15-year-old Sajitha records first hat-trick of the season

Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2019/20


Nalanda College defeated St. Sylvester’s College comfortably in group ‘C’ while two more games in the Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2019/20 got underway today, 10th October.

Nalanda College, Colombo vs St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy

The game was played at the Nalanda grounds in Colombo where the visitors won the toss and elected to field first. 

Jithesh Wasala smacked 88 runs to give Nalanda the kind of base they required to rout the Kandy school. Skipper Avishka Perera scored 63 runs at the top of the order to ignite the innings. Kavishka Dilshan was the pick of the bowling for St. Sylvester’s College with 4 wickets while Shashika Basnayake bagged 3 scalps.

The boys from Kandy were undone cheaply in the first innings courtesy tight bowling from the Nalandians. The pick of the bowling was the newbie, Nalanda left-arm spinner Sajitha Vithanage who recorded the first hat-trick of the season. He picked up 4 wickets as St. Sylvester’s managed only 70 runs for the first-innings and was pressed with the follow-on. 

Vithanage came in even better in the second lease, picking up 6 more wickets wrapping up a match-bag 10-wicket haul. The visitors could only make 171 runs in the second-innings too. Nalanda College won the game by an innings and 20 runs.

Brief scores

Nalanda College 261 (67) Jithesh Wasala 88, Avishka Perera 63, Lakshan Mayadunna 38, Chanul Athukorala 28, Kavishka Dilshan 4/71, Shashika Basnayake 3/57

St. Sylvester’s College 70 (27.2) Kasun Edirithilake 30, Chandula Jayakody 26, Sajitha Vithanage 4/15, Chamodya Rajapaksha 2/16 & F/O 171 (67/4) Kavishka Dilshan 40*, Chandula Jayakodi 33, Minsa Wijesinghe 25, M Reeza 24, Sajitha Vithanage 6/63, Chamodhya Rajapaksa 2/37


Photos : Nalanda College vs Royal College – U19 Cricket Tournament 2019/20

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De Mazenod College, Kandana vs St. Servatius’ College, Matara

Wicket-keeper batsman Sahan Kosala missed out on a century by a feather, coming into his debut season for the De Mazenod College first XI team. Thanks to him De Mazenod College posted 224 runs on board for the first-innings. 

The game is being played at the De Mazenod grounds where the Matara school won the toss and decided to field first.

The Mazeniodians scored 224 runs in their first innings, batting out half of the day. Chiran Meththaru picked up 4 wickets for 16 runs. 

St. Servatius’ College ended the day at 119 for 6 wickets in their first-innings. Skipper Keshara Nuwantha top-scored with 54 runs. 

Brief scores

De Mazenod College 224 (55.3) Sahan Kosala 96, Nimna Fernando 24, Chamodh Dananjaya 24, Mithun Senarath 22, Chiran Meththaru 4/16, Naveen Sahith 2/52

St. Servatius College 119/6 (37) Keshara Nuwantha 54, Nipun Anjana 23, Senehas Fernando 3/22


Maris Stella escape defeat by a whisker

Defending U19 champions St. Joseph’s College were deprived of a victory against Maris Stella…………

Royal College, Colombo vs St. Aloysius’ College, Galle

The two schools are locking horns in a group ‘A’ fixture at Dombagoda, where the team from down south won the toss and elected to bat first. 

It wasn’t a convincing outing for the Galle school as they were wrapped up for 181 runs. Ravindu Kanchana’s 36 runs was the top-score of the innings. Left-arm spinner Gishan Balasooriya led the Royal bowling with figures of 4 for 30 while fellow left-arm spinner Manula Perera and paceman Kaushan Kulasooriya picked up 2 wickets each.

It was a rather forgettable performance with the bat at the start of a brand-new season for Royal College as the boys from Reid Avenue were in trouble at 97 for 7 at close of play.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Kavindu Pathirathna was holding the innings from one end with 43 runs to his name. Seamer Niduka Malsith starred with the ball for St. Aloysius’ College as he picked 3 wickets for 18 runs. 

Brief scores

St. Aloysius’ College 181 (62.4) Ravindu Kanchana 36, Kavindu Dilhara 30, Omal Sandith 29, Chamika Sandaruwan 26, Gishan Balasooriya 4/30, Manula Perera 2/43, Kaushan Kulasooriya 2/46

Royal College 97/7 (31) Kavindu Pathirathna 43*, Sadeesha Rajapaksa 20, Niduka Malsith 3/18


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