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114th Lovers Quarrel in Galle:

Experienced Mahinda have the edge over Richmond

Richmond college team: 1st row from left: Lakmal De Silva (Asst. Coach), Dhammika Sudarashana (Head Coach), S.S. Nagahawatte (Asst.Principal), Thaveesha Abhishek (Captain), Sampath Weragoda (Principal), Adithya Sirwardhane (Vice captain), S.R. Nanayakkara (POG & MIC), Sandun Mendis. 2nd row from left: Nimnada Kirindage, Dimuth Sandaruwan, Amshi De Silva, Dilum Thilakarathne, Kavindu Nirmana, Sanul Sandeesh, Kalpa Nethsara, Vinuja Kiriella, Achintha Ishiwara, Sammu Vimuth, Bhanuka Manohara, Chamath Dilsara
Richmond college team: 1st row from left: Lakmal De Silva (Asst. Coach), Dhammika Sudarashana (Head Coach), S.S. Nagahawatte (Asst.Principal), Thaveesha Abhishek (Captain), Sampath Weragoda (Principal), Adithya Sirwardhane (Vice captain), S.R. Nanayakkara

The experienced Mahindians have an edge over Richmondites when they take the field for the 114th Lovers Quarrel at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

The Mahinda team is packed with experienced players of the likes of Hansika Welihinda, Vinura Dulsara, Ashen Kandamby Navod Paranavithana and Nipun Malinga. The Richmond team could be considered as the more skilled campaigners as they have the services of Thaveesha Abhishek, Adithya Siriwardena, Sandun Mendis, Dilum Thilekerathne and Amshi de Silva. Of the above Navod Paranavithana, Nipun Malinga, Thaveesha Abhishek and Sandun Mendis have been members of the Sri Lanka Under 19 team while Amshi de Silva is said to be on thresh hold.

Comparing the performances at the ongoing schools under 19 division one cricket tournament it is evident that Mahinda College have done better than rivals Richmond College who have been unlucky as the weather stood in their way on more than one occasion.

Mahinda playing in group A of the school under 19 division one tournament registered outright wins over Isipathana College and Maris Stella College, lost to St Benedict’s and drew 5 games to accumulate 114.230 points to finish second in the group while Richmond won outright against St Thomas College Matara and drew seven games to accumulate 107.610 points and end in third spot in group D. In the play off games to qualify for the pre-quarter finals of the two day tournament Mahinda defeated St Peters College Colombo while rivals Richmond were eliminated losing to Prince of Wales College.

The question still remains as to who leads the series with the diehard Richmondites claiming that they have more wins while the Mahindians claim that both schools have won 23 encounters each.

Mahinda’s last win was in 2008 while Richmond registered back to back wins in 2014 and 2015. As both schools have been producing national level cricketers almost every season it is time that the lovers quarrel over three days next year.

Thaveesha Abhishek who leads the Richmond team to the 114th Lovers Quarrel on Friday was a member of the Sri Lanka under 19 team that played against the Australian under 19’s this year. Thaveesha a 4th year player is a right hand batsman who has 689 runs to his credit and an excellent fielder.

Adithya Siriwardena is the vice-captain of the side. He is also a 4th year player and an all-rounder who is a right hand batsman with 619 runs to his credit, bowls right arm pace and an agile fielder. Sandun Mendis is an all-round player whose strength is bowling right arm off spin with 33 victims this season. Sandun was also a member of the Sri Lanka under 19 team that played against the Australian under 19 team this year.

The best player at the 113th Lovers Quarrel Dilum Sudeera Thilakarathne is an all-rounder capturing 70 wickets bowling leftarm spin and notched up 368 runs this season. Dilum would be looking forward to repeating the feat this year.

Vimud Sapnaka is the team’s wickeet keeper. He has figured in over 24 dismissals this season and is a dependable right hand batsman.

2nd year player Amshi de Silva opens the bowling for Richmond and is a key player of the team and is in the making to lead the Richmond XI in years to come. Amshi has captured 23 wickets.

Left hand batsman Vinuja Kiriella is a 2nd year player and opens the batting for his team. Vinuja bowls right arm spin.

Chamath Dilsara is a second year player who is capable of contributing with bat and ball. Chamath is a right hand batsman and a right arm spin bowler. Nimnada Kirindage is a 2nd year player who bowls left arm spin and a right hand batsman.

Dimuth Sandaruwan, Bhanuka Manohara, Kalpa Nethsara, Kavindu Nirmana, Sanul Sandesh and Achintha Isiwara are freshers who make up the Richmond team.

The Richmond team is coached by Dhammika Sudarshana with the able assistance of Lakmal de Silva. S R Nanayakkara is the Prefect of Games at Richmond as well as the Master in Charge of the team.

The Mahinda team is led by 4th year player Vinura Dulsara who is the wicket keeper of the side. Vinura is a left hand batsman and has a seasons best score of 157 against St Josephs. He is capable of bowling right arm spin when the need arises.

Vinura has the able support of vice captain Ashen Kandamby. Ashen is a right hand batsman and a right arm spin bowler. He is a 4th year player.

The most experienced player to take the field would be 5th year player Hansika Welihinda. Hansika captained the Mahinda team to the 112th Lovers Quarrel and is the top run-getter for the Mahindians this season.

Navod Paranavithana was a member of the Sri Lanka team for the Under 19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well as many other serieses. He is a left hand batsman and a prolific run-getter. Navod is a 4th year player.

Nipun Malinga is a third year player and was a member of the Sri Lanka under 19 team. He is an all-rounder and is a right hand batsman and a right arm pacie.

Pasan Pethangoda is a left arm spinner who is bound to trouble the Richmond batsmen. Pasan is a 3rd year player and a right hand batsman Subanu Rajapaksa is a 2nd year player. He is a right hand batsman and bowls right arm spin.

Kushan Madusha is a fresher who has performed exceptionally well this season by capturing over 60 wickets which included 8 five wicket hauls and two ten wicket hauls this season. Kushan bowls left arm leg spin and has a best of 5/23 against St Peters College and a match bag of 11/84 against Presidents College Rajagiriya. He is a left hand batsman.

Lahiru Bhashana, Kawshitha Kodituwakku, Sandew Induwara, Kaveesha Malliyawadu, Osindu Kularathne, Dhanuja Induwara, Ranmina Hettiarachchci, and Ashen Shamika are freshers who may be given the honour of playing in their maiden big match.

The Mahinda team is coached by Anil Rideegammangedara and is assisted by Suneth Kudahetti. Y Nishantha Kumara is the Master in Charge.


 

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