In a thrilling encounter, St. Benedict’s College emerged victorious over Wesley College in the 2nd Rev. Bro. Luke Shield 50 Over match, held at the iconic SSC grounds. The match saw some scintillating performances from both teams, but it was St. Benedict’s who held their nerve and came out on top.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, St. Benedict’s got off to a worrying start as they lost four wickets for 54 runs. However, they managed to get things back in order with the help of their middle order batsman S. Samarathunga, who played a blazing knock of 74 which came in just 49 deliveries.
Along with him, C. Chathurya (46 runs) and M. Dissanayaka (32 runs) batted responsibly, which helped the Bens post a decent score of 241 in 47.1 overs. S. Amarasinghe was the pick of the bowlers for Wesley as he went on to grab 5 wickets, giving away just 43 runs in the 9 overs that he bowled. In the meantime, U. Perera and C. Gomez were able to pick up 2 wickets each in the limited number of overs that they bowled.
Chasing a target of 242, Wesley College started off well, with their batsmen scoring runs at a good rate. However, the St. Benedict’s bowlers managed to pick up crucial wickets at regular intervals, which put the brakes on Wesley College’s innings.
The pressure started to mount, and Wesley College eventually fell short by 19 runs, handing St. Benedict’s a well-deserved victory. I. Subasinghe (56 runs), A. Pahansara (32 runs) and A. Isira (36 runs) tried hard to win the match for Wesley with their batting, but their efforts unfortunately went in vain.
V. Aththanayaka was the star with the ball for the Bens as he picked up 3 crucial wickets while giving away just 41 runs in the 8 overs that he bowled. All the other Bens bowlers managed to pick at least 1 wicket, which explains the wonderful day that they had as a bowling unit.
With this win, St. Benedict’s have taken a 2-0 lead in the Luke Shield series, and Wesley College will be looking to bounce back next year.
St. Benedict’s College 241/10 (47.1) S Samarathunga 74, C Chathurya 46, M Dissanaike 32, S. Amarasinghe 5/43, U Perera 2/33, C Gomez 2/33
Wesley College 222/10 (47.4) I Subasinghe 56, A Isira 36, A Phansara 32, V Aththanayaka 3/41, C Chathurya 2/48