84th Battle of the Maroons:
Hettiwatte's sparkling century powers Nalanda to 298/5 decl
Middle order batsman Pramud Hettiwatte cracked an aggressive hundred
to power Nalanda College to 298 for five declared against Ananda College
on the first day of the 84th Battle of the Maroons, which began at SSC
grounds, Colombo yesterday.
Nalanda's hero Pramud Hettiwatte hits a cracking cover drive
during his majestic innings of 102 not out on the first of
the 84th Battle of the Maroons at SSC grounds yesterday. Pic
Left handed Hettiwatte reached his blistering hundred in just 87
balls with a fine lofted drive over mid-off for four off Tiran
Wijesuriya becoming the first century maker for Nalanda since D
Attanayake's century in the 2006 Big Match.
The 17-year-old son of former Nalandian and Sri Lanka ODI cap
Hemantha Devapriya, smashed dozen fours before the crowd invaded the
field to celebrate his brilliant century.
When Nalanda were in a difficult situation at five down for 132,
Hettiwatte and right handed Avishka de Silva forged a record 167-run
undefeated partnership for the sixth wicket. Silva anchored the innings
facing 173 balls hitting nine boundaries.
Ananda captain Thushara Samarakoon won the toss and decided to field
first. Seamer Venuka Ashan's early strike removed opener Malinga de
Silva, who was bowled for 1 when the Nalanda total was nine. One drop
Malinga Amarasinghe joined opener Woshantha Silva and the pair added 52
runs for the second wicket. Left handed hard hitter scored run-a-ball
Left handed Amarasinghe showed fine temperament and faced 157 balls
for his 60 with seven fours. In the first over after lunch break
Amarasinghe went onto drive over mid-on and Kushil Perera took a well
judged catch to make it 132 for five.
Ananda College's Shammu Ashan troubled the batsmen and picked up
three for 73.
Ananda in reply had made 14 for no loss in five over as crowd invaded
NALANDA – 1ST INNINGS
W. Silva c T. Smarakoon b S. Ashan 37
M de Silva b V. Ashan 01
M. Amarasinghe c K. Perera b I. Gunasekera 60
L. Jayakody c T. Dhananjaya b S. Ashan 01
L. Wijeratne c D. Pathirana b S. Ashan 10
A de Silva not out 77
P. Hettiwatte not out 102
Extras (b4, lb3 nb 2, w1) 07
Total for (five wickets in 81.5 overs) 298
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-61, 3-71, 4-96, 5-132
Bowling: V. Ashan 12-2-52-1
T. Wijesuriya 10.5-1-41-0
I. Gunasekera 24-4-86-1
S. Ashan 23-3-73-3
T. Athulathmudali 10-2-33-0
T. Dhananjaya 2-0-6-0
ANANDA – 1ST INNINGS
D. Wijesinghe not out 07
T. Athulathmudali not out 05
Extras (w1, nb1) 02
Total (no loss in five overs) 14
Bowling: K. Dias 3-0-9-0, D. Ranwalage 2-1-4-0.