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.
Final of the Singer under 19 Division 1 Tournament between Richmond College , Galle and Ananda College, Colombo started today at Thurstan College ground Colombo. Richmond were 307 for 8 at the close of first days play.
Having won the toss Kamindu Mendis, Captain of Richmond College elected to bat first and both openers was dismissed cheaply by Anandian fast bowlers. First to go was Kamindu Mendis for 6 when the score was 9 and the other opener Dananjaya Lakshan was out for 12 when the score was 19. Adithya Siriwardana was dismissed for 1 when the score was 21 followed by Chamikara Hewage for no score when the score was 22. Then Thaveesha Abishek and Avindu Theekshana joined in the middle and this pair took Richmond to the safety adding useful 76 runs for the fifth-wicket.
Just before lunch Thaveesha Abhishek became Supun Waragoda’s second victim after doing his part with a well-made 46 including 5 fours and two sixes. Avindu Theekshana then built two good partnerships; 36 with Ravishka Wijesiri (21) for the sixth-wicket and 68 with Kasun Tharaka (25) for the seventh ensuring Richmond’s two hundred. Avindu Theekshana’s superb innings came to an end when Waragoda claiming his fourth wicket trapped him LBW for a well-accomplished 80 scored off 160 balls with 10 fours.
Avindu Theekshana’s wicket when the score was 202 opened up Richmond tail but Ananda College bowlers failed to capitalize as richmond’s no 9 sandun Mendis and no 10 Duveen Kalansooriya put up an unbroken partnership of 105 runs to post a massive total of 307 for 8 at the close of first days play. Sandun Mendis was unbeaten on 64 with Duveen Kalansoorya with an unbeaten 36.Supun Waragoda bowled well for Ananda picking up 4 wickets. The majestic fight back of Richmond middle order and tail enders put them in a very commanding position and Ananda batsman will have to fight hard to save the match against strong Richmond bowling attack on a turning wicket.
Richmond College, Galle
307-8 in 95 overs (Avindu Theekshana 80, Sandun Mendis 64*, Thaveesha Abhishek 46, Duveen Kalansuriya 36*, Kasun Tharaka 25, Ravishka Wijesiri 21, Supun Waragoda 4/91, Asel Sigera 2/80)
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Richmond College defeted Ananda College 3-1 to become the Champions of All Island Super A Division under 17 Badminton Tournament 2017 which was concluded at Bandarawela today. Richmond had never won the under 17 Championship before and it is the second occasion within a month that Richmond College defeated Ananda College in a Badminton tournament. Early this month they defeated Ananda College at Royal College to win under 19 Super A Division All Island Championship. Rarliar Richmond College had defeated Nalanda College in the semi final to qualify for the final.
Richmond College team was lead by Kasun Marasena with Mihil Pansilu, Chamath Dias, Vinu Pathirana, Tumalsha Amrasekara, Chrath PIlayperuma and Salila Samarasekara.
Richmond College recorded their place in the final of Under 19 Singer Trophy 2 day Tournament when they beat Thurstan College by 1 wicket in the semi final which was played at Surrey Ground Maggona today. Thurstan College batting first scored 289. Avindu Theekshana took 5 wickets for 75 while Sandun Mendis took 4 for 74.
The hero of the day was Adithya Siriwardene who scored a magnificient century. He scored 113 while Thaveesha Abishek scored 42. Richmond College will meet Ananda College Colombo in the final.
Richmond College defeted Ananda College 3-1 to record victory in All Island Super A Division under 19 Badminton Championship 2017 which was concluded at Royal College recently. It is reported that Richmond College has won this tournament after 23 years.
Mr Sampath Weragoda, the Principal of Richmond College has been appointed as the President of Sri Lanka School Badminton Association for 2017. He is the second Principal of the college to hold this position. Former Principal of Richmond College Mr E.M.S Ekanayake also held this position few years back. We wish Mr Sampath Weragoda all the very best for a successful year in office.
Richmond College recorded their second win of the weekend as they went on to beat Thurstan College by eight wickets in the Singer under 19 division I All Island Limited Over Cricket Tournament. Richmond qualified for the final beating Maliyadewa College again by eight wickets early in the week. Having won the toss Thurstan College captain Kasun Abeyrathne decided to bat first. Richmond Collge was successfull in the first ball of the day when fast bowler Thilanga Udeshana trapped Thurstan Captain right infornt. But Thrstan College was cruising with 30 for 1 in 4.6 overs when they lost their second wicket. Yeshan Wickramarachchi showed some threat as he scored three boundaries in the first over of Dananjaya Lakshan. Yeshan scored 37 runs off 34 balls with one six but was trapped right in front in the first over of Ravishka Wijesiri.Thurstan run rate was over six runs at this stage but slowly started to collapse.Charana Nanayakkara with Nipun Lakshan put on a 52 runs partnership for the fifth wicket but Sandun Mendis was successfull in the 23rd over when he took the two wickets of them in two balls. Thus Thurstan College was all out for 141 runs in 38.1 overs.Thilanga Udeshan took 3 for 29 while Ravishka Wijesiri took 3 for 21.
Richmond College target was reduced to 140 according to DWL. Richmond Collge lost the early wicket of their skipper Kamindu Mendis for just 4 runs in the first over. But Dahnanjaya Lakshan and Adithya Siriwardene put a fantastic 92 run partnership. Dhananjaya Lakshan went on to score a brilliant half century. He scored 61 runs in just 52 balls with 12 boundaries. Next Thaveesha Abishek joined Adithya and Richmond College cruised to victory in just 25.3 overs. Thaveesha Abishek scored 24 runs with two sixes and the last six he scored sealed the victory for Richmond College. Dananjaya Lakshan was adjudged as the man of the match. Read More>>
Thurstan College 141 in 38.1
Yeshan Wickramarachchi 37. Ravishka Wijesiri 3/21, Thilanga Udeshana 3/29
Richmond College 140 in 25.3
Dananjaya Lakshan 61, Adithya Siriwardene 38 no out.Charana Nanayakkara 1/29
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Richmond College recorded a convincing 8 wicket win over Mahinda College during their annual one day limite dover match played at Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Having won the toss Mahinda captain decided to bat first, but lost few early wickets on their way. It was young Navod Paranavithana who stood against Richmond bowlers scoring a half century. Navod scored 66 runs to enable Mahinda College to score a respectable score but was not enough aganst strong Richmond batting line up.
In pursuit of a target of 170, Richmond College got there with more than 16 overs to spare as Sri Lanka youth cap Kamindu Mendis led the run chase with a composed 84 to remain unbeaten when his team reached the victory target.Adithya Siriwardana also chipped in with a useful 38 as the Mahinda College bowlers failed to make inroads to the strong Richmond College batting line up.Sandun Mendis was the most successful bowler picking up three wickets while Avindu Theekshana chipped in with two.
Mahinda College 169 (46.4)
Navod Paranavithana 66, Prameeth Hansika 31, Vinura Dulsara 21, Sandun Mendis 3/30, Avindu Theekshana 2/29
Richmond College 172/2 (33.3)
Kamindu Mendis 84*, Adithya Siriwardena 38
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Mr Anil Fonseka has been appointed as the new Secretary of Richomond College Old Boys’ Association during the Annual General Metting held on 19th March 2017. He has held the position of Hony.Secretary of RCOBA twice before and during such time he has contributed immensely towards the success of RCOBA and the school. Mr Fonseka holds the position of National Head – Agency Sales Force Management of Fairfirst Insurance LTD (Amalgamated company of former Union Assuarance General LTD & Asian Alliance General Insurance LTD). Mr G.J Weerasena was also appointed as the Treasurer of RCOBA. We wish them all the best in all their future endeavours!