Under 19 Division I Cricket Round Up
by Reemus Fernando
A captain’s knock of 96 runs by Janitha Shehan and a five-wicket haul by Kavisha Piyumal were among the highlights as Tier ‘A’ and ‘B’ matches of the Under 19 Division I Limited Overs cricket tournament continued on Wednesday.
Janitha Shehan almost single handedly guided Gurukula to victory with an unbeaten knock (96n.o. in 114 balls, 9x4s) as he anchored the batting line up to reach a target of 188 runs in the penultimate over. They were 78 for four wickets at one stage.
At Katugastota, left-arm spinner Kavisha Piyumal produced his best figures in a limited overs match as St. Anthony’s, registered a three wickets victory against St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa according to the Parabola Method.
The match which commenced as a 41 overs-a-side encounter saw the visitors being bowled out for 117 runs as Piyumal impressed with a five-wicket haul. His figures read 7.1-0-14-5.
In their essay, the home team had a revised target of 114 runs to chase in 39 overs and they achieved it in the 26th over with three wickets to spare. That was the third victory registered by St. Anthony’s. However, despite the victory they will remain in the fourth position in the points table behind St. Sebastian’s, who have four victories under their belt.
Wesley will remain in the second place in their group after registering their fourth win of the tournament yesterday. They beat D.S. Senanayake by five wickets after Shakesh Minon lead their attack with a four-wicket haul to contain the visitors to 159 runs at Campbell Park.
At Campbell Place, Nalanda were reduced to 126 runs before Royal pulled off a three wickets win to remain on top of the table in Tier ‘A’ Group ‘A’. Royal have four victories against their name now after six outings.
In a Tier ‘B’ match played at Kadirana, St. Joseph Vaz’s pulled off an exciting two wickets victory over St. Sylvester’s as their ninth wicket pair kept their cool to add an unfinished stand of 34 runs to win with three balls to spare.
In the other Tier ‘B’ match, a century by Amitha Sandeepa (121 in 131 balls, 11x4s, 2x6s) was in vain for St. Anthony’s Wattala as Mahinda restricted them to 259 runs to win by 17 runs at Galle. For Mahinda, Shehan Hasaranga hogged the limelight cracking 69 runs in 31 balls. His hurricane knock included three fours and seven sixes.
Wesley beat DSS by five wickets at Campbell Park
159 all out in 37.5 overs (Gaviru Senhas 54, Manura Pieris 30, Akidha Weerasuriya 27n.o.; Uvin Perera 3/32, Shakesh Minon 4/41, Linal Subasinghe 2/19)
161 for 5 in 29.2 overs (Sanithu Amarasinghe 28, Chamath Gomez 48, Ashan Sudarshana 34, Uvin Perera 24; Senura Silva 3/48)
St. Anthony’s beat St. Sebastian’s by three wickets according to Paraboala Method at Katugastota
117 all out in 39.1 overs (Ryan Dissanayake 28, Sanesh Fernando 28; Kaveesha Piyumal 5/14)
117 for 7 in 26 overs (Janith Rathnasiri 39, Thisara Ekanayake 42n.o., Sajan Wijerathna 2/19, Nadeesh Fernando 3/29)
Royal beat Nalanda by three wickets at Campbell Place
126 all out in 37.3 overs (Yasiru Samarakoon 29, Manupa Manmitha 40; Dasis Manchanayaka 2/17, Sineth Jayawardena 2/20, Thamod Madularachchi 2/15)
127 for 7 in 38.2 overs (Sineth Jayawardena 37; Sajitha Vithanage 2/23)
Gurukula beat De Mazenod by three wickets at Kandana
187 all out in 48.5 overs (Hasith Sandeepa 23, Neshan Dias 30, Uvindu Perera 22, Sithum Fernando 24, Mishen Fernando 52n.o.; Janitha Shehan 2/45, Hiruna Nimsara 4/27)
188 for 7 in 48.5 overs (Janitha Shehan 96n.o.; Sithum Fernando 2/17, Neshan Dias 2/39)
Mahinda beat St. Anthony’s Wattala by 17 runs at Galle
276 for 7 in 50 overs (Dinura Kalupahana 55, Dhanuja Induwara 64, Hareen Achintha 22, Hiruna Mandila 23, Shehan Hasaranga 69; Madura Bashitha 2/57, Amitha Sandeepa 2/49)
St. Anthony’s Wattala
259 all out in 49.3 overs (Harsha Weerasooriya 26, Amitha Sandeepa 121, Pathum Vihaga 22; Dinura Kalupahana 2/38, Shehan Hasaranga 2/58, Dhanuja Induwara 2/38)
St. Joseph Vaz’s beat St. Sylvester’s by two wickets at Kadirana
184 all out in 50 overs (Malith Lakshan 35, Dion Fernando 44, Yoshitha Isuranga 36, Chandupa Waduge 21; Janith Shehan 3/41, Menusha Perera 3/33)
St. Joseph Vaz’s
185 for 8 in 49.3 overs (Kavindu Nishara 41, Dasun Perera 30, Vishwa Rajapaksha 26, Janith Shehan19n.o., Raveen Chethana 14n.o.; Khanka Wickramasinghe 2/35, Akila Wickramasinghe 4/19)
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My best knock for Sri Lanka – Asalanka
By Rex Clementine
If you had no idea why Roy Dias identified Charith Asalanka as a Test captain in the waiting some seven years ago, there was proof for his claims at Pallekele on Wednesday as the diminutive left-hander from Elpitiya pulled off a stunning run chase against Afghanistan.Sri Lanka chased down a target of 314 in the last over with Asalanka finishing things off in style with a pulled six. What’s so special with the win is that it is Sri Lanka’s highest successful run chase ever at home.
“I was struggling with cramps. The heat was too much in the afternoon.
Once Dunith came in, I told him not to do too much running and target the gaps. There was a good partnership with Dasun too before that and that helped us to get back into the game,” Asalanka noted.
Most players when they get into the Sri Lankan cricket set up they get themselves tattooed and buy fancy cars and luxury apartments. Asalanka has remained grounded and he is very much close to his roots at Elpitiya.
In fact, he married his childhood sweetheart, whom he fell in love with at the age of 15. The pair met at the school bus when Asalanka was playing under-17 cricket and despite money and fame the captain in waiting hasn’t forgotten his past. Asalanka took a break middle of the series to get married on the 28th of November, the day of their tenth anniversary of falling in love. However, there was no honeymoon as Asalanka had to return to Pallekele for the rest of the series.
His wife is an English teacher and that gives us hope that press conferences are going to be interesting again although the good old days of Sanga will never come.Asalanka received a scholarship to Richmond College after passing the Grade Five scholarship and he is known as a sharp thinker of the game.
“First game the ball swung a lot. It was a grassy pitch. We knew this wicket was not going to do much for the bowlers. The main thing we wanted was to bat 50 overs. Everyone contributed from top to the lower middle order, and it was great to watch.”
Sri Lanka have a settled top order when it comes to white ball cricket and the middle order could be built on Asalanka who can accelerate and rebuild an innings. “Dasun is the one who told me that I’d be batting at number five and to feel comfortable. I was going to get the long rope. I had never batted at number five before that and glad I have cemented my place now.”
“This is my best innings in international cricket. Dunith Wellalage was outstanding as well. Afghanistan have a very experienced side. They have lot of players who are involved in league cricket. Dunith showed lot of maturity.”
“We had identified that Rashid Khan was their key players. We didn’t want to take risks against him. We got out for some good balls. We made sure that we didn’t give wickets to him, and it got easier to score runs.
Richmond, Trinity clash for Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ cricket title
by Reemus Fernando
The stage is set for a thrilling climax when unbeaten Richmond meet formidable Trinity in the final of the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ cricket tournament at the Thurstan College ground today.
There are two factors indicating to a thrilling climax. Both teams know what it takes to win a championship title as they have players who have featured in finals before. It was not long ago that a few players in the Trinity team guided their Under 17 team to joint champions title of the Division I cricket tournament of that age category. The team from Galle have in their ranks a number of players who had to be content with the runner up position after reaching the final of this tournament during the last season.
For the final, Trinity are likely to stick to the same team which won the semi –final against their arch rivals St. Anthony’s at the same venue early this week. During this tournament captain Rahal Amarasinghe has seen Manula Kularathne, Theeraka Ranatunga, Dinusha Pieris and Janith Warnakula sharing most of the batting responsibilities for the team’s success.
In the bowling department, Ranatunga (with over 20 wickets) has topped the wicket takers list. Dinuka Thennakoon, Tharana Wimaladharma and Manula Kularathne are the others shouldering most of the wicket taking duties.
During the semi-final Ranatunga was joined by skipper Amarasinghe, Peiris, Wathila Udara and Vibhavith Ehelepola to play crucial roles with the bat, while the former and deputy skipper Ehelepola took two wickets each to contain St. Anthony’s to 202 runs. A prominent feature of Richmond during this tournament was the dominant role played by their Sri Lanka Under 19 player Malsha Tharupathi. Tharupathi produced outstanding all-round feats to beat defending champions St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in the quarter-final and the semi-final.
They have a strong batting line up from skipper Tharinda Nirmal, Helitha Edirisinghe, Thamindu Pradeeptha, Kavindu Nirmana, wicketkeeper batsman Janeth Kaushal to Tharupathi.
While Tharupathi is easily their top wicket taker, Nalaka Jaywardena, Nirmal and Sharon Abishek have all shared bowling responsibilities. Maheesha de Silva and Kaveesha Induwara have been economical with the new ball.
How they reached the final
Trinity beat St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa and St. Anthony’s, Katugastota during the knockout stage after completing their first round matches as the third placed team in their group. They won five out of the eight matches during that phase.
Richmond have remained unbeaten during this tournament. They won all their eight matches in the first round to be the champions in their group. During the knockout stage they ousted defending champions St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in a row to reach their second consecutive final.
Richmond (from): Tharinda Nirmal (Captain), Kavindu Nirmana (Vice Captain), Ruwan Jayawardena, Janeth Kaushal, Maheesha De Silva, Malsha Tharupathi, Sharon Abhishek, Thamindu Pradeeptha, Chehan Subasinghe, Sihath Ramanayake, Sasindu De Silva, Seneth Sisan, Kaveesha Induwara, Manuja Dulneth, Helith Edirisinghe, K.K Yuri, Pubudu Mihiranga, Charuka Gunasekara.
Nuwan Jayasinghe (Master in Charge), Lakmal de Silva (Head Coach), Umal Udayanga (Asst. Coach), Lahiru Madhuwantha (Asst. Coach)
Trinity (from): Rahal Amarasinghe (Captain), Vibhavith Ehelepola (Vice Captain), Theeraka Ranatunga, Supun Waduge, Manula Kularatne, Tharana Wimaladharma, Kusal Wijetunga, Dinusha Pieris, Dinuka Tennakoon, Jayavi Liyanagama, Janith Warnakula, Malith Rathnayake, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara, Yewan Hulangamuwa, Viduka Dhammage.
Brian Senaratne (Master in Charge), Naveen Ekanayake (Head Coach), Lakshitha Alahakoon (Asst. Coach)
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