Manelkar and Vinu guide Saracens to a massive win

U23 Division 1 - 5th July

St. Peter’s College 1st XI representatives, Manelkar De Silva and Vinu Mohotty excelled for Saracens Sports Club as they defeated Burgher Recreation Club by 80 runs in their SLC Under 23 Division 1 Cricket Tournament match played at Surrey Village grounds in Maggona today.

After winning the toss and opting to field first, BRC conceded 255 runs to the hosts, Saracens. Last year’s skipper Duleeka Thissakuttige held the innings together scoring 50 off 98 runs while wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Nilaksha and right-handed Chemila Obeysekara made 36 and 31 respectively.

18-year old De Silva gave the much-needed impetus to the Saracens innings as he clobbered 55 from just 31 deliveries with 3 sixes and 3 fours. Off-spinner Savin Gunasekara was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors claiming 3 scalps for just 53 runs off 9 overs.

Chasing 256 runs to win, BRC were never in the hunt as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Former Thomian left-hander Nipuna Gamage made a 50-ball 30 while former Isipathana College skipper Chameera Dissanayake scored 31 unbeaten runs.

SLC Under 23 Division 1 Tournament Fixtures

The 2015/16 St. Peter’s College captain Vinu Mohotty bowled his full quota of 10 overs for just 27 runs to take 4 wickets. Left-arm spinner Chanaka Devinda and fast-bowler Shehan Madusanka grabbed 2 wickets apiece.

Saracens – 255/9 in 50 overs: Sangeeth Cooray 25, Duleeka Thissakuttige 50, Chemila Obeysekara 31, Ishan Nilaksha 36, Manelkar De Silva 55*, Shehan Madusanka 25, Savin Gunasekara 3/53, Lasith Lakshan 2/24.

BRC – 175 all out in 42.3 overs: Lisula Lakshan 24, Nipuna Gamage 30, Helakamal Nanayakkara 22, Chameera Dissanayake 31*, Vinu Mohotty 4/27, Chanaka Devinda Thillakarathne 2/21, Shehan Madusanka 2/43.