Peterite Cricket team on a roll this year

Posted on 17 February 2015 by admin

SPC Cricket XI 2015The Peterite Cricket team is fast turning into a "dream team". With a tally of seven wins so far including wins against Wesley, Trinity, Royal and St. Anthony's College Kandy – the Peterite XI is going from strength to strength in this year's inter-school games. In most games the team scored over 200 runs and complimented its batting with splendid all-round bowling performances in both pace and spin.

The Peterites earned their 3rd innings win for the season making a tally of 6 wins thus far in 2015 beating Dharmasoka, Ambalangoda by and innings and 36 runs at Ambalangoda. Congratulations.

The scores

Dharmasoka – 1st innings 105 all out and 2nd innings 100 all out
SPC – 241 for 9 dec.

Next Match : St Anthony's College, Kandy at the College Grounds on 21st and 22nd  Feb.

  • Royal Vs. St. Peter's – At the encounter held in Bambalapitiya, the 3rd consecutive encounter for the 1st XI cricket team of Royal College, to be played away from home, the Royal batting line up seemed unstable as Royal lost all of its 20 wickets for 331 runs at the hands of a strong bowling attack. This was at the 1st XI Cricket encounter between Royal College and St. Peter’s College on the 6th & 7th of February 2015.

Unlike the 3 previous occasions, Royal College managed to win the toss this time around, only to invite the Peterites to take first use of the pitch. The decision by the Royal skipper Harith Samarasinghe seemed alright as the hosts lost 2 early wickets and were 57/2, early in the game. The 3rd wicket partnership however, was a successful one which took St. Peter’s College to 154 for 3, the third wicket falling right on the last ball before lunch off Chamika Karunarathne.

The 2nd session on day 1 seemed to go in favour of the visitors, as Royal College managed to get wickets at regular intervals eventually bowling out the Peterites for 284. Chamika Karunarathne was the pick of the bowlers for his 3 wickets for 26, while Himesh Ramanayake managed to obtain 2 Peterite scalps for 37 runs.

However, the Royalists’ batting did not go according to the plan at all, as they were 3 down for a mere 19 runs when the rain gods closed play of day 1. Royal were still 265 runs behind, with only 7 wickets in hand.

As day 2 commenced, on Saturday the 7th of February 2015, a few spectators would have wanted Royal to score a minimum of 185 runs, just to avoid the follow-on. But the expectations never became a reality. Royal College continued its disastrous batting display being 55 for 5 at one instant, which went on to become 109 for 8. All hopes of avoiding follow-on were shattered as the Royalists were bundled out for 138 runs, 146 runs short of what the home side put on the board, which enforced the visiting team to follow-on.

The Royal 2nd innings on their follow-on started well, and continued to be so until the stroke of tea at around 3.00pm, on day 2. Naveen Widanapathirana was unbeaten on 71 as the players walked out for tea when the scoreboard read 125/2; Royal trailing by 21 runs. The session after tea, which was also the last session for the day, brought back the bad omen for Royal as the batting collapsed once again. A spectator who might have walked down to Wellawatte for a cup of tea, would have undeniably gotten a shock when he returned, as Royal had lost its middle and lower middle order within 45 minutes of play. Royal were 170 for 7 at 3:56pm and 190/9 by 4:22pm, and in due course being bowled out for 193 runs, setting the Peterites an easy target of 48 runs with ample overs remaining in the day; Naveen Widanapathirana’s 85 being the only good news for Royal.

Although the hosts met with a short hiccough of losing 2 early wickets before having 20 runs on the board, the Peterites managed to go past the target with plenty of time remaining in the day, as they scored 49 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets, winning the encounter by 8 wickets.

This was the first loss for Royal in this year’s season, but it is said, that something of this caliber is better off to be happening now, rather than on the second week of March.

~~Courtesy: Ranjan Anandappa – Ceylon Daily News.

A fine team effort by St.Peter’s helped them to beat Royal by eight wickets after eight years in their Singer Under 19 school cricket encounter at Bambalapitiya yesterday.The Peterites last won in 2007 by threewickets at Reid Avenue.

After scoring 284 in the first innings, the Peterite bowlers rallied round and inserted the pressure onthe Royal batsmen to dismiss them for 138 in their first innings.Navin Vidanapathirana stood firm for Royal top scoring in both innings with gallant knocks of 42 and following on striking another 85.

In reply to the Peterites first innings total of 284 the Royalists were 19 for 3 overnight and were shot out for a disappointing 138. Ashanth Malka 4 for 47 and ChandulaJayamanne 3 for 21 were the chief wicket takers. Royal following on with a deficit of 146 runs made 193. Vinu Mohotty ran through their batting capturing 6 for 85)

St.Peter’s 284 ( Dedulana Medis 57,Basilo Rodrigo 61, Chadula Jayamanne 66, Manika de Silva 31,Chamika Karunaratne 3 for 21, Nimesh Ramanayake 2 for 27, RandevPathirana 2 for 52 ) and 48 for 2 ( Chadula Jayamanne 25 n.o)

Royal 19 for 3 overnight 138 in 53.4overs (Naveen Vidanapathirana 42, Harith Samarasinghe 34, ThilanDhanapala 25, Ashanth Malka 4 for 47, Chandula Jayamanne 3 for 21,) and 193 in 64 overs (Naveen Vidanapathirana 85, GeeshantPanditharatne 37, Vinu Mohotty 6 for 85, Thaneesha Weeakoon 3 for35)

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