Review: Wesley stuns Joes in Centenary match

Review: Wesley stuns Joes in Centenary match

By Chris Dhambarage  Published : 5:39 pm  January 9, 2017 | No comments so far | Print This Post


Wesley College have produced the ingredients of success for the first time in the current Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket season.

Last week, at Campbell Park they came out with their best effort to outplay the more fancied St. Joseph’s College outfit on the first innings in their annual cricket encounter.

Their performance had a great amount of significance as they were able to take major honours in this historic Centenary encounter played for the Bryan Claessen-Arthur Hakel Memorial Trophy.

The architect behind their success was ThilinaPerera who hammered a career best 160 to help Wesley pile up a formidable 324 in reply to St. Joseph’s first innings total of 268 for nine declared.

His innings was built under tremendous pressure through a lot of courage and determination as the Wesleyiteswere in real trouble having collapsed to 98 for five at one stage.

However, Perera anchored the innings and held the late order batting together magnificently as Wesley eventually went on to take a surprise first innings lead of 56 runs.

The Wesleyites then continued their dominance and added more humiliation on their opponents by reducing the powerful Josephian batting line-up to 48 for six in the second innings.

De Mazenod vs St. Sebastian’s

St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa had the better of De Mazenod College by a convincing margin of 62 runs in a low scoring Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter worked off at Kandana.

The manner in which the Sebastianites turned this game in their favour was quite outstanding considering the fact that they were skittle out for just 139 runs in the first innings.

But they staged a remarkable fightback to bundle out their opponents for 120 runs and went on to snatch a crucial first innings lead of 19 runs.

They never looked back from there onwards and went on to further extend that lead by compiling 194 in the second innings thanks to a fighting half century from Tharusha Fernando.

The Sebastianites then added the finishing touches in style as they bowled out the home side for 151 runs in the second innings with the consistent Vinuja Ranasinghe claiming a superb six wicket haul.

Richmond vs Trinity

Trinity College took first innings honours over Richmond College in a high profile Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter played at Galle.

The Trinitians simply displayed their all-round potential to outclass their formidable opponents in all departments of the game despite performing away from home.

In fact, Richmond’s modest first innings total of 223 was not good enough to challenge the powerful Trinity batting line-up as TrevonPercivel struck an unbeaten hundred to seal the game.

Trinity eventually went on to build up a first innings lead of over one hundred runs and had the home side struggling at 55 for three in their second innings.

Nalanda vs S. Thomas’

S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia had the upper hand over Nalanda College in their annual Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place.

Overall this was a highly successful outing for the Thomians considering the fact that they produced three half centurions and another took a five-wicket haul on a good batting surface.

RomeshNallapperuma led the way with an elegant 73 followed by a solid 63 from DinuraGunawardena as S. Thomas’ College had little difficulties in going over the 250 run mark in their first innings.

In reply, the Nalandians looked pretty uncomfortable against the bowling of PavithRatnayake who snapped up five wickets to give his team a convincing first innings lead.

Ravindu Kodituwakku then grabbed the opportunity to compile an important half century as S. Thomas’ College closed their second innings at 131 for five.

Nalandaof course had another chance to salvage their pride but their top order batting failed once again and were struggling at 91 for four in their second innings after being set a victory target of 228 runs.

Prince of Wales vs D. S. Senanayake

Prince of Wales College fell short by just three wickets from recording an outright victory over D. S. Senanayake College in their Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter played at Moratuwa.

D. S. Senanayake chasing a victory target of 204 runs were struggling at 94 for seven when play ended with the Cambrians taking all the honours in this drawn fixture.

Senior player ThilanNimesh played a sterling role for Prince of Wales while compiling a splendid century in the first innings and also excelled with the ball claiming five wickets in the match.

St. Anthony’s vs Royal

St. Anthony’s College took first innings honours over Royal College in their Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter which ended in a draw in Kandy.

The Antonians rallied around through two half centuries from SuneraJayasinghe and TheekshaGunasinghe to rattle up 241 in reply to Royal’s modest first innings total of 190.

However, the visitors put up a more aggressive performance in their second attempt to reach 237 for five with Pasindu Sooriyabandara and Kavindu Madarasinghe completing half centuries.

Anandavs St. Peter’s

Ananda College had the better of the exchanges over St. Peter’s College in their annual Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter which ended in a draw at AnandaMawatha.

The Anandians after dismissing the Peterites for 182 runs in the first innings, went on to amass 209 for nine thanks to the efforts of Kavindu Gimhana (73) and Kavishka Anjula (52).

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