Lords ground hosts in­ter­na­tional match

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID FOS­TER

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.

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