Trinity coasted to their seventh outright win of the ongoing Under-19 inter-school cricket season with a five wicket win over St. Joseph’s in their match concluded at Darley Road yesterday. Trinity chasing 153 runs for victory in 33 overs took up the challenge thanks to useful knocks coming from Arjuna Jayasinghe, Madawa Munaweera and Shanmuganathan [...]

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Trinity in seventh heaven, defeat Joes after 51 years

Thomians crush Wesley as Tharindu rocks them

Trinity coasted to their seventh outright win of the ongoing Under-19 inter-school cricket season with a five wicket win over St. Joseph’s in their match concluded at Darley Road yesterday.

Trinity chasing 153 runs for victory in 33 overs took up the challenge thanks to useful knocks coming from Arjuna Jayasinghe, Madawa Munaweera and Shanmuganathan Shanogeeth who paved the way for them to reach the required target in 30.4 overs.

Trinity spinner Shanmuganathan Sanogeeth took seven Josephian wickets to create his team a winning chance - Pic by Ranjith Perera

Trinity win also saw them securing an outright win against St. Joseph’s after a lapse of 51 years with the last being recorded way back in 1964 under the leadership of M.P.M. Zarouk and also the last win in Colombo against the Josephians was achieved in 1926.

The win had added value as the Kandy lads came into the game sans three of their top players in Nushan Weerasinghe, Lahiru Kumara and Duvindu Tillekeratne who are in the Sri Lanka U19 squad, preparing for the forthcoming series against Bangladesh.

Trinity in fact had put themselves in a strong position in the morning session of play on day two. Resuming from their overnight score of 164 for 8 they went on to make 183.

St. Joseph’s after being shot out for 111 batting the second time fared better with Jehan Daniel making a 72 supported by Aravinda Akurugoda and Hashindra Perera enabling them make a score of 224 but in the end it proved to be insufficient.

Spinner Tharindu wrecks Wesley

Dual purpose spinner Tharindu Ratnayake who is capable of bowling with both arms wrecked the Wesley batting when he ended with an impressive match bag of 15 for 59 and guide S. Thomas’ to an innings and 54 run win in their Under-19 inter-school cricket encounter concluded at Mt. Lavinia yesterday.

The match was played for the M. Sathasivam Trophy donated by Wesley in the year 2000 in which the Thomians led by Gihan Fernando won the game.

Tharindu Ratnayake of S.Thomas' in action

Coincidentally the coach of the 2000 team was Dinesh Kumarasinghe who is presently in charge of the team with the Thomians winning the trophy after a lapse of 14 years.

The Thomians had put themselves in a strong position when play ended on day one after making a modest score of 240 and then having the Wesleyites struggling on 80 for 7.

The second day’s proceedings saw the Wesleyites being unable to make any impression as Tharindu ran through the batting with Wesley being able to add only another three runs being bowled out for 83. Tharindu ended with impressive of figures on 7 for 17.

Wesley made to follow on with a deficit of 153 runs fell into deep trouble and was struggling on 58 for 5 at the lunch break with Tharindu taking four of them.

The Wesleyites did not last long in the post lunch session as Tharindu spun a web again to grab four more wickets to bowl them out for 103. Tharindu again ended with another impressive bowling return of 8 for 42 to steer the sea side boys to their fifth outright win for the season.
Ibbagamuwa cave in against Johnians

Left-arm spinner Raviendran Lohathieswar coming into the cricket field after missing two matches due to an injury showed that he has not lost his form as he guided St. John’s Jaffna with a match bag of 9 for 74 record an innings and 113 runs over Ibbagamuwa Central in the Under-19 match which ended at St. John’s ground in Jaffna.

Raviendran’s impressive performance came after Paramanathan Thuvarakaseelan who made a quick fire 142 in 134 balls that included 18 boundaries and five sixes and Sebamalapillai Jeni Fleming (89) had laid the foundation for the victory.

Paramanathan and Jeni Fleming put a massive 183 runs for the fourth wicket enabling the Johinans to make an impressive score of 335. Ibbagamuwa Central having ended on 62 for 2 on day one collapsed to a score of 142 as Jathushan Vasanthan and Raviendran shared eight wickets doing the damage.

Ibbagamuwa Central made to bat again with the daunting task of erasing 193 runs was unable to achieve it as Raviendran along with Kanagaratnam Kapilraj and Arulanantham Ghanamirthan combined with effect to bundle them out for a meager 80 and steer the Johinans to their sixth outright win.

At Darley Road: Trinity beat St. Joseph’s by 5 wickets

St. Joseph’s 111 (Pathum Madusanka 29: Shanmuganathan Shanogeeth 7 for 35, Raveen Sayer 3 for 39) and 224 (Jehan Daniel 72, Aravinda Akurugoda 41, Hashindra Perera 37: Pramodya Abeykoon 3 for 36, Raveen Sayer 3 for 54, Dilan Jayalath 2 for 12) Trinity (164/8 overnight) 183 (Dilan Jayalath 53, Hasitha Boyagoda 49: Aravinda Akurugoda 3 for 73, Harin Cooray 2 for 7, Treshan Perera 2 for 16, Jehan Daniel 2 for 28) and 156 for 5 (Arjuna Jayasinghe 40, Madawa Munaweera 24, Shanmuganathan Shanogeeth 27 n.o.: Aravinda Akurugoda 3 for 57)
At Mt Lavinia: S. Thomas’ beat Wesley by innings and 54 runs

S. Thomas’ 240 (Yohan Mendis 57, Nipuna Gamage 47, Chenutha Wickramasinghe 38, Ravindu Sasanka 29, Helakamal Nanayakkara 36 n.o.: Reshana Seneviratne 4 for 40, Andrew Parais 3 for 61)

Wesley (80/7 overnight) 83 (Helitha Bambaranda 17, Senith Wickramanayake 33 n.o.: Tharindu Ratnayake 7 for 17) and 103 (Andrew Parais 23, Jonathan Caderamanpulle 19: Tharindu Ratnayake 8 for 42, Sachitha Jayatilleke 2 for 0)
At Jaffna: St John’s beat Ibbagamuwa Central by innings and 113 runs

St. John’s Jaffna 335 (Paramanathan Thuvarakaseelan 142, Sebamalapillai Jeni Fleming 89, Manivannan Sinthurjan 34, Arulanantham Ghanamirthan 17: Deshan Wijewardena 3 for 62, Sanka Samaradiwakara 3 for 106, Sahan Walpola 2 for 47, Mohamed Musthak 2 for 51)
Ibbagamuwa Central 142 (Kaushalya Ekanayake 22, Nimesh Wickramasinghe 21, Sanka Samaradiwakara 19, Srimal Seneviratne 18: Jathushan Vasanthan 4 for 25, Raviendran Lohathieswar 4 for 36) and 80 (Mustaq Mohamed 17, Buddika Wijeratne 16: Raviendran Lohathiewar 5 for 38, Kanagaratnam Kapilraj 2 for 8, Arulanantham Ghanamirthan 2 for 18)

Damitra helps Antonains to take lead

By Auburey Kuruppu

A masterful 88 in 90 balls by hitherto out of form Damitra Panditharatne helped the Antonians to take a 60 run first innings lead over Nalanda at Katugastota.

Panditharatne included 12 fours and three sixes in his aggressive knock. In tandem with skipper Buvaneka Wijetunga, he put on 108 for the 7th wicket. Earlier, Dilan Bandara, another mainstay of the side, completed a sound 57
Nalanda made amends in their second knock reaching 215-6. Senura Perera and Dasun Seneviratne came up with well-made half centuries, while Aroshana Kumara hit 40.

Antonian skipper Wijetunga, a consistent wicket-taker had a five wickets.

Nalanda 195 and 215-6 in 56 overs (Senura Perera 55, Aroshana Kumara 40, Dasun Seneviratne 51, Malinga Amarasinghe 29 Buvaneka Wijetunga 5 for 65)
St. Anthony’s 95-3 contd. 255-9 in 72 overs (Dilan Bandara 57, Damitra Panditharathne 88 Kavindu Yapa Bandara 24, Ayantha de Silva 2 for 44, Lakshita Rasanjana 2 for 32)
Draw at Lake View
Mahinda put up a much improved display with the bat to draw their match against Dharmaraja at Lake View.
Bowled out for 168 and invited to follow on 111 runs in arrears, the Mahinda first-liners played confidently to churn out the runs. Suresh Kumara showed the way with an attacking innings of 93 in 121 balls. He had 12 fours and a six. Sachika Udara (54) and Hansika Welihinda took the cue from him.
Rajan left arm spinner had a good game, making 44 and then picking up 9 for 110. Venuka Galahitiyawa, who was very productive last season, has been content with bags of two wickets.
Dharmaraja 274
Mahinda (66-5 contd.) 163 in 53.2 overs (Sachika Udara 44, Gihan Dhanushka 21 Pasindu Dilshan 21, Ruchira Pupulewatte 4 for 39, Nipuna Aerath 2 for 15, Venuka Galahitiyawa 2 for 55) and 263-8 in 68 overs (Suresh Kumara 93, Sachika Udara 54, Hansika Welihinda 23 not out, Ruchira Pupulewatte 5 for 71, Venuka Galahitiyawa 2 for 108)
Sri Rahula on first innings
Sri Rahula Katugastota scored a comfortable 99 run first innings win over group leaders Nugawela Central at the Police grounds. Tharaka Rathnayake (85), Manjith Rajapakse (72) and Ashan Herath (45) were the main contributors.

In reply, Nugawela Central declared 99 runs behind, after averting the follow on. Opener Vikum Bamunuarachchi 29, Kavindra Kumara 31, Thatsara Weerasinghe 38 and Jeshab Werellagama batted resolutely for their runs. Spinners Jeevantha Wijeratne (off) and Diliesha Madusanka (Leg) were Sri Rahula’s wicket-takers.

Left-arm pacie Sandaniwam Dharmaratne (7-20) sliced through the first seven batsmen in a good, hostile spell, however, the storm was weathered and at the close Sri Rahula was 145 runs ahead with two wickets in hand.

Sri Rahula 262-8 dec in 72 overs (Tharaka Ratnayake 85, Manjith Rajapakse 72, Chamika Samarasekara 19, Ashan Herath 45, Lakmal de Silva 2 for 64, Niroshan Tillekeratne 3 for 88) and 46-8 in 46 overs (Mahinda Koshala 15, Ashan Herath 17; Sandaruwan Dharmaratne 7 for 20)

Nugawela Central 163-9 dec. (Thatsara Werasinghe 38, Vikum Bamunuarachchi 29, Kavindu Kumara 31, Jeshan Werellagama 23; Jeevantha Wijeratne 4 for 15)

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