veterans win Anura Ranasinghe Memorial Trophy
‘Captain Cool’ still cool
By Bernie Wijesekera
Time tested veteran Arjuna Ranatunge proved that he still has not
lost his magic when he drove Ananda to an easy five wicket win over
Nalanda in their Anura Ranasinghe Memorial Trophy day-night limited
overs encounter at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
a target of 208 runs to win Ananda led by their World Cup winning
skipper Ranatunge made 211 for 5 in just 35.5 overs. Ranatunge made
a personal contribution of 54 not out with five fours in just 56
balls of batting. Ranatunge also captured 2 for 32 during the Nalanda
innings. For this effort Ranatunge was adjudged the man-of-the-match
by former Nalanda College cricketer Chandrasiri Weerasinghe.
Ranatunge young Thilan Samaraweera made 48.
Earlier in the day a timely century by current Test player Mahela
Jayawardena (108) saw Nalanda making 208 all out in 39.4 overs .
In this game old boys of both schools who have represented the country
in cricket were eligible to take part.
Gurusinghe leading Nalanda won the toss and elected to bat. But,
soon they were in trouble against the bowling of Akalanka Ganegama
and Chandika Haturusinghe to slide to 16 for 3.
Mahela Jayawardena and Keerthi Ranasinghe who arrived in the island
from England only last morning, steadied the innings. After Ranasinghe
was caught by skipper Ranatunge off spinner Oshadi Weerasinghe for
23, Kumar Dharmasena took over the innings to see them through their
final total of 208.
Jayawardena in his 86 ball knock hit three sixes and nine fours.
208 in 39.4 overs ( Shantha Kalavitigoda 13, Mahela Jayawardena
108, Keerthi Ranasinghe 23, Kumar Dharmasena 22, Akalanka Ganegama
2 for 29, Chandika Haturusinghe 2 for 20, Arjuna Ranatunge 2 for
20, Thilan Samaraweera 2 for 51) Ananda 211 for 5 in 35.5 overs
(Thilan Wijesinghe 23, Thilan Samaraweera 48, Arjuna Ranatunge 54
n.o., Marvan Atapattu 26, Keerthi Ranasinghe 1 for 44)