The second day's proceedings of most Under 19 inter-school cricket encounters scheduled to be played around the metropolis were hampered due to bad weather.
Heavy rains on Friday night made it impossible for some of the matches to be worked off on time, while most of them being able to start off only after 11.00 a.m.
| Nilupul Bimsara of St. Aloysius is bowled by a Peterite bowler. Pix by Amila Probodha
No play was possible on day two in the match between St. Benedict's and Royal at Kotahena with the umpires being forced to call off the match without a ball being bowled.
Meanwhile St Peter's beat the rain as they cruised through to an easy innings and 187 runs win over St Aloysius Galle at Bambalapitiya, with the match being over just after tea.
Left arm leggie Julian de Zylwa with a match bag of 8 for 14 was the hero for St. Peter's as he guided the side to begin their Under 19 inter-school cricket season on a victory note.
The foundation for the win was laid by Lahiru Milantha who slammed an unbeaten run a ball knock of 101 which comprised 12 boundaries and two sixes with support coming from Sasheen Fernando who chipped in with a 76 enabling the Petes make a formidable score of 285 for 4 declared.
The Aloysians resuming from their overnight score of 12 for 2 did not last long with Julian running through their batting to bundle them out for a meager 47 in an innings that lasted just 25 overs.
|Udaka Galhena of St.Peter’s in action
Made to follow on with a massive deficit of 238 runs, Julian again along with Dushan Hemantha, Udeka Galhena and Ali Khan skittled them out for a paltry 51 with the Aloysians innings lasting only 25.5 overs.
At Pannipitiya Prince of Wales who too began the season with an outright victory last week continued their form and were in a strong position against Dharmapala when play stopped for tea on day two.
The opening day's play saw the Cambrians spearheaded by an unbeaten knock of 153 by Kusal Mendis who together put on a 198 runs stand for the for the fourth wicket with Shanuka Dulaj make a mammoth 321 for 3 declared.
Dharmapala resuming on their overnight score of 37 for 2 were bowled out for 135 and made to follow on were 20 for no loss needing a further 166 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
DSS had already obtained a first inning lead over Ananda on day two in their match played at Braybrooke Place just before tea. DSS resuming from their overnight score of 69 for 4 went on to make 163 in reply to Ananda's 147.
The match between St. Joseph's and Mahinda at Darley Road saw the home team going past their opponents score of 112 as they ended on 135 for 8 at tea while St Anthony's Katugastota came out on top against Mahanama at the FTZ ground in Katunayake.
St. Anthony's in reply to Mahanama's score of 162 resuming from their overnight score of 53 for 1 made 216 for 9 before declaring with Saranga Rajaguru making a top score of 53. Mahanama batting for the second time went into tea on 42 for 2.
St. Peter's 285 for 4 declared (Sasheen Fernando 76, Jason Buultjens 45, Janith Liyanage 21, Lahiru Milantha 101 n.o.: Dinushka Madushan 2 for 57)
St. Aloysius (12/2 overnight) 47 (Dinushka Madushan 19: Julian de Zylwa 5 for 6, Udeka Galhena 2 for 18) and 51 (Binura Wijesekera 18: Julian de Zylwa 3 for 5, Dushan Hemantha 3 for 8, Udeka Galhena 2 for 7, Ali Khan 2 for 25)
Prince of Wales 321 for 3 declared (Tharindu Dilshan 45, Sisira Fernando 33, Kushal Mendis 153 n.o., Shanuka Dulaj 58 n.o.)
Dharmapala (37/2 overnight) 135 (Yasith Lakshitha 34, Ashan Jayasanka 31: Jayanga Peiris 4 for 30, Shanuka Dulaj 3 for 34, Devaka Dabare 3 for 41) and 20 for no loss
At Braybrooke Place
Ananda 147 (Geshan Wimaladharma 76, Sisuru Samarasinghe 24: Binura Fernando 6 for 32, Savin Cyril 3 for 28)
DSS (69/4 overnight) 163 (Lasith Abeyratne 33, Uvin Bandara 27, Thimira Widyasekera 23, Kanishka Nawagamuwa 22, Harith Maduwantha 19: Thushara Samarakoon 3 for 18, Sisuru Samarasinghe 3 for 19, Pasindu Madushan 2 for 27)
At Darley Road
Mahinda 112 (Hashan Kumuditha 46: Rajindu Rodrigo 3 for 25, Dinal Fonseka 2 for 7)
St. Joseph's (43/3 overnight) 135 for 8 at tea (Nishitha Perera 33, Sachin Hewawasam 24: Chalana de Silva 3 for 34, T.M. Lakshan 2 for 38)
Mahanama 162 (Chathura Jayasinghe 50, Duleeka Tissakuttige 31, Janaka Dayananda 22: Saranga Rajaguru 4 for 48, Kanishka Ranaraja 2 for 12, Hema Srikannan 2 for 16, Sachin Bulathsinghala 2 for 34) and 42 for 2 (Pawan Devinda 21 n.o., Duleeka Tissakuttige 17 n.o.)
St. Anthony's (53/1 overnight) 216 for 9 declared (Saranga Rajaguru 53, Kanishka Ranaraja 39, Madushan Pussella 31, Yohan Woods 19, Dinuk Herath 16: Chathura Wanniarachchi 3 for 26, Nayana Prabath 3 for 41, Chamara Silva 3 for 54)
Royal 201 for 9 (Heshan Kumarasiri 76, Sampath de Silva 26, Ronaka Ahangamage 16: Jason Perera 3 for 34, Dilan Angelo 2 for 46, Yohan Soysa 2 for 48) vs St Benedict's