Vidyartha overcome scare, come back strongly

Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy

Having managed a two run lead on first innings, Vidyartha played very positively to get 277 and fell short by two wickets of an outright win against Royal, Panadura at the Police Ground.

There were fifties from Kasun Karunatilleka, Isura Prabodha and Ravishka Upananda (his second) as the home team raced away at around five an over.

The target was never on. It was a question of the Panadura team surviving two hours against the spin of left-armer Medunaka Wijetilleka (9-85) and offie Kasun Karunatilleka (6-112).

At the end, Royal Panadura barely survived.

Vidyartha 195 and 277 in 57.4 overs

(Kasun Karunatilleka 54, Pulina Gunatilleka 30, Isuru Prabodha 56, Ravishka Upananda 53, Kanishka Dilshan 17, Dulanthe Kavindu 4-19, Banura Wijesuriya 3-91).

Royal, Panadura 173-8 contd. 193 in 50 overs

(Dushantha Madusanka 38, Dushan Malinga 21, Medunaka Wijetilleka 4-37), Kasun Karunatilleka 3-56) and 117-8 in 34 overs (target 280)

Trinity set for first innings win

Dismissed to a modest 181 by the Dharmasoka bowlers, Trinity kept chipping away at the wickets and are in line for a first innings win at Asgiriya.

Pacie Dinuka Dilshan (15-6-27-5) and left-arm leggie Akila Mendis (4.4-0-9-3) combined to trouble the home team.

To Trevon Pervical, who top-scored with 63, it doesn’t matter if he is captaining or not. He just continues to make runs.

Dharmasoka didn’t succumb that easily, but kept eking out the runs. Ravindu Rashantha and skipper Isurinda Mendis made useful runs. Dilshan and Senadheera took three, while Nethumal had two.

Trinity 181 in 41.4 over

(Trevon Percival 63, Hasintha Jayasuriya 33, Pubudu Bandara 16, Ashan Lokuketiya 18, Dinuka Dilshan 5-27, Akila Mendis 3-9).

Dharmasoka 150-9 in 50 overs

(Ravindu Rashantha 40, Kavindu Nadeeshan 20, Isurinda Mendis 35, Rashmika Dilshan 3-25, Kavishka Senadheera 3-27, Vimukthi Nethumal 2-45).

Zahira upstage Anthonians, but in danger

Cloudy conditions and some help for the Zahira seamers saw the Anthonians crumbling to 123 in their match at Katugastota.

Opener Sunetra Jayasinghe battled it out to make a defiant 46. Pacie Kalhara bagged four wickets.

The Zahirians took a seven run lead thanks to vital twenties from Dilhara Saminda, Mohamed Samath and Mohamed Rifas.

The Anthonians resumed normal service in the second innings as Dion Stouter and Sunera Jayasinghe put the Zahira bowlers in their place.

Having won the battle, will Zahira lose the war?

St. Anthony’s 123 in 28.2 overs

(Sunetra Jayasinghe 46, Sasith Hirudika 25, Mohamed Kaliq 4-24, Dilhan Ramesh 2-28, Aravith Rajendra 2-25).

Zahira 130 in 24.5 overs

(Mohamed Shahadullah 15, Dilhan Saminda 24, Mohamed Samath 22, Ridmika Nimesh 15, Mohamed Rifas 20, Nimnaka Jayatilleka 3-28, Kalhara Senaratne 3-15, Sateesh Wickremaarachchi 2-30).

St. Anthony’s 138-1 in 18 overs

(Dion Stouter 80 n.o., Sunetra Jayasinghe 38 n.o.)

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