Back to back five-wicket hauls for fresher Punthila Kumara

Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2019/20


Three games of the Singer U19 Division 1 Cricket Tournament 2019/20 concluded today, 8th October, while Mahinda College and Prince of Wales College ended their traditional encounter in a draw.

Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa vs Mahinda College, Galle

Prince of Wales College won the toss and elected to bat first at the iconic Galle International Stadium. 

Left-hander Tharindu Amarasinghe led the way for the Cambrians as they posted a comfortable 232 runs on the board. Amarasinghe ended his knock at 59 runs while left-arm spinner Kushan Madusha starred with the ball for the Galle school. Madusha accounted for 6 wickets giving away 67 runs. 

It was a typical reply by the hosts as they batted out the whole of day-two scoring 249 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Kavindu Lakshan was the top-scorer for Mahinda College with an unbeaten 77 runs. Kaushitha Kodithuwakku (52) supported him beautifully with a well-made half-century.

Ravindu Janith bagged 4 wickets to top the bowling card, but he had to work hard for it giving away 88 runs. 

Brief Scores

Prince of Wales College 232 (76.2) Tharindu Amarasinghe 59, Vinuja Rampul 32, Ashan Fernando 31, Omesh Mendis 28, Binura Fernando 24, Kushan Madusha 6/67, Subanu Rajapaksha 2/55

Mahinda College 249/8 (93) Kavindu Lakshan 77*, Kaushitha Kodithuwakku 52, Sadew Iduwara 44, Ravindu Janith 4/88, Lakshan Perera 3/52


Cambrians take control on Day one

Two traditional fixtures in the Singer Schools ‘Under 19 Division 1’ Two Day Cricket ….

Thurstan College, Colombo vs St. Anthony’s College, Wattala

Thurstan College are hosting St. Anthony’s College in their backyard. With the moisture in the surface following the overnight showers, Thurstan skipper, Jayavihan Mahavithana won the toss and elected to field first to take the maximum out of that first hour.

Though the seamers did trouble the batsmen earlier in the day it was the left-arm spin of Punthila Kumara that did the job for the Thurstanites. Fresher, Kumara bagged 6 wickets to record his second consecutive fifer in just his second game in first XI cricket.

Youngster Sandun Rexmotiya scored 56 runs to aid St. Anthony’s College to record a competitive total of 183 runs. 

Thurstan College batted out the last session of the day and scored 118 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in reply. Dhananja Silva departed for 42 runs while all-rounder Avishka Vithanage scored 40 runs at the top of the order. 

Brief Scores

St. Anthony’s College 183 (58.3) Sandun Madushanka 56, Nisal Silva 37, Amitha Sandeepa 24, Thaveesha Dulanjana 24, Abdul Rahaman 20, Punthila Samanthakumara 6/38 Bawantha Jayasinghe 2/46

Thurstan College 118/4 (28) Dhananja Silva 42, Avishka Vithanage 40


All-rounder Nipun Dhananjaya guides St. Joseph Vaz to victory

The Group D fixture between St. Joseph Vaz College and Zahira College in the Singer Schools ‘Under 19 Division…

Maris Stella College, Negombo vs St. Joseph’s College, Colombo

The Josephians wrecked the boys from Negombo on day-one at the St. Sebastian’s College grounds in Katuneriya in this group ‘A’ fixture. 

The most a Maristonian could make was 37 runs which was posted by Thilina Perera. The pace bowler for Joes, Dunith Wellalage bagged 3 wickets for 35 runs while paceman Lakshan Gamage picked 3 for 43. The boys from Darley road bowled brilliantly to put the hosts under tremendous pressure at the center.

In reply, The Josephian skipper, Johanne de Zilva (57), brought up a stroke full half-century while wicket-keeper batsman Sheran Fonseka remained at the crease with 53 runs. St. Joseph’s College ended the day with 136 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. 

Brief Scores

Maris Stella College 169 (51.1) Thilina Perera 37, Shane Wijesinghe 30, Sandeepa Fernando 23, Sahan Perera 23, Dumith Wellalage 3/35, Lakshan Gamage 3/43

St. Joseph’s College 136/5 (34.2) Johanne de Zilva 57, Sheran Fonseka 53*, Thilina Perera 2/30


Yasiru and Dilmin star as Thomians register innings victory

Five matches of the Singer Schools ‘Under 19 Division 1’ Two Day Cricket Tournament ….

Dharmaraja College, Kandy vs Rahula College, Matara

The traditional game unfolded at the picturesque Lake View grounds in Kandy which is the home venue of the Kandy school. Rajans won the toss and elected to field first. 

The boys from Matara did a decent job with the bat posting 198 runs on the board for their first-innings. Chamuditha Dilshan’s 36 runs was the best from the Rahula College batsmen while off-spinner Sahan Siriwardena brought up his second fifer of the season. 

It was with the ball that the minnows set an upset in the game as they pulled down the division-one school for 141 runs for the loss of 9 before the declaration came out. 

Left-arm spin of Manuja Dulneth found to be destructive to the hosts as he went on to record figures of 6 for 26. 

Brief Scores

Rahula College 198 (54.4) Chamuditha Dilshan 36, Bhagya Ediriweera 30, Lakindu Chamodhya 29, Chamodh Pushpa 25, Sahan Siriwardena 5/45, Thushan Herath 2/36 & 10/2 (2) 

Dharmaraja College 141/9d (75) Dulaj Bandara 35, Isuru Dayananda 25, Upendra Warnakulasooriya 20*, Manuja Dulneth 6/26, Chamodh Pushpa 2/15


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