Four games of Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament were played yesterday, 18th December 2019.
Wesley College, Colombo vs St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa
St. Sebastian’s College won the toss and opted to field first at their home grounds in this group ‘D’ fixture. The Wesley-ites batted positively to post a massive 322 runs in their first-innings, seeing out the entire day-one. Buddima Wijesundara top-scored with a fantastic century while Kalana Sandeepa was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 56 runs.
When the hosts finally got their turn to bat on the second day of the game, it looked an impossible task to take something out of the game for the Sebastianites. But the senior batsman Dunith Jayathunga played a classy knock of 105 runs not-out to gain major honours for his team. The hosts batted with authority as they scored a staggering 326 runs in 63 overs.
Wesley College 322/7d (100)
Buddima Wijesundara 121, Anudith Wickamasinghe 78, Thenuka Perera 35, Sahil Dias 25, Kalana Sandeep 3/56, Nadeera Fernando 2/87
St. Sebastian’s College 326/7 (63)
Dunith Jayathunga 105*, Sukitha Prasanna 88, Nishitha Abilash 51, Janishka Perera 37, Rahul Gunasekara 4/35
Match drawn (St. Sebastian’s won first-innings points)
D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo vs St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena
D.S. Senanayake College met St. Benedict’s College in their tournament opener at Army grounds in Panagoda. Being put to bat first, the boys from Kotahena posted 184 runs for the first-innings. Thenuka Nandalal scored an unbeaten 45 runs for the Benedictines while Lashen Gunarathne topped the bowing chart with 4 wickets for 51 runs.
In reply, D.S. Senanayake College only managed 133 runs of which more than half was scored by skipper Muditha Lakshan. Muditha scored a valiant 71 runs while Malinda Perera starred with a fifer for the Benedictines.
On their second lease, Bens scored 177 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Skipper, Shehan Fernando led the batting with 66 runs to his name. Muditha Lakshan was again a notch above the rest in his team as he came out and accounted for 4 wickets off his bowling to make this game more special for him.
D.S. Senanayake College were given a 228-run target to chase down. They only got halfway there before the umpires decided to call it a day.
St. Benedict’s College 184 (57.2)
Thenuka Nandalal 45*, Shehan Fernando 38, Lashen Gunarathne 4/51, Amitha Dabare 3/04, Maneedra Jayathilake 2/22
& 177/8d (61.2)
Shehan Fernando 66, Isuru Lakshan 25, Malinda Perera 22*, Sanoj Perera 22, Muditha Lakshan 4/58, Amitha Dabare 2/22
D.S. Senanayake College 133 (30)
Muditha Lakshan 71, Malinda Perera 5/09, Onila Pathirana 3/42 & 154/4 (21.4) Abishek Liyanarchchi 46, Amitha Dabare 32
Match drawn (St. Benedict’s College won first-innings points)
St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy vs Thurstan College, Colombo
Punthila Kumara out-played the entire St.Sylvester’s team with his left-arm spin as he bagged a 10-wicket haul in this group ‘C’ encounter at Wickramabahu College grounds, Gampola. The Kandy school was all out for 98 runs in the first-innings and scored only 67 runs in the second-innings for the loss of 7 wickets.
The Thurstanites posted 141 runs for their first-innings in which Ranesh Silva top-scored with 42 runs. Charith Rajaguru was the pick of the bowling for St. Sylvester’s. The game ended in a draw while Thurstanites missed an outright victory by a whisker.
St. Sylvester’s College 98 (36.5)
Punthila Samantha 5/32, Dananjaya Silva 2/11, Navindu Fernando 2/25
& 69/7 (21)
S M Reeza 21, Punthila Samantha 5/21, Dananjaya Silva 2/23
Thurstan College 141/9d (38.1)
Ranesh Silva 42, Thineth Prabuddha 31, Jayavihan Mahavithana 20, Avishka Kaushalya 20, Charith Rajaguru 3/16, A H N Mohomed 2/06, Kasun Edirithilake 2/19, Shashika Basnayake 2/51
Match drawn (Thurstan College won first-innings points)
Ananda College, Colombo vs St. Anthony’s College, Kandy
The Antonians are in Colombo for this traditional fixture where they won the toss and decided to bat first. Ananda grounds which had proved to be a high-scoring venue in the tournament so far looked completely out of its norm as both teams fell for low scores within the day.
The boys from Kandy posted 137 runs for the first innings where Nilukshana Udayakumara top-scored with 32 runs while right-arm seamer Dasun Tharuka picked up 4 wickets for 40 runs.
In reply, Ananda College scored 139 runs and the day was also brought to an end with the end of their innings. The game will resume for day-two tomorrow.
St. Anthonys College 137 (44.2)
Nilukshan Udayakumara 32, Sasith Hirudiga 22, Dasun Tharuka 4/40, Dineth Nissanka 3/37
Ananda College 139 (37.5)
Dasun Tharuka 33, Anudha Jayaweera 25, Saviru Bandara 24, Methma Karunarathne 23, Gihan Ebert 4/05, Nimnaka Jayathilake 3/44
Stumps – Day 1