Peterites win 82nd “Battle of the Saints” encounter at P. Sara Oval

Posted on 12 March 2016 by admin


Sporting St. Joseph’s College rector Fr Travis Gabriel awards win to St. Peter’s:

Unruly supporters of St Joseph’s College behaving like hooligans unbecoming of their school’s disciplinary image ruined their much hyped about big match cricket encounter against traditional rival St.Peter’s College who were deprived of a well deserved victory on the field in the 82nd Battle of the Saints at the P Sara Oval in Colombo yesterday.

Scores of St. Joseph’s College supporters invade the P Sara Oval in Colombo yesterday disrupting their big match against St. Peter’s College yesterday (Picture by Thilak Perera)

A genuinely concerned rector of St. Joseph’s College, Rev Fr Travis Gabriel subse

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quently awarded the win to St. Peter’s College.

Unable to hide their disgraceful conduct with no regard for the rules of fair-play and decency, the Joes supporters were hell bent on preventing the Peterites from finishing off the match and invaded the field many times much to the annoyance of genuine cricket fans of their own school who could only bite their finger nails and watch the madness in deep sorrow.

Chasing a target of 66 the Peterites were cruising at 59 for 4 with Lakshina Rodrigo taking his side to the brink of victory as he gave the Joes no room to save face on the field of play. But much to the annoyance of the umpires, Rodrigo was stopped in his strides by the mobs of Joes supporters who brought their institution to disrepute in ugly scenes unseen in the past.

The umpires had no alternative but to call off the match with 2.4 overs remaining and the Peterites needing just seven more runs with six wickets in the bag.

Independent analysts told the Sunday Observer that the disruption only proved that school cricket was being run by a set of puppets in the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) whereas in any other situation the offending school or team would be banned for the behaviour of their supporters.

The Peterites probably secured the result on the first day itself when they posted a rousing 304 for 9 declared and bowled out the Joes for 106 to enforce the follow-on.

Resuming their second innings at 28 for no loss, the Joes were finally bowled out for 263 after the tea break leaving the Peterites to make 66 in 12 overs for victory which was never out of reach.

St Peter’s College 1st innings 304-9 declared 
(Manilka de Silva 71, H Wanasekera 59, Ranmith Jayasena 56) 
St Joseph’s College 1st innings 106 (Taneesha Weerakoon 6-33)

St Joseph’s College 2nd innings 
Revon Kelly c Rodrigo b R Silva 			20
S. Rodrigo c Fernando b Weerakoon 			31
Nipun Sumanasinghe run out 				51
Jehan Daniel b Mohotti 					01
Sahan Perera lbw Pathiranage 				30
N Gunatilleka lbw Weerakoon 				72
S. Fonseka c Fernando b Pathiranage 			22
Malshan Rodrigo lbw Weerakoon 				16
Charuka Ulandepitiya Mohotti 				06
Harin Cooray b Weerakoon 				06
Ruchira Ekanayake not out 				00
Extras (w 1, nb 4, lb 3) 				08
TOTAL (all out) 				       263

Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-71, 3-93, 4-124,5-159, 6-185
		 206-7, 8-221, 9-258, 
Bowling: Weerakoon 40.4-8-88-4
	 R Silva 15-2-44-1
	 Mohotti 23-8-53-2
	 S Pathiranage 17-3-39-2
	 R Seneviratne 8-2-24-0
	 M de Silva 4-1-12-0

St Peter’s 2nd innings (target 66)
Anishka Perera c Kelly b Daniel 			02
I Fernando b Daniel 		   			00
H Wanasekera c Rodrigo b Ekanayake 			15
Lakshina Rodrigo not out 				32
Manelka de Silva c Rodrigo b Ekanayake 			02 
Vinu Mohotti not out		 			00
Extras (w 7, b 1) 					08
TOTAL (4 wickets) 					59

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-11, 3-49, 4-59. 
Bowling: Daniel 5-0-28-2
	 Cooray 2-0-15-0
	 Ekanayake 2.2-0-15-2

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