Kawshitha, Pavan score centuries
by Reemus Fernando
Kawshitha Kodithuwakku led the way with a century and Sandew Induwara and Rashmika Madushanka scored half centuries as Mahinda beat Moratu Vidyalaya by a massive 183 runs in their Under-19 Division I limited overs tournament tier ‘B’ match played at Galle on Friday.
Mahinda succeeded in earning much needed bonus points to remain in contention for the knockout stage berth by restricting the visitors to 158 runs in reply to their 341 runs.
Guiding the team to their massive total, Kodithuwakku scored 124 runs inclusive of 16 fours and three sixes.
In the other Tier ‘B’ match played yesterday, Upendra Warnakulasooriya grabbed five wickets to set the stage for Dharmaraja to record a four wicket win over St. Aloysius’.
The victory for Mahinda means that they occupy the top position in the points table of Group ‘X’. However they have only one match remaining.
The second placed St. Peter’s who have won all their three matches have two more matches to conclude the league stage.
Meanwhile, in a traditional two-day match skipper Pavan Rathnayake scored a century to lead Mahanama to 210 runs against Thurstan.
Mahinda beat Moratu Vidyalaya at Galle
Mahinda 341 for 4 in 50 overs (Kawshitha Kodithuwakku 124, Sandew Induwara 96, Rashmika Madushanka 53n.o., Dhanuja Induwara 28n.o.)
Moratu MV 158 for 8 in 50 overs (Vishwa Didulana 24, Sukitha Dewthilina 29, Niraj Kavishka 24n.o.; Kushan Madusha 4/34)
Dharmaraja beat St. Aloysius’ at Lake View
St. Aloysius’ 139 all out in 38.4 overs (Dulmina Dasun 21, Archana Udugampola 30, Shanuka Nikeshala 42, Omal Sadith 24; Upendra Warnakulasooriya 5/13)
Dharmaraja 141 for 6 in 46.1 overs (Pulidu Perera 31, Malitha Hapuarachchi 30, Shan Siriwardana 36; Archana Udugampola 2/19, Sandun Madushanka 2/32)
Traditional 2-Day Matches
Mahanama V Thurstan at Thurstan ground
Mahanama 210 all out in 67.1 overs (Pavan Rathnayake 104, Vinuka Rubasinghe 33, Chamath Chamupathi 34; Bawantha Jayasinghe 4/42, Punthila Kumara 5/71)
Thurstan 40 for 2 in 21 overs (Dineth Bandara 19n.o.)
Second ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka abandoned
The second ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka has been called off due to rain in Christchurch.
Lahiru takes five wickets as Joes take lead
Under 19 Cricket
Off-spinner Lahiru Amarasekara produced a five-wicket haul as St. Joseph’s restricted Mahinda to 127 runs on day one of the Under 19 traditional cricket encounter at Galle on Monday.
Amarasekara was ably supported by spinner Yenula Dewthusa and Muditha Dissanayake who shared the other five wickets.
With wickets falling at regular intervals, batting opener Ranmina Hettiarachchi anchored the top order with a knock of 33 runs. Chandupa de Silva with 29 runs, Tharusha Dilshan (15) and Hiruna Gallalge (17) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
In their essay St. Joseph’s were comfortably placed at 132 for two wickets but back-to-back wickets in the last two overs placed them at 132 for four wickets at stumps.
At Welisara, Dinuka Tennakoon took five wickets but Maris Stella managed to post 268 runs as Shean Adithya top-scored with 83 runs. In reply Trinity were nine without loss.
Vihanga Nimsara and Rasindu Ilukshana were the heroes for Moratu Vidyalaya as their half-centuries helped them score 249 runs against St. Sylvester’s at Boyagane.
At Galle: Mahinda 127, St. Joseph’s 132/4
127 all out in 57 overs (Ranmina Hettiarachchi 33, Chandupa de Silva 29; Lahiru Amarasekara 5/34, Muditha Dissanayaka 2/23, Yenula Dewtusa 3/32)
132 for 4 in 42.1 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardena 53, Naren Muralidaran 41; Shehan Hasaranga 2/39)
At Welisara: Maris Stella 268, Trinity 9/0
268 all out in 93.5 overs (Kaveen Fernando 26, Shean Adithya 83, Anshen de Silva 28, Ramith Bandara 33, Nethum Basnayake 26, Levin Fernando 22; Jayavi Liyanagama 2/40, Dinuka Tennakoon 5/74)
Trinity 9 for no loss in 4 overs
At Boyagane: Moratu Vidyalaya 249, St. Sylvester’s 5/1
249 all out in 93.1 overs (Vihanga Nimsara 82, Rasindu Ilukshana 54; Isuru Gunasekara 2/28, Pansilu Bandara 2/50, Akila Wickramasinghe 3/48, Khanka Wickramasinghe 2/31)
5 for 1 in 4 overs.
Sowmiya clinches a triple crown, Silvijan bags a double
Northern Badminton Championship 2023
T. Silvijan Dalima was crowned men’s singles champion while S. Sowmiya clinched a triple crown at the Northern Badminton Championship 2023 in Kilinochchi during the weekend.
At the Provincial Indoor Stadium in Kilinochchi, Silvijan met K Thusan in the final clash in which the latter retired in the second set with scores reading 21-14, 16-11 in favour of the champion. L Hentry and K Kajan were the losing semi-finalists.
Meanwhile, S. Sowmiya won all three of her open events, the women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles with respective partners.
Sowmiya clinched the women’s singles crown with a 21-15, 21-13 win over R. Ragavi in the final following her doubles title win with B. Oliviya. Sowmiya and Oliviya overcame Athmika and M. Kavinaya 21-9, 21-15 to seal the women’s doubles crown.
Earlier, Sowmiya and Silvijan, the best singles duo in the tournament, also won the mixed doubles title by defeating R. Sulacsan and S . Thanojana 21-12, 21-16 in the final.
The men’s doubles final was won by L. R. Reminsan and T. Thusyanthan who beat G. Thanukanth and R. Yuthakaran with a 21-13, 21-9 score line.
The tournament, organised by the Northern Province Badminton Association, was conducted under the guidance of Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB). SLB President Rohan de Silva and a host of top officials were among the special guests at the presentation ceremony.
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