School Cricket Review:
Ananda in superb win over Peterites
Ananda College have done it again. This time in a more spectacular
manner. Last week they brought down the star studded St. Peter's College
team by two wickets with a brilliant performance on their home grounds
at Ananda Mawatha.
Their success had a great amount of significance as they cruised to
their sixth outright victory from nine outings in the current inter
school under 19 cricket tournament. In addition the manner in which they
went about their task was really outstanding.
The Anandians had their backs to the wall at one stage and were
struggling to keep their unbeaten record this season. This was after a
dismal batting performance where they were skittle out for a paltry 59
runs in the first innings.
But the Anandians never gave up hopes and looked a determined side
altogether on the second day of the match. They were able to turn a
certain defeat into a memorable triumph as they reached the victory
target of 225 runs with two wickets to spare.
No other team has chased over two hundred runs in their second
innings and won the match in a similar manner. The Anandians were able
to perform the near impossibility thanks to an unbeaten knock of 81 from
The solid middle order batsman rose to the occasion and guided them
towards absolute safety after they had lost half of their side for a low
score. Ananda were heading towards disaster when their top order
collapsed again in the second innings.
However Sachin Devage came into their rescue with a stubborn batting
performance that helped Ananda College to turn the game in their favour.
Matheesha Perera and Madumal Jayaratne are two other experienced players
who performed a key role towards their success with the latter claiming
a matchbag of ten wickets.
St. Peter's v St. Sebastian's
St. Peter's College put aside their humiliating defeat against Ananda
College to bounce back and beat the formidable St. Sebastian's College
outfit by ten wickets in their inter school under 19 cricket tournament
match worked off at Bambalapitiya.
This was a tremendous recovery from the Peterites as they proved that
they have the mental strength to get off the floor and fight back. No
other team would have had the determination to bounce back and win a
match by a convincing margin after having experienced a terrible
situation a couple of days ago.
But St. Peter's College have proved that they have the talent and the
potential to win a match under different conditions which will be of
great use for them in the up coming games this season. Their success was
achieved almost by an innings because their victory target was a mere 27
This was a fantastic bowling effort from the Peterites considering
the fact that St. Sebastian's College have always produced some top
stroke makers over the years. In fact last week they proved it by
notching up over three hundred runs in the game against St. Joseph's
However this time they were unable to produce a repeat performance
and were dismissed for under two hundred runs in their two innings. The
Sebastianites of course made a desperate attempt to save the game after
they had been asked to follow on.
But the Peterites were more determined on the field with Chatura
Peiris, Vinod Perera and Nirochana Perera sharing the bowling honours.
The former in fact had a highly successful game as he also contributed a
valuable half century in their formidable first innings total of 282
Royal v Nalanda
Royal College produced a clinical performance to down their arch
rivals Nalanda College by 62 runs in their annual inter school under 19
cricket tournament match worked off at Reid Avenue last week.
Royal achieved their victory largely due to their bowlers where they
performed admirably to dismiss the opposition for a low score in both
innings. In fact Nalanda College managed to collect only 97 runs during
their run chase with Maneesha Thanthirigoda claiming a five wicket haul.
But it was Bhanuka Rajapaksa who actually opened the gates for their
victory while producing a splendid all round performance. His half
century in the second innings total of 136 runs was worth more than that
because the entire team was under tremendous pressure.
This was after he had claimed a four wicket haul to get rid off the
Nalandians for 155 runs in the first innings. But the sheer
disappointment for Royal was that they could not take advantage of the
situation and build up a much bigger lead.
In the first innings too Royal somewhat failed to put up a decent
score on the board with only Kithruwan Vithanage making a notable
contribution of 83.
S. Thomas' v Isipatana
S. Thomas' College completed a successful outing as they defeated
Isipatana College by four wickets in their inter school under 19 cricket
tournament match worked off at Mount Lavinia last week. The Thomians of
course did not win the match as convincingly as they would have expected
but yet they would take it especially after their setback against St.
Benedict's College at Kotahena in their previous outing.
In fact their batting looked pretty ordinary once again and had to
concede a surprise first innings lead as they were shot out for just 125
runs. S. Thomas' College were little fortunate because Isipatana College
did not have the capability of exploiting this situation and to extend
their lead beyond their opponents reach.
Instead Isipatana College managed to score only 107 runs in their
second innings while allowing the home side to reach their target with
plenty of overs to spare. Even then S. Thomas' College will be quite
concerned because they lost six wickets while chasing a modest total of
The fact is that S. Thomas' College have lost some of their top
players following the under 19 ruling from this season and are depending
heavily on Saleem, Nilushan and Chamal Fonseka who had a very good game
with both bat and ball.
St. Joseph's v Wesley
St. Joseph's College settled for a draw in their inter school under
19 cricket tournament match against Wesley College worked off at
Campbell Park last week. This was a satisfying outing for the Wesleyites
because they were able to restrict the strong Josephian batting line up
for 227 runs.
The lads from Darley Road were fresh after their heroics against St.
Sebastian's College last week where they rattled up over three hundred
runs in a high scoring encounter.
But this time they just could not get their act together well with
none of their top order batsmen been able to make a big score.
They eventually got pass the two hundred run mark largely due to a
fighting half century from middle order batsman Nishika de Silva.
St. Joseph's College of course hit back strongly by dismissing the
Wesleyites for 149 runs with Sameera Weerasinghe causing most of the
damage. However they just did not have enough time to set their
opponents a target and decided to occupy the crease for some useful
batting practice in the second innings.
Trinity v Kegalle MV
Trinity College cruised to their second outright victory this season
when they trounced Kegalle MV by an innings and 49 runs in their inter
school under 19 cricket tournament match worked off at the Asgiriya
Stadium in Kandy last week.
Spinners Akila Jayasundera and Rushan Jaleel did the initial damage
with four wickets apiece while medium paceman M. Shehan added the
finishing touches to bundle out the opposition for just 89 runs in the
St. Anthony's v Kingswood
St. Anthony's College cruised to their fourth outright victory this
season as they outplayed home town rivals Kingswood College by an
innings and 97 runs in their inter school under 19 cricket tournament
match worked off at Katugastota last week.
The Antonains were able to completely rattle their opponents with
Adil Reyal producing a superb all round performance following some
splendid batting from the openers Hiran Wickremasekera and Dulash
Kumarasinghe who were associated in a stand of 143 runs.
Moratu MV v Karandeniya Central
Moratu MV notched up their sixth outright victory this season as they
defeated Karandeniya Central by a massive margin of 130 runs in their
inter school under 19 cricket tournament match worked off at Moratuwa
during the weekend.
Moratu MV were able to score only 120 runs in the first innings but
they really made amends in their second attempt while piling up 291 for
9 that set up an easy victory at the end.