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Thomians in innings win as Manith bags 11 wickets

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by Reemus Fernando

S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia cruised to a comfortable innings and 35 runs victory over St. John’s College, Jaffna as left-arm spinner Manith Perera collected a match bag of 11 wickets in their first tradition match of the season at Mount Lavinia on Tuesday.

Forced to follow on the visitors were dismissed for 145 runs as Perera took seven wickets. In the first innings Perera and Ryan Fernando shared seven wickets between them to bundle out St. John’s for 61 runs.

Scores:

S. Thomas’ 241 for 7 overnight declared

St. John’s 61 all out in 20.2 overs (T. Dinoshan 21; Manith Perera 4/23, Ryan Fernando 3/2runs, G Caniston 2/21) 145 all out in 33 overs (T. Dinoshan 20, T. Vinojan 34, K Thamilkathir 34, Y. Sangeethanan 22n.o.; Manith Perera 7/ 60, Randiv Gunasekara 2/02)

 

Nipun takes five wickets

A five wicket haul by Nipun Premaratne helped Thurstan contain Ananda to 149 runs on day one of the traditional cricket encounter at Ananda Mawatha.

 

Scores:

Ananda 149 all out in 46.3 overs 46.3 overs (Mineth Premarathne 46n.o., Tehaan Perera 23, Kanishka Ranthilakage 21; Nipun Premaratne 5/56, Punthila Kumara 2/32, Vihas Thewmika 2/10)

Thurstan 117 for 1 in 46 overs (Vihanga Jayanama 34, Tharindu Harshana 45n.o.; Saviru Bandara 1/32)

 

Sadishan, Oshen shine at Dombagoda

Mahanama took major honours against St. Servatius’ as Sadishan Chamodya with a century and Oshen Gamage with a six wicket haul excelled in the traditional Under-19 match at the Ordnance Corps Ground, Dombagoda on Tuesday.

 

Scores:

Mahanama 219 for 4 overnight 307 for 9 decl. in 89.5 overs (Sadishan Chamodya 104, Pavan Rathnayake 47, Pulshan Rohana 35, Savindu Kavinda 40, Danaja Sandalidu 27, Vinuka Rubasinghe 25; Matheesha de Silva 3/76, Kushan Wijerama 3/78, Kokum Induma 2/88)

St. Servatius’ 88 all out in 50.2 overs (Oshen Gamage 6/18, Achintha Supun 2/14) and 30 for 2 in 21 overs.

 

 



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Lashmika, Rusanda guide St. Peter’s to final

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Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ Semi-Final

by Reemus Fernando

A vital knock of 96 runs by Rusanda Gamage and a six-wicket haul by Lashmika Perera powered St. Peter’s to convincing 105 runs victory over Mahinda in the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ semi-final played at Thurstan College ground on Tuesday.

Chasing a target of 262 runs to win Mahinda lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowed out for 156 runs with nine overs remaining in their innings.

Introduced to the bowling attack as the seventh bowler, spinner Lashmika Perera rattled the batting line up with a six-wickethaul. After being 106 for three wickets at one stage, Mahinda collapsed dramatically only to see the last wicket pair of Arosha Udayanga and Kaveen Rukshan delaying the inevitable for ten overs.

They added 37 runs for the last wicket before Perera trapped Rukshan lbw for 23 runs to take his sixth wicket. His figures read 6-0-19-6.

Earlier batting first, Gamage was the key for St. Peter’s as he top scored with 96 runs. Gamage held their batting together till late facing as many as 125 balls before being stumped off the bowling of Tharusha Dilshan. Dilshan with a four-wicket haul was the pick of the bowlers for Mahinda.

Gamage also had the support of Sanshay Gunathilaka with whom he added a 100 runs partnership, while Shannan Rodrigo made a quick-fireknock of 49 runs inclusive of three sixes.

St. Peter’s will now meet Thurstan

in the Tier ‘B’ final.

Scores:

St. Peter’s

261 for 9 in 50 overs (Vishen Helambage 26, Rusanda Gamage 96, Sanshay Gunathilaka 23, Shannan Rodrigo 49, Kavika Jayasundara 19; Tharusha Dilshan 4/47)

Mahinda

156 all out in 41 overs (Dinura Kalupahana 36, Dhanuja Induwara 20, Ranmina Hettiarachchi 22, Kaveen Rukshan 23; Lashmika Perera 6/19)

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Sri Lanka’s direct World Cup qualifying chances fading away

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It remains to be seen whether Sri Lanka bring in spin-bowling all-rounder Dunith Wellalage for today’s must-win game.

Rex Clementine at Pallekele

Following Sunday’s torrential rain here at Pallekele, Sri Lanka’s hopes of winning the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan vanished and the hosts now can only hope of squaring the series by winning today’s final game. Afghanistan had won the opening encounter by 60 runs after Sri Lanka’s middle order failed to show up and although the second game looked to be in their hands after Afghanistan were reduced to a modest 228, rain squashed Sri Lanka’s hopes.

What’s a bigger headache for Sri Lanka is that their hope of qualifying directly for next year’s World Cup in India is fading away fast. Afghanistan secured automatic qualification for the sport’s showpiece event following Sunday’s result as both teams shared the ten points available from the game. They are currently placed seventh with 115 points while Sri Lanka are languishing at tenth place with 67 points and four games left.

Three of those games are in New Zealand and Sri Lanka need to win three of the remaining four games to have any hopes of qualifying directly. That will be a tough ask against a New Zealand side in their backyard.

In case Sri Lanka don’t make it, they will have to play a qualifying round involving West Indies, Ireland, Netherlands, Zimbabwe and five other teams that come through from a lower league. The top two teams in this ten-nation tournament will then progress to the World Cup.

It remains to be seen whether Sri Lanka bring in spin-bowling all-rounder Dunith Wellalage for today’s must-win game. The hosts had been backing seam-bowling all-rounder Dhananjaya Lakshan for the first two games.

The wicket looks dry, and Afghanistan could back left-arm wrist spinner Noor Ahmad for today’s clash. The Chinaman bowler is no stranger to Sri Lanka having featured in the Lanka Premier League.

Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka and Kasun Rajitha, who travelled home from Kandy for their engagements and wedding on Monday returned to Kandy the same day and were at training at Pallekele yesterday.

Sri Lanka:

(Probable XI) Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan or Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara..

Afghanistan:

(Probable XI) Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi (Captain), Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai or Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi.

Umpires:

Nitin Menon (India) and Lyndon Hannibal (SL)

Third Umpire:

Ravindra Wimalasiri (SL)

Match Referee:

Ranjan Madugalle

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BRC emerge champions at Malay CC Sixes

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Cup Champions BRC

BRC defeated surprise finalists Colombo Malay Cricket Club (CMCC) by five wickets in the Cup final at the Invitation six-a-side cricket tournament to celebrate CMCC’s 150th anniversary at the MCA ground on Saturday.

Governors’ Trophy winners Malay CC were restricted to 44 for four in five overs. BRC romped to 50 without loss in just 2.3 overs with TM Sampath unbeaten on 42.

Sampath went on to bag the Best Batsman’s prize while Danal Hamananda also of BRC took the Best Bowler’s award.

Malay CC had a dream run to the final defeating CCC in their opening match scoring 61 without loss and 78 for three to beat Colts in the semi-final. However, they could not repeat their heroics in the final against some accurate bowling from BRC.

There were many good hits over the ropes that thrilled the sparse crowd and many cricket balls that were sent well past the boundary were lost.

Avishka Perera of Colts too made some big hits and hit an unbeaten 50 off just 20 balls in a losing cause against Malay CC in the Cup semi-final.

The victorious BRC team comprised TM Sampath, Dushan Hemantha, Lahiru Samarakoon, Leo Francisco, Danal Hemananda, Resansora Silva, Malinda Jayod and Dulaj Ashen.

Meanwhile, SSC clinched the Plate title when they beat Moors SC by five wickets in the final.

Moors SC scored 66 for four and SSC notched up the winning runs in four overs scoring 68 without loss with Krishan Sanjula cracking 37 and Shevon Daniel 16.

Cup runners-up CMCC

Scores

First round

SSC 83/1

(Shevon Daniel 19, Nipun Dananjaya 28, Krishan Sanjula 22) lost to Colts CC 84/1 (Shalin de Mel 62)

Malay CC 61/0

(Mangala Pradeep 39) beat CCC 58/4 (Pawan Pathiraja 19, Manidu Shyamal 2/09)

Tamil Union 59/5

(Sachith Pathirana 30, Dushan Hemantha 2/2) lost to BRC 62/4 (Danal Hemananda 29, Ravindu Fernando 2/14)

Moors SC 58/5

(Sohan de Livera 13, Asel Sigera 2/5) lost to NCC 59/2 (Asel Sigera 23)

Plate Semi-finals

CCC 50/5

(Pavan Ratnayake 23, Keshan Wijeratne 2/5) lost to SSC 53/3 (Vinushka Silva 2/10)

CMCC Cricket Secretary Thassim Junkeer presenting the Best Batsman award to TM Sampath of BRC.

Moors SC 90/1

(Dinuka Dilshan 38) beat Tamil Union 63/3 (Ravindu Fernando 33, Dinuka Dilshan 2/9)

Plate Final

Moors 66/4

(Thilan Loransu 14, Kalana Perera 2/3) lost to SSC 68/0 (Krishan Sanjula 37)

Cup Semi-finals

Malay CC 78/3

(Kalana Madushanka 35, Niman Umesh 21) beat Colts CC 70/2 (Avishka Perera 50, Mangala Pradeep 2/7)

NCC 80/3

(Asel Sigera 35, Danal Hemananda 2/5) lost to BRC 83/0 (TM Sampath 41 no)

Cup Final

Malay CC 44/4

(Mangala Pradeep 14) lost to BRC 50/0 (TM Sampath 42)

Special Awards:

Best Batsman –

TM Sampath (BRC)

Best Bowler –

Danal Hemananda (BRC)

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