Santhush becomes first to cross 1000-run mark

Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2018/19


Santhush Gunatilaka reached the 1000-run mark with his 6th ton which he slammed against D.S. Senanayake College today, 23rd January, in the Singer U19 Division I Tournament. Four other games of the tournament also came to a close this evening.

Tons for Kamesh, Avishka, Thisuraka and Muditha

Four games of Singer U19 Division One tournament ended today, 22nd of January…

St. Peter’s College, Colombo vs D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo

The visitiors, D.S. Senanayake College won the toss and elected to bat first against the Peterites. They ended their first-innings at a healthy 269 runs. Muditha Lakshan did most of the batting for the visitors as he stroked a well-made 113-runs. Ruvin Senevirathne picked up a six-fer for his efforts.

Photos: St.Peter’s College v D.S.Senanayake College | Singer U19 Cricket Tournament 2018/19

The rest of the game was dominated by two 6-footers who has made a habit of roasting bowlers this season. Santhush Gunatilaka, well in form, brought up his fourth consecutive century to announce his entry to the 1000-run club. The national coloursman scored 122 runs taking his total to an outstanding 1017 runs in 10 games. The youngster is currently scoring at a staggering rate of 101.7 runs per innings with his highest knock being 252 runs not-out against Ananda College.

His partner Ranmith Jayasena also hit an unbeaten ton to take the team to over 300 runs. Once again, the pair kept the middle and lower orders at rest.

St. Peter’s dictated terms with the bat as they made 360 runs for the loss of just 3 wickets. The game ended in a tamed draw.

Brief scores

D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo 269 (83.4)

Muditha Lakshan 113, Abishek Liyanarachchi 29, Ruvin Senevirathne 6/72, Shivan Perara 2/30

St. Peter’s College, Colombo 360/3 (103)

Santhush Gunatilaka 122, Ranmith Jayasena 120*, Dinith Anjula 65, Bhanuka De Silva 24


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

The game was worked off at the beautiful Galle International Cricket Stadium. Against the conditions of the pitch, Mahanama skipper, Pathum Boteju opted to field first after winning the toss.

However, the home team could only manage 164 runs in their first-innings. Anushka Samith was the top-scorer with 41 runs to his name. Pawantha Weerasinghe was the pick of the bowlers with 3 scalps while Banula Algawaththa and Pathum Boteju both picked up 2 wickets each.

In reply, Mahanama batsmen bettered the hosts and declared their innings at 267 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. It was impossible to keep Pawantha out of the game as the left-hander grabbed the spotlight once again as he smoked 120 runs with the bat.

Sonal Gamage of Mahanama College chipped in with four-wickets in a flash to leave the hosts handicapped. They did not survive long at the crease as they perished for just 76 runs handing an innings and 27-run win to Mahanama College.

Brief scores

St. Aloysius College, Galle 164 (58.3)

Anushka Samith 41, Sandeepa Shamod 21, Chathura Prabath 20*, Kavindu Dilhara 20, Pawantha Weerasinghe 3/33, Banula Algawaththa 2/32, Pathum Botheju 2/35

& 76 (27)

Sonal Gamage 4/23, Lahiru Withana 3/24, Pawantha Weerasinghe 2/02

Mahanama College, Colombo 267/7d (88)

Pawantha Weerasinghe 120, Pawan Rathnayake 63*, Vinuka Rupasinghe 55, Niduka Malsith 2/67, Sandun Madusanka 2/67


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St. Servatius’ College, Matara vs St. Mary’s College, Kegalle

St. Servatius’ College scored 307 runs in the first-innings at home turf, after being asked to bat first. Chethaka Denuwan amassed 102 runs for the hosts while Thineth Weerasooriya grabed 4 wickets for the visitors.

The Marians were massacred for just 124 runs in their first-innings. Skipper, Gajitha Kotuwegoda managed 30 runs to top the batting card. Shashika Dulshan and Kesara Nuwantha bowled well in tandem as the pair picked up 3 wickets each.

The visitors regained position at the crease to follow-on which proved to be traumatizing for the team as they were parceled for just 87 runs. Shashika Dulshan was of too much force for the Kegalle boys to handle. The left-armer picked up 5 wickets for just 13 runs.

Brief scores

St. Servatius’ College, Matara 307/7d (61)

Chethaka Denuwan 102, Chihan Kalindu 39, Shashika Dulshan 39, Naveen Sahid 29*, Rishira Lakwin 27, Pushpitha Dilshan 24, Kesara Nuwantha 20, Thineth Weerasoriya 4/103, Gihan Abeywardhane 2/92

St. Mary’s College, Kegalle 124 (56.5)

Gajitha Kotuwegoda 30, Pasan Weerasinghe 23, Shashika Dulshan 3/21, Kesara Nuwantha 3/34, Chethaka Denuwan 2/15

& F/O 87 (48.3)

Shasika Dulshan 5/13, Kesara Nuwantha 3/36, Ruvinda Rochana 2/01


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Trinity College, Kandy vs St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa

The Kandy school hosted St. Sebastian’s College in a traditional fixture at Asgiriya. Batting first, the hosts scored 163 runs in their first-inning. Pubudu Bandara top-scored with 53 runs while the left-armer Vinuja Ranasinghe bagged 4 wickets for 48 runs.

The leading run-scorer for St. Sebastian’s College, Dunith Jayathunga added 90 runs on the board. The visitors replied with 181 runs in their first-inning. The man with the golden arm Kavishka Senadeera was once again, brilliant with ball as the off-spinner returned to the hut with 6 wickets under his belt.

Photos: Trinity College v St.Sebastians College | Singer U19 Cricket Tournament 2018/19

Trinity College put up a better show in their second-inning as they ended the game at 198 for 5. Ranuda Somarathne (83) and Avishka Senadeera (60) scored half-centuries for Trinity.

Brief scores

Trinity College, Kandy 163 (53.1)

Pubudu Bandara 53, Agbo Ranasinghe 34, Ahan Lokuhetti 22, Vinuja Ranasinghe 4/48, Nuwanidu Fernandu 2/07, Kalana Sandeepa 2/23

& 198/5d (60.2)

Ranuda Somarathne 83, Avishka Senadeera 60, Abishek Anadakumar 32

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa 181 (67.4)

Dunith Jayathunga 90, Sukitha Prasanna 22, Janish Perera 21, Kavishka Senadeera 6/67, Abishek Anadakumar 3/22

& 33/1 (17)


Maris Stella College, Negombo vs Gurukula College, Kelaniya

Gurukula College won the toss and elected to field first in the tournament fixture at Hambantota. The boys from Negombo hit 197 runs in their first-inning. Ravindu Fernando reported for duty again as the right-hander made 68 runs for Maris Stella. Experienced Praveen Nimesh picked up 3 wickets for 27 runs.

Kemiru Nayanatharu powered the Gurukula innings as he made 103 runs, earning valuabble points for his school. Gurukula College scored 202 runs in their first-inning; Ravindu Fernando was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 3 wickets for 46 runs.

Maris Stella was bothered in the second-inning as they were at 130 for 9 by the close of play. Likshan Sasanga picked up 4 wickets for 27 runs.

Brief scores

Maris Stella College, Negombo 197 (60.2)

Ravindu Fernando 68, Kevin Perera 42, Demindu Weerawansha 28, Shiran Perera 20, Praveen Nimesh 3/27, Nuwan Chanaka 3/58

& 130/9 (48)

Pasindu Ushetti 21, Shiran Perera 20, Likshan Sasanga 4/27, Sachintha Chamith 2/17, Praveen Nimesh 2/52

Gurukula College, Kelaniya 202 (80.1)

Kemira Nayanatharu 103, Likshan Sasanga 24, Nuwan Chanaka 22, Ravindu Fernando 3/46, Sandeepa Fernandu 2/09, Shiran Perera 2/20


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