Senaratne, Maligaspe dazzle for Royal
By Bernie Wijesekera
Royal openers Sukitha Senaratne (77 in 120 balls, 5 fours and one six) and Malinga Maligaspe (64, with five fours) were associated in an entertaining stand and in the process, helped them to total 267 for 8 and declare at tea in their 107th encounter against St. Joseph’s on the first day of the inter-school cricket match at Reid Avenue yesterday.

The Josephians in reply were 110 for 4 at close.Sukitha Senaratne, the batsman in form, who scored a spicy 53 against Nalanda, maintained his consistency. Maligaspe weighed in with a workman-like 64.

For two successive years the Josephians had outclassed Royal with outright wins. Royal this year are a better disciplined lot under coach Chulaka Amarasinghe. They matched their rivals with discipline and determination.
After being 161 for 1, Royal went on the run hunt to open out the game before they declared.

The Joes in reply were 110 for 4 with Roshanne Silva unbeaten on 39. Mowjood captured 2 for 27 for the Royalists.
Royal - 267 for 8 in 62.5 overs (M. Maligaspe 64, S. Senaratne 77, Dimitri Siriwardena 24, Samith Nandamulla 26, Charith Fernando 15; Sameera Weerasinghe 2 for 76,Revanka de S,Wijeratne 2 for 31).
St.Joseph’s - 110 for 4 in 32 overs (R. Fernandopulle 19, Prabudha Sankalpe 16, Roshanne Silva 39 n.o, H. Mowjood 2 for 27)


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