The return of Pasindu Sooriyabandara inspired Royal College to gain first innings points over Isipathana College while hosts Nalanda College claimed first innings honours in their traditional fixture against De Mazenod College. Both games were affected by the evening thundershowers on Day 2.
Royal College vs Isipathana College at Reid Avenue
Winning the toss, Isipathana elected to field first. The hero from this year’s big match Pasindu Sooriyabandara returned after a shoulder injury to play his first game of the season. His solid 79 braced an innings which amassed 310/9 before declaration. Rithmika Nimesh, Niranjan Wanniyarachchi and Lahiru Dilshan bagged 2 wickets each. Isipathana, continuing from their overnight score of 48/2, resisted with a resolute 277 which was spearheaded by Sanjula Bandara’s 66. For Royal, Himesh Ramanayake continued his form, capturing 5 for 52.
Torrential rains prevented an essay as the match saw an early call off.
Chief Scores –
Royal College 1st innings – 310/9d (70.2 overs) (Pasindu Sooriyabandara 79, Ronuka Jayawardena 49, Helitha Vithanage 40, Ganith Sandeepa 35, Thevindu Senarathna 34, Kavindu Chathuranga 22; Rithmika Nimesh 2 for 15, Niranjan Wanniyarachi 2 for 35, Lahiru Dilshan 2 for 67)
Isipathana College 1st innings – 277 all out (72.3 overs) (Sanjula Bandara 66, Ayana Siriwardane 60, Lahiru Dilshan 37, Niranjan Wanniyarachi 28, Harsha Rathnayake 20; Himesh Ramanayake 5 for 52, Ganith Sandeepa 3 for 35, Gothama Ranasinghe 2 for 82)
Match result – Drawn
Nalanda College vs De Mazenod College at Nalanda
Suhanga Wijewardana (40) and Kasun Sandaruwan (40) fused a first innings win for Nalanda against rivals De Mazenod College, Kandana. Batting first, Nalanda made 229 before being bowled out in 65 overs. Mithila Geeth took 3 for 26 for the visitors.
In reply, De Mazenod was bowled out for 131. Umeksha Dilshan’s terrific spell yielded 4 for 19. In the second essay, Malinga Amarasinghe throttled Nalanda with his 66 while they remained on 133/4 at close.
Chief scores –
Nalanda College 1st innings – 229 all out (65 overs) (Suhanga Wijewardana 40, Kasun Sandaruwan 40, Lakshitha Rasanja 29, Rusiru De Silva 25; Mithila Geeth 3 for 26, Praveen Fonseka 2 for 36)
De Mazenod College 1st innings – 131 all out (46.3 overs) (Mithila Geeth 28*, Irosh de silva 25, Sandeep Deshan 23; Umeksha Dilshan 4 for 19, Lakshitha Rasanjana 3 for 21)
Nalanda College 2nd innings – 133/4 (26 overs) (Malinga Amarasinghe 66, Dasun Senivirathne 39; Sangeeth Deshan 2 for 55)
Result – Match drawn