Four games of the Schools U19 Division Limited Overs Cricket Tournament came to a close yesterday (24th September) with a couple of terrific schoolboy batters staging centuries of class.
Vishen Halabage of St. Peter’s College smacked a cracking ton against Ananda College to catapult the Peterites to a mammoth total of 336 runs for the loss of 3 wickets at the end of their 50 overs.
Halabage made a thumping 141 runs in a hurry with 7 sixes and 15 fours before finding himself venturing out of his crease when the gloveman disturbed the stumps. As Halabage opened the innings, his knock completely wiped the Anandians out of the game as they never really looked like they had any chance whatsoever.
One cannot forget Halabage’s opening partner, Oween Salgado, who also made a vital 80. Salgado spent 113 deliveries at the crease, rotating the strike which facilitated the special knock from his partner.
Skipper Nimuthu Gunawardena and senior batter, Sanshay Gunathilaka, both got half-centuries putting the Anandians deep into their misery.
Halabage kicked into the game once again in the second innings with the ball in hand as he bagged 3 wickets to his name to finish with the best figures in the match.
Ananda College was shot out for 146 runs handing a massive win for the Peterites.
With that win, St. Peter’s College will now push St. Servatius’ College for the top position in group ‘A’ of the Tier ‘B’ tournament. Both teams have played 4 games and won all of it with the Matara school having the upper hand in Net Run Rate.
Sharing the spotlight with Halabage is the Royalist who is having a terrific season with the bat so far as he decorated it with a well-deserved hundred. Uvindu Weerasekara is now the second in the top run-getters chart in Tier ‘A’.
Royal played Mahanama College yesterday and had 227 runs to chase down. Batting at No.4 Weerasekara made sure that his team had no pressure on them as he took the baton and did not stop until he passed the winning line.
The stylish right-hander made an unbeaten 108 off 122 deliveries with 4 sixes and 7 fours. The Royalists got to the mark with 7 wickets to spare.
Miqdhadh Akram of Zahira College recorded the best bowling figures of the day picking up 4 wickets for 37 runs in his full quota of overs against St. Anthony’s College, Wattala.
St. Peter’s College, Colombo vs Ananda College, Colombo
St. Peter’s College 336/3 (50)
Vishen Halabage 141, Oween Salgado 80, Sanshay Gunathilake 52*, Nimuthu Gunawardana 51*
Ananda College 146 (36.5)
Sachin Jayasinghe 40, Pulindu Kiriella 32*, Dinada Athalage 30, Vishen Halabage 3/52, Shenon Rodrigo 2/15, Sean Roberts 2/29
ST. PETER’S COLLEGE WON BY 190 RUNS
Mahanama College, Colombo vs Royal College, Colombo
Mahanama College 227/7 (50)
Anjala Bandara 67, Inuka Karannagoda 47*, Viranga Yeshan 45, Koojana Perera 22, Geeshan Perera 2/32, Ranuka Malaviarachchi 2/49
Royal College 231/3 (48.2)
Uvindu Weerasekara 108*, Dasis Manchanayaka 40*, Geeshan Perera 38, Rehan Peris 34
ROYAL COLLEGE WON BY 7 WICKETS
Zahira College, Colombo vs St. Anthony’s College, Wattala
Zahira College 262/9 (50)
Venkat Rajendran 58, Lakshan De Silva 47, Mohamed Yasir 40, Ismath Zayan 27, Raaed Carrim 25, Shan Aniketh 4/52, Kavindu Senadi 2/34, Pathum Vihaga 2/51
St. Anthony’s College 259/8 (50)
Therika Akash 36, Amitha Sandeepa 32, Vihanga Rashmitha 31, Harsha Weerasooriya 30, Kavindu Senadi 25*, Pathum Vihaga 24*, Shan Aniketh 22, Miqdhadh Akram 4/37, Raeed Rizwan 2/42
ZAHIRA COLLEGE WON BY 3 RUNS
St. Aloysius’ College, Galle vs Maris Stella College, Negombo
St. Aloysius’ College 141 (36.4)
Dineth Nimsara 34*, Navindu Rashmika 4/38, Shane Adithya 3/24, Ramith Bandara 2/24
Maris Stella College 143/5 (26.5)
Kaveen Fernando 52, Sadew Rathnayake 23, Shane Adithya 23, Kavidu Amarasinghe 3/27
MARIS STELLA COLLEGE WON BY 5 WICKETS