Thomians beat world’s oldest cricket schools to bag prize | Sunday Observer

Thomians beat world’s oldest cricket schools to bag prize

Front row from left: Dinesh Kumarasinghe (Director of Cricket), Kalana Perera, Troy McKinnon (Director of Co-Curricular Activities PAC), Rev. Marc Billimoria (Warden), Greg Chappell (former Australia captain), Dellon Pieris (captain), Dulith Gunaratne (vice-captain), Sithara Hapuhinna (secretary), Dilshan Mendis (assistant coach). Second row from left: Thevin Eriyagama, Shalin de Mel, Manisha Rupasinghe, Manthila Wijeratne, Shannon Fernando and Kishan Munasinghe. Back row from left: Gavin Boteju, Semal Sama
Front row from left: Dinesh Kumarasinghe (Director of Cricket), Kalana Perera, Troy McKinnon (Director of Co-Curricular Activities PAC), Rev. Marc Billimoria (Warden), Greg Chappell (former Australia captain), Dellon Pieris (captain), Dulith Gunaratne (vice-captain), Sithara Hapuhinna (secretary), Dilshan Mendis (assistant coach). Second row from left: Thevin Eriyagama, Shalin de Mel, Manisha Rupasinghe, Manthila Wijeratne, Shannon Fernando and Kishan Munasinghe. Back row from left: Gavin Boteju, Semal Samarawickrama, Tehan Schaffter, Vinuja Ratnayake, Mohamed Ishak and Dilmin Ratnayake

S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia emerged victorious in what was called the Festival of Cricket of Prince Alfred College Adelaide for the Chappell Brothers’ Challenge Trophy competing against leading cricket playing schools in Australia, including Prince Alfred College and St. Peter’s College Adelaide that feature in the longest uninterrupted cricket fixture in the world spanning 143 years.

The T20 format of the final was shortened due to inclement weather to a 10 over game and the Thomians got off to a flying start with Dulith Gunaratne scoring 31 and Shalin de Mel scoring 51 to help them reach a score of 131 in 10 overs.

In reply St. Peter’s College were restricted to 75 for 7 in the 10 overs as Thomian fast bowler Tehan Schaffter took a wicket off the second ball of the innings and ended with figures of 2 for 9 while Dulith Gunaratne bowled a brilliant spell taking 3/12.

St. Peter’s College scored only 21 runs for five wickets in the first four overs.

The Thomians remained unbeaten in all six matches played during the tournament as Kalana Perera was awarded the trophy for the best bowler of the tournament.

In the past the Thomians with coach Dinesh Kumarasinghe also made successful tours of Malaysia in 1995 (U-17), England 1997 (U-19), India 2013 (U-17) and Malaysia 2015 (U-15)

Scores:

S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia: 131/5 in 10 overs (Shalin De Mel 51, Dulith Gunaratne 31)

St. Peter’s College Adelaide: 75/7 in 10 overs (Dulith Gunaratne 3/12, Tehan Schaffter 2/9)

Prince Alfred College 179 in 49.1 overs (S. Bennett 81, M. Thile 52, Shannon Fernando 4/23 , Tehan schaffter 2/27)

S Thomas’ College 184/7 in 39.1 overs (Kalana Perera 43, Dulith Gunaratne 25, Dellon Peiris 24 not out, Shalin de Mel 23, Dilmin Ratnayake 20, K Barnett 3/36, W Wilson 2/26)

S. Thomas’ College 362 for 5 in 50 overs (Sithara Hapuhinna 110, Kalana Perera 69 not out, Mohamed Ishaq 47, Dulith Gunaratne 45, Gavin Botheju 38 not out)

Anglican Church Grammar School 124 in 47.3 overs (Kalana Perera 5/8, Shannon Fernando 3/13)

Scotch College 176 for 7 in 20 overs (Dulith Gunaratne 3/13, Kalana Perera 2/19)

S Thomas’ College 177/4 in 15.2 overs (Sithara Hapuhinna 55, Shalin de Mel 50) -(IR)

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