Joes roar to their third successive win
By M. Shamil Amit
St Joseph's College recorded their third successive win in the ongoing inter-school cricket season when they outclassed the hapless Harischandra National School, Negombo by an innings and 68 runs in the encounter concluded at Darley Road yesterday. The Josephians who won the toss on day one and electing to field restricted the visitors to 148. But the Negombo boys who are playing a top division school side for the first time gave a good display due to some fine batting from Nuwan Viduranga, Kasun Mendis with support coming from Suraj Siriwardena and Dilshan Madusanka.

Spinners Dimuth Karunaratne and Ranesh Perera shared the wickets for the Josephians. The Josephians in reply were given a rude shock when three of their top order batsmen being sent back to the pavilion with just 17 runs on the board. But they came back to end the first days play on 95 for 4 wickets. Resuming their innings on day two the Joes lost two more quick wickets and a sixth wicket stand of 110 runs between Dhanushka Lazarus and Anton de Livera helped them to make an imposing 274 for the loss of seven wickets declared at lunch. Danuka Hettiarachchi was the other successful batsman for the Josephians.

Harischandra National School going in to bat the second time with a deficit of 126 runs to erase were dogged down due to the accurate bowling of Ranesh Perera and they were able to muster only 31 runs between the session of lunch and tea with five of their top batsmen back in the pavilion. The writing was on the wall and again Ranesh tormented the Negombo boys and ultimately they lasted only another 17 runs being bowled out for 58 with Ranesh Perera doing the damage taking 6 for 27 which gave him a match bag of eight for 56.

Harischandra NS 148

( Kasun Mendis 37, Nuwan Viduranga 30, Suraj Siriwardena 27, Dilshan Madusanka 21.; Dimuth Karunaratne 3 for 13, Ranesh Perera 2 for 39) and 58 (Deepal Anuradha 16.; Ranesh Perera 6 for 27, Dhanushka Lazarus 2 for 13)
St Joseph's 274 for 6 declared (Danuka Hettiarachchi 63, Dhanushka Lazarus 56, Roshane de Silva 37, Anton de Livera 70 n.o.; Buddhika Prasanna 3 for 62)


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