An all-round performance from Sandun Mendis guided Richmond College to a comfortable victory against St.Peter’s College in the Singer U19 Limited Overs Tournament Final that was played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Electing to bat first, Richmondites were in a bit of bother with 106 for 6 when Sandun Mendis arrived at the crease to join Dilum Sudeera. They managed to keep the scoreboard ticking. Sudheera played the anchor role, as Sandun attacked from the other side and went on to make 42 off 57 deliveries.
This partnership took Richmond to 201 for 9 in their 50 overs.In reply Miflal Ameen walked into bat with skipper Santhush Gunathilaka. It proved to be a mistake when both Gunathilaka and Ameen was clean bowled by Dhananjaya Lakshan in the very first over.
However, Sulakshana and Shanon Fernando were going smoothly but it was Sandun Mendis once again who came to the rescue of the Richmondites.
He struck twice in his first over, taking the wickets of Sulakshana Fernando for 25 and Ranmith Jayasena for a 2 ball duck. The Peterites were in dire straits and it did not get any better for them. One of the experienced players of the side Shalith Fernando fell shortly afterwards for 12, cleaned bowled by Mendis.
Peterites were 89 for 7 when Shanon Fernando and Sachin Silva got together for the 8th wicket. The pair added 47 runs as Shanon, after coming to the crease in the very first over, scored a well composed half century. He fell to Mendis as well, as the off-spinner picked up a 5-wickets.
Kanishka Maduwantha’s fighting 39.
Richmond ended up being champions for the second consecutive year and it was Sandun Mendis who was unsurprisingly names Man of the Match for his performance with both bat and ball. Gallery>>
A heroic all round performance of Dananjaya Lakshan, the captain of Richmond College sealed off their place in the final of Singer under 19 Sri Lanka School limited over tournament. The second semi final of the tournament was played at St.Peters College ground on 24th April. It looked a better track for batting and Richmond skipper Dhananjaya Lakshan won the toss and elected to field first to make use of the early start and whatever moisture available on the pitch. Dananjaya ripped through the Thomian top order with an excellent opening spell of seam and swing bowling.He captured the first five wickets to fall to leave the boys from Mount Lavinia reeling at 64/5. Thomians were 221 for 7 after 50 overs.
Richmond lost two quick wickets including f Kamindu Mendis at the star. Thomians’ fight back in to the game continued. Dhananjaya Lakshan put up a grand show with the bat stroking the ball to all parts of the ground in Bambalapitiya. His initial partnership of 109 with Thaveesha Abishek(36) for the third wicket laid the foundation for the run chase, before he put on another useful partnership of 65 runs with Dilum Sudeera. Sandun Mendis came and went but nothing stopped the confident man from down south Dhananjaya Lakshan as he went on his merry way to eventually remain unbeaten on 130* and guided his team to an emphatic five wicket win and a place in the final against St. Peter’s.
Scores : St.Thomas College 221/7 (50 overs) Dananjaya Lakshan 5/36
Richmond College 222/5 (43.2 overs) Dananjaya Lakshan 130*, Thaveesha Abishek 36
The two schools jointly organised a bicycle paraded for the students for the first time in the history of Richmond – Mahinda big match. Students, old boys and parents paraded over 15km peacefully demonstrating the true friendship and brotherhood among the two school that has been there for over a century. Gallery>>
Past Richmond Cricketer and national player Dananjaya De Silva will captain Sri Lanka A team during their tour in West Indies while the side will be vice captained by another past Richmond Cricketer and last year Captain of Sri Lanka under 19 team Charith Aslanka. All rounder and Si Lanka ODI player Wanidu Hasaranga has also ben included in the team.
read more: Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad to tour West Indies named
Richmond College won the overall championship of Badminton Junior Nationals Tournament for the 6th consecutive year. Congratulations!
The rugby big match, Battle of Maroons & Gold between Richmond COllege and St.Aloysius College was held on 21st of September at St.Aloysius College ground. St.Aloysius College won the match 19 to 9.
Richmond College thrashed St.Survatius Matara by an innings and 115 runs in their first match of the first XI cricket season. St.Survatius College batting first were restricted to 87, due to outstanding spin bowling by Sandun Mendis who took 5 for 32.
In reply Richmond College scored 307 for 4. Kamindu Mendis posted his maiden century of the season scoring 133 runs while young Thaversha Abishek scoring an unbeaten 100.
Richmond bowled out their opponents for 105 runs in the second innings. Dananjaya picked up 4/25 while Sandun Mendis 2/12. Sandun Mendis finished with a match bag of 7/44.
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.