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Petes, Joes Warm Up For Big Match In Contrasting Styles

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St Peter’s and St Joseph’s warmed up for their Big Match next week in contrasting styles in the final games which concluded yesterday.
St Peter’s registered a comfortable nine-wicket win but their opponents were Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa – one of the weaker sides this season. The Peterites would not be too happy with the fact that they were bowled out for only 176 in their first innings.
Their batsmen had no answer to the bowling of Joseph Vaz’s Ransi Deepankara who returned figures of 8 for 58 – easily the best bowling performance this season.
Chief scores:
St. Peter’s vs Joseph Vaz – Bambalapitiya
St Peter’s won by nine wickets
Joseph Vaz: 94 (M.Obri 30. J de Zylva 4/22 A.Khan 2/17, U Galhena 2/19) and 134 (M. Fernando 20, J. de Zylva 4/31, D. Hemantha 3/26)
St. Peter’s: 176 (R. Deepankara 8/58) and 43/1
Priyamal Perera, Samarawickrema star for St Joseph’s
St Joseph’s did well to restrict the strong Ananda batting to 192 all out and take first innings honours in their game which was played at Darley Road. Priyamal Perera was the chief destroyer with 5/49.
The Josephians used their second innings to gain some valuable batting practice with Sadeera Samarawickrema leading the way with 104 not out before they declared their innings closed at 197/6.
Set 263 to win, Ananda were 108/4 at the close with Thushara Samarakoon making 43.
St. Joseph’s vs Ananda – Darley Road
Match drawn
St. Joseph’s: 257/9 dec (S.Jayatilake 56, S. Hewawasam 54. P.Madushanka 3/55) and 197/6 dec (S. Samarawickrema 104 n.o, V. Jayasinghe 33, D. Wijesuriya 3/36, P. Madushanka 2/59)
Ananda: 192 (G. Wimaladharma 46,  P. Perera 5/49) and 108/4 (T. Samarakoon 43)
Ninth wicket pair rescues Wesley
A heroic ninth wicket partnership of 138 runs between Migara Wickremaratne, 73, and Basith Muzammil 68, helped Wesley College to an unexpected first innings win over St Sebastians in their match which concluded at Moratuwa.
Wesley began the day at a perilous 104 for 8 in reply to their opponents total of 201 and seemed destined to concede a huge first innings lead. However the overnight pair of Wickremaratne and Muzammil had other ideas and slowed grafted their way ahead with some determined batting to take Wesley to 249.
St. Sebastian’s vs Wesley – Moratuwa
Match drawn
St. Sebastian’s: 201 (A.Fernando 51. T.Karunaratne 3/47) and 221/6 (A. Perera 80, L. Jayadeva 64, B. Muzammil 4/28)
Wesley: 249 (M. Wickremaratne 73, B. Muzammil 68, S. de Mel 5/59, A. Aponso 4/25)
Silva, Rangana lead Nalanda fightback
Nalanda College also staged a superb second innings fight back to force a creditable draw in their high profile encounter against S.Thomas’ College which concluded at Mount Lavinia.
Resuming at 107 for 9 overnight in reply to S Thomas’ 216, the Nalandians were soon all out for 113 and forced to follow on. However, they put up a determined display in the second innings powering their way to 382 with Silva 134 and Rangana 81 leading the way.
Chief scores:
S. Thomas’ vs Nalanda – Mt Lavinia
Match drawn
S. Thomas’: 210
Nalanda: 113 (P. Hettiwatta 32 n.o, M. Ravichandrakumar 5/21)
and 382 (W. Silva 134, I. Rangana 81, K. Dhanushka 48, T. Sumanasiri 4/52)
Trinity take first innings honours in draw with Royal
Trinity skipper Niroshan Dickwella narrowly missed out on reaching 1000 runs this season on the weekend when he was dismissed for 84 – just one run short of the landmark.
Dickwella’s innings which came off just 51 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, was the backbone of Trinity’s first innings total of 277/9 declared – a lead of 40 runs over Royal.
Isuru Gunetilleke 76 and skipper Imal Liyanage 56 had held the Royal innings together on the first day as they recovered from 153/7 to 237 all out.
Trinity vs Royal – Asgiriya
Match drawn
Royal: 237 (I Gunatilleke 76, I Liyanage 56. L.Jayasinghe 4/52) and 175 (H. Kumarasiri 57, I. Gunatilleke 31, P. Aluthge 32, J. Premasinghe 5/56, L. Jayasinghe 3/30)
Trinity: 277/9 dec (N. Dickwella 84, L. Dassanayake 44 n.o, P. Aluthge
3/58, G. Deva 2/68, D. Pathmanathan 2/65) and 5/0

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