Royal in resounding win over Sebastianites
St. Peter’s third successive victory this season was somewhat
overshadowed by a remarkable effort from Royal College who powered their
way to register a resounding innings victory over St. Sebastian’s
College on their home grounds at Reid Avenue last week.
Royal’s second win for the current season in fact came in the most
spectacular manner with the match ending in less than four sessions.
This was of course quite predictable from the moment St. Sebastian’s
College were shot out for a mere 25 runs in their first innings.
This was mainly due to some brilliant seam bowling from Bhanuka
Rajapaksa who snapped up four wickets including a hat-trick from just
eight deliveries without conceding a run.
This could easily be one of the most destructive bowling spells
produced at Reid Avenue and also during the current season. This was
also the first time that Rajapaksa has stolen the limelight as a bowler
following his sparkling century against Thurstan College last week. He
simply proved his all round potential with a sensational spell of
bowling where he captured a wicket in his second, third and fourth
Lakshitha de Silva also had a highly successful outing as a bowler
that helped Royal College add the finishing touches quite easily. His
four wicket haul certainly wrapped up the Sebastianites innings in just
The batting honours went to Kithruwan Vithanage who played the sheet
anchor role with a magnificent knock of 142 runs as Royal piled up over
three hundred runs in their first innings. Vithanage held the Royal
batting together with a great amount of concentration and determination
with the back up support coming from Haroon Mawjood.
St. Peters v Kalutara MV
St. Peter’s College powered their way to record the third successive
victory in the current season while overcoming Kalutara MV outright by
an innings and 113 runs in their inter school fixture worked off at
Bambalapitiya last week.
The Peterites stuck to their task and continued with the same
momentum after having earlier brought down Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa
and Trinity College Kandy respectively. This time they completed their
mission quite convincingly with plenty of time and overs to spare. Their
success of course was always there from the moment they bowled out their
opponents for just 86 runs in the first innings. Paceman Chatura Peiris
turned out to be the chief destroyer with a matchbag of nine wickets.
He was well supported by Vinod Perera and Akshu Fernando as the trio
combined quite effectively to bundle out the visitors for 173 runs in
their second innings. Kalutara MV of course managed to double their
first innings total with an improved performance in their second
However they just could not recover from the heavy damage caused with
the first innings debacle that helped St. Peter’s College build up a
huge first innings lead. In fact the Peterites proved their strength in
the batting department once again by rattling up a massive 372 for 6 in
the first innings.
Their innings was built around a splendid knock of 157 from middle
order batsman and Sri Lanka youth player Angelo Perera who showed great
character and application in making another big score for his side.
The rest of the batting rallied around through him with Angelo
Emmanuel, Andy Berenger and Chatura Peiris making valuable contributions
to the total. Incidentally Chatura Peiris› effort had a great amount of
significance because he scored his half century from just 12 deliveries.
St. Benedict’s v Wesley
St. Benedict’s College had the satisfaction of tasting success for
the first time this season as they defeated Wesley College outright by
an innings and 36 runs in their inter school fixture played at Kotahena
This could certainly be a great morale booster for the Benedictines
who have been at the receiving end in most of the matches in the recent
past. But this year they seem to have found the right combination and
will be looking forward to creating more upsets as the season
progresses. St. Benedict’s of course went in for this game as the
underdogs and the Wesleyites had a better track record in their earlier
But some outstanding spin bowling from Dilanka Auwardt helped the
lads from Kotahena to turn tables and dictate terms from the beginning.
Auwardt is no doubt their main strike bowler and he lived upto
expectations by finishing with a matchbag of eight wickets. This was in
fact a repeat performance of last week where he claimed a matchbag of
nine wickets in their drawn fixture against Isipatana College at the
But this time he was able to lead his side towards victory as Wesley
College were dismissed for under one hundred runs in both innings.
Auwardt played a key role by returning excellent figures of five wickets
for 25 following his three wicket haul in the first innings.
He was well supported by two other bowlers Dilshan Perera and Suren
Silva who played havoc with the Wesley batting in both innings. The
former led the way with a five wicket haul and the latter added the
finishing touches with a similar performance that brought the downfall
of Wesley College.
St. Joseph’s v De Mazenod
St. Joseph’s hopes of registering their second straight victory this
season was foiled by a determine De Mazenod outfit as their inter school
encounter ended in a draw at Kandana during the weekend. The Josephians
were well set to add the finishing touches for another splendid
performance where they succeeded in taking a good first innings lead.
This was after they had dismissed the opposition for a modest 183
runs largely due to a five wicket haul from their fast bowler Nishika de
The St. Joseph’s strong batting line up then delivered the goods at
the correct time while compiling a formidable 277 that helped them to
take the initiative and to open the gates for another convincing
However De Mazenod College had different ideas as they occupied the
crease during the last two sessions to force a creditable draw at the
end. The odds were very much against them but they survived few anxious
moments and frustrated the Josephians with a stubborn batting
All rounder Shamal Perera played an important role for De Mazenod
College while stroking a fighting half century in the second innings
following his four wicket haul. De Mazenod College finished their second
innings on 163 for 8 with Chaturanga Kumara causing most of the damage.
Ananda v Trinity
Ananda College had to be satisfied with a draw in their annual inter
school cricket encounter against Trinity College worked off at the
Asgiriya Stadium last week.
The Anandians will be quite disappointed because they could have
pulled off the game quite easily if not for bad weather which intervened
on both days. In fact the Trinitians were struggling at 88 for 7 in
their second innings after they were set a victory target of 212 runs
from 38 overs.
The Anandians soon turned the game in their favour while capturing a
couple of quick wickets before bad light came into Trinity’s rescue with
18 overs still remaining. In the first innings too Trinity College
struggled to reach even the three figure mark and were dismissed for
The only notable performance for Trinity College was the bowling of
off spinner Rushan Jaleel who bagged six wickets to restrict the
powerful Ananda batting line up to 180 runs.
However the Anandians made amends to a certain extent in their second
innings with Dinesh Chandimal leading the way. The Sri Lanka youth
player struck an elegant 91 with two sixes and eight boundaries that
helped his team to set a challenging target at the end.