Sahil and Malinda star on opening day of inaugural Bens-Wesley Big Match

Under 19 Schools Cricket 2020/21

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The 22nd Hill Country Battle of the Golds (Sri Sumangala College vs Sri Rahula College) and the inaugural annual Big Match played for Cartman Cup (Wesley College vs St. Benedict’s College) commenced today at Kandy and Colombo respectively.   

Wesley College, Colombo vs St. Benedict’s College  

Thenuka Perera, the Wesley Skipper, won the toss and opted to bat first. They managed to put 228 for 9 before declaring the innings in the 60th over. The opening batsman Sahil Dias top-scored with a knock of 50 runs off 87 balls with 7 fours.

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The left-arm spinner Malinda Perera was very impressive with the ball for St. Benedict’s College as he picked up 6 wickets for 66 runs. The match will continue for day two on Monday (26th April).   

Brief Scores

Venue – St. Benedict’s College Grounds, Colombo  

Toss – Wesley College 

Wesley College 228/9d (59.5) Sahil Dias 50, Kushan Chamalka 45, Thenuka Perera 42, Anudith Wickramasinghe 25*, Sidath Dharmasiriwardana 21, Malinda Perera 6/66 

St. Benedict’s College 7/0 (6)   

Stumps – Day 1 

Sri Sumangala College, Kandy vs Sri Rahula College, Katugastota   

After winning the toss, the Sumangala Skipper chose to bat first. They managed to post 208 runs for 9 wickets at stumps on day one. Thenuka Ekanayaka (38), Bandara Disanayaka (36) and Neranjan Maddage (31) chipped in with useful contributions with the bat for Sri Sumangala College. 

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Akash Gardiyawasam and Dilshan Arambegoda were the chief destroyers with the ball as they managed to take 3 scalps each for Sri Rahula College. 

Brief Scores

Venue – St. Anthony’s College Grounds, Kandy  

Toss – Sri Sumangala College 

Sri Sumangala College 208/9 (68.4) Thenuka Ekanayaka 38, Bandara Disanayaka 36, Neranjan Maddage 31, Thineera Akalanka 26, Madawa Sangeeth 20, Akash Gardiyawasam 3/48, Dilshan Arambegoda 3/45, Thilanka Kumarathunga 2/38 

Stumps – Day 1

St. Peter’s College, Colombo vs St. Anthony’s College, Kandy   

St. Peter’s College registered a thrilling 2-run win over St. Anthony’s College in a One Day encounter held between the two sides at Colombo. After been put into bat first, the Peterites posted 216 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs, with Manuja Kumara and Niman Umesh contributing with half centuries. 

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Antonians came close to the victory but they could not hold their nerve at the end as they were handed a 2-run defeat by Peterites. Munil Silva and Danal Hemananda were the chief architects of the Peterite victory as they shared 5 wickets among them.   

Brief Scores

Venue – St. Peter’s College Grounds, Colombo  

Toss – St. Anthony’s College 

St. Peter’s College 216/8 (50) Manuja Kumara 52, Niman Umesh 50, Lahiru Dawatage 37, Shenal Botheju 22, Lahiru Abeysinghe 3/18

St. Anthony’s College 214 (50) Tharindu Lamaheawage 50, Asitha Wanninayaka 36, Lahiru Abeysinghe 26, Viryesh Ramaiya 22*, Munil Silva 3/13, Danal Hemananda 2/51 

Result – St. Peter’s College won by 2 runs