Two pre-quarter finals of THE Singer U17 division 1 cricket tournament concluded today, 28th August 2019. St. Joseph’s College played St. Thomas’ College, Matara while Nalanda College ended the run for Prince of Wales College.
St. Joseph’s College, Colombo vs St. Thomas’ College, Matara
Weather gods forced the game to be a 37-over affair in which the hosts St. Joseph’s College won the toss and chose to put runs on board. Sri Lanka youth player, Dunith Wellalage (54) and Shevon Daniel (51) gave the Joes a head start as the duo racked up half-century after half-century to give their alma mater a comfortable 176-run total.
Harindu Jayasekara and Erantha Lakshan shone with the ball for the Matara school as they picked up 3 wickets each.
The game was again affected by rain during the Thomians’ chase resulting in a further shortening of the game. The Matara boys were given a revised target of 165 runs in 33 overs. Though the Matara Thomians managed a fine start, they got caught to the run-rate pressure along the way and eventually fell 34 runs short of their target.
Ushitha Athsara scored 32 runs to top the batting while Wellalage made it a double strike picking up 2 wickets to lead the bowling.
St. Joseph’s College 176 (35.3)
Dunith Wellalage 54, Shevon Daniel 51, Harindu Jayasekara 3/26, Erantha Lakshan 3/40, Ushitha Athsara 2/51
St. Thomas’ College 131/6 (33)
Ushitha Athsara 32, Sachira Rashmika 21, Dunith Wellalage 2/24
St. Joseph’s College won by 34 runs
Nalanda College, Colombo vs Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa
This was yet another rain-afflicted game at St. John’s Grounds, Panadura. The Moratuwa school won the toss and invited the Nalandians to take first lease of the crease.
The deputy skipper of the Cambrians, Vinuja Ranpul and the left-arm spinner Kunchana Perera wrecked the Nalanda batting line up as the duo went on to claim 3 wickets each for just 39 runs between them.
Vinuka Nanayakkara (22), Navodya Nawanjana (22) and the skipper Raveen De Silva (21) showed signs of a fight back from Nalanda but were reduced to just those starts.
Nalanda ended looking troubled with only 129 runs on the board.
But, the warriors in Chanuk Athukorala and the left-arm seamer Dineth Samaraweera lit up the Nalanda camp once again as they made the Cambrians look completely at sea sharing 7 wickets between them in no time.
Pasindu Pathum was the only batsman who put up a noteworthy knock, scoring 37 runs while seeing his teammates rattled at the other end. Prince of Wales College was undone for 98 runs giving Nalanda the ‘Go’ for the quarter finals of the tournament.
Nalanda College 129 (35.3)
Vinuka Nanayakkara 22, Navodya Nawanjana 22, Raveen De Silva 21, Vinuja Ranpaul 3/15, Kunchana Perera 3/24, Aditha Imasha 2/23
Prince of Wales College 98 (30.3)
Pasindu Pathum 38, Chanuk Athukorala 4/27, Dineth Samaraweera 3/20
Nalanda College won by 31 runs