Nalanda College grabbed major honours over their traditional rivals Ananda College as the 81st annual Battle of the Maroons inter school Big Match ended in a tame draw at the SSC ground in Maitland Place yesterday. After having snatched a close 46 run first innings lead the Nalandians again produced another splendid performance on the field to reduce their opponents to 150 for 7 in the second innings.
They would have even bowled out the Anandians for the second time in the match if not for an unnecessary stoppage of nearly half an hour due to an unruly crowd invasion into the playing field during the latter stages of the second day.
As a result the players and the umpires were forced to run into the dressing room for safety while causing a delay of nearly 30 minutes.
The playing area was cleared with the assistance of the SSC ground staff and the umpires decided to start play with the 15 mandatory overs.
The Anandians never looked like making a match of it as they went on the defensive in the second innings as well.
They of course got off to a good start through their openers Geshan Wimaladharma and Udesh Nadiranga.
However they never had an intention of making a declaration and setting a target to their opponents and went on to occupy the crease until the end.
Nipun Karunanayake did most of the damage with a superb four wicket haul from 15 overs.Earlier Nalanda College batted with a purpose and went on to declare their first innings at an impressive 237 for 7. Skipper Dinuk Jayasinghe led the way with a top score of 72 which was studded with six boundaries. This was after Nipun Karunanayake had completed an elegant half century from 75 deliveries inclusive of seven boundaries. The two opening bowlers Ruwinda Saharmein and Madumal Jayaratne captured two wickets each for Ananda.
1st innings 191 all out
(Ruwinda Sharmein 66,
Rangana Cooray 5 for 54)
NALANDA 1st innings (overnight 69 for 2)
Prashan Wicramasinghe c Samarakoon b Jayaratne 4
Chandimanthu Rodrigo run out 13
Nipun Karunanayake c Wimaladharma b Jayaratne 52
Adeesha Nanayekkara run out 28
Suranga Thenakoon c Jayaratne b Sharmein 7
Dinuk Jayasinghe c Koshan b Sharmein 72
Sineth Gunawardana not out 30
Primesh Dassanayake c Jayaratne b M. Perera 11
Gayan Madawatta not out 2
TOTAL (for 7 wickets declared in 67 overs) 237
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-52, 3-76, 4-89, 5-169, 6-201, 7-220.
Bowling: Ruvinda Sharmein 19-1-70-2, Madumal Jayarathne 10-3-45-2, Matheesha Perera 23-2-61-1,
Geshan Wimaladharma 1-0-6-0, Pasindu Madushan 5-0-17-0, Sachithra Perera 8-0-27-0, Minura Janadi 1-0-7-0.
Geshan Wimaladharma c Tennekoon b Karunanayake 34
Udesh Nadiranga c Wickremasinghe b Nanayakkara 5
Minura Janadhi b Madawatte 37
Sachin Devage lbw b Karunanayake 5
Pasindu Madushan not out 31
Ruwinda Sharmein c Rodrigo b Cooray 26
Matheesha Perera Dassanayake b Karunanayake 2
Madumal jayaratne c Nanayakkara b Karunanayake 2
Thushara Samarakoon not out 1
TOTAL (for 7 wickets in 51 overs) 150
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-64, 3-70, 4-97, 5-140, 6-148, 7-148.
Bowling: Adeesha Nanayakkara 4-0-17-1, Rangana Cooray 13-0-43-1, Sineth Gunawardena2-0-8-0,
Dinuk Jayasinghe 11-3-29-0, Nipun Karunanayake 15-2-38-4, Koshan Dhanushka 2-0-5-0, Gayan Madawatte 4-3-8-1.