Santhush Gunatilleke makes Peterite history | Sunday Observer

Santhush Gunatilleke makes Peterite history

Santhush Gunatilleke
Santhush Gunatilleke

Santhush Gunatilleke of St. Peter’s College has hit a purple patch and is among the runs early this season as he smashed a hurricane 252 not out with 29 fours and eight sixes in a match against Ananda College last week.

It was a one man show in the match which ended in a draw and Gunatilleke made history by making the highest score by a Peterite in the inter-school season which is now in full swing.

Ranmith Jayasena (80) and Bhanuka de Silva (63) also contributed to the Peterite total while Kanishka Rantilakage (90) and Kavindu Gimhana (53) batted well for Ananda.

If that was not enough, Gunatilleke continued his exploits with the bat as he blasted a follow-up century (103) for his team to beat Lumbini College by an innings and 53 runs early this week.

Besides Gunathilake’s 103 runs Nipunaka Fonseka also scored 86 runs while good bowling performances from Shivan Perera (5/35) and Kanishka Maduwantha (5/36) contributed significantly towards the Peterite victory over Lumbini.

Muditha Lakshan of D.S. Senanayake College scored his fourth century this season against De Mazenod played at the Army ground Mattegoda.

Lakshan scored 120 runs in 132 balls with 13 boundaries and a six. Abishek Liyanaarachchi also scored a ton, 114 runs (his second) while Sandaru Chanditha contributed with 50 not out to give DSS a big total of 401 runs.

Useful contribution by Nimna Fernando (90), Nandun Dilshan (82) and Mithun Senarath (73 n.o.) saw De Mazenod force a draw.

Mohammed Slaza (132 n.o.), Dilsara Chaminda (114) and Chatura Dilrukshan (61) batted well for Zahira in their drawn game against Mahanama College. Slaza also bowled well to capture 6 for 100.

Pethum Boteju scored an unbeaten 93 for Mahanama.

Kavindana Perera (125 n.o.), Shenal Dangalle (95) and Movin Subasinghe (92) batted well for Wesley in their drawn game against St. Joseph’s College.

Dinesh Jayakody (124), Dunith Wellalage (106) and Johanne de Zilva (55) batted well for the Joes.

S. Komainthan of Hindu College Jaffna scored an unbeaten 151 against Stanley College in Jaffna.

Sasindu Sandaruwan (118), Nadun Kalhara (60), Dasun Achira (52) and Kavindu Maduranga (50) batted best as Nalanda Boys Minuwangoda who beat St. Thomas’ Kotte by an innings and 86 runs.

Ashen Chamuditha with 138 runs batted best for St. Thomas’ Kotte in the same match.

Two excellent bowling performances featured in the drawn game between S. Thomas’ College and Nalanda College played at Campbell Place. Lakshitha Rasanjana captured 7 for 73 for Nalanda while Kalana Perera took 5 for 46 for the Tmomians. Ayesh Harshana of Thurstan College came up with a magical spell to capture 7 wickets for 7 runs against St. Mary’s College Kegalle at Thurstan ground. With that Thurstan won by an innings and 267 runs.

Thurstan scored 374 for 6 declared with Jayawihan Mahavithana (106), Bawantha Jayasinghe (100 n.o.) Yohan Liyanage (70) doing the bulk of the scoring.

St. Mary’s were shot out for 64 runs with Sandaru Dias claiming 5 for 12 with Harshana capturing 7 for 7 runs.