Devapathiraja and Mahinda to clash in Final

Under 19 Schools Cricket 2020/21

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Devapathiraja College and Mahinda College qualified for the Final of U19 Schools Tier B Limited Over Cricket Tournament as they defeated Dharmasoka College and Ananda College respectively in the Semi-Final encounters worked off today at Colombo. Meanwhile, the 22nd Hill Country Battle of the Golds played between Sri Sumangala College and Sri Rahula College ended in a draw today at Kandy.     

Devapathiraja College, Rathgama vs Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda  

After been put in to bat first, Devapathiraja batsmen couldn’t post a big score on the board as they were bowled out for a modest total of 200 runs in 48.3 overs. Jeewaka Shasheen was outstanding with the bat for Devapathiraja as he made 103 runs off 121 balls with 6 fours and 4 sixes. 

Imanthaka Rajapaksha and Lohan de Zoysa were impressive with the ball for Sokians as they picked up 2 wickets each. 

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Though the target of 201 seems easy to chase, it wasn’t to be the case for Dharmasoka batsmen as they struggled with the bat and bowled out for 160 runs handing a 40-run victory for Devapathiraja. 

The skipper de Zoysa tried his best with the bat alone making an unbeaten 67 runs off 86 with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Irushka Thimira and Jeewaka Shasheen bagged 3 wickets each for victorious Devapathiraja. 

Brief Scores

Venue – BRC Grounds, Colombo  

Toss – Dharmasoka College 

Devapathiraja College 200 (48.3) Jeewaka Shasheen 103, Pawan Sandesh 23, Imanthaka Rajapaksha 2/38, Lohan de Zoysa 2/25 

Dharmasoka College 160 (39) Lohan de Zoysa 67*, Irushka Thimira 3/19, Jeewaka Shasheen 3/21, Pawan Sandesh 2/39      

Result – Devapathiraja College won by 40 runs & qualified to Final 

Mahinda College, Galle vs Ananda College, Colombo  

The second Semi-Final encounter between Mahinda College and Ananda College hampered by rain thus the match was reduced to a 23-over affair. Mahinda College batsmen were invited to take the first lease of the wicket in the rain-curtailed game but they showed a brilliant batting display putting on 196 for 7 in the 23 overs. 

Kavidu Lakshan played a quickfire knock of 60 runs off 38 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes while experienced campaigner Navod Paranavithana stroked 52 runs off 34 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. 

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Chasing 197 runs in 23 overs at a run rate of 8.56 was always going to be a tough task for any team and it was no different to Ananda College as they managed to get only 124 runs all out in 20.4 overs. The off-spinner Kavidu Lakshan stood out with the ball for Mahinda taking 5 scalps for 18 runs.  

Brief Scores

Venue – Thurstan College Grounds, Colombo  

Toss – Ananda College 

Mahinda College 196/7 (23) Kavidu Lakshan 60, Navod Paranavithana 52, Dhanuja Induwara 31, Tehaan Perera 3/32 

Ananda College 124 (20.4) Mineth Premarathna 28, Saviru Bandara 26, Maoshada Fernando 21, Kavidu Lakshan 5/18    

Result – Mahinda College won by 72 runs & qualified to Final 

Sri Sumangala College, Kandy vs Sri Rahula College, Katugastota   

Sri Rahula College had a terrible day with the bat as they made just 114 runs for their first innings in reply to the score of 208 put on by Sri Sumangala College in their first innings. 

Malaka Samaranayaka and Thineera Akalanka were the chief destroyers with the ball for Sumangala as they shared 7 wickets among them. Sri Sumangala College began their second innings with a 94-run lead but didn’t have the best of outings in the second essay as they were shot out for 115 in 50.4 overs.  

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Dilshan Arambegoda and Thilanka Kumarathunga of Sri Rahula College were the standout performers with the ball as they picked up 6 wickets and 4 wickets respectively. 

Brief Scores

Venue – St. Anthony’s College Grounds, Kandy  

Toss – Sri Sumangala College 

Sri Sumangala College 208 (68.5) 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 & 115 (50.4) Thineera Akalanka 28, Neranjan Maddage 23, Dilshan Arambegoda 6/47, Thilanka Kumarathunga 4/19

Sri Rahula College 114 (36.4) Vishal Gardiwasam 19, Malaka Samaranayaka 4/22, Thineera Akalanka 3/20  

Result – Match Drawn