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Titanic struggle between Trinity and Dharmaraja

Bad light brought an early end to a titanic struggle between bat and ball in the Trinity-Dharmaraja match at Asgiriya Stadium. It was a tight, tense encounter in which no quarter was asked or given. The scores reflect this. In reply to the Rajan total of 113, Trinity just got over the line making 114 for 9. Skipper Niroshan Dikwella made 50 in his usual attacking style.

The knock of the day, however, was played by Rajan skipper Sadun Weerakkodi. His 72 came off 72 balls.He reveled in the sweep and also timed his lofted shots superbly. Trinity’s target was 148 in 26 overs, but the wind was taken out of their sails with the fall of Dikwella.

Dharmaraja 113 in 60.3 overs (N. Karunaratne 29, K. Ratnayake 20 n.o, D. Lanka 21; A.Fernando 3 for 34, J.Ranasinghe 3 for 9, A. Sri Mahan 2 for 24) and 148 in 56 overs (S. Weerakkodi 72, D. Lanka 22; A. Jayasundera 3 for 9, A. Fernando 2 for 19).

Trinity (26 for 3 overnight) 114 for 9 dec (N. Dikwella 50,D. Wickremanayake 26 n.o; A. Vithanarachchi 4 for 43, L. Silva 5 for 30) and11 for 1 in 4.1 overs (N. Karunaratne 1 for 5).

Top score 27 What would have been a close and interesting finish was not to be as rain had the last word at the Police Grounds in Kandy. Kingswood and President’s College Kotte had tied on the first innings and the visitors had been shot out once more for a paltry score.

The target for Kingswood was only 88 in 26 overs, but at 8 for one, rain put paid to their chances. Dinush Maduwatte and Menaka Lankatilleke had match bags of five and seven wickets respectively for Kingswood.

President College’s Tharindu Gamage made the top score in the match – a mere 27. President’s College 88 in 44.4 overs (S. Wanigaratne 22 n.o, T. Gamage 17, K. Perera 12, G. Liyanage 12; D.Medawatte 3 for 11, M. Lankatilleke 3 for 28, T.Liyanage 2 for 6, N.Unambuwe 2 for 15) and 87 in 48.1 overs (T.Gamage 27,D. Kongahawatte 21,K. Perera 13; D. Medawatte 2 for 46, M. Lankatilleke 4 for 28).

Kingswood 88 in 29.1 overs (N. Weerakoon 26,H.M. Bandara 25, L. Hettiarachchi 15,R.Kandanarachchi 3 for 24, M.Hannan 4 for 9, Y.Kuruwita 3 for 19) and 8 for 1 in 3 overs – Target 88 in 26 overs.

St. Sylvester’s win The Sylvestrians scored an emphatic innings and 17 runs win over St. Mary’s Kegalle at Peradeniya. Left arm spinner Nimesha Mendis had an excellent game picking up ten wickets for 38 (7 for 20 and 3 for 18). Medium pacie Waruna Wijesinghe also had a good time snapping up 6 for 24 in the second innings.

Faiz Ahamed (90) smashed the St. Mary’s attack, hitting 6 sixes and 7 fours in his 35 ball knock. Skipper Ruwantha Ekanayake also came good making a pleasing 47. M. Kumara top scored with 42 in the Marian second innings.

St. Mary’s 83 in 44 overs (M.Lange 24; N. Mendis 7 for 20, W. Wijesinghe 2 for 29) and 80 in 32 overs (M. Kumara 42; M. Wijesinghe 6 for 24, N. Mendis 3 for 18).

St.Sylvester’s 181 for 4 dec in 17 overs (F. Ahmed 90,R. Ekanayake 47, S. Dissanaike 21,W. Wijesinghe 16; J. Perera 1 for 16)

Asela match bag of 9 for 58 Off spinner Supun Asela dominated proceedings in the Sri Rahula Katugastota – ChristChurch Matale tournament match at the Prison Grounds in Pallekelle.

Asela had fine figures 11-4-19-4 in the first innings and 5 for 39 in the second. Sixteen-year-old Dhanushka Ranasinghe making his debut, made the highest score in the match with a patient innings of 59. Skipper Rajitha Ranatunga, Roshan Subasinghe and Ishara Tennekoon also batted well.

Opening bat S.M. Samarakoon (50), and skipper Malinga (41) performed best for the visitors. Set a victory target of 71 in six overs, Sri Rahula made a valiant effort but fell short by 12 runs. Christ Church 106 in 50.5 overs (C. Aluvihare 31,K. Malinga 15, G.P. Sanjeeva 14, P. Somatilleke 13; S.Asela 4 for 19) and 186 in 66 overs (S.M.Samarakoon 50,A.Vithanarachchi 14, K. Malinga 41, N.M. Azreen 16 n.o; R. Subasinghe 2 for 62, S. Asela 5 for 39).

Sri Rahula 222 for 7 dec in 71 overs (M. Bandara 26, D. Ranasinghe 59, R. Ranatunga 33, R. Subasinghe 31, I. Tennekoon 30; A. Sumanatilleke 3 for 32) and 59 for 5 in six overs (H.Wickremasinghe 21;C. Aluvihare 2 for 11).

Posted on 2012-01-10 14:45:34
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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