Vimath Dinsara masterclass seals St. Sebastian’s win

U19 Division 1 Schools Cricket Tournament 2023/24

U19 Division 1 Schools Cricket Tournament 2023/24

Vimath Dinsara followed up his superb 140 with an unbeaten 49, leading St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa to a 7-wicket win over Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala in their ‘Tier A’ 2-day encounter of the U19 Schools Cricket Tournament.

Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala vs St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa

From 126/6, St. Sebastian’s College added another useful 128 runs for the final 4 wickets on Day 2 to get past the Maliyadeva 1st innings total of 200, spearheaded by Vimath Dinsara’s batting masterclass as he stroked 140 off 205 balls including 15 fours & 4 sixes.

With the ball in hand, Thaveesha Balasooriya picked up another wicket to snatch a brilliant fifer while Skipper Gayana Weerasinghe scalped 3/62.

Trailing 54 runs in the 2nd innings, Maliyadeva College were blown away for 147, setting a target below 100 for St. Sebastian’s victory. Pansilu Ransinghe was the top scorer with a 41-run knock  while Manuja Chanthuka bagged another 4 wickets.

Chasing 94 to win, St. Sebastian’s College lost 3 early wickets off Gayana Weerasinghe, but Vimath Dinsara’s 30-ball 49 sealed the game for them as they raced towards the target in 13.1 overs.

St. Servatius’ College, Matara vs S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia

S. Thomas’ earned some pride on Day 2 as a ‘Tier A’ 2-day match between St. Servatius College, Matara and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia ended in a tame draw today.

After posting 311/7 on day 1, St. Servatius’ College decided to put the Thomians to bat, declaring the innings. Thisen Eheliyagoda scored a fifty at the top of the order, but they were reduced to 125/5.

However, S. Thomas’ College fought back hard courtesy of a 99-run alliance between Nathan Caldera and Akash Fernando. Fernando fell 3 runs short of fifty as Chalana Indusha had broken that partnership.

When the match stopped due to bad light, the Thomians were on 231/7 while trailing another 80 runs with wickets in hand. Nathan Caldera remained not out after making a solid 51 in 135 deliveries as the match ended in a draw. On the bowling front, Indusha was the star for St. Servatius’, grabbing 4 wickets for 55 runs.

Zahira College, Colombo vs Maris Stella College, Negombo

An unbroken 162-run partnership between Roshan Careem and Mohammed Ijaz put Zahira College in a dominant position on Day 1 in their traditional 2-day game against Maris Stella College which commenced today in Negombo.

Having asked to bat first, Thabith Rizficar (50) and Umran Imran (37) set the platform for Zahira College, adding 96 runs for the opening wicket. However, the Maris Stella bowlers removed both of them in the space of 6 balls.

Zahira lost another 2 quick wickets, reducing them to 149/4. However, it then was all about the massive century stand between Roshan Careem and Mohammed Ijaz as the duo smashed 162 runs undefeated for the 5th wicket off just 186 balls.

When the play stopped early on Day 1, Zahira College were on 311/4 in 73 overs. Careem registered a sensational hundred while Ijaz was on 84* which took Zahira College to a dominant position.

Brief Scores:

Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala 200 (61.4) Gayana Weerasinghe 88, Vinuka Galappaththi 46*, Malintha Silva 3/50 & 147 (47.3) Pansilu Ranasinghe 41, Manuja Chanthuka 4/60, Navod Fernando 3/21, Malintha Silva 3/22

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa 254 (76) Vimath Dinsara 140, Thaveesha Balasooriya 5/56, Gayana Weerasinghe 3/62 & 94/3 (13.1) Vimath Dinsara 49*, Gayana Weerasinghe 3/56

Result – St. Sebastian’s College won by 7 wickets

St. Servatius’ College, Matara 311/7 (83) Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 141, Viran Chamuditha 41*, Raveen Kavintha 41, Chamarindu Nethsara 40, Abheeth Paranawidana 3/79, Ashen Perera 2/37

S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia 231/7 (77.5) Thisen Eheliyagoda 62, Nathan Caldera 51*, Akash Fernando 47, Chalana Indusha 4/55

Result – Match Drawn

Zahira College, Colombo 311/4 (73) Roshan Careem 109*, Mohammed Ijaz 84*, Thabith Rizficar 50, Ramith Bandara 2/65

Day 1 Stumps