Two games of the Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament came to a close yesterday, 20th February, while two other games began.
De Mazenod College, Kandana vs St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa
The Mazenodians hosted the Sebastianites at their home grounds in Kandana. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the Kandana school amassed a mammoth 429 runs on the board. Sahan Kosala was the star of the innings as he scored a fine century while Saliya Jude took his share of the limelight with 97 runs to his name. Senior player Senash Fernando and skipper Nimna Fernando joined the party with half-centuries.
Left-arm spinner Kalana Sandeepa picked up a 5-wicket haul for the visitors.
In reply, the boys from Moratuwa batted out the second day, scoring fairly big. Nishitha Abilash was the top-scorer for the Sebs scoring 91 runs. Sukitha Prasanna too scored a well-made 89 runs while Induwara de Alwis settled to an unbeaten 51 runs.
The game ended in a tame draw as St. Sebastian’s College scored 370 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at close of play on day-two.
De Mazenod College, Kandana 429 (95.4)
Sahan Kosala 106, Saliya Jude 97, Senash Fernando 74, Nimna Fernando 54, Ruwin Fonseka 37, Kalana Sandeep 5/80, Sasika Perera 2/50
St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa 370/6 (95)
Nishitha Abhilash 91, Sukitha Prasanna 89, Induwara De Alwis 51*, Yashan Avishka 33, Janishka Perera 33, Dunith Jayathunga 25, Sithum Fernando 3/74
Isipathana College, Colombo vs Kingswood College, Kandy
The Pathanians enjoyed some quality batting time at the centre in this traditional encounter. Saveen Dantha, Leshan Amarasinghe and Thiwanka Lakruwan all smacked half-centuries to get into good shape for the big match next week. Isipathana College scored 304 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and decided to declare their innings. Navodya Weerasekara was the pick of the bowling for the Kandy school as he bagged 4 scalps for 120 runs.
Come the bowling, Savindu Uthsara grabbed the spotlight as he ran down the Kingswood batting line-up twice. Savindu bagged 4 for 25 in the first innings and another 4 wickets in the second. Kingswood went down for 108 runs in the first innings and was at 108 runs for 5 wickets in the second innings at the end of the game. Savindu did shine with the bat too as he scored an unbeaten half-century in the second innings.
Isipathana College, Colombo 304/7d (73)
Saveen Dantha 75, Leshan Amarasinghe 57, Thiwanka Lakruwan 50*, Themiya Gunarathne 22, Navodya Weerasekara 4/120
& 162/5d (30.3)
Leshan Amarasinghe 64, Savindu Uthsara 50*, Thevindu Dikwella 20
Kingswood College, Kandy 108 (41.5)
Anul Senevirathne 21, Savindu Uthsara 4/25, Yasiru Kasthuriarachchi 2/29
& 108/5 (42)
Dumindu Damishka 42*, Vinuka Puswapitiya 27, Savindu Uthsara 4/45
Nalanda College and Mahinda College set out on a traditional encounter where the Nalanda skipper, Avishka Perera reached the 1000-run mark in style with an unbeaten 112 runs at close of play. He also became the first Nalandian to score over 1000 runs in two consecutive seasons. The game will resume for day 2 today.
St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy and St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala are battling out in a traditional fixture too at the Annites home grounds. The Kandy school was undone for 142 runs in their first-innings and the hosts were at 94 for 3 at close of play on day 1.
Mahinda College, Galle vs Nalanda College, Colombo
- At Mahinda College Ground, Galle (Toss: Mahinda)
Mahinda College, Galle 152 (52.4)
Sandew Induwara 46, Kavindu Lakshan 26, Sithira Helitha 20, Mahima Weerakoon 7/33
Nalanda College, Colombo 177/8 (43.2)
Avishka Perera 112*, Ranindu De Silva 21, Navod Paranavithana 4/44, Kushan Madusha 4/56
STUMPS – DAY 1
St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala vs St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy
- At St Anne’s College Ground, Kurunegala (Toss: St. Sylvester’s)
St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy 142 (55.5)
Abhishek Kumar 41, Sathsara Gamage 29, Chandula Jayakodi 20, Manaan Musammil 3/41, Pasindu Thennakon 3/52, Kalindu Wijesinghe 2/21
St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala 94/3 (38)
Lasith Warnakulasuriya 59*, Muiz Raffeel 26
STUMPS – DAY 1