Wesley, DSS, Bens win
Under-19 Limited Overs Cricket
by Reemus Fernando
Wesley rode on a vital eighth wicket stand, D.S. Senanayake were boosted by all-round performances of Amitha Dabare while Chamath Chathurya stood out for St. Benedict’s as they registered victories in the Under-19 Division I Limited Overs Tournament matches played on Wednesday.
Chasing 199 runs to win Denuwana Mendis put on an unbroken 35 runs stand for the eighth wicket with Kushan Chamalka for Wesley to beat Gurukula by two wickets. While Sahil Dias continued his good form with the bat to score 62 runs inclusive of eight fours and a six, Sidath Dharmasiriwardana and Semila Liyanage made vital contribution in the middle order for them to stay in contention. However Wesley were in a spot of bother when Liyanage was out. They were 164 for seven in the 44th over. But a run a ball 14 by Chamalka and an aggressive 36 by Mendis helped them reach the target with 13 balls to spare.
For DSS, Maneendra Jayathilaka stroked 51runs inclusive of four fours and two sixes. While Manura Gathsara scored an unbeaten 40, Amitha Dabare produced all round performances. He scored 45 runs before taking three wickets to restrict De Mazenod.
For Bens, spinner Chamath Chathurya was the pick of the bowlers as he took four wickets to defend a score of 149 runs. Deciding to bat first, the home team were 64 for seven wickets at one stage after Rishitha Perera rattled the top order with a four wicket haul. But Thenuka Nandalal stroked an aggressive 77 runs (in 66 balls) inclusive of nine fours and three sixes for them to reach their eventual total.
Wesley beat Gurukula by three wickets at Campbell Park
198 for 9 in 50 overs (Tharindu Himsara 31, Rashmika Mevan 30, Sithija Chamod 35, Vihanga Iranjana 27, Malshan Lakshitha 35; Denuwana Mendis 2/39, Thenuka Perera 2/36, Ravindu Sigera 2/27)
199 for 7 in 47.5 overs (Sahil Dias 62, Sidath Dharmasiriwardana 33, Semila Liyanage 22, Denuwana Mendis 36n.o., Kushan Chamalka 14n.o.; Thushara Wanigasingha 3/37, Rashmika Mevan 2/32)
DSS beat De Mazenod by 58 runs at DSS ground
248 for 8 in 50 overs (Amitha Dabare 45, Vinuka de Silva 21, Maneendra Jayathilaka 51, Manura Gathsara 40n.o., Sansidu Gunarathne 19; Sihina Sithumina 2/52, Pramodya Rajamunindra 2/35, Chanuka Silva 3/37)
194 all out in 43.4 overs (Sahan Kosala 50, Chamodya Pasindu 31, Sihina Sithumina 37; Randiv Dissanayake 2/09, Amitha Dabare 3/34, Pasindu Denipitiya 2/35)
St. Benedict’s beat St. Anne’s by 38 runs at Kotahena
149 all out in 40 overs (Pasan Suwahas 22, Hasindra Kavirathne 17, Thenuka Nandalal 77; Rishitha Perera 4/33, Pasindu Tennakoon 2/09)
111 all out in 27.4 overs (Kavindu Ekanayake 27, Bimsara Kalhara 22; Hasindra Kavirathne 2/13, Chamath Chathurya 4/21, Malinda Perera 2/27)
Track and field action from Diyagama
The Track and Field season commenced with some of the best athletes in the senior and Under 20 age categories producing notable performances during the two-day Junior and Senior Selection Trial concluded at Diyagama on Tuesday. Here are some action pictures from the day two of the event.
(Pix by Kamal Wanniarachchi)
Dharshana’s false start dampen an otherwise remarkable day
by Reemus Fernando
Sprinter Aruna Dharshana gave athletics fans both joy and heartache on an otherwise remarkable day as the Junior and Senior Track and Field trials concluded with a number of athletes achieving their personal bests at Diyagama yesterday.
Athletics analysts were waiting for Dharshana to reach his personal best in the men’s 400 metres final after the Army athlete produced the best performance in the heats where as many as five athletes clocked sub 47 seconds. When Dharshana followed up his 200 metres winning time of 21.12 seconds with a feat of 46.43 seconds in the 400 metres many expected him to produce a sub 46 seconds performance in the final.
But the shocking foul start meant that he will have to wait for more than a month to test his true potential. Incidentally, Kalinga Kumarage, who was off-colour in the heats (47.51 secs – second in heat 3) won the final with a feat of 46.27 seconds. However, 100 metres sprinter Medhani Jayamanne who was disqualified for a foul start in the women’s 100 metres heats was not so unlucky, as athletics officials gave her an opportunity to compete in the women’s 100 metres final, though her place was (2nd) not recognised. She clocked 12.16 seconds in the final.
In Dharshana’s absence four others, namely, Kumarage, R.N. Rajakaruna, Dinuka Deshan and Pabasara Niku clocked sub 47 seconds.
In the corresponding women’s 400 metres, schoolgirl Tharushi Karunaratne continued to shock her senior counterparts. Having won the women’s 800 metres on day one, the Ratnayake Central prodigy also bagged the 400 metres victory as she clocked 53.41 seconds to beat Asian Championship participant Nadeesha Ramanayake.
In the men’s 100 metres Chamod Yodasinghe reached his personal best as he clocked 10.37 seconds to win the final.
In the women’s 100 metres final, Rumeshika Ratnayake clocked 12.01 seconds to win running against the wind (-2.9). In the heats, she clocked sub 12 seconds.
In the morning, Gayanthika Abeyratne finished the women’s 1500 metres just three seconds shy of her national record mark as she clocked 4:12.53 seconds to win closely followed by steeplechase national record holder Nilani Ratnayake. Abeyratne’s national record established last year stands at 4:09.12 seconds.
In the Under 20 age category events Malith Yasiru produced the second-best performance of the Asian region in the Under 20 boys’ triple jump this year when he cleared a distance of 15.43 metres to win the event.
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