Two traditional encounters of the U19 Schools Cricket tournament were played today (04th May) at Colombo and Moratuwa.
Royal College dominated the first day’s play of their traditional encounter against Ananda College which commenced today at Ananda College Grounds, Colombo. Sadisha Rajapaksha’s brilliant century (166) and the half-tons of Sineth Jayawardana (95) and Dasis Manchanayake (67) helped Royal College post a mammoth score for their first innings.
Rajapaksha’s knock of 166 runs came off 144 balls with 25 fours and a six at a strike rate of 115.28. In reply, Ananda College started their innings pretty well posting 103/1 at stumps on day one.
Having won the toss, Isipathana College opted to bat first but things didn’t go as planned as they were bowled out for just 87 runs. The Cambrian off-spinner Mihiru Dananjaya ripped through Isipathana’s batting line-up picking up 5 wickets for 31 runs.
In reply, the hosts showed a better batting display putting on 186/9 at the close of play on day one. Uneth Peiris (53) and Tharindu Amarasingha (45) were the chief contributors with the bat for Cambrians.
Royal College, Colombo – 404/6d (65) Sadisha Rajapaksha 166, Sineth Jayawardana 95, Dasis Manchanayake 67, Lahiru Gangewatte 32*, Anush Polonnowita 20, Shakthi Udara 3/82
Ananda College, Colombo – 103/1 (25) Nushal Dharmarathna 41, Iruth Gimshan 35*
Stumps – Day 01
Isipathana College, Colombo – 87 (28) Randunu Ganganath 41*, Mihiru Dananjaya 5/31, Uneth Peiris 2/20
Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa – 186/9 (59) Uneth Peiris 53, Tharindu Amarasingha 45, Ashen Shanaka 23, Randunu Ganganath 4/22, Dinuka Anupamal 2/40, Sithuka Gunawardana 2/40
Stumps – Day 01