S. Thomas’ survive Jaffna scare

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St. John’s College, Jaffna fought back to draw the game against S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia in the traditional encounter which concluded today in Jaffna.

S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia vs St. John’s College, Jaffna

After controlling the game in the opening day, the visitors took the remaining wicket early on the second day to get their 2nd turn to bat. Having a 43-run lead in the second innings the lads from Mount Lavinia got bowled out for a hapless 97 on a turning pitch that helped the bowlers.

17-year old right-arm quick Rathushan bowled his heart-out to claim 5 wickets in the second innings to restrict the strong Thomian batting line-up.

Chasing 140 to victory, the lads from Jaffna were 3 down for 4 runs at tea time. However, St. John’s boys pulled out their fighting spirit to drag the game and make it a draw at close of play.

Left-arm spinner Shannon Fernando was excellent with his bag of tricks as he claimed 4 wickets for the Thomians.

Brief Scores

S. Thomas’ College 128 all out in 62 overs | Manthila Wijeratne 69*, Ryan Fernando 15, K. Kapilraj 3/31, V. Jathushan 4/30, M. Abinash 2/29 & 97 all out in 54 overs | Manisha Rupasinghe 26, Manthila Wijerathne 17, Rathushan 5/26, K. Kapilraj 2/16.

St. John’s College 85 all out in 33 overs | V. Jathushan 32, N. Rathusan 14*, Thevin Eriyagama 3/14, Mohommad Azam 3/15, Shannon Fernando 3/09 & 88/6 in 41 overs | Jathushan 25, K. Abinash 20, Dinoshan 21*, Shannon Fernando 4/27.

Result – Match drawn (STC won 1st innings)