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Dharmaraja’s last wicket pair bat for 70 overs



Under 19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

The last wicket pair of Dharmaraja College batted for nine more overs on the second day morning to extend their partnership to 70 overs -one of the longest stands in First XI cricket with regard to overs- but nearly four hours long battle to add 70 runs prevented them from going for a result at Uyanwatta Stadium on Tuesday.

Dulara Bandulasena and Sadeepa Rathnayake joined together during the second session on day one. Dharmaraja were nine wickets down for 109 runs at that point. They kept their wickets intact for nearly four hours for the team to post 179 runs.

Bandulasena made 43(4x4s) in 234 balls and stayed at the wicket for 266 minutes.

Rathnayake remained unbeaten on 20. He faced 225 balls (1x4s) and batted for 238 minutes.

In reply Rahula were bowled out for 131 runs as Thisaru Wanninayake and Praveen Theekshana shared seven wickets between them.

A combined bowling effort from Dharmasoka forced Nalanda to follow on at Ambalangoda.

Following on, they were 95 for seven wickets at one stage but the late order batsmen fought back resisting for nearly 13 overs to force a draw. Eranga Jayakody anchored the tail scoring an unbeaten 21 in 109 balls. Lisura Sigera’s contribution was just 12 runs but he resisted facing 58 balls. So was Janula Indusara who faced 41 balls to remain not out on nine.

At Katugastota, Mohameed Aaqil (64) and Asitha Wanninayake (72n.o.) scored half centuries after Treveen Mathew picked up six wickets for St. Anthony’s to take command against St. Servatius’.


Last wicket pair bat for 70 overs at Uyanwatta



171 for 9 overnight 179 all out in 111.4 overs (Sachintha Dissanayaka 21, Thisaru Wanninayaka 26, Dulara Bandulasena 43, Sadeepa Rathnayaka 20n.o.; Pasindu Avishka 2/24, Gimsara Sonal 3/28, Sandew Ridmaka 4/54) and 92 for 1 in 14.4 overs (Pulindu Perera 43n.o., Dushyanga Gunasinghe 40n.o.)


131 all out in 64.4 overs (Pasindu Shehan 41, Sasindu Battage 28; Thisaru Wanninayake 4/17, Praveen Theekshana 3/18)

Nalanda force a draw at Ambalangoda



325 all out in 81.5 overs (Akash Mendis 32, Senitha Halambage 29, Manasa De Silva 52, Maneesha Rashmika 112, Senura Sandayuru 39; Lisura Sigera 2/38, Minod Caldera 3/80, Sajitha Vithanage 5/81)


42 for 2 overnight 165 all out 59.4 overs (Vinuja Ranpul 27, Dineth Samaraweera 43, Sajitha Vithanage 28; Pathum Malitha 2/25, Maneesha Rashmika 2/25, Ishan Anuradha 3/33) and 123 for 8 in 55 overs (Yasiru Samarakoon 39, Vinuja Ranpul 20, Eranga Jayakody 21n.o.; Senitha Halambage 3/26, Jithira Sansika 2/24)

St. Anthony’s dominate at Katugastota


St. Servatius’

107 all out in 38.4 overs (Kushan Wijerama 22, Deneth Kawya 22n.o.; Divyesh Ramaiya 3/19, Treveen Mathew 6/23)

St Anthony’s

251 for 5 in 54 overs (Thisara Ekanayake 40, Mohameed Aaqil 64, Asitha Wanninayake 72n.o., Lahiru Abeysinghe 40, Chandimal Herath 24n.o.; Hasitha Amarasinghe 4/51)

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Lions beat Giants in Legends League Cricket final




Asia Lions clinched the Legends League Cricket title (pic LLC)

Upul Tharanga (57) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (58) hit half centuries as Asian Lions beat World Giants to win the Legends League Cricket (LLC) Masters. In the final held in Doha, Asia Lions scored an emphatic seven-wicket victory with 23 balls to spare.

Earlier, the Lions restricted World Giants to 147 for 4 despite Jacques Kallis’ unbeaten 78 off 54 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. Kallis also had a 92 runs partnership in 11.1 overs for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor, who hit 32 off 33 balls with three boundaries but that was not enough for the World Giants.

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Spinners lead turnaround as Australia clinch series




The series-clinching victory propelled Australia to no.1 in the ICC ODI rankings (pic BCCI)

Australia put on a clinical show with the ball on Wednesday (March 22) as they clinched the ODI series decider at the MA Chidambaram stadium by 21 runs that helped them go past India and reach the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

Brief Scores:

Australia 269 all out (Mitchell Marsh 47; Hardik Pandya 3-44, Kuldeep Yadav 3-56) beat India 248 all out (Virat Kohli 54, Hardik Pandya 40; Adam Zampa 4-45) by 21 runs

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St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya, Holy Cross earn Division I promotion  



St. Sebastian’s College, Katuneriya with their officials.


By Reemus Fernando

St. Sebastian’s College, Katuneriya with a sensational last-ball victory and Holy Cross College, Kalutara with a marathon first innings performance earned their much-awaited Division I promotion as they outdid their opponents in the Under 19 Division II Tier ‘A’ semi-finals worked off at Surrey Village Ground, Maggona and Kirimandala Mawatha, Colombo respectively.

At Surrey Village, Sri Sumangala dominated the first innings and a better part of the second but St. Sebastian’s fought back through their seventh wicket pair to record three wickets victory. Chasing a target of 172 runs to win, the boys from Katuneriya were troubled by spinner Mevindu Kumarasiri who took six wickets. But after being 135 for seven wickets at one stage, the seventh wicket pair of Gayan Harshana (26n.o.) and Vihanga Theekshana fought back scoring less than run-a-ball knocks to secure their passage to Division I.

Sri Sumangala, considered the most consistent team in the Division II tournament were without their key player Vishwa Lahiru who is with Sri Lanka Under 19 team in UAE.

At Kirimandala Mawatha grounds, Holy Cross earned first innings points against Sri Devananda as their tail-enders stretched their first innings almost to the end of the second day, batting for 141 overs. In reply to Sri Devananda’s 138 runs, Holy Cross posted 251 runs.

Holy Cross College, a former Division I school were the champions of the last Division II Tier ‘A’ Limited Overs tournament. They beat Sri Sumangala in the semi-final on their way to that title. Now they will be facing St. Sebastian’s in the Two-Day tournament final. The result of that match will have no bearing on their promotion to the top Division of the Under 19 tournament as the finalists are guaranteed the Division I promotion according to tournament rules. The top teams in the Division II Tier ‘A’ tournament were waiting for nearly three years to get their promotion as promotions and demotions were not done during the last two years due to the pandemic.

Hansaja Brian who also took four wickets, played a crucial role in anchoring the batting lineup with a marathon innings (58 runs in 231 balls) for Holy Cross to overtake their opponents in the first innings. He was ably supported by Nadeera Deshan as they added a vital sixth wicket stand of 60 runs. Later skipper Sasindu Kaushan put on a last wicket stand of 76 runs with Amash Fernando, who contributed with an unbeaten 15 runs in as many as 135 balls. Kaushan scored 78 runs facing 205 balls as the last wicket pair frustrated the boys from Ambalangoda for 48 overs.

Holy Cross College, Kalutara with their officials.

The tenth wicket pair denied an opportunity for the boys from Ambalangoda to make a comeback in the second innings as they extended their innings almost to the close of play on the final day.


 St. Sebastian’s beat Sri Sumangala by three wickets at Surrey Village



Sri Sumangala

185 all out in 64.3 overs (Kishan Eranga 62, Sachira Demian 43; Chathumal Nimesh 4/45, Tharuka Manaram 5/30) and 135 all out in 48.5 overs (Kavindu Gayathra 25, Vidusha Peiris 21, Imalka Fernando 59; Chathumal Nimesh 5/59, Malindu Daham 2/29, Tharuka Manaram 3/39) 

St. Sebastian’s

149 all out in 50.1 overs (Thisara Madushan 43, Ashen Dinuka 38; Mevindu Kumarasiri 3/41, Imalka Fernando 3/13) and 174 for 7 in 39 overs (Hasith Kavinda 27, Nimesh Madusanka 26, Chathumal Nimesh 35, Gayan Harshana 26n.o., Vihanga Theekshana 15n.o.; Mevindu Kumarasiri 6/66) 

 Holy Cross in first innings win over Sri Devananda at Kirimandala Mawatha


Sri Devananda

138 all out in 60.4 overs (Sithum Vihanga 36, Kaveesha Kalpana 31; Pasindu Wimansa 3/38, Hansaja Brayan 4/20, Rashan Kethaka 2/17)  

Holy Cross

251 all out in 141.5 overs (Gayantha Nadeesha 40, Hansaja Brian 58, Nadeera Deshan 31, Sasindu Kaushan 78, Amash Fernando 15n.o.; Kaveesha Kalpana 5/50, Ravindu Jeewanka 2/50) 

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