U-19 school cricket review Lions roar to the top; Petes grab two crowns…
Trinity College, Kandy, emerged champions in the 2014/15 Inter-School Under 19 cricket tournament, and Thurstan College, Colombo, came second while Lumbini
Maha Vidyalaya was placed third. rinity ended last season (2013/2014) as runners-up behind Richmond, the latter finishing in eighth place this year. St Peter’s College, led by Chandula Jayamanne emerged as the leading team among the four quadrangular schools at the end of the season. The Peterites finished fourth in the inter-school tournament this year after recording seven outright wins from 16 games. The Bambalapitiya lads should consider themselves unlucky not to have been crowned champions despite enjoying a highly successful season in which they remained unbeaten. Trinity, the eventual champions with 10 outright wins, were in fact beaten by the Peterites in their own den. Hence, it should give the Peterites some consolation.
This year, the Peterites boasted a well-balanced side made up of experienced batsmen and a talented spin department that had a good variety. Dimuth Thimodya, Chandula Jayamanne and Lakshina Rodrigo were their most successful batsmen while spinners Thanesha Weerakoon (58), Vinu Mohotty (55) and Ashan Malka (43) were their chief wicket takers for the season.
St Peter’s College also tasted success in the shorter version of the game. They won the Joe-Pete 50-over encounter and then beat St Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia, in the final to become champions of the inaugural Singer Schools Six-a-Side tournament. They recently won the Schools Invitational Double Wicket tournament organised by St Benedict’s College by beating St Sebastian’s College,
Moratuwa, in the final, and also ended as runners-up at the Schools T20 tournament, losing to St Benedict’s in the final.
St Joseph’s enjoyed a mixed season under Pathum Madusanka, recording three outright wins and losing two games in 16 outings. Skipper Madusanka was their leading run-scorer with more than 750 runs, inclusive of two centuries, while
Vimukthi Peiris and Aravinda Akuregoda scored a century each. Akuregoda emerged as the top wicket taker with 52 scalps. Despite coming in as underdogs,
U-19 school cricket review Lions roar to the top; Petes grab two crowns the Josephians did well to have the upper hand in the Battle of the Saints. The Josephians finished 17th in the Division One tournament.
St Benedict’s enjoyed one of their better seasons under Mahel Jayalath to notch up four wins against a solitary loss. Although the Benedictines ended 21st in the points table, the Kotahena school had the honour of emerging as the T20 champs, defeating St Peter’s in a close encounter. Medium-pacer Geethal Fernando and spinner Geethika Jayathileke captured more than 50 wickets during the season
while Nimesh Fonseka had the honour of scoring two centuries.
St Anthony’s, Kandy, competing in Division Two, finished 17th after winning two games outright and going down in four games. The Antonians who have boasted of great cricketers in the past have lately fallen back in the game and will have to make a sterling effort if they are to compete in Division One.
D S Senanayake finished 9th in Division One but claimed the limited-over title, beating Ananda College in a high-scoring game. DSS had a very successful season, winning three games and remaining unbeaten. The side was led by Thimila Vidyasekera. Akila Inham (882) was their leading run-scorer while Kavin
Bandara, Uvin Bandara and Harith Maduwantha were instrumental in their
St Thomas’ too had a successful season as they ended as the fifth best team with five outright wins, and also beat Trinity on the first innings at Mt Lavinia. The Thomians took the honours against Royal College in the 136th Battle of the Blues.
Royal College, Colombo, and St Anthony’s College, Wattala, being the top two teams with highest points in the U-19 Division Two Tournament (2014/15) were promoted and they will be playing in the Division One category from season 2015/16. Carey College, Colombo, Revatha College, Balapitiya, and Wesley College,
Colombo, will be demoted to Division Two after ending at the bottom of the table.
Avishka Fernando of St Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, was the highest run-scorer with 1012 runs at an average of 59.50, with three centuries and five half centuries and was the only player to cross the 1000-run mark this season. Raveen Sayer, captain of Trinity College, and Dulanjana Senevirathne of Mahanama College topped the bowling list with 89 wickets each after 16 matches.