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'Punchi Ape Chess Tharagaya' at Thurstan College

The Chess Club of Thurstan College, Colombo is conducting a under 13 and under 15 inter-school chess tournament for Western Province Schools, named 'Punchi Ape Chess Tharagaya' from March 26 to 28 at the college hall.

All schools in the Western Province are eligible to play in this tournament. Schools can enter one or more teams and each team will have four players.

All teams have been requested to be presented at Thurstan College hall before 2.30 pm which is the time set for the start of the first round. There will be five rounds.

Mahinda-Richmond drawn

The 99th 'Big Match' between Richmond and Mahinda ended in a draw at the Galle Stadium yesterday.

Richmond 138 and 120 for 6 declared (S. Udayakumara 59, S. Maduranga 16, R. Mohammed 18, Carles Wesman 4 for 37, Charith Keerthisinghe 2 for 38).

Mahinda 141 for 8 declared (Thilina Rajakaruna 29, Dharshana Kumara 24, Isuru Chamara 35, Kasun Wimalaratne 22, W. P. G. Ravindra 5 for 66) and 51 for 2 at close (Thilina Rajakaruna 21, Dharshana Kumara 20 n.o).

Perera's century helps Sampath Bank to 86-run win

Opener Dilruwan Perera hit an aggressive 108-ball century (102) with 11 fours 5 sixes and left-arm spinner Taraka Samaratunga captured 4 for 57 to enable Sampath Bank to a comfortable 86 runs win over E-Wis Information in their Mercantile 'A' division limited over cricket match played at the Colts grounds yesterday.

Sampath Bank 353 for 7 off 50 overs (Dilruwan Perera 102, Jeevan Mendis 57, Chamara Perera 25, Dilhara Lokuhettige 34, Janaka Siriwardena 48, Charith Sylvester 28 n.o., Gamini Chandrakumara 2 for 72, Nishitha Rupasinghe 2 for 74, Malinda Gajanayake 2 for 7)

E-Wis Information: 267 off 49.2 overs (Kamal Ranjan 39, Gayan Wijekoon 71, Malinda Gajanayaka 46, Gamini Chandrakumara 50 n.o. Taraka Samaratunga 4 for 57, Jeevan Mendis 2 for 14) (L.F.)

HNB beat John Keells by 61 runs


Hatton National Bank beat John Keells by 61 runs in their Singer sponsored Mercantile Premier Division limited overs cricket match played at the Sara Stadium yesterday.

HNB batting first were aided by a 109 run stand for the fourth wicket between Russell Arnold (81) and Nimesh Perera (51). Arnold had three fours and the same number of sixes in his 101 ball stay at the wicket.

John Keells in reply were shot out for 192 in 44.2 overs Anushka Plonowita (41) and Susantha Pradeep (43) doing the bulk of the scoring. Akalanka Ganegama (4 for 31) and left arm spinner Shanuka Dissanayake (2 for 40) were the chief wicket takers for the Bankers.

Hatton National Bank 253 for 8 in 50 overs (Saman Jayantha 14, Damitha Hunukumbura 28, Russell Arnold 81, Nimesh Perera 51, Chinthaka Jayasinghe 14, Kumara Dharmasena 41, Chanaka Welegedera 4 for 46, Thamara Abeyratne 3 for 62).

John Keells 192 in 44.2 overs (Anushka Polonowita 41, Susantha Pradeep 43, Malinga Bandara 22, Upul Indrasiri 11, Ruwan Dissanayake 35, Akalanka Ganegama 4 for 31, Shanuka Dissanayake 2 for 16, Kumara Dharmasena 2 for 40)

Kegalu Vidyalaya enters quarter-finals


Kegalu Vidyalaya entered the quarter-finals of the Schools Lemonade Trophy 'C' division knockout tournament when they beat Carey College by six wickets at the Railway grounds, Mount Mary yesterday.

Carey College 158 all out in 49.3 overs (C. Perera 21, V. Weerasekera 16, I. Sampath 11, D. Bandara 15, Manoj Jayaweera 36, I. Khan 16, C. Prassanga 16, Deepal Ratnayake 2 for 15, Lahiru Pathirana 2 for 10, S. Tennekoon 2 for 36, Dinesh Perera 2 for 29).

Kegalu Vidyalaya 163 for 4 wickets in 35.1 overs (C. Premaratne 12, Chulani Rajapakse 39, D. Perera 14, Nuwan Gunasekera 16, Amila Jayasinghe 35 not out, Saliya Tennakoon 30 not out, C. Bhagya 2 for 15).

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