Dreary draw in Jaffna Big Match as batsmen dawdle | Daily News

Dreary draw in Jaffna Big Match as batsmen dawdle

The 113th Battle of the North cricket match between St. John’s and Jaffna Central ended in a tame draw at the Jaffna Central College grounds yesterday with neither side making any positive attempt to force a result.

Jaffna Central in reply to St John’s first innings of 181 scored 195 after resuming at 59-2. Iyalarasan Kamalarasa top scored with a patient 77 off 239 balls (8 fours) in contrast Viyaskanth Vijayakanth who hit a rapid 41 off 35 balls with 3 sixes and 1 four to give Jaffna Central a narrow first innings lead of 14 runs.

St John’s in their second innings put up a dreary display of batting with their openers sharing an unbroken stand of 121 in 39 overs with Thanujan Christy going onto complete a fifty off 132 balls (9 fours) and his partner Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah 46 not out off 104 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours.


Scores: St John’s 181 and 121 for no loss in 39 overs (Sowmiyan Naganthirarajah 46 n.o., Thanujan Christy Prasanna 57 n.o.)

Jaffna Central 195 (o/n 59/2) in 79.2 overs (Iyalarasan Kamalarasa 77, Jeyatharsan Antony Dias 21, Viyaskanth Vijayakanth 41, Dinoshan Thievendram 2/25, Saraan Anton Selvathas 3/54, Hemathushan Mahendran 2/40, Elshan Denushan 2/11)


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