Manchanayake leads Royal to victory; Mahinda’s Dhanuja stacks up 169*

U19 Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament 2022/23

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Three traditional encounters of the ongoing Schools U19 Cricket season came to an end today (4).

Royal College defeated Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa at Reid Avenue today to make the cut to the spotlight of the games played today. The run fest between Mahinda College, Galle and Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala was a close contender behind, as 3 centuries and over 800 runs were scored in that game.

The Royalist skipper Dasis Manchanayake, who has always impressed for his alma-mater right from the time he made it to the first-eleven team at 15, put up yet another brilliant performance with both bat and ball to secure a 10-wicket win. He was instrumental with 3 wickets with the ball in hand in Prince of Wales’ first innings, and became the front-runner with the bat for Royal scoring, 91 runs in a winning cause. He was also well supported by Disas Sanvindu, who made 61 runs not out.

Ranuka Malaviarachchi picked up 4 wickets in the first innings of the visitors, while Ramiru Perera repeated the feat in their second innings to wrap up the game.

In Hambantota, Mahinda College was knitting up a fitting response to Maliyadeva College’s mammoth 421 runs on the previous day. Dhanuja Induwara, the Captain of Mahinda College, played an outstanding knock of 169 runs and remained unbeaten on the crease at the end of the game.

The right-handed lower middle-order batsman racked up the runs at almost a run-a-ball, with 6 sixes and 14 fours in his innings. His brisk innings got Mahinda College to 400 runs at close of play, helping them to finish the game with a respectful draw.

Tharusha Dilshan of Mahinda College played second fiddle to his Skipper, scoring a valuable 117 runs.

The other game of the day was an uneventful draw between St. Anthony’s College, Kandy and St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena, which, during the last few hours of the game, looked as if there could be a result which could go in favour of either team. However, it still ended in a draw.

Brief Scores

Royal College, Colombo vs Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa

Prince of Wales College 136 (40) Sumalka Fernando 55, Prince Fernando 34, Ranuka Malaviarachchi 4/47, Dasis Manchanayake 3/19, Bulan Weeratunga 2/17

& 179 (44.4) Tharindu Amarasingha 45, Oshan De Silva 38, Omesh Mendis 23, Achala Perera 21*, Ramiru Perera 4/45, Ranuka Malaviarachchi 2/11, Nethwin Dharmarathne 2/23

Royal College 281/8d (69.4) Dasis Manchanayake 91, Disas Sanvindu 61*, Rehan Peiris 40, Nethwin Dharmarathne 24, Ramiru Perera 20, Oshan De Silva 2/33, Tharindu Amarasingha 2/55, Rasindu Hashan 2/61 

& 35/0 (4.3) Dasis Manchanayake 25*

ROYAL COLLEGE WON BY 10 WICKETS

Mahinda College, Galle vs Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala 

Maliyadeva College 421/9d (104.1) Gayana Weerasinghe 149, Amesh Tennakoon 64, Chamathkar Hettiarachchi 48, Jayamin Muthukumarana 38, Chandupa Abeysinghe 38, Pasindu Menaka 34, Ushan Bimsara 28, Shehan Hasaranga 6/87

Mahinda College 400/7 (93) Dhanuja Induwara 169*, Tharusha Dilshan 117, Chandupa De Silva 33, Ranmina Hettiarachchi 30, Gayana Weerasinghe 4/81, Dimath Abeysinghe 2/109

MATCH DRAWN

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

St. Anthony’s College 254 (55) Lahiru Abeysinghe 73, Janith Rathnasiri 49, Kavindu Shehan 40, Mohomed Aaqil 28, Rayan Anthonyzs 20, Onesh Mickael 5/58, Chamath Chathurya 2/33, Mevan Dissanayake 2/52 

& 132/6d (23) Lahiru Abeysinghe 62, Rayan Anthonyzs 31, Dinath Senila 4/15

St. Benedict’s College 188 (41.4) Viduneth Wilson 61, Shenel Samarathunga 34, Sheron Kannangara 20, Kaveesha Piyumal 5/65, Senura Abeysekara 3/19 

& 126/4 (38) Sharujan Shanmuganathan 53*, Shenel Samarathunga 38, Kaveesha Piyumal 2/54

MATCH DRAWN