Unbeaten century by Kalana Wijesiri(130*) of Ananda College shattered the dreams of Richmond College of a double crown as they clinched the victory of 2017 U19 D1 League Championship. The match ended before completion of the first two innings, Ananda who won more bonus points on their final total of 273 for seven than Richmond’s 307 and were declared winners in the end. Richmond, this year’s U19 D1 limited-over Champions missed out on claiming both titles of U19 D1 Championship as Ananda was ahead on bonus points.
Having won the toss Kamindu Mendis, Captain of Richmond College elected to bat first and they posted a massive total and declared their innings on overnight total of 307 for eight. In a match an outright win was highly unlikely, Ananda had to bat extremely well if they were to overhaul Richmond total and gain first-innings advantage. Ananda got off to a horrible start as they lost two quick wickets with the score at 14. However, Kalana wijesiri and Asel Sigera putting on 105 for the third wicket consolidated their innings before Sigera lost his wicket for a well-made 54. After Sigera’s dismissal Richmond could pull the game back to their favour as Sandun Mendis striking twice in quick succession removed Sammu Ashan for naught and K Nirmal for 3 as Ananda slumped to 125 for five in no time. Meanwhile, Kalana Wijesiri who was batting at the other end with a fifty-plus score continuing his role as an anchorman found partners in Kavishka Anjula and Supun Waragoda to rebuild their innings.
Richmond wicket keeper Duveen Kalansooriya , who was very acrobatic behind the wicket took some fantastic catches during the match. However he failed to deliver at the crucial time when he dropped Kalana Wijesiri when he was 85. Ananda claimed 5.23 bonus points whilst Richmond managed only 4.82 (if not for Wijesiri’s century that earned them 0.5 points, Ananda would have fallen behind Richmond). Duveen ealrliar contributed with the bat to post a century partnership with Sandun Mendis for the nineth wicket which helped Richmond College to score 307 for eight. The uncertainity of the game of cricket was quite evident during the match.
Richmond College had a very good season this year. They played some entertaining cricket during the big match and won the One Day match with Mahinda College by 2 wickets. They went on to win the U19 D1 limited-over Championship as well. Richmond Captain Kamindu Mendis captained SL under 19 cicket team to Australia. Five Richmond College cricketers represented the under 19 Southern Province team which was captained by all rounder Dananjaya Lakshan who was the highest run scorer in the season. Southern Province won the championship of 2017 U19 Provincial One Day Tournament. We must be happy the way our cricketers performed during the season with much promise for the future and all the credit should go to the captain, players, Coach, Assistant Coach and MIC for all the hard work.
We must also make a note of the guidance given by the Principal and Staff and valuable contributions made by Old Boys Association and affiliated unions , School Development Society, parents and well wishers.