Hashan Sandeepa spins Mahanama College to first innings victory

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Five matches in the Singer Schools U-19 Division 1 two-day cricket tournament 2017/18 were conducted today around the island. 

Mahanama College, Colombo vs Isipathana College, Colombo

Group B fixture between Mahanama College and Isipathana College concluded today at Colts ground. Match was ended in a draw but the first innings points were won by Mahanama College. After winning the toss, Mahanama skipper Heshan Hettiarachci decided to bat first and posted 214 runs for their first innings.

Right handed stroke maker Pawan Rathnayaka, who stroked a mammoth 175 runs against President’s College last week, continued his good form with the bat scoring 91 runs. Left arm spinner Madushika Sandaruwan picked up 4 wickets for 67 runs while skipper Ayana Siriwardane grabbed two wickets for Isipathana College.

In reply, Isipathana batsmen managed to post only 137 runs for their first innings. Left arm spinner Hashan Sandeepa destroyed the Isipathana batting line up, picking 7 wickets for 33 runs. Mahanama batsmen began their second innings 77 runs ahead and scored 80 runs for 4 wickets at stumps on day two.

Brief scores

Mahanama College 214 (88.2) Pavan Rathnayaka 91, Sonal Dinusha 25, Bishan Mendis 23, Madushika Sandaruwan 4/67, Ayana Siriwardane 2/24, Kaliq Amath 2/51 & 80/4 (20.5) Bishan Mendis 49, Kaliq Amath 2/06, Sanjula Bandara 2/19

Isipathana College 137 (56.2) Thevindu Dickwella 27, Sanjula Abeywickrama 22, Kaliq Amath 21, Hashan Sandeepa 7/33

Result – Match Drawn (Mahanama won first innings points)


Nalanda College, Colombo vs St. Peter’s College, Colombo

Group C fixture between Nalanda College and St. Peter’s College commenced today at Nalanda College grounds. After being put into bat first, the hosts posted 203 runs for 7 wickets at stumps on day one. Chamindu Wijesinghe remained unbeaten on 46 runs. Match will continue tomorrow for day two.

Brief scores

Nalanda College 203/7 (69) Chamindu Wijesinghe 46*, Lakshitha Rasanjana 40, Rusiru de Silva 22, Dilhara Polgampola 21, Prabashwara Herath 2/14


S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia vs St. Benedict’s College, Colombo

Traditional fixture between S. Thomas’ College and St. Benedict’s College commenced today at S. Thomas’ grounds, Mount Lavinia. Visiting skipper won the toss and opted to field first. The hosts declared their first innings at 230 runs for 6 wickets. Maneesha Rupasinghe was brilliant with the bat as he stroked 133 runs for the home side.

Lads from Kotahena were 31 runs for 1 wicket for their first innings at stumps on day one. Match will continue tomorrow for day two.

Brief scores

S. Thomas’ College 230/6d (62.3) Maneesha Rupasinghe 133, Dellon Peiris 50, Prithvi Jegarajasingham 2/35, Mahesh Theekshana 2/76

St. Benedict’s College 31/1 (16)


Thurstan College, Colombo vs Moratu Maha Vidyalaya, Moratuwa

Group A fixture between Thurstan College and Moratu Maha Vidyalaya commenced today at Moratu Vidyalya grounds. Thurstan skipper Nipun Lakshan won the toss and invited Moralians to bat first. The lads from Moratuwa could not post a solid score on the board for their first innings as they were bowled out for 164 runs. Thurstan skipper Nipun Lakshan, who bowls right arm fast medium picked up 7 wickets for 61 runs.

The visitors replied strongly with the bat as they finished day one at 202 runs for 4 wickets. Left handed stroke maker Nimesh Perera remained unbeaten on 78 runs while right handed batsman Pansilu Deshan scored 55 runs for visitors. Match will continue tomorrow for day two.

Brief scores

Moratu Maha Vidyalaya 164 (38.3) Jeewantha Fernando 50, Nadith Vishendra 46, Nipun Lakshan 7/61

Thurstan College 202/4 (50) Nimesh Perera 78*, Pansilu Deshan 55, Jeewantha Fernando 2/64


St. John’s College, Panadura vs President’s College, Kotte

Group B fixture between President’s College and St. John’s College commenced today at St. John’s grounds. Visiting skipper won the toss and elected to bat first but posted only 173 runs for their first innings. Left handed batsman Rifaz Maurof top scored with 70 runs. Thamindu Wickramarachchi was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with 4 wickets for 36 runs.

In reply, the hosts were bundled out for just 138 runs as the lads from Kotte bowled with disciplined line and length. Left arm spinner Hasindu Pramuka picked up 4 wickets for 41 runs for the visitors. President’s College was 30 runs for no wickets in their second innings at stumps on day one. Match will continue tomorrow for day two.

Brief scores

President’s College 173 (45) Rifaz Maurof 70, Dinith Nelumdeniya 32, Thamindu Wickramarachchi 4/36, Ashen Dilhara 3/40, Sasitha Manupriya 3/53 & 30/0 (6)

St. John’s College 138 (39.4) Reshan Fernando 37, Praveen Sandamal 28, Ashen Dilhara 21, Hasindu Pramuka 4/41, Chanula Chamod 3/41