Lords ground hosts international match
CRICKET at the Lords Reserve on Saturday took on a distinctly international flavor as Delatite Cricket Club hosted Sri Lanka in a 30 over a side match.
It wasn’t quite the Sri Lankan side that is currently doing battle in the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh, but instead a team consisting mostly of players from Old Mazenodians in Melbourne.
The occasion was organised by Delatite stalwart Rumesh Ranasinghe.
De Mazenod College is located in Colombo and many of the Old Mazenodians players are past students now undertaking tertiary studies or working in Australia.
The college has certainly put itself on the cricketing map by producing two Sri Lankan international representatives.
Old Mazenodians are enjoying their first season in the Victorian Sunday Cricket Association.
In perfect cricket weather and enjoying the local club’s hospitality, the visitors proved to be more than a match for Delatite.
Batting first Old Mazenodians rattled up 5/161 including 34 not out from Prasan Sagara, 31 from Shane Aravinda and 25 from captain Jude Livera.
Nathan Purcell nabbed a couple of handy wickets for Delatite.
In reply Delatite was held up by a canny bowling attack.
Rumesh Ranasinghe entertained with 20 but it was Mitch Purcell who stood head and shoulders above the other batsmen with a shining 64 not out.
Two wickets went to each of Jude Livera, Roshan Christopher, Sanuja Perera and Suneth Mendis.
Delatite was dismissed for 113 in the final over.
It was a contest played in the right mix of light hearted and friendly competition.
Listening to banter in Sinhalese from the fieldsmen was certainly a novelty for the local batsmen.
Following the match the wives, partners and girlfriends of the visitors prepared a delectable Sri Lankan barbecue for all.