Ahan stars in Royal’s nail-biting win; Kawsitha guides Mahinda to victory

Under 19 Schools Cricket 2020/21

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Two games of the Division 1 Schools U19 Cricket Tournament – Tier A were played today (20th March), while three games in Tier B were also worked off. Two other traditional matches were also played around the Isle.  

Tier A

St. Thomas’ College had a comprehensive 6-wicket win over St. Anne’s College in their Tier A game played today at St. Anne’s College Grounds in Kurunegala. Sachira Rashmika’s brilliant spell with the ball (4/16), and excellent half-tons made by  Hirantha Jayasinghe (60*) and Harindu Jayasekara (58) guided the boys from Matara to victory. 

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The encounter between Royal College and Gurukula College went down to the wire as Royal College managed to get over the line at the last minute, clinching a thrilling 6-run win. Ahan Wickramasinghe, who has been in great touch with the bat, once again top scored for Royals with an unbeaten knock of 92 runs.   

Brief Scores

Venue – St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala  

Toss – St. Anne’s College 

St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala 155 (47.1) Risitha Perera 66, Thrimalsha Silva 21, Sachira Rashmika 4/16

St. Thomas’ College, Matara 156/4 (45.2) Hirantha Jayasinghe 60*, Harindu Jayasekara 58   

Result – St. Thomas’ College won by 6 wickets 

Venue – Royal College Grounds, Colombo   

Toss – Royal College 

Royal College, Colombo 210/3 (31) Ahan Wickramasonghe 92*, Kavindu Pathirathnna 53* Sadisha Rajapaksha 22   

Gurukula College, Kelaniya 204/8 (31) Kemira Nayanatharu 50, Sithija Chamod 47, Neluka Heshan 28, Rashmika Mevan 33, Gishan Balasooriya 3/33, Sonal Amarasekara 2/42

Result – Royal College won by 6 runs 

Tier B

In the three Tier B games worked off today, St. Peter’s College, St. Anthony’s College and Mahinda College managed to record victories. St. Peter’s College had a dominating performance over Dharmaraja College thanks to the brilliant efforts of Vinuda Liyanage (64*), Nipunaka Fonseks (63) and Chamelker De Silva (3/15). 

Gihan Sathmika (50) and Romesh Suranga (44) shone with the bat in St. Anthony’s win over Devapathiraja, while Kawsitha Kodithuwakku single-handedly won Mahinda College their encounter against Thurstan College with a classy innings of 97 runs. 

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Brief Scores

Venue – St. Peter’s College Grounds, Colombo    

Toss – Dharmaraja College 

St. Peter’s College, Colombo 265/7 (50) Vinuda Liyanage 64*, Nipunaka Fonseks 63, Shanshay Gunathilaka 39, Lahiru Chethaka 35, Shanuka Galagoda 24, Sadeepa Rathnayaka 2/81, Uoendra Warnakulasuriya 2/41 

Dharmaraja College, Kandy 140/8 (50) Pulindu Perera 61, Chamelker De Silva 3/15

Result – St. Peter’s College won by 125 runs 

Venue – Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle     

Toss – St. Anthony’s College  

Devapathiraja College, Rathgama 207 (49.1) Jeewaka Shasheen 73, Sasanka Nirmal 23, Gihan Sathmika 2/14, Shan Aniketh 2/31 

St. Anthony’s College, Wattala 211/5 (38.2) Gihan Sathmika 50, Romesh Suranga 44, Avishka Tharindu 43*, Sadun Rexmotiar 29,, Chaminda Sandaruwan 4/42 

Result – St. Anthony’s College won by 5 wickets 

Venue – Mahinda College Grounds, Galle      

Toss – Mahinda College  

Thurstan College, Colombo  230 (50) Bawantha Jayasinghe 71, Dananja Silva 37, Punthila Kumara 21, Subanu Rajapaksha 3/34 Navod Paranavithana 3/36, Kushan Madusha 2/40

Mahinda College, Galle 231/7 (44.5) Kawsitha Kodithuwakku 97, Sandew Induwara 27, Dhanuja Induwara 21, Upul Hettiarachchi 5/35 

Result – Mahinda College won by 3 wickets 

Traditional Matches

St. Joseph’s College dominated their traditional encounter against Wesley College with the collective effort from their batters and bowlers. The left-hander Shevon Daniel of St. Joseph’s College had a wonderful outing with the bat as he stroked 164 runs off 205 balls with 18 fours and 3 sixes. 

In the bowling department, the left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage was the pick of the bowlers for the Joes as he grabbed 6 wickets for 56 runs. 

St. Sebastian’s College managed to take major honors against Richmond College in their traditional encounter, which ended in a draw today. In a low-scoring affair, Sukitha Prasanna (62) and Sandesh Fernando (42) lit up the show with the bat while Crishan Fernando (3/15) and Kalana Sandeepa (3/21) showd impressive performance with the ball for the lads from Moratuwa. 

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Brief Scores

Venue – Wesley College Grounds, Colombo 

Toss – St. Joseph’s College

St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 319/4d (80.3) Shevon Daniel 164, Sheran Fonseka 73, Yesith Rupasinghe 55, Thenuka Perera 2/50 & 45/1 (15.1) Dinal Anuradha 26 

Wesley College, Colombo 156 (66.5) Sahil Dias 39, Anudith Wickramasinghe 23, Dunith Wellalage 6/56, Lahiru Amarasekara 2/46     

Result – Match Drawn 

Venue – St. Sebastian’s College Grounds, Moratuwa 

Toss – Richmond College

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa 166 (82) Sandesh Fernando 42, Bihanga Mendis 31, Tharinda Nirmal 3/34, Nalaka Jayawardana 2/36, Amshi De Silva 2/49 & 152/5d (36.5) Sukitha Prasanna 62, Yashan Avishka 36, Chakila Perera 20*, Amshi De Silva 2/15

Richmond College, Galle 97 (36.1) Bhanuka Manohara 24, Chehan Subasingha 23, Crishan Fernando 3/15, Kalana Sandeepa 3/21 & 71/1 (28) Bhanuka Manohara 29*, Thamindu Pradeeptha 26*      

Result – Match Drawn