by Reemus Fernando
Mahanama concluded their league stage matches unbeaten and will be joined by group runners up St. Sebastian’s and third placed St. Joseph’s in the knockout stage while the fate of Nalanda College, Colombo in the Under-19 Division I Tier ‘A’ tournament will be decided by the results of the Richmond-Prince of Wales match.
Richmond, the champions in Group ‘Z’ will meet Prince of Wales in their last league match today. If the Cambrians win today’s match they will advance to the knockout stage as the third placed team in their group. Nalanda with 11 points against their name are currently placed third in that group behind Richmond and St. Anthony’s, Katugastota.
Mahanama, St. Joseph’s and St. Sebastian’s won their last group matches yesterday with the Sebs’ Chrishane Perera claiming bowling honours with a six wicket haul.
Royal, Trinity, Mahanama, St. Sebastian’s, St. Joseph’s, Richmond and St. Anthony’s Katugastota are confirmed of their knockout stage places.
A six wicket haul by Sahan Sankalpa helped Dharmasoka pull off a stunning four runs victory over Lumbini and stay alive in the Tier ‘B’ tournament as the win helped them secure the third place in Group ‘Z’, behind St. Anthony’s Wattala and Devapathiraja.
From Tier ‘B’, St. Peter’s, Mahinda, Isipatana, St. Joseph Vaz, Ananda, St. Anthony’s Wattala, Devapathiraja and Dharmasoka are the teams advancing to the knockout stage.
St. Joseph’s beat St. Benedict’s at Kotahena
St. Joseph’s 275 for 8 in 50 overs (Sheran Fonseka 56, Shevon Daniel 53, Dunith Wellalage 58, Dinal Anuradha 28; Malinda Perera 5/29)
St. Benedict’s 132 all out in 41 overs (Sharujan Shanmuganathan 38n.o., Malinda Perera 31; Deshan Senaviratne 2/23, Lahiru Amarasekara 2/20, Yenula Dewthusa 2/27)
St. Sebastian’s beat St. Anne’s at Moratuwa
St. Sebastian’s 210 for 9 in 50 overs (Bihanga Mendis 26, Savindu Rodrigo 56, Sukitha Prasanna 27, Kushan Herath 21; Thrimalsha Silva 2/11, Pasindu Thennakoon 3/46, Kalindu Wijesinghe 2/36)
St. Anne’s 100 all out in 32.3 overs (Bimsara Kalhara 25, Pasindu Thenkoon 27; Chrishane Perera 6/27, Bihanga Mendis 2/07)
Mahanama beat St. Thomas’ Matara at Bloomfield
St. Thomas’ 188 all out in 49.3 overs (Harindu Jayasekara 48, Nipun Samarasinghe 36, Woshitha Amarasinghe 33; Sampath Nissanka 3/37, Sadishan Chamodya 2/36, Devindu Kekirideniya 3/31)
Mahanama 192 for 6 in 39 overs (Pulshan Rohana 57, Sadishan Chamodya 58, Pavan Rathnayake 38; Navija de Seram 2/22, Harindu Jayasekara 2/50)
Moratu Vidyalaya beat Dharmaraja at Lake View
Moratu MV 170 all out in 39.2 overs (Thushan Nimantha 20, Niraj Kavishka 60; Shan Siriwardana 3/24, Thisaru Wanninayaka 2/46)
Dharmaraja 162 all out in 32.5 overs (Pulidu Perera 36, Dinuka Pathiraja 40, Shan Siriwardena 28; Vishwa Didulana 3/27, Santhuka Amod 3/22)
Maris Stella beat Zahira at Maradana
Maris Stella 220 for 8 in 50 overs (Chemindu Weerawansa 60, Hansaja Hiruna 96, Sachiru Hansala 30n.o.; Adhil Ismarly 3/14, Ishan Ruhaim 2/28)
Zahira 217 for 9 in 50 overs (Raaed Rizwan 61, Chamod Lakshan 64, Adhil Ismarly 27; Hansaja Hiruna 2/41, Kawitha Dinalya 2/45, Ashen Fernando 2/11)
St. Joseph Vaz beat Dharmapala at Pannipitiya
St. Joseph Vaz 258 for 9 in 50 overs (Pasindu Dasanayake 36, Tharusha Fernando 70, Achintha Deshan 35, Kaushan Wijerathna 42; Kavinda Nishan 2/37, Sachintha Chamika 3/30)
Dharmapala 159 all out in 42 overs (Praveen Kumarapperuma 22, Oral Perera 29, Pasindu Theekshana 34, Thisara Sishara 20; Achintha Deshan 2/17, Dinith Fernando 4/17, Dhanuka Nirmal 2/21, Menusha Perera 2/32)
Devapathiraja beat St. Servatius’ at Uyanwatta
St. Servatius’ 118 all out in 41.1 overs (Hasitha Amarasinghe 52, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 24; Sasanka Nirmal 5/27)
Devapathiraja 122 for 2 in 15.1 overs (Pawan Sandesh 51, Jeewaka Shasheen 37n.o., Tharusha Sankalpa 2/32)
Dharmasoka beat Lumbini at BRC
Dharmasoka 119 all out in 31 overs (Sanula Gunarathne 28, Naveen Rasanga 20; Yasiru Yugath 2/20, Sasanka Nethmina 4/29, Thasika Nirmal 2/09)
Lumbini 115 all out in 27.3 overs (Thasika Nirmal 21, Nethranjana Fernando 21; Chanaka Jananga 2/30, Sahan Sankalpa 6/15)
Halambage spins Petes to title
Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ cricket
St. Peter’s registered a dominant six wickets win over Thurstan after restricting the latter to 114 runs to clinch the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ cricket tournament title for the second consecutive time at the Colts Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Vishen Halambage who had featured prominently for Petes during this tournament produced notable all-round performances once again for the school from Bambalapitiya to conclude the tournament as an unbeaten team.
Put to bat Thurstan openers defied Petes for 14 overs before Sean Roberts got them their first breakthrough. That triggered a collapse from which Thurstan never recovered.Lakindu Sachin and Sean Roberts who shared the new ball did well to restrict Thurstan openers to a low score. Skipper Nimuthu Gunawardhana and Shennan Rodrigo then joined to build further pressure before Vishen Halambage combined with Lashmika Perera to rattle Thurstan for 114 runs.
Halambage took four wickets for 33 runs while Perera took three wickets. In their essay, the Petes openers Ovin Salgado and Halambage got them off to a strong start crossing the 50 runs mark without being parted. While Salgado made 39 runs, Halambage added 25 runs. After they were dismissed in quick succession skipper Gunawardena scored an unbeaten 31 runs to seal the victory with many overs to spare.
Thurstan 114 all out in 41.2 overs (Ramika Sonal 20, Thenuka Dewapriya 27; Vishen Helambage 4/33, Lashmika Perera 3/19)
St. Peter’s 115 for 4 in 21.3 overs (Ovin Salgado 39, Vishen Helambage 25, Nimuthu Gunawardhana 31n.o.; Thanuga Palihawadana 2/24)
Tharushi, Isuru beat odds to break meet records
All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships
by Reemus Fernando
Both sprinter Isuru Kaushalya and Tharushi Karunaratne had to face ordeals in the run up to the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships due to the unavailability of their regular training grounds. But those setbacks could not hold the duo from excelling as they went on to establish new meet records at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday.
Ratnayake Central Walala runner Karunaratne had allegedly been ill treated by the officials of the Digana Sports Complex for failing to pay 30 rupees to enter the stadium for her daily routine. Her brother, Harsha Karunaratne, who is among top notch athletes in the country, had questioned the rationale behind such a move. Instead of solving the minor payment issue the Central Province Sports authorities had closed the Sports Complex for him for two weeks without conducting even an inquiry.
Despite the setback, Tharushi, who has represented Sri Lanka at back to back World Junior Athletics Championships lived up to her billing. By third day yesterday she had three first places against her name including two new meet records.
Yesterday she won the Under 20 girls’ 200 metres before anchoring the Under 20 girls’ 4×400 metres team to a new meet record time of 3:53.82 seconds. On Saturday she broke the Under 20 girls’ 400 metres record as well.
Ananda Sastralaya, Mathugama sprinter Kaushalya could not attend regular training at Public Ground Matugama in the run up to the meet. The ground had got muddied after a carnival held at the venue. The authorities had not taken measures to prevent heavy vehicles coming in to the ground during the carnival. Yesterday, Kaushalya overcame the setback to establish a new meet record in the Under 20 boys’ 200 metres. He clocked 21.47 seconds to erase Shehan Ambepitiya’s 2008 record. He was also the winner of the 400 metres of the age category on Saturday.
Deneth Induwara of Leeds International made his presence felt as he registered his second record breaking performance. Sprinter bagged the 200 metres title of the Under 18 age category with a 21.73 seconds meet record time. That was following his record breaking 100 metres dash. Today is the fourth day of the championship.
Salamuthu, Tharushi excel with impressive 400 metre feats
All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships
by Reemus Fernando
Thurstan College sprinter Salamuthu Jayathilaka with his personal best and Ratnayake Central, Walala athlete Tharushi Karunaratne with a meet record performance excelled on day two of the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Saturday.
Asian Youth Athletics Championship medallist Jayathilaka returned his best, clocking 47.74 seconds to win the Under 18 boys’ 400 metres.It was the first time the athlete trained by Asanka Rajakaruna clocked sub 48 seconds in the 400 metres. His silver medal winning feat at the Asian event in Kuwait was 48.56 seconds.
In the Under 20 girls’ 400 metres, Tharushi smashed the meet record with a feat of 54.22 seconds. She broke the record held by Yamani Dulanjalee of Ambagamuwa Central. In the corresponding boys’ event Ananda Sastralaya, Matugama sprinter Isuru Kaushalya remained unchallenged from the start to win in a 47.33 seconds, while Ambagamuwa Central hurdler Dhanuka Dharshana clocked 47.99 seconds to be placed second.
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