Skipper Angelo Perera cracked an unbeaten 128 made in only 131 balls inclusive of 14 boundaries to help St Peter’s record an easy 118 runs win over traditional rivals St Joseph’s in their 35th limited over encounter played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
Angelo was supported by Chathura Peiris who made a quick fire 83 in only 64 balls which comprised three boundaries and six towering sixes. Angelo also went on to eclipse a batting record that stood for ten years in the name of Malinda Warnapura who made in 126 in 1996.
The Peterite skipper winning the toss and electing to bat saw them make merry as they amassed a massive score of 333 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs. The score also eclipsed the highest of 271 made by the Josephians in 1999.
Peterites massive score came off two useful partnerships the first of 83 for the fourth wicket between Angelo and Shivanga Ranasuriya and the other for the fifth wicket between Angelo and Chathura which yielded 143 runs.
The Josephians in their run chase fell into deep trouble as they slid to 6 for 3 in the third over. With useful knocks coming from Jaan Jayasinghe and skipper Shameera Weerasinghe they recovered to end on a respectable 215 for 9.
St Peter’s 333 for 7 in 50 overs (Chathura Peiris 83, Shivanga Ranasuriya 44, Akshu Fernando 22, Angelo Perera 128 n.o.: Dinal Dambarage 5 for 67)
St Joseph’s 215 for 9 in 50 overs (Jaan Jayasinghe 44, Shalindra Perera 43, Shameera Weerasinghe 41: Vinod Perera 3 for 17, Angelo Perera 2 for 39)