77th Battle of the Blues:
Shehan shines in drawn game
CRICKET: Dashing opener Shehan Fernando hammered an unbeaten century
as St. Peter's College forced a draw to their 77th annual inter school
Battle of the Blues Big Match against the traditional rivals St.
Joseph's College which ended in a draw at the P. Saravanamuttu Oval
Trailing by 35 runs on the first innings the Peterites went on to
occupy the crease during the last two sessions of the innings and to
score an impressive 260 for 4 in their second attempt.
Elegant opener Shehan Fernando made the maximum from his first
innings setback to compile a magnificent 159 not out from 166 deliveries
inclusive of five sixes and 14 boundaries.
Fernando took the Peterites off to a flying start in their second
innings while putting on 147 runs for the first wicket together with
Sashin Fernando who also hit a solid half century.
Skipper Denham Perera joined Fernando and the pair added a further
102 runs for the second wicket in almost even time before the game was
halted early due to bad light with more than 25 overs yet to be
Earlier St. Joseph's College took a first innings lead of 35 runs
with skipper Rosco Thatil and Piyamal Perera both completing valuable
half centuries. The pair also went on to extend their fifth wicket
partnership to 90 runs.
Sri Lanka youth cap Lahiru Jayaratne added two more scalps to his
tally and finished with the best bowling figures of four for 65.
However it was Chaturanga Kumara of St. Joseph's College who clinched
the Best Bowlers award for his four wicket haul in the first innings.
Peterite opener Shehan Fernando was named Best Batsman and Fabin
Fernando from St. Joseph's College won the Best Fielders award.
In addition Nilochana Perera was named Man of the Match for his fine
all round performances with both bat and ball.
ST. PETER'S - 1ST INNINGS
(189 - Nilochana Perera 77, Chaturanga Kumara 4 for 39).
ST. JOSEPH'S - 1ST INNINGS
(Overnight 126 for 4)
Vidusha Jayasinghe b Jayaratne 01
Kevin Bernardus b Jayaratne 04
Sadeera Samarawickrema b Perera 16
Sachin Hewawasam c de Silva b Perera 00
Dilan Fernandopulle not out 30
Rosco Thatil c Jayawardena b Perera 50
Piyamal Perera run out 50
Chaturanga Kumara c Jayawardena b Jayaratne 38
Supechala Jayatilleke c Hemantha b Zilva 14
Dinal Dhambarage b Jayaratne 10
Total (for 9 wkts decl.) 224
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-7, 3-9, 4-41, 5-131, 6-170
7-192, 8-211, 9-224.
Bowling: Perera 13-3-38-3
De Zilva 13-3-47-1
ST. PETER'S - 2ND INNINGS
Sashin Fernando b Fernando 51
Shehan Fernando not out 159
Denham Perera c Jayasinghe b Dhambarage 29
Nilochana Perera not out 06
Total (for 2 wkts ) 260
Bowling: Dhambarage 9-1-33-1