Kalana leads S. Thomas’ fight back after Manula five-fer

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The two Perera’s, Manula of Royal College and Kalana of S. Thomas’ College hogged the limelight on day one of the 139th Battle of the Blues cricket encounter on Friday at SSC Grounds.

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After being sent into bat first on a slightly gloomy morning, S. Thomas’ College were rattled by the slow left-arm spin of Manula who took 5 for 43 to restrict the Thomians to 166 for 9. In reply, Royal were struggling at 33 for 3 against the quality left-arm fast bowling of Kalana.

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Earlier in the first session, the Royal seamers failed to deliver the goods by troubling the Thomian openers on a fresh, green pitch which prompted the skipper Pasindu Sooriyabandara to bring on the slow bowlers after only 9 overs by the seam bowling-trio.

Off-spinner Kamil Mishara struck right away in his second over when the Thomian vice-captain Dulith Gunaratne was caught at cover to end the 27-run opening stand.

Left-arm spinner Manula Perera was introduced to the attack in the 16th over which slowed down the Thomians drastically. Perera took a splendid return catch to dismiss Shalin De Mel as the Thomians went into lunch on 52 for 2.

After the forty-minute break, Manula continued to halt the Thomians by picking up wickets at regular intervals. One-drop batsman Kishan Munasinghe was trapped right in front while the Thomian skipper Dellon Peiris holed out to mid-on as the school by the sea were 4 down for 69.

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Sithara Hapuhinna and Manthila Wijerathne constructed the best partnership in the Thomian innings – 46 runs in 67 deliveries for the 5th wicket before seamer Kavindu Pathiratne induced the outside edge of Hapuhinna for 34.

Wiijeratne made 24 before becoming Manula’s fourth victim while Kalana Perera also played a loose stroke as Manula completed his five-wicket haul.

“There wasn’t much assistance from the pitch so I had a clear plan of bowling to a set line and length. I made small adjustments to the field and changed the bowling speeds which I think helped me. I am extremely happy to take a five-fer which I was dreaming as a kid.” Manula stated exclusively to ThePapare.com

The Thomian lower order could not make much of a difference to the slow run-rate of 2.58 as they ended their innings on 166 for 9 by making a bold declaration at around 4.00pm.S

S.Thomas’ College spearhead Kalana Perera was on top of his game as he trapped Bhagya Dissanayake in his very first over with a delivery which angled back into the right-hander.

Kalana Perera’s second wicket was purely thanks to an exceptional catch by Shalin De Mel at cover-point to dismiss Gayan Dissanayake while Kamil Mishara could not handle the short deliver- barrage of the Sri Lanka U19 left-arm seamer as Royal were tottering at 21 for 3.

Captain Sooriyabandara and Vice-Captain Kavindu Madarasinghe managed to bat till the umpires called it a day due to bad light, losing 8 overs from the allotted 90 overs for the day.

Play will resume tomorrow (10th March) at 9.45am for second day’s play.









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Full Scorecard

S. Thomas' College

166/9 & 227/6

(61 overs)

Result

Royal College

178/10 & 143/6

(42 overs)

match drawn

S. Thomas' College’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
D.Gunarathna c Bhagyan Dissanayake b Kamil Mishara 16 39
S.De.Mel c & b Manula Perera 15 52
K.Munasinghe lbw by Manula Perera 13 49
D.Peiris c Kavindu Pathirana b Manula Perera 12 44
S.Hapuhinna c Gayan Dissanayake b Kavindu Pathirana 34 51
M.Wijeyrathna b Manula Perera 24 41
K.Perera c Themal Bandara b Manula Perera 13 17
M.Rupasinghe c Pasindu sooriyabandara b Themal Bandara 13 40
T.Eriyagama (runout) Lahiru Madusanka 5 18
P.Rathnayake not out 4 30
Extras
17
Total
166/9 (64.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-27 , 2-38 , 3-54 , 4-69 , 5-115 , 6-128 , 7-149 , 8-153 , 9-166
Bowling O M R W E
G.Dissanayake 5 0 27 0 5.40
P.Sooriyabandara 2 0 2 0 1.00
K.Mishara 11 3 17 1 1.55
K.Pathirana 10 3 21 1 2.10
D.Wijeysekara 2 0 8 0 4.00
L.Madusanka 11.3 1 31 0 2.74
M.Perera 19 5 43 5 2.26
T.Bandara 4 1 6 1 1.50

Royal College’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
B.Dissanayake lbw by Kalana Perera 1 8
G.Dissanayake c Shalin De Mel b Kalana Perera 6 7
K.Madarasinghe c Maneesha Rupasinghe b Pavith Rathnayake 37 137
K.Mishara c Dulith Gunarathna b Kalana Perera 8 13
P.Sooriyabandara c Sithara Happuhinna b Kalana Perera 46 90
K.Pathirana st Sithara Happuhinna b Dellon Peiris 13 51
T.Senarathna lbw by Dellon Peiris 13 16
L.Madusanka c Kishan Munasinghe b Dellon Peiris 12 8
D.Wijeysekara st Sithara Happuhinna b Dellon Peiris 23 67
T.Bandara c Sithara Happuhinna b Kalana Perera 6 14
M.Perera not out 8 0
Extras
7
Total
178/10 (75 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-1 , 2-8 , 3-21 , 4-96 , 5-104 , 6-127 , 7-139 , 8-139 , 9-151 , 10-178
Bowling O M R W E
D.Gunarathna 1 1 0 0 0.00
K.Perera 26 7 56 5 2.15
T.Eriyagama 5 1 21 0 4.20
S.Fernando 18 7 29 0 1.61
P.Rathnayake 7 1 20 1 2.86
S.De.Mel 6 2 10 0 1.67
D.Peiris 12 2 40 4 3.33

S. Thomas' College’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
S.De.Mel (runout) kaushal(sub) 57 139
D.Gunarathna c Thevindu Senarathna b Lahiru Madusanka 59 138
S.Hapuhinna (runout) Pasindu sooriyabandara 47 42
M.Wijeyrathna c Kavindu Madarasinghe b Manula Perera 19 20
K.Perera c Bhagyan Dissanayake b Manula Perera 10 9
M.Rupasinghe c Kamil Mishara b Kavindu Madarasinghe 10 8
D.Peiris not out 14 9
T.Eriyagama not out 1 1
Extras
10
Total
227/6 (61 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-107 , 2-150 , 3-189 , 4-194 , 5-207 , 6-215
Bowling O M R W E
G.Dissanayake 1 1 0 0 0.00
K.Mishara 13 2 34 0 2.62
M.Perera 14 1 45 2 3.21
K.Pathirana 13 3 53 1 4.08
L.Madusanka 7 1 39 1 5.57
D.Wijeysekara 4 1 14 0 3.50
T.Bandara 3 0 9 0 3.00
P.Sooriyabandara 6 0 23 0 3.83

Royal College’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
B.Dissanayake b Pavith Rathnayake 18 39
G.Dissanayake b Kalana Perera 9 35
K.Madarasinghe not out 58 87
K.Mishara b Dellon Peiris 22 18
P.Sooriyabandara c Kishan Munasinghe b Dellon Peiris 0 3
K.Pathirana b Kishan Munasinghe 1 4
T.Senarathna lbw by Dellon Peiris 24 43
M.Perera not out 9 23
Extras
2
Total
143/6 (42 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-27 , 2-29 , 3-55 , 4-55 , 5-60 , 6-116
Bowling O M R W E
K.Perera 11 3 37 1 3.36
S.Fernando 4 2 9 0 2.25
D.Peiris 14 2 50 3 3.57
K.Munasinghe 6 2 14 1 2.33
P.Rathnayake 7 0 33 1 4.71