After winning the toss at Lakeview Grounds in Kandy, the visitors batted first and put up a massive 453 for the loss of 7 wickets. Dilhara Polgampola and Minoi Senanayake chipped in with well constructed tons to set up a bumper partnership of 180 runs for the second wicket. Wageesha Wanniarachchi (62) and Vinoj Srivinda (58) consolidated the middle order to reach the total. Left-arm spinner Ruchira Pupulewatte bagged three out of the seven fell.
In reply, the boys from Kandy played a challenging innings but were unfortunate to get bowled out for 312 runs. Back to back centurion Niwantha Herath attempted hard to make the hosts get closer but was dismissed on 130 turning the game towards the Nakanz’ way. Besides Niwantha, appreciable contributions were made by Bawantha Udangamuwa (39) and Shehan Witharana (36) to bring some hope to the Rajans.
Off spinner Janidu Jayawardhana who was the threat to the opposition claimed a five wicket haul while Himath Jayaweera and Minoy Senanayake secured three wickets and two wickets respectively.
Bandaranayake – 453/7 declared in 104.2 overs: Dilhara Polgampola 121, Minoi Senanayake 106, Wageesha Wanniarachchi 62, Vinoj Srivinda 58: Ruchira Pupulewatte 3/130, Asmitha Rajapaksha 2/68.
Dharmaraja – 312 all out in 97 overs: Niwantha Herath 130, Bawantha Udangamuwa 39, Shehan Witharana 36, Supun Vithanarachchi 26, Ashmitha Rajapaksha 22: Janidu Jayawardhana 5 for 96, Himath Jayaweera 3/75, Minoi Senanayake 2/61.
Result – Match Drawn. Bandaranayake College won the first innings.
St. Sebastian’s College vs Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya
Dharmapala skipper Himasha Liyanage’s stunning 195 was not enough as St. Sebastian’s College registered a first-innings win over the school from Pannipitiya in their drawn under 19 division one match which concluded on Tuesday at Moratuwa.
Sebastianite batsman Sandaruwan Fernando excelled with the bat for the hosts’ as he made 97 and 101 in both innings.
St. Sebastian’s – 321/8 declared in 67 overs: Sandaruwan Fernando 97, Nuwanindu Fernando 82, Praveen Perera 53, Nishan Perera 3/65, Pasindu Keshan 2/120.
Dharmapala – 271 all out in 53.2 overs: Himasha Liyanage 195, Praveen Jayawickrame 4/73, Nimesh Bandara 3/74.
St. Sebastian’s (2nd inn) – 203/8 in 57 overs: Sandaruwan Fernando 101, Praveen Perera 43, Pasindu Keshan 4/51.
Richmond College vs Dharmasoka College
Title favourites, Richmond College, Galle managed to beat Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda by 3 wickets in a thrilling under 19 division one match which ended on Tuesday at Mahinda College grounds in Galle.
Ravishka Wijesiri’s 7-wicket match bag helped the team from Galle to record this morale-boosting victory. The hosts’ are minus three of their star players due to national duty in Bangladesh.
Dharmasoka – 145 all out in 42 overs: Dinuka Dilshan 31, Ushan Imantha 27, Kavindu Nadeeshan 22 n.o., Nimesh Mendis 22, Ravishka Wijesiri 4/36, Thilanga Udeeshan 4/38.
Richmond – 274 all out in 72.2 overs: Chamikara Hewage 74, Adithya Siriwardhane 60, Thaveesha Abhishek 42, Avindu Theekshana , Pasindu Bimsara 17, Dinuka Dilshan 3/10, Kavindu Nadeeshan 3/85.
Dharmasoka (2nd inn) – 216 all out in 51.1 overs: Dinuka Dilshan 77, Nimesh Mendis 47, Kaveesh Kumara 34, Kavindu Ediriweera 4/38, Ravishka Wijesiri 3/63.
Richmond (2nd inn) – 91/7 in 16 overs: Dhananjaya Lakshan 31, Pasindu Bimsara 16, Ushan Imantha 3/13, Lasith Kumara 3/24.