St. Anne’s inch out Dharmasoka to mark the end of first round matches


The first round of the Singer U19 Division I Cricket tournament 2019/20 ended with the conclusion of 6 tournament games today. The 127th Royal-Wesley encounter also ended in a tame draw.

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Eleven matches in the Singer Schools ‘Under 19 Division 1’ Two Day Cricket Tournament 2019/20…..

Group A

De Mazenod College escaped the disgrace of not making it to the top 4 of the group, after St. Benedict’s College failed to accumulate enough points to overtake the Mazenodians in their game against group toppers St. Joseph’s. Despite De Mazenod’s poor show against Mahinda College in Galle, they managed to hang on to their 4th position. The Josephians’ first innings win over St. Benedict’s was also a help to De Mazenod. Royal College and D.S. Senanayake College are the other two teams to qualify for the knockouts from Group A.

After conceding 298 runs to their opponents, St. Benedict’s were bowled out for 239 as the Josephian spinners Shalinda Senevirathna and Miranga Wickramage starred for the Darley Road boys. Skipper Johanne De Silva then smashed a half-century in to end the game in style. However, his counterpart Shehan Fernando’s knock of 88 went in vain at the end.

De Mazenod were bundled out for a mere 123 in their reply to Mahinda’s 272 and were made to follow on. Saliya Jude then came to their rescue with an unbeaten 83 to avoid defeat and help them end the game without too much damage. 

St. Benedict’s College, Colombo vs St. Joseph’s College, Colombo – Group A

Venue – De Mazenod College Grounds, Kandana

Toss – St. Benedict’s College

St. Joseph’s College – 298/8d (86) Sheran Fonseka 135, Dineth Jayakody 28, Sadeesh Jayawardana 27, Johanne De Zilva 27, Shevaan Rassool 26, Malinda Perera 6/88, Sanoj Perera 2/34 & 153/4 (32.4) Johanne De Silva 62, Dineth Jayakody 39, Lakshan Gamage 29

St. Benedict’s College – 239 (69.2) Shehan Fernando 88, Sanoj Perera 46, Ashen De Soyza 23, Yohan Soyza 29, Shalinda Senevirathna 3/43, Miranga Wickramage 3/63


(POINTS: ST. JOSEPH’S – 14.27 | ST. BENEDICT’S – 7.89)

Mahinda College, Galle vs De Mazenod College, Kandana – Group A

Venue – Mahinda College Grounds, Galle

Toss – De Mazenod College

Mahinda College – 272 (77) Navod Paranavithana 109, Kavindu Lakshan 48, Osindu Kavindya 36, Dinura Kalupahana 34, Kawshitha Kodthuwakku 23, Senash Fernando 4/94, Pramod Rajamunindra 3/50

De Mazenod College – 123 (29) Sahan Kosala 67, Kushan Madusha 3/26, Navod Paranavithana 2/07 Osindu Kavindya 2/31 & 118/3 (42) (F/O) Saliya Jude 83*, Navod Paranavithana 2/31


(POINTS: MAHINDA – 13.36 | DE MAZENOD – 6.91)

Group B

St. Anne’s College secured a thrilling 7-run first innings lead, followed by a scintillating batting effort in the second innings, helping them to inch ahead of Dharmasoka College in the table and finish among the top 4. In fact, they overtook Prince of Wales College, who were at 4th place, to finish 3rd in the group. Dharmasoka’s failure on the field today also marks the end of their journey in the tournament. St. Anthony’s College, Kandy and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia are the other teams to make up the top 4 of Group B.

In a look at individual performances, it was seen that off-spinner Manaan Muzammil led their charge with the ball, claiming 5 wickets before Rishitha Perera, Kavindu Ranasinghe and Lasith Warnakulasuriya guided them to 318 in just 55.4 overs in the 2nd innings.

In another game of the group, group toppers St. Anthony’s College, Kandy consolidated their spot with a first innings win over St. Peter’s. Their spin attack led by Nimnaka Jayathilaka restricted the Peterites for 191 before picking up 5 more wickets in their follow on. The Antonians had amassed 385 on day 1.

St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala vs Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda – Group B

Venue – St. Anne’s College Grounds, Kurunegala 

Toss – St. Anne’s College

St. Anne’s College – 220 (73.3) Dilhara Deshabandu 57, Lasith Warnakulasuriya 37, Kavindu Ranasinghe 33, Pivithu Fernando 33, Thrimalsha Silva 24, Lohan Aroshana 5/64, Maneesha Rashmika 3/34 & 318/7d (55.4) Rishitha Perera 83, Kavindu Ranasinghe 79, Lasith Warnakulasuriya 58*, Dilhara Deshabandu 43 Thrimalsha Silva 35, Ayash Hirusha 3/54, Maneesha Rashmika 2/47

Dharmasoka College – 203 (68.5) Kavindu Nadeeshan 56, Sanula Gunarathne 34, Lohan Aroshana 23, Maneesha Rashmika 22, Manan Musammil 5/87, Pasindu Thennkoon 3/51, Kavindu Ranasinghe 2/17


(ST. ANNE’S – 15.04 | DHARMASOKA – 8.78)

St. Anthony’s College, Kandy vs St. Peter’s College, Colombo – Group B

Venue – St. Anthony’s College Grounds, Kandy

Toss – St. Anthony’s

St. Anthony’s College – 385 (85.4) Lasitha Werellagama 96, Chamidu Wickramasinghe 81, Prabath Sachin 65, Anjala Bandara 54*, Kanishka Maduwantha 6/129, Danal Hemananda 2/89

St. Peter’s College – 191 (51.1) Lahiru Chethaka 54, Ruvin Senevirathne 22, Niman Umesh 20, Nimnaka Jayathilaka 4/70, Divyesh Ramaiya 2/14, Sasith Thennakoon 2/58 & 149/5 (49) (F/O) Shanon Fernando 55*, Tharindu Lamahewage 2/10


(POINTS: ST. ANTHONY’S – 13.75 | ST. PETER’S – 8.4)

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Group D

St. Thomas’ College, Matara managed to end the group stage as the 3rd best team of the group, as their first innings win over St. Joseph Vaz College lifted them ahead of Richmond College. The Richmondites were beaten on first innings by St. Sebastian’s as they consolidated their 4th position. Trinity College ended as the group top, as well as the team with the highest points among all 4 groups.

St. Thomas’ bowled out the hosts, St. Joseph Vaz, for 147, sealing a first innings win while St. Sebastian’s chased down the 343 made by Richmond in a marathon batting effort. Nishitha Abilash, Bihanga Mendis, Induwara De Alwis and Sukitha Prasanna all scored half-centuries for them. 

St. Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa vs St. Thomas’ College, Matara – Group D

Venue – Kadirana Cricket Grounds, Negombo

Toss – St. Thomas’ College

St. Thomas’ College – 228 (80.2) Woshitha Amarasinghe 109*, Ashen Shawinda 21, Sanchintha Ranasinghe 20, Nipun Dananjaya 5/80, Chamath Fernando 3/28, Menusha Perera 2/48 & 104/4d (28.1) Hirantha Lakshan 63, Sachintha Ranasinghe 30, Shon Shenil 2/17, Menusha Perera 2/29

St. Joseph Vaz College – 147 (62.1) Menusha Perera 32, Nipun Dananjaya 21, Onel Illangasekara 20, Sachira Rashmika 3/35, Senura Perera 2/18, Hirusha Jeewadith 2/24 & 109/5 (15) Nipun Dananjaya 44, Achintha Fernando 28, Sineth Sithara 2/09, Sachira Rashmika 2/50


(POINTS: ST. THOMAS’ – 14.57 | ST. JOSEPH VAZ – 8.56)

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa vs Richmond College, Galle – Group D

Venue – St. Sebastian’s College Grounds, Moratuwa

Toss – Richmond College

Richmond College – 343/9d (78.5) Dimuth Sandaruwan 113, Kavindu Nirmana 67, Sandun Mendis 35, Dilum Sudeera 32, Thaveesha Abhishek 28, Rishan Chamika 23, Yugantha Malshan 20, Yashan Avishka 2/42, Sasika Perera 2/52, Kalana Sandeep 2/58

St. Sebastian’s College – 373 (112) Nishitha Abhilash 85, Bihanga Mendis 60, Induwara De Alwis 55, Sukitha Prasanna 52, Dunith Jayathunga 27, Yashan Avishka 26, Dilum Sudeera 7/144, Kalpa Nethsara 2/60


(POINTS: ST. SEBASTIAN’S – 12.25 | RICHMOND – 8.465)

Traditional Games

Royal College ended their 127th traditional affair against Wesley College on a high as they bundled out the hosts for 255, after a scoring 323 for the 1st innings with the help of a brilliant century from their star batsman Kamil Mishara. This historic fixture is Sri Lanka’s 2nd oldest inter-school cricket encounter.

Dharmaraja College also began their traditional encounter against Ananda College scoring 254 for the loss of 8 wickets on day 1.

Wesley College, Colombo vs Royal College, Colombo – Traditional

Venue – Wesley College Grounds, Colombo

Toss – Wesley College

Royal College – 323/6d (85) Kamil Mishara 141, Kavindu Chathuranga 41, Thevindu Senarathne 31, Isiwara Dissanayake 30, Rahul Gunasekara 4/76

Wesley College – 255 (110.4) Sahil Dias 51, Lakshan Ruwantha 34*, Nimthaka Adikari 32, Thenuka Perera 30, Semila Liyange 27, Buddima Wijesundra 22, Gishan Balasooriya 3/28, Kavindu Pathirathne 2/63, Lahiru Madushanka 2/46


Dharmaraja College, Kandy vs Ananda College, Colombo – Traditional

Venue – Dharmaraja College Grounds, Kandy

Toss – Dharmaraja College

Dharmaraja College, Kandy – 254/8 (87.3) Chethiya Ekakanayaka 69, Janith Gunathunga 48, Virajitha Ahalepola 35*, Dinuka Pathiraja 24, Adeesha Perera 3/63, Saviru Bandara 2/53 Lukshan Fernando 2/42


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