Thomians retain Mustangs Trophy
Hapuwinna, Tillekeratne and Kannangara fashion win:
A superb unbeaten knock of 65 by debutant Sithara Hapuwinna and two
fine spells of bowling by Ravindu Tillekeratne (five for 36) and Dineth
Kannangara (four for 34) helped S Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia beat Royal
College, Colombo by four wickets to retain the Mustangs Trophy for the
third successive year in the 41st encounter played under lights at the
R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
The Thomians were not too happily placed (99-4), until Hapuwinna
joined skipper Sachitha Jayatilleke in a partnership of 53 runs for the
fifth wicket before the skipper was run out for a hard-hit 36 runs
including two sixes.
After Jayatilleke's departure Hapuwinna took control to frustrate the
Royal bowlers with an excellent batting display stroking to all parts of
The left-hander played a brave knock of 65 off 52 balls which
included three sixes and six fours to steer the Thomians to victory.
Earlier, Yohan Mendis and Direndra Gunatilleke made useful
contributions to steady the Thomian innings after dangerman Rashmika
Opatha departed being trapped lbw.
Royal skipper Geeshath Panditharatne
Yohan Mendis was dropped at second slip off Vithanage. Rashmika
Opatha, who hit two consecutive fours against Helitha Vithanage was
trapped lbw in the same over.
Vithanage bowled well but was unlucky as the wicket-keeper dropped
Royal's fielding was sloppy as they dropped three catches. Thomian
captain Jayatilleke blasted two sixes down the ground off Ganith
Sandeepa in the 39th over which enabled Thomians to cross the 150-run
mark scoring 14 runs.
Royal was able to remove dangerous Jayatilleke in the final over
before the crucial power-play as the skipper perished in a run out. S.
Thomas' scored another 13 runs in the first power-play over as Hapuwinna
smashed two boundaries.
After winning the toss, Royal decided to bat first and looked
positive to put on a big score on the board. Though Royal batsmen played
well against pacemen they struggled to cope with the spinners led by
left arm chinamon bowler Tillekeratne and off spinner Kannangara.
Ravindu Tillekeratne, who started the spell with a maiden over to
Royal skipper Geeshath Panditharatne, broke the threatening partnership
of 63 runs between the skipper and Kariyawasam as the latter was bowled
out round the wicket.
Eariler, Thomian paceman Senal de Silva struck in the third over as
the right armer found the outside edge of left handed Naveen
Vidanapathirana. Both opening bowlers were more disciplined
Royal Captain Panditharatne (59) hammered 16 runs in the 32nd over
bowled by Senal de Silva hitting two fours and a six over mid-wicket.
Thomian spinners Kannangara and Tillekeratne controlled the Royal run
rate during the crucial power play overs.
Royal College innings
Naveen Vidanapathirana c Gunatilleke b de Silva 04
Ronuka Jayawardena c Perera b Kannangara 39
Pasindu Sooriyabandara c Kodithuwakku b Kannangara 11
Geeshath Panditharatne c & b Kannangara 59
Thiran Dahanapala c Kodithuwakku b Kannangara 03
Malith Kariyawasam b Tillekeratne 30
Helitha Vithanage b Tillekeratne 31
Ganith Sandeepa st Gunatilleke b Tillekeratne 09
Himesh Ramanayake c Kodithuwakku b Tillekeratne 03
Lasith Embuldeniya not out 04
Devindu Hettiarachchi b Tillekeratne 03
Extras (lb 1, w 12, nb 1) 14
TOTAL (all out in 48.2 overs) 210
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Vidanapathirana), 2-49 (Sooriyabandara)
3-65 (Jayawardena), 4-77 (Dhanapala)
5-141 (Kariyawasam), 6-170 (Panditharatne)
7-194 (Vithanage), 8-199 (Sandeepa)
9-201 (Ramanayake), 10-210 (Hettiarachchi)
Bowling: de Silva 6-2-32-1
S Thomas’ College innings
Yohan Mendis C Vithanage b Kariyawasam 20
Rashmika Opatha Lbw b Vithanage 12
Ravindu Kodithuwakku Run out (Hettiarachchi) 26
Direndra Gunatilleke C Kariyawasam b Ramanayake 21
Sachitha Jayatilleke Run out (sub Perera) 34
Sithara Hapuwinna Not out 65
Ravindu Tillekeratne Lbw b Sandeepa 11
Senal de Silva Not out 03
Extras (lb 10, nb 14) 24
TOTAL (six wickets; 45.5 overs) 216
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Opatha), 2-60 (Mendis), 3-85 (Kodithuwakku)
4-99 (Gunatilleke), 5-152 (Jayatilleke)
Bowling: Ramanayake 9-0-36-1