Dharmapala rout Sri J'pura MMV
By M. Shamil Amit
Dharmapala College Pannipitiya routed Sri Jayawardenapura MMV Kotte by an innings and 22 runs in their inter-school cricket match concluded at Pannipitiya yesterday. The architect of their win was left arm leg spinner Maduranga Perera who took a match bag of ten wickets for 54 runs.

Sri Jayawardenapura MMV taking first lease of the wicket were bundled out for just 88 with Maduranga Perera doing the damage taking six for 30. In reply the Dharmapalians made a modest 239 thanks to an elegant knock 66 runs by Samila Balasuriya.

Left with a task of making 151 runs to avoid an innings defeat the Kotte boys were unable to come into terms with spinner Maduranga again and manged to muster only 129 failing short by 22 runs.

Sri Jayawardenapura MMV - 88 (Tilan Premanath 19, K.M. Perera 19, S.A. Boteju 16; Maduranga Perera 6 for 30) and 129 (Tilan Premanath 22, S.A. Boteju 19, S.S. Jayawickrama 19, P.J. Pushpakumara 19; Maduranga Perera 4 for 24, Jeewantha Sarangajith 2 for 36, Rasika Madusanka 2 for 36)

Dharmapala - 239 (Samila Balasuriya 66, Praneeth Hewage 32, Shalika Gamage 21, Suranga Weliwatte 19, Samin Kadanaarachchi 19, Tilan Dhanushka 28; Tilan Premanath 5 for 66, D.U. Perera 3 for 59)

Charith saves Thurstan
A match saving knock of 55 by Charith Karunaratne helped Thurstan to hold DSS to a draw in their inter-school cricket match concluded at Wijerama Mawatha yesterday. DSS taking first lease of the wicket were spearheaded by two superb knocks from Damith Gunaratne (96) and Dilum Harischandra (69) to declare their innings on an imposing 289 for 9. Thurstan in their turn were cruising through well on 55 for one. But a middle order collapse sent them reeling for 125.

Made to follow on the Thurstanites had a daunting task of erasing a deficit of 164 runs to save the match. But some tight bowling by the DSS bowlers put them in a spot of bother and they slid to 130 for 5 with plenty of overs remaining to bat and save the game.

It was Charith Karunaratne who began the rescue act defying success to the DSS bowlers and they managed to avert an innings defeat. With time running out the Thurstan tail enders wagged and when the last Thurstan wicket fell they were assured of saving the match, as there was no time for DSS to bat the second time.

DSS - 289 for 9 declared (Damith Gunaratne 96, Dilum Harischandra 69, Roshan Kulatunge 23, Asanga Abeyratne 21, Roshan Laksiri 27 n.o; Sithuka Gamage 4 for 96, Kanishka Elvitigala 2 for 75)

Thurstan - 125 (Hasitha Perera 34, Buddhi Heshan 21, Shehan Perera 17; Dasun Perera 4 for 17, Kasun Suriyaarachchi 2 for 15, Charles Asela 2 for 33) and 178 (Charith Wickramaratne 55, Umesh Karunaratne 17, Buddhi Heshan 18, Shehan Perera 23; Dasun Perera 4 for 53, Kasun Suriyaarachchi 2 for 16, Kanishka Fernando 2 for 28) -MSA

Tarindu stars
By Bernie Wijesekera
The 115-run seventh wicket stand between Tarindu Attanayake 111 (14 fours and five sixes in 130 balls) and Ashan Priyanjan 62 (in 78 balls with 12 fours and a six) helped Nalanda to go to town, when they amassed 357 for 8 dec., in reply to the Thomian first essay total of 252 all out at Campbell Place yesterday.

It was an orgy of run-getting on a sun baked pitch where the batsmen called the tune. The visitors winning the toss and batting first made 252 all out helped by a solid 71 from opener S. Possegolle and skipper Sanjeev Mendis 43.
Spinners Gihan Rupasinghe (leg-spin) 5 for 111 and off -spinner S. Serasinghe 5 for 50 shared the wickets.

Nalanda in reply were (62 for 2 overnight) made 196 for 5 at lunch. After the break Attanayake and Priyanjan batted with assurance to tear the Thomian attack apart. Aided and abetted by some wayward bowling on a scorching fast outfield, Attanayake and Priyanjan cut loose to hoist a 100-run partnership. Tarindu made his maiden inter-school 100. Nalanda declared at tea at 357 for 8.

Paceman Nigel Adams and Kularatne shared four wickets between them. The duo failed to bowl to a line and came in for harsh punishment from the Tarindu and Ashan. The Thomians in their second innings made 100 for 2, thanks to an entertaining unbeaten 62-run stand for the third wicket between diminutive Kaushal Silva 43 n.o., (6 fours in 65 balls) and opener Navin Perera 40 n.o., (with 7 fours).

S. Thomas' 1st innings 252: (S. Pussegolle 71, Sanjeev Mendis 43; Gihan Rupasinghe 5 for 111, S. Serasinghe 5 for 50) and 100 for 2 in 35 overs at close: (Kaushal Silva 43 n.o Navin Perera 40 n.o.,)

Nalanda 357 for 8 in 87 overs: (L. Wickremasinghe 32, Gihan Rupasinghe 33, M. Warnapura 20, Tarindu 62, Sameera Abeysinghe 25, Sajith Kularatne 2 for 87, Nigel Adams 2 for 86, Ashan Peiris 2 for 14).

This year the Nalandians are being trained by U.S.C. Perera an experienced coach, who earlier coached Isipathana and the Royal Juniors.

Nalanda host Thurstan on Jan. 11 and 12 and play Royal on Jan. 15 & 16 at Reid Avenue.

SACK on first innings
By Aubrey Kuruppu
A good all-round performance by Sameer Munas (5 for 38 and 35) enabled the Antonians to steal a march over the more fancied Royalists and beat them on the first innings in their Inter-School cricket match at Katugastota yesterday.

Tottering at 52 for 5, the Antonians were rescued by hard-hitting left hander Selvyn Jamion and Munas and reached a respectable 212.

The Royalists lost two early wickets but Senaratne and Siriwardena made runs briskly at tandem. At this stage, Munas started the damage with his off cutters. Paceman Weerabahu supported him to the hilt by accounting for four batsmen.

Batting again, the Antonians folded up for a poor 119. Royal made 32 for no loss in the second innings
This first innings win for the Antonians over Royal came after almost a decade and a half.

St. Anthony's - 212 in 76.1 overs (M. Perera 15, S. Munas 35, S. Jamion 54, S. Weerabahu 26; S. Vidanagamarachchi 2 for 45, F. Ahamed 3 for 33, D. Wijeratne 3 for 62) and 119 in 48 overs (G. Dissanayake 12,H. Medagoda 22, S. Palihakkara 20, S. Weerabahu 24, S.Jamion 12, P. Samarakoon 14; D. Wijeratne 3 for 30, R. de. Silva 3 for 20, N. Punchihewa 2 for 40)

Royal - 176 in 53 overs (S. Senaratne 63, D. Siriwardena 25, N. Maligaspe 26, A.Bandara 12; S.Munas 5 for 38, S. Weerabahu 4 for 47) and 32 for no loss
Kingswood on a run spree
Kingswood coming out after a long hibernation went on a run spree to amass 357 for 9 on the first day of their Inter-School match against Vidyartha at the Kandy Police Grounds.

Opener Jayasuriya made a sedate 71 and Indika Senaratne a more belligerant 79. But Demintha Dahanayake took the honours with a well compiled hundred. Skipper Gihan Ekanayake rubbed salt into the opponents wounds with a half century.

Vidyartha's skipper and off spinner Eranga Gangoda scalped sixbatsmen. More importantly, Vidyartha will be looking for runs from the skipper.
Kingswood - 357 for 9 in 96 (J. Jayasuriya 71, I. Senaratne 79, D. Dahanaike 108 (17 fours), G. Ekanayake 50; E. Gangoda 6 for 104) - AK


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