Royal College continues their journey for a win as they hosted St. Benedict’s at Reid Avenue which ended in a first innings win for Royal, St. Servatius down Bandaranayake College with an outright win while St. Sebastian’s, St. Mary’s, D.S. Senanayake and St. Sylvester’s all settled for midweek draws.  

Royal College vs St. Benedict’s College at Reid Avenue

Earlier, on day one, wicketkeeper Kavindu Madarasinghe scored a sublime century to steer the Royalists to 290/8 in their first innings. Youngster Thevindu Senaratne played the second fiddle with a half-ton. On the following day, they reached the 300 milestone before declaration. The Benedictines were in trouble early on when Abhishek Perera’s three scalps left them in a spot of bother on 33/4. At lunch, they remained on 84/6 with Mahisha Theekshana bracing the inning from an unbeaten 39. After lunch, despite wickets falling, Theekshana continued his quest, reaching 77. Bens were eventually bowled out for 159 while Abhishek Perera secured a five wicket haul.

Not enforcing a follow on, Royal commenced the second essay and at close, they remained at 198/6. Thevindu Senarathne scored 70 while Himesh Ramanayake chipped in with an unbeaten half ton. For the visitors, Dulantha Lewis 3 for 60.

Royal College 1st innings – 300/9 dec. (88 overs) Kavindu Madarasinghe 111, Thevindu Senarathne 53, Lakindu Nanayakkara 37, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 21, Helitha Vithanage 20; Kaveesha Jayathilake 4 for 70, Prithy Geragarajasingham 2 for 48, Imesh Fernando 2/49

St. Benedict’s College, Colombo 1st innings – 159 all out (61.4 overs) Mahisha Theekshana 77, Shehan Fenando 18; Abishek Perera 5 for 35, Himesh Ramanayake 2 for 20, Manula Perera 2 for 57

Royal College, Colombo 2nd innings – 198/6 at close (38 overs) Thevindu Senarathne 70, Himesh Ramanayake 53*, Dulantha Lewis 3/60

Result – Drawn

St Sebastian’s College vs St. Mary’s College Kegalle at Moratuwa

New entrants to the top league, St. Mary’s College Kegalle secured first innings points over the defending joint champions, St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa in their Group A game played at St. Sebastian’s College grounds.

Batting first, St. Mary’s made 269 runs as Ashan Senadeera top scored with 75. Preshan Fernando took 3 for 43. In response, the home side was bowled out for 203 in 63 overs. Vinuja Ranasinghe scored 36 while Lasitha Udage took 6 for 72.

In the second essay, St. Mary’s was bundled out for a paltry 97 where Vinuja Ranasinghe, this time dazzled with the ball, recording a stunning 7 for 32. At close, St. Sebastian’s remained at 34/0.

St. Mary’s College, Kegalle 1st innings – 269 all out (78 overs) Ashan Senadeera 75, Sajeewa Ranjith 43, Sujith Kumara 38, M R M Razeen 25, Thimira Kumara 23; Preshen Fernando 3 for 43, Lasith Perera 2 for 06, Nimesh Bandara 2 for 34

St. Sebastians College, Moratuwa 1st innings – 203 all out (63 overs) Vinuja Ranasinghe 36, Tashik Perera 33, Nimesh Bandara 30, Gihan Senanayake 24; Lasitha Udage 6 for 72

St. Mary’s College, Kegalle 2nd innings – 97 all out (46.2 overs) Gajitha Kotuwegoda 38, Sadaru Sriyashantha 21; Vinuja Ranasinghe 7 for 32, Nuwanidu Fernando 3 for 38

St. Sebastians College, Moratuwa 2nd innings – 34/0 (3 overs) Nuwanidu Fernondo 24*

St. Servatius College vs Bandaranayake College at Uyanwatte Stadium

St. Servatius College dominated at Matara with an outright win over Bandaranayake College Gampaha in their Group D game.

Kesara Nuwantha’s 65 marshaled the home side to 207 before they bowled out the visitors for 105. Shashika Dulshan captured 5 for 24 while Thilan Prashan took 4 for 36 for St. Servatius.

Forced with a follow on, Bandaranayake College was bowled out for 158 in 50 overs. Hachitha Thimal grappled with 53 while Supun Kavinda took 6 for 31. Chasing a target of 57, St. Servatius reached it losing just one wicket. Isuru Udayanga was unbeaten on 36.

St. Servatius College, Matara 1st innings – 207 all out (72.4 overs) Kesara Nuwantha 65, Supun Kavinda 35, Isuru Udayanga 47; Hachitha Thimal 3 for 50, Janidu Jayawardane 3 for 52

Bandaranayake College, Gampaha 1st innings – 105 all out (37.3 overs) Thilan Prashan 4 for 36, Shashika Dulshan 5 for 24

Bandaranayake College, Gampaha (F/O) – 158 all out (49.5 overs) Hachitha Thimal 53, Sisitha Madanayake 32*, Janidu Jayawardane 30; Supun Kavinda 6 for 31, Pasindu Manuppriya 3 for 11

St. Servatius College, Matara 2nd innings – 60/1 (16.3 overs) Isuru Udayanga 36*

Result – St Servatius College won by 9 wickets.

D.S. Senanayake College vs St. Sylvester’s College Kandy at Dharmapala Grounds

D.S.Senanayake College earned first innings honours against St. Sylvester’s College Kandy in their midweek Group C fixture. Batting first, D.S made 272/9 as they declared after 79 overs. Dasun Dimasha made 51 while Thusith de Soyza took 3 for 64.  The visitors were subdued at 194 Manjith Rajapaksha top scored with an unbeaten 85. In their second essay, D.S Senanayake remained 128/7 at close.

D S Senanayake College, Colombo 1st innings – 272/9 dec (78 overs) Dasun Dimasha 51, Vihan Gunasekara 45, Mathsith Jaymanne 43, Sheezad Amin 39, Pasindu Chanaka 21, Deemantha Kaushalya 21; Thusith de Soyza 3 for 64, Nimsara Atharagalla 2 for 38, Kanishka Jayasekara 2 for 73

St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy – 194 all out (72.2 overs) Manjith Rajapaksha 85*, Vihan Gunasekara 3 for 46, Thathsara Bandara 3 for 33, Muditha Lakshan 2 for 70, Shehshad Ameen 2 for 07)

D S Senanayake College, Colombo2nd innings – 128/7 (32 overs) Teron Baskaran 49, Shashika Gamage 24, Dasun Dimasha 21; Thusitha de Zoysa 2/33, Kanishka Jayasekara 2 for 17, Nadeera Balasuriya 3 for 29

Result – Drawn