Bandarawela Thomians victorious
St. Thomas’ College Gurutalawa fell short in their pursuit of 257 to
suffer a defeat in the hands of St. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela at the
Uva Thomian annual cricket encounter-2012 which was played at the
Bandarawela esplanade last Saturday.
The winning team (Seated from left) Anusha Wijesinghe (MIC), O.R.
Weeraman (Captain), I A M Chandrasekera (Headmaster), Densil
Darling (POG), C D Landegedara (Vice captain), A Wijenayake
(Coach) (Standing first row from left) T M Wanasinghe (Standing
second row from left) T.D. Ilanko, C P bandara, J P Sinhawansa,
P N Wijewardena, N D liyanage, H P Liyanarachchi, D H Wannigama,
S Iqbal, N K jayawickrama, D Perera, W M M Kanchana, M S
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Anura Tennakoon and Mrs. Tennakoon graced
the occasion as the chief guests.
Though the dawn was gloomy, threating inevitable rain which was
lashing in the neighbouring towns, Bandarawela Thomians won the toss and
elected to bat on a bouncy wicket irrespective of the moisture on the
damp pitch. They started their innings elegantly with determination to
bring home a profound victory at the end of the day.
Thomians who lost their first wicket when the score was 41 were
ultimately balled out for 256 prematurely in 42.2 overs. They were able
to reach 256 in 42 overs, thanks to the superb batting display of Miyuru
Salinda who scored an unprecedented 46 with an array of lovely
boundaries and captured three wickets for 33 runs, making him the Man of
Chasing a target of 257 for victory, St. Thomas’ College Gurutalawa
never looked comfortable and had a poor start when they lost their
opening batsman C.V. Dissanayaka for no score. But a fighting knock by
W.A.M.M. Silva (56) brought some hope to the hosts who were struggling
at one stage of the game. A fine late bowling spell by Hasranga of St.
Thomas’ College Bandarawela ensured the glorious victory to St. Thomas
College Bandarawela by bowling St. Thomas’ Gurutalawa in 44.4 overs.
St. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela team captain O R Weeraman
receiving the trophy.
St. Thomas’ College Bandarawela: 256 (Oshen R Weeraman 30, Miuru
Salinda Rajapakshe 46, Hanshka P. Liyanarachchi 17, C. D. Landegedara
39, T. M. Wanasinghe 14 not out, M.T.S.Maduka 3 for 44, P.M.Sedara 2 for
St. Thomas’ College Gurutalawa: 232 (W. A. M. M. N. Silva 56, M. T.
S. Maduka 43, C. R. P. Ranasinghe 34, Hanshke P. Liyanaarachchi 2 for
43, Miuru Salinda Rajapakshe 3 for 33
Most number of boundaries and sixes: C. D. Landegedara (St. Thomas’
Best fielder: M. T. S. Maduka (St. Thomas’ College, Gurutalawa)
Best Batsman: W. A. M. M. N. Silva (St. Thomas’ College Gurutalawa)
Best Bowler: Hanshake P. Liyanaarachchi (St. Thomas’ College Bandarawela)
Man of the Match: Miuru Salinda Rajapakshe (St. Thomas’ College