Record Alert – Avishka Tharindu hits highest individual score in Schools Cricket

Singer U19 Division I Cricket Tournament 2019/20

©Natham Shanmuganathan

St Anthony’s College, Wattala all-rounder Avishka Tharindu hit a triple century today (18) in a traditional fixture against Lumbini College at the St Anthony’s College ground.

The Sri Lanka U19 cap blasted 56 boundaries and 3 sixes on his way to the mammoth knock of 350 runs in just 285 balls. As per available records, this is the highest individual score by a school player in Under 19 Schools cricket in Sri Lanka.

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Tharindu remained unbeaten on 278 at stumps on day 01 of the fixture with just the No. 10 & 11 batters to assist him to reach the much-awaited triple century and reached the milestone in the morning session of today’s play on his home ground.

Highest individual scores in Under 19 Schools Cricket

  1. Avishka Tharindu (St Anthony’s College, Wattala) – 350 vs Lumbini College, Colombo (2020)
  2. Dhammika Vaas (Maris Stella College, Negombo) – 310 vs St. Peter’s College, Negombo (1996)
  3. Indika de Seram (St Thomas’ College, Matara) – 304 vs Devananda College, Ambalangoda (1993)
  4. Jack Anderson (St Anthony’s College, Kandy) – 291 vs S. Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia (1917)

*as per the available records

Interestingly, Avishka Tharindu wasn’t included in the Sri Lanka U19 squad which toured South Africa in January this year. He was a consistent performer in the national U19 set up and unfortunately missed out on the World Cup squad due to his lean performance in the Asia Cup 2019.

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Since his omission from the World Cup squad, Tharindu has hit 26, 62*, 80 and 181 in the Singer U19 Division I Cricket Tournament 2019/20 and he wrapped up the season a triple century as he accumulated 920 runs in just 12 innings in the 2019/20 season.