Salinda stars with a match bag of 9 for 110

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - By M. Shamil Amit

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

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