Salinda stars with a match bag of 9 for 110
Josephian Salinda Seneviratne was the cynosure of all eyes as he finished with a match bag of nine for 110 in their U-19 school cricket encounter against Royal College ended in a draw at Darly Road yesterday.
Salinda who picked up six wickets in Royal’s first innings for 63 runs, added three more in the second innings for 27 runs to leave Royalist’s reeling at 51 for 4 at stumps yesterday.
In response to Royal’s first innings score of 240 for 9 declared, hosts ended their innings on the same score for the loss of eight wickets. Dineth Jayakody (74) and Sheran Fonseka (53) shared 65 runs for the third wicket to propel Josephians score. Jayakody’s hit 11 boundaries and two sixes in his imposing half century while his partner had nine hits to the ropes.
Royal’s first innings score was decorated with two half tons made by Bhagya Dissanayake (88) and Pasindu Sooriyabandara (63) on day one of their traditional encounter.
Meanwhile St Peter’s batting machine Santhush Gunatileke was in top form as he continued his batting prowess when he cracked his third successive ton within seven days.
Santhush who made an unbeaten 252 against Ananda last weekend, followed it up with a knock of 103 against Lumbini MV on Wednesday before hitting an imposing 123 against St .Sebastian’s . His century laid the foundation to put his side on top when play stopped for lunch on day two at Bambalapitiya.
Kalutara MV was home for tea thanks to Avishka Lakshan who ended with a match bag of 9 for 79 paving the way for his side to outclass home town rivals Holy Cross Kalutara by six wickets in the match concluded at Kalutara yesterday.
Josephian batsman Sachithra Mahindasinghe falls short of his crease as Royal wicketkeeper Shehan Herath gets him out easily - Pic by Ranjith Perera