Richmond vs Mahinda 113th Lovers’ Quarrel – Rain saves Mahinda

Richmond vs Mahinda annual cricket encounter “The Lovers’ Quarrel” kicked off at Galle International Cricket Stadium on 16th March for the 113th time.One of the two sides had to take first lease of the under prepared wicket. As every one thought the captain who won the toss, on this occasion captain of Mahinda College put Richmond to bat first. Mahindians made early inroads to the game dismissing Richmond opener Kamindu Mendis for 4 , when the score was 8. Richmond lost their second wicket Adithya Siriwardene for 11 when the score was 27. Richmond College were bowled out for 170. Duveen Kalansooriya made a fighting knock of 42. Pasan Pethangoda took 5/46.

Mahindians were 70/3 at the end of first days play and were in a good position to make a big score. But they could add only 7 runs on the second day when the 4th wicket fell at 80.Richmond slowly took control of the game and Mahindians were bowled out for 118 in 53 overs. Sandun Mendis and Dilum Sudeera took 5/38 and 5/29 respectively. Richmond College declared just 10 minutes before tea when the score was 150 for 4 in their second innings setting a target of 202 for Mahindians.  Thaveesha Abishek made an  unbeaten on 72 with Dilum Sudheera on 16.

Mahindians starting their second innings lost the wicket of the opening batsman Navod Paranawithana the very first ball of the innings. Navod was bowled by Avindu Theekshana. Vinura Dilsara joined Hansika Welihinda but Vinura did not last long as he was bowled again by Avindu Theekshana. Unfortunately bad light interrupted play followed by rain when more than two hours of play was left in the day, much to the dissatisfaction of Richmondites. Mahindians were 20 for 2 when the match was interrupted. Avindu Theekshana too 2/7. Subsequently match officials declared the match as “Drawn”. Richmondites took all honours in the game. Thaveesha Abishek was adjudged the best batsman for his unbeaten 72 while Sandun Mendis was adjudged the beast bowler. Vimud Sapnaka was awarded with the best fielder award for his brilliant work behind the stumps with Dilum Sudheera “The man of the match”