Munchee inter-school under 19 limited overs final: Angelo pilots Peterites to victory

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Skipper Angelo Perera starred with bat and ball as St. Peter’s College trounced their traditional rivals St. Joseph’s College by 96 runs in the Munchee inter-school under 19 knock out limited overs cricket tournament final worked off at the SSC grounds in Maitland Place yesterday.

The Sri Lanka youth vice captain hit a top score of 45 to spearhead his team to a competitive 228 for 9 after been put into bat and then followed up with a controlled spell of bowling that had the Joes dismissed for 132 runs in 40 overs.

This was also the second time that the Peterites had defeated their opponents this season in a one-day match having also won their ‘Battle of the Saints’ annual encounter by a convincing margin at the Khettarama Stadium.

Angelo Perera came into the middle at a vital stage of the innings and struck two boundaries while facing 75 deliveries. He was also able to build up a couple of significant partnerships along with Isuru Peiris (24) and Chatura Peiris (25).

However the real acceleration was done by the hard hitting Akshu Fernando who made a quick fire 37 from 29 deliveries inclusive of two sixes and one boundary. St. Joseph’s College of course picked up wickets at regular intervals through Trishen Rajasuriya and Chaturanga Kumara.

But they were not able to stop the flow of runs and also conceded too many extras in the form of wides amounting to 21. St. Joseph’s College in reply showed that they did not have a proper game plan to chase this challenging target against one of the best bowling attacks this year.

They simply succumbed under pressure and also gifted a couple of wickets to their opponents in the form of run outs.

Nevertheless this was another tremendous effort from the Peterites who had worked hard to improve their game throughout the season. Skipper Angelo Perera again led from the front while capturing a couple of key wickets that put the opposition on the defensive.

St. Joseph’s College would have been bowled out for less than one hundred runs if not for a couple of useful contributions from the tail-enders Dinal Dhambarage (19) and last man Trishen Rajasuriya who was surprisingly the top scorer with 23 that included two boundaries.

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(With the kind courtesy of Chris DHAMBARAGE of the Ceylon Daily News)
Photo: © Mahinda Withanachchi

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