Richmond win after Mahinda’s sporty declaration | Sunday Observer

Richmond win after Mahinda’s sporty declaration

Thavisha Abhishek
Thavisha Abhishek

Skipper Thavisha Abhishek made a fighting knock of an unbeaten 99 in 92 balls to guide Richmond College to victory over their arch rivals Mahinda College by six wickets in their 114th Lovers Quarrel big match cricket encounter at the Galle international cricket stadium yesterday.

The Mahindians made a sporty declaration on the second day yesterday to leave Richmond with a 215 runs target in 45 overs which made the result possible.

Abhishek then hit six fours and two sixes to turn the game in Richmond’s favour while adding a superb fourth wicket stand with all-rounder Dilum Sudeera.

Sudeera and Abhishek started their combination with the total at 81 for three and controlled the game with singles and twos with some good running between the wickets.

Sudeera was unfortunately run out for 42 in 42 balls with three fours in the 44th over which was bowled by Novod Paranawithana.

However Abhishek hit the winning four runs with three balls to spare to win the man of the match award for his excellent match winning knock of 99.

Put into bat Mahinda were dismissed for 197 with Dilum Sudeera the main wrecker with five for 48 with in his leg spinners.

Richmond in their first innings recovered from 56 for 6 to 144 all out with Kasun Madusha the leg spinner taking five for 20.

Mahinda in their second innings made 161 for 9 wickets declared with last year’s skipper Hansika Welihida top scoring with 71.

The win gave Richmond a series winning tally of 24 wins compared to 23 by Mahinda.

Chief scores

Mahinda College 197 and 161 for 9 wickets dec (Navod Paranawithana 30, Hansika Welihinda 71, Ashen Kandambi 18, Dilum Sudeera 4 for 42, Kalpa Netsara 3 for 22)

Richmond 144 (Sadun Mendis 36, Vimud Sapnaka 20, Chamath Dilsara 15, Kasun Madusha 5 for 20, Navod Paranawithana 2 for 24, Ashen Kandambi 2 for 10) and 215 for 4 (Adithya Siriwardena 26, Bhanuka Manohara 40, Thavishek Abhishek 99 not out, Dilum Sudeera 42)