Battle of the Maroons after 69 years.  Raveen de Silva, playing his final encounter for the school, fittingly hit the final boundary to take them over the line as the Nalanda College players, prefects, teachers and parents stormed to the field.

Nushal Premaratne of Ananda College was adjudged the Best Fielder of the match as took 3 catches, while Vinuja Ranpul of Nalanda College who took 6 wickets in the match, won the Best Bowler trophy. Chanul Athukorala of Nalanda, who scored a brilliant 88, won the  Best Batsman award. Raveen de Silva, the star all-rounder for Nalanda, deservingly won the Player of the Match Award for scoring 55 runs in the match and taking 5 wickets.

Result


Ananda College
139/10 (42.5) & 180/10 (58)

Nalanda College
289/9 (61.2) & 31/1 (5.2)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
rusiru vilochana c Iruth Gimshan b Shakthi Udara 25 61 2 0 40.98
yasiru samarakoon c Nushal Dharmaratne b Shakthi Udara 23 40 3 0 57.50
Vinuja Ranpal c Nethma Samaraweera b Pulindu Kiriella 23 27 4 0 85.19
Raveen De Silva c Nushal Dharmaratne b Pulindu Kiriella 40 49 4 0 81.63
Kushmitha Silva c Nushal Dharmaratne b Pulindu Kiriella 17 36 3 0 47.22
Chanul Athukorala c Hansaja Jayasinghe b Shakthi Udara 88 89 10 3 98.88
Sajitha Vithanage c Lakshita Kularathna b Shakthi Udara 2 8 0 0 25.00
eranga jayakodi c Mineth Premarathna b Shakthi Udara 23 41 3 0 56.10
Dineth Samaraweera c Iruth Gimshan b yehan gunasinghe 33 27 5 0 122.22
lisura sigera not out 0 1 0 0 0.00


Extras 15 (b 1 , lb 1 , nb 11, w 2, pen 0)
Total 289/9 (61.2 Overs, RR: 4.71)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Tehaan Perera 11 0 52 0 4.73
Nethma Samaraweera 7 1 26 0 3.71
yehan gunasinghe 10 0 43 0 4.30
Shakthi Udara 19.2 1 90 5 4.69
Pulindu Kiriella 13 1 57 3 4.38
Hansaja Jayasinghe 1 0 12 0 12.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lakshita Kularathna lbw b Vinuja Ranpal 4 13 0 0 30.77
Nushal Dharmaratne c Dineth Samaraweera b Vinuja Ranpal 4 7 1 0 57.14
Nethma Karunaratne lbw b Dineth Samaraweera 16 14 4 0 114.29
Hansaja Jayasinghe c rusiru vilochana b Vinuja Ranpal 0 3 0 0 0.00
Mineth Premarathna c Sajitha Vithanage b Chanul Athukorala 4 21 1 0 19.05
Iruth Gimshan not out 70 106 7 1 66.04
Pulindu Kiriella run out () 7 38 0 0 18.42
yehan gunasinghe b Vinuja Ranpal 0 5 0 0 0.00
Shakthi Udara c Dineth Samaraweera b Raveen De Silva 21 31 5 0 67.74
Nethma Samaraweera lbw b Raveen De Silva 0 1 0 0 0.00
Tehaan Perera b Raveen De Silva 8 18 2 0 44.44


Extras 5 (b 4 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 1, pen 0)
Total 139/10 (42.5 Overs, RR: 3.25)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vinuja Ranpal 15 4 33 4 2.20
Dineth Samaraweera 9 2 29 1 3.22
Chanul Athukorala 6 0 23 1 3.83
Raveen De Silva 7.5 0 33 3 4.40
lisura sigera 2 0 6 0 3.00
Minod Caldera 3 0 11 0 3.67
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lakshita Kularathna c rusiru vilochana b Vinuja Ranpal 32 124 2 0 25.81
Nushal Dharmaratne c rusiru vilochana b Dineth Samaraweera 14 18 3 0 77.78
Nethma Karunaratne c yasiru samarakoon b Raveen De Silva 15 15 2 0 100.00
Mineth Premarathna c Raveen De Silva b Sajitha Vithanage 23 41 3 0 56.10
Iruth Gimshan b Minod Caldera 10 6 2 0 166.67
Hansaja Jayasinghe c eranga jayakodi b Raveen De Silva 48 85 7 0 56.47
Shakthi Udara c Minod Caldera b Chanul Athukorala 14 15 2 1 93.33
Pulindu Kiriella b Raveen De Silva 2 19 0 0 10.53
yehan gunasinghe c Kushmitha Silva b Vinuja Ranpal 0 12 0 0 0.00
Tehaan Perera lbw Raveen De Silva b 17 15 2 1 113.33
Nethma Samaraweera b 0 0 0 0 0.00


Extras 5 (b 2 , lb 0 , nb 2, w 1, pen 0)
Total 180/10 (58 Overs, RR: 3.1)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sajitha Vithanage 11 3 16 1 1.45
Dineth Samaraweera 9 3 9 1 1.00
Vinuja Ranpal 10 3 40 2 4.00
Minod Caldera 5 0 20 1 4.00
Chanul Athukorala 5 0 13 1 2.60
Raveen De Silva 18 3 80 2 4.44


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
yasiru samarakoon c Mineth Premarathna b Pulindu Kiriella 8 14 0 0 57.14
Vinuja Ranpal not out 7 8 0 0 87.50
Raveen De Silva not out 15 8 2 0 187.50


Extras 1 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 31/1 (5.2 Overs, RR: 5.81)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Tehaan Perera 3 0 16 0 5.33
Pulindu Kiriella 2.2 0 14 1 6.36