The 16-year-old off-spinner Sharon Abhishek ended with impressive figures of 4 for 23 from his 7-over spell while opener Vishara Fernando (58) and Thamindu Pradeeptha (52) hit half-centuries as Richmond recorded a 37-run victory on a D/L method in their Under 19 Division One quarter-final cricket match against St. Anthony’s, Katugastota, played at Surrey grounds in Maggona yesterday.
Richmond led by Bhanuka Manohara was invited to bat first, making 198 all out in 48.3 overs while Anthonians chasing their target of 199 runs were reeling at 119 for 7 wickets in 33 overs when bad weather halted the game. However, when the game was resumed again with a revised target of 172 runs to win in 35 overs while Anthonians finally managed to get 134 for 9 wickets and Richmond marked a 37-run victory to enter the semi-finals.
Earlier, Richmond’s in-form opener Vishara Fernando and Tharindu Nirmal (10) added 30 runs in 6.1 overs while Fernando was more aggressive striking 6 fours and 3 sixes to get 58 runs in 68 balls. Skipper Bhanuka Manohara was out for a duck while 15-year-old right-hander Thamindu Pradeeptha made a valuable 52 runs in 77 balls hitting 6 fours and a six. Richmond made 165 for 4 wickets in 35.5 overs heading for a big total.
But Anthonian off-spinner who is also a well-experienced national under-19 bowler, Treveen Mathew came back strongly to take 4 for 32 in his ten-over spell. Richmond was all out for 198 with 1.3 overs to spare.
Anthonians made a slow start in their chasing while opener Mohammed Aaqil (31) and Asitha Wanninayake (33) made useful knocks but their skipper national under 19 all-rounder Chamindu Wickramasinghe was unfortunately out for just 2 runs facing 15 deliveries and the prize wicket was taken by off-spinner Sheron Abhishek and which was a huge blow for the Anthonians.
Abhishek who was among the wickets this season came back strongly to pick vital four wickets to put pressure on Anthonians while paceman Hansamana de Silva made a good supporting role with 2 for 36.
Meanwhile, right arm leg spinner Shane Adithya had impressive figures of 4 for 19 steering Maris Stella Negombo to beat Moratu Vidyalaya by 107 runs in their Division One quarter-final game played at Wijerama Mawatha yesterday.
Kavindu Amantha produced a superb all-round performance taking 6 for 38 and scoring 52 runs to guide Isipathana to an easy 46-run win over St. Sylvester’s, Kandy, in their Division One quarter-final cricket fixture played at Darley road.
* At Maggona. Richmond beat St. Anthony’s, Katugastota by 37 runs (D/L method).
Richmond: 198 all out in 48.3 overs (Vishara Fernando 58, Thamindu Pradeeptha 52, Janeth Kaushal 29, Lahiru Abeysinghe 2/41, Theveen Mathew 4/32)
St. Anthony’s (target 172 in 35 overs) 134/9 in 35 overs (Mohammed Aaqil 31, Asitha Wanninayake 33, Hansamana de Silva 2/36, Sharon Abhishek 4/23)
* At Wijerama Mawatha. Maris Stella beat Moratu Vidyalaya by 107 runs.
Maris Stella: 230 all out in 50 overs (Shane Adithya 26, Hansaja Hiruna 34, Kawitha Dinalya 36, Mahindu Malith 42*, Hasindu Perera 24, Malith Rupasinghe 3/51, Madura Gimhana 2/48, Thushan Nimantha 2/9)
Moratu Vidyalaya: 123 all out in 40 overs (Isuru Nidarshana 33, Shane Adithya 4/19, Mahindu Malith 3/14)
*At Darley Road. Isipatana beat St. Sylvester’s Kandy by 46 runs.
Isipatana: 210/9 in 50 overs (Yasith Kalupahana 31, Dinuka Anupamal 21, Kavindu Amantha 52, Kevin Samuel 30*, Akila Wickramasinghe 3/45, Maleesha Silva 2/44)
St. Sysvester’s 164 all out in 43 overs (Malith Lakshan 27, Induwara Wickramasinghe 54*, Maleesha Silva 28, Sithuka Gunawardena 3/26, Kavindu Amantha 6/38)
Under 19 Division 2 Tier ‘A’ cricket quarter-final
* At Katugastota. Tissa Central beat Kalutara Vidyalaya by 5 wickets (D/L method).
Kalutara Vidyalaya: 174 all out in 37.4 overs (Pawan Gunatilleka 23, Hansaka Anupama 71, Shareen Dhananajaya 2/36, Dhanuka Nishad 4/19)
Tissa Central: (target 127 in 27 overs 127 for 5 wickets in 22.4 overs) (Randula Dasun 22, Ashen Chanula 63*, Vishmika Kosta 4/27)