The 18th edition of the limited overs encounter between St. John’s College, Jaffna and Jaffna Central College ended in favor of the former today (14th March) at St. John’s College Grounds in Jaffna. The hosts registered a 33-run win as they managed to defend the target of 95 runs in a low-scoring affair. Abishek Anton was the star performer of the match as he ran through the batting lineup of the visitors, taking 5 for 20.
St. John’s College registers an innings win in the 114th Battle of the North
St. John’s College registered a comprehensive innings victory over Jaffna Central College in the 114th Battle…….
The Sri Lanka U19 capped Vijayakanth Viyaskanth who is the skipper of Jaffna Central College, won the toss and invited the hosts to take the first lease of the wicket. It turned out to be a great decision as they were able to restrict the hosts’ strong batting lineup for just 94 runs in 36.3 overs.
Aniston Nidushan and Kamalarasa Ihalarathan starred with the ball for the visitors, picking up 3 wickets apiece. The run chase looked very easy on paper, but a horrible batting display from the visitors prevented them from reaching the target as they were bowled out for just 61 runs, falling short of 33 runs.
Photos: St John’s College, Jaffna Vs Jaffna Central College | 18th Limited overs Battle of the North
Abishek Anton was the most impressive bowler of the lot for the hosts as he picked up a 5-wicket haul for just 20 runs. In addition to that Vithushan Yogathas and Dinoshan Theivendram shone with the ball taking 2 wickets each.
This is the second consecutive win for St. John’s College in their annual limited over encounter as they managed to defeat Jaffna Central College by 2 wickets last year as wellr St. John’s College, Jaffna is having a good time on the field this year as they also managed to register an innings victory over Jaffna Central College in their 114th Battle of the North, which worked off last week.
St. John’s College – 94 (36.3) Aniston Nidushan 3/08, Kamalarasa Ihalarathan 3/27
Jaffna Central College – 61 (25.1) Rajclinton Rajaratnam 24, Abishek Anton 5/20, Vithushan Yogathas 2/12, Dinoshan Theivendram 2/16
Result – St. John’s College won by 33 runs