Maheesh Theekshana spins St. Benedict’s to semi-finals


Here’s a round up of the quarter finals which took place in the U19 Division I limted overs tournament today. 

St Benedict’s College v Moratu Maha Vidyalaya 

Maheesh Theekshana’s 5 for helped St Benedict’s College beat Moratu Maha Vidyalaya by 78 runs at Kotahena. The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. They put together a disciplined bowling performance as they managed to restrict the hosts for just 159 runs. Only two batsmen contributed for Bens with half centuries. Ashen De Soyza top scored with 70 while Brian Johnpille scored 55.

In response, the visitors needed to string together a few partnerships but they were taken by storm. Theekshana’s magic was too much for the boys from Moratuwa as they succumbed to a solitary 81 inside 26 overs.

St. Benedict’s College, Colombo 159 (48.1) Ashen De Soyza 70, Brian Johnpille 55, Vinura Nipuna 4/30, Nadith Mishendra 3/08 


Moratu Maha Vidyalaya, Moratuwa 81 (25.1) Nadith Mishendra 39*, Maheesha Theekshana 5/24, Imesh Fernando 2/15

St Sebastian’s College v Gurukula College 

Combined bowling effort from St Sebastian’s College got them over the line by 7 wickets against Gurukula at Moratuwa. After electing to bat first, Gurukula was crumbling against a quality bowling attack of Sebs. They were cleaned up for just 77 runs with Praveen Cooray taking 3 scalps.

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In reply, the hosts got into a shell early on but an unbeaten partnership between Dunith Jayathunga and Eranga Mendis got them over the line with 7 wickets in hand.

Gurukula College, Kelaniya 77 (22.2) Praveen Coorey 3/14, Kalana Sandeepa 2/04, Tashik Perera 2/19 


St. Sebastians College, Moratuwa 79/3 (25) Dunith Jaythunga 36*, Eranga Mendis 27*, Dilshan Tharaka 2/15