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Royal recover as Manchanayake cracks unbeaten double century



Under 19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

Royal College skipper Dasis Manchanayake scored an unbeaten double century against Gurukula, Inuka Karannagoda and Isuru Ayesh excelled for Mahanama and Ananda respectively in the Under 19 Division I cricket encounters concluded on Tuesday.

Manchanayake scored his unbeaten double century in 200 balls (25x4s, 2x6s) and put on 151 runs for the fifth wicket with Uvindu Weerasekara as Royal recovered from being four wickets down for six runs at one stage to post 378 for nine wickets declared against Gurukula at Reid Avenue.

At BOI, a five-wicket haul by Inuka Karannagoda helped Mahanama register an innings and 34 runs victory over St. Thomas’, Matara.

Ananda pulled off four wickets victory over Zahira at Ananda Mawatha as they knocked off a win need of 64 runs in just over 12 overs after Isuru Ayesh picked up six wickets to rattle Zahira for 50 runs in the second essay.

St. Joseph’s came almost close to registering an outright victory over St. Sebastian’s as Hirun Matheesha hammered 60 runs in 16 balls for (3x4s, 8x6s) for them to reach 62 runs for the loss of one wicket in three overs. They were 20 runs short of the target.

Match Scores:

Mahanama record big victory at BOI ground


St. Thomas’

96 all out in 44.4 overs (Navija de Seram 23; Duvindu Ranathunga 5/29, Venuk Hettiarachchi 3/30, Rashmika Perera 2/20) and 126 all out in 37.1 overs (Pesandu Sanjan 62, Navija de Seram 24; Duvindu Ranathunga 2/21, Koojana Perera 2/04, Inuka Karannagoda 5/41)


256 for 6 decl. in 48 overs (Anjala Bandara 100n.o., Banula Algawatte 42, Sachira Weliwatta 39, Inuka Karannagoda 39; Jimuth Iddamalgoda 2/40, Banuka Insamal 2/48.

Ananda beat Zahira at Ananda Mawatha



210 all out in 78.1 overs (Zayan Ismath 43, Venkat Rajendran 24, Raeedh Careem 42, Mohamed Ijaz 23; Kithma Sithmal 3/29, Ashinsa Nainayake 3/65) and 50 all out in 20.3 overs (Lakshan de Silva 29; Isuru Ayesh 6/16)


50 for 3 overnight 197 all out in 52.3 overs (Ashinsa Nainayake 22, Kithma Sithmal 90; Zayan Ismath 3/52, Venkat Rajendran 4/43) and 68 for 6 in 12.1 overs

Hirun hammers 60 runs in 16 balls at Darley Road


St. Sebastian’s

68 all out in 32.5 overs (Sanesh Fernando 30, Sadeesh Fernando 18; Gagan Chamod 2/04, Maanasa Madubashana 5/18) and 234 all out in 99 overs (Sanesh Fernando 43, Ryan Dissanayake 32, Vimath Dinsara 99, Navod Fernando 20; Yenula Dewtusa 4/69, Lahiru Amarasekara 4/61)

St. Joseph’s

220 for 9 overnight decl. in 67 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardana 39, Hiran Jayasundara 58, Abishek Jayaweera 24, Hirun Matheesha 31; Manuja Chanthuka 7/65) and 62 for 1 in 3 overs (Hirun Matheesha 60)

Maris Stella-Isipatana ends in draw at BRC ground


Maris Stella

329 all out in 97 overs (Shean Adithya 64, Anshen de Silva 92, Hasindu Perera 54, Ramith Bandara 61, Randeera de Silva 28; Sithuka Gunawardene 2/70, Yeshith Kalupahana 3/48, S. Perera 4/110)


17 for no loss overnight 198 all out in 73.4 overs (Naveen Kanishka 36, Tharusha Nethsara 23, Themiya Gunarathne 44, Kevin Samuel 53; Nethum Basnayaka 4/44, Shean Adithya 4/43) and 123 for 6 in 37 overs (Tharusha Nethsara 33, Yeshith Kalupahana 20, Yuneth Senevirathne 35, Themiya Gunarathne 21; Ramith Bandara 2/44, Shean Adithya 3/14)

St. Sylvester’s 326, Lumbini 327/9 at Kalutara


St. Sylvester’s

326 all out in 92.5 overs (Malith Lakshan 41, Khanka Wickramasinghe 30, Sahan Dissanayake 20, Kavishka Imesh 91, Dion Fernando 48; Sasanka Nethmina 2/83, Shahan Kaushalya 3/45, Yasiru Yugath 2/58) and 181 for 1 in 29 overs (Malith Lakshan 82n.o., Khanka Wickramasinghe 55, Charuka Ayeshan 38n.o.)


55 for no loss overnight 327 for 9 decl. in 75.4 overs (Nabeel Rajudeen 74, Dhanitha Sandeth 30, Shahan Kaushalya 132, Pasindu Mahisha 27; Nimesha Silva 2/65, Akila Wickramasinghe 5/64)

Richmond in first innings win at Katugastota



204 all out in 50.5 overs (Chehan Subasinghe 34, Kavindu Nirmana 27, Malsha Tharupathi 25, Thamindu Pradeeptha 34; Lahiru Abeysinghe 2/20, Thisara Ekanayake 3/59, Kaveesha Piyumal 3/35) and 197 for 8 in 83.3 overs (Tharinda Nirmal 36, Sharon Abhishek 26, Janeth Kaushal 26, Thamindu Pradeeptha 33, Imesh de Silva 41; Lahiru Abeysinghe 2/49, Thisara Ekanayake 3/20, Kaveesha Piyumal 3/44)

St. Anthony’s

122 for 5 overnight 151 all out in 57 overs (Kavindu Shehan 30, Thisara Ekanayake 69; Thamindu Pradeeptha 3/28, Tharinda Nirmal 4/35, Malsha Tharupathi 2/37)

Dasis scores unbeaten double century at Reid Avenue



378 for 9 decl. in 73 overs (Dasis Manchanayake 200n.o., Uvindu Weerasekara 92, Geeshan Perera 30; Janith Shehan 4/32, Seneshka Nethsara 2/30)


89 for 2 in 25 overs (Poorna Kalhara 27, Mohomad Mursad 48n.o.)

St. Benedict’s post 300 runs at Kotahena


St. Benedict’s

300 all out in 65.3 overs (Viduneth Wilson 58, Sheron Kannangara 53, Sharujan Shanmuganathan 53, Shenel Samarathunga 49, Aarshan Joseph 22; Geethika de Silva 4/52, Manaan Muzammil 3/63, Kalindu Wijesinghe 2/32)

St. Anne’s

62 for 4 in 20 overs (Buddima Sahan 24; Kojitha Himsara 2/05)

Nalanda all out for 148 runs at Campbell Place



148 all out in 69.3 overs (Rusiru Vilochana 20, Yasiru Samarakoon 25, Kushmitha Silva 28; Shehan Hasaranga 3/40, Savidya Ranmina 3/27)


70 for 1 in 30 overs (Pramesh Madhubhashana 32n.o.)

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Kamindu Mendis needs to be persevered with



Kamindu Mendis playing his first T-20 International in three years almost put Sri Lanka over the line on Wednesday at Dambulla

by Rex Clementine

A decade or so ago, Richmond College, Galle was winning all the silverware in school cricket. They played by a different set of rules. Often scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in the season had been seen as hallmark of a good player. But Richmond didn’t care for the personal milestones. They played to win. There were bold declarations, attacking field settings, free scoring batsmen and ambidextrous bowlers. Richmond thought out of the box.

Many of their players graduated to the Sri Lankan side after school cricket. Some of them have gone onto become household names of the game. Kamindu Mendis could go onto become the next big name in cricket from Richmond.

With Sri Lanka having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match T-20 series against Afghanistan at Dambulla, Kamindu Mendis was given a break in the dead rubber. He proved his mettle with an unbeaten 65 off 39 balls and nearly pulled off a win. It was his first game for Sri Lanka in three years.

For a 25-year-old on a comeback trial, the pressure didn’t take to Kamindu. He rotated the strike well and waited for the loose balls. His judgements were pretty good something that you can not tell about many young players these days.

One problem facing Sri Lankan cricket is that in white ball cricket among the top seven players there are not many bowling options. If you take successful Sri Lankan teams, among the top seven there were at least three bowling options. These were genuine batsmen who could bowl and that helped the selectors to balance the side.

Kamindu Mendis solves this problem for the current side. He is ambidextrous and can bowl finger spin from both hands and the left-arm spin is quite impressive. It’s a pity that he doesn’t bowl much these days in domestic cricket.

We all marvel that Sanath Jayasuriya took more ODI wickets than Shane Warne. Sanath’s bowling was largely neglected too until a certain Duleep Mendis called him to a side and told him in no uncertain terms that he needed to work on his bowling. Gradually Sanath improved his bowling. Maybe it’s time for Sanath to borrow a leaf out of Duleep’s book and give Kamindu a piece of his mind.

More than skill what impresses you about Kamindu is his temperament. He seem to have got a good head above his shoulders and these kind of players are rare these days in our backyard. Kamindu is a former Sri Lanka under-19 captain and authorities should start grooming him for bigger things.

Kamindu did get a chance in the Test side when the Aussies were in town in 2022. He made a polished 61 in the only innings Sri Lanka batted and never got to play Test cricket again. Let’s hope he doesn’t suffer the same fate in white ball cricket.

A solid batsman, someone who gives you plenty of bowling options and a secure fielder, you can not ask for more than that in white ball cricket. Kamindu has covers all the bases and needs to become a permanent fixture in the T-20 format. With Sri Lanka’s openers in ODI and T-20 cricket being right-handed, a left-handed option at number three isn’t a bad idea.

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Dialog powers historic Royal – Thomian for 19th time



Lasantha Thevarapperuma – Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC handing over the sponsorship to Rev. Marc Billimoria – Warden, S. Thomas’ College and Thilak Waththuhewa - Principal, Royal College. Also pictured (L) Rehan Gunasekera – CoChairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee From RC, Arjuna Waidyasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee from STC

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has extended corporate backing for the 19th year as official sponsor of the country’s blue ribbon cricket encounter, the 2024 ‘Battle of the Blues’ between Royal College, Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia—played for the prestigious Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake Memorial Shield on March 7, 8 and 9 at the SSC Grounds, Colombo. The limited-over ‘Mustang’s Trophy’ match will be on March 16, also at the same venue.

The 145th cricket encounter will be aired LIVE on Dialog Television – ThePapare TV HD (Channel Number 126), live-streamed on and the Dialog ViU App.

Further, Dialog initiated the ‘Play for a Cause’ charity initiative with a mission to uplift school cricket across Sri Lanka. Through a generous pledge of Rs. 1,000 for every run scored and Rs. 10,000 for every wicket taken, last year’s encounter raised a substantial donation of Rs. 1,128,000. The proceedings were distributed in consultation with the Principal of Royal College and the Warden of S. Thomas’ College. This commendable effort helped support and empower four deserving schools in the country.

In this year’s encounter, the boys from Mt. Lavinia will be led by Mahith Perera, while the lads from Reid Avenue will play under the captaincy of Sineth Jayawardena, the U-19 Sri Lanka skipper.

The ‘Royal-Thomian’ series spans an impressive 144 years, making it the second longest uninterrupted cricket series in the world, behind the annual encounter between St. Peters College, Adelaide, and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, Australia, which began just a year earlier. This esteemed tradition kicked off in 1880 with a match at Galle Face, where the Taj Samudra Hotel is presently located. Both teams are said to have rowed boats over the Beira Lake to compete in the match. This storied rivalry predates even the renowned Ashes Series between Australia and England, underscoring its significance in the world of cricket.

The historic rivalry has been a testament to the enduring spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie. The annual cricket match has been a symbol of excellence and mutual respect between the two institutions for over a century. The playing fields of the ‘Roy-Tho’ have the distinction of birthing cricketers who later became eminent heads of state, with S. Thomas’ producing the father of the nation, the late Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake MP whom the Shield is named after—and his son, the late Hon. Dudley Senanayake MP). Both were Prime Ministers of post-independent Ceylon. Meanwhile, Royal College produced the late Rt. Hon. (General) Sir John Kotelawala MP, also Prime Minister, and Sri Lanka’s first Executive President, the late J. R. Jayewardene.

The current tally between the two schools has Royal leading with 36 wins to S. Thomas’ 35, with the highly-debated match in 1885— where Royal College was all out for nine runs and refused to play on the second day—considered a win by S. Thomas’ and a draw by Royal (as described in the respective souvenir books of the two schools). In the 144th Battle of the Blues, under Dasis Manchanayake, Royal recorded a comprehensive 181-run win to register their first victory since 2016. The shield is presently displayed like a crown jewel amidst the silverware in the Royal College trophy cabinet.

Played in the highest tradition of excellence, the two schools have formed a bond of mutual respect, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and friendly adversaries on and off the field, which has stood for almost one-and-a-half centuries. As remarked by a yesteryear Principal of Royal College: “There is no Royal without S. Thomas’ and no S. Thomas’ without Royal.”

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Spinners put England in command on Day 2




Shoaib Bashir bagged four wickets on Day 2 (Cricbuzz)

England’s spin duo of Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley put India in trouble on the second day of the fourth Test in Ranchi by sharing six wickets between them. After getting bowled out for 353 in their first innings, England kept striking at regular intervals despite Yashasvi Jaiswal’s efforts at the other end.

England made a positive start to the day with Ollie Robinson opening up to hit a flurry of boundaries to catch India off guard. He ended up stretching the stand over 100 runs alongside overnight centurion Joe Root with the latter taking a backseat on the second morning. In the process, Robinson ended up registering his first-ever fifty in Test cricket with India desperately searching for a breakthrough. That breakthrough arrived in the form of Ravindra Jadeja as Robinson gloved one to the ‘keeper while attempting to reverse sweep.

Jadeja then made quick work of the tail as Bashir first miscued one hoick and James Anderson got trapped lbw, leaving Root stranded on 122. England would have still been fairly pleased with the score of 353 though given they were reeling at 112/5 at one stage on the opening day. They received a massive boost with the ball too as Rohit Sharma ended up nicking Anderson behind very early in his innings.

Jaiswal on the other hand though got off to a bright start yet again. Having already smashed two double tons in the series, the opener was in great touch prior to the lunch break. He carried on the same vein post resumption as well but ended up watching a procession from the non-striker’s end. Bashir hurt India big time in the second session as he first trapped the well-set Shubman Gill lbw before getting rid of Rajat Patidar and Jadeja, who had smashed successive sixes prior to that.

Those three wickets put India on the backfoot and the onus was on Jaiswal again to revive the innings. The opener did  continue to pile on the runs but England managed to keep Sarfaraz Khan quiet at the other end. The visitors then took full control of the game when Jaiswal dragged one back on to his stumps to fall for 73. With half the side back in the pavilion and almost 200 runs still behind England’s tally, India needed a massive contribution from the lower order. However, England cashed in on their advantage as Hartley drew the outside edge of Sarfaraz before trapping R Ashwin leg-before-wicket. Kuldeep Yadav and Dhruv Jurel put up a brave fight batting out almost 18 overs before stumps but India still need a huge effort from the duo on the third morning to bridge the gap.

Brief scores:
219/7 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 73, Shubman Gill 38; Shoaib Bashir 4/84) trail  England 353 in 104.5 overs (Joe Root 122*; Ravindra Jadeja 4/67) by 134 runs

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