Back row from left: Dumila Perera (Coach), Mohamed Ilham, Mohamed Hassen, Mohamed Akif, Mohamed Waseem, Venkat Rajendran (Vice Captain), Raaed Rizwan (Captain), Mohamed Umar, Mohamed Imaz, Mohamed Minhaj, Mohamed Faahiq, Srilal Pushpakumara (MIC). Front row from left: Mohamed Yousuf, Akeel Reza, Mohamed Miqdad, Mohamed Ijaz, Mohamed Salman
Text and pic by P.D. De Silva
Zahira College Colombo topped their groups in the first and second rounds to qualify for the under 15 division quarter finals. Zahira are to host St. Aloysius College Rathnapura today (26).
In the first round playing in Group A Zahira won on first innings against Defence Services College, Thurstan College and Mahanama College while no decision was reached in the games against Ananda and S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia.
In the second round Zahira won on first innings against Galagedara MMV, Royal College Monaragala and Christ Church College Matale to lead group X with 19.120 points to their credit.
Skipper Raeed Rizwan anchored the team with both ball and bat scoring 442 runs with a century and three half centuries and captured 35 wickets with four five wicket hauls. Venkat Rajendran and Mohamed Ijaz contributed with half tons as well.
Vs Defence Services College – Draw ( Zahira College won on first innings) Zahira College 141 Raeed Rizwan 48, M Minhaj 25 Pethum Senasinghe 2/23, Kavindu Gimhan 2/25 Defence Services College 51 in 26 overs M Akeel 6/19 And 129/9 Pethum Senasinghe 38, Sahan Abhiman 35 Raeed Rizwan 5/46.
Vs Thurstan College – Draw (Zahira College won on first innings) Zahira College 206/7 dec Venkat Rajendran 53, Raeed Rizwan 35, M Umar 40, M Ijaz 21 Thurstan College 55 Raeed Rizwan 5/09, M Miqdad 3/30 And 61/1 Nethum Hansitha 27 not out.
Vs Mahanama College – Draw (Zahira College won on first innings) Zahira College 269 in 60 overs M Ijaz 55, M Aakif 24, M Umar 23, Aqueel Reza 23 Pasindu Tharaka 3/66, D Jayashan 2/26 Mahanama College 84 in 39 overs Raeed Rizwan 5/12, M Minhaj 2/17, M Ilham 2/18.
Vs Ananda College – No decision
Zahira College 181: M Ijaz 93 not out
Ananda College 113/5: M Miqdad 2/15,
Vs S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia – No decision S. Thomas’ 143 in 73.5 overs M Miqdad 5/23, M Ammar 2/12, Raeed Rizwan 2/30 Zahira College 102/5 in 38 overs Raeed Rizwan 67 not out.
Vs Galagedara MMV – Draw (Zahira College won on first innings) Galagedara MMV 94 in 29 overs R I Ranasinghe 20, M Miqdad 6/23, Raeed rizwan 4/30 And 116/3 R I Ranasinghe 49 Zahira College 95/9 dec M Ilham 37, Venkat Rajendran 25 S R Dharmasiri 8/33.
Vs Royal College Monaragala – Draw (Zahira College won on first innings) Royal College Monaragala 93 Chamod Santhusha 40 Akeel Reeza 5/27, Raeed Rizwan 4/33 And 82/6 in 22 overs Raeed Rizwan 2/40, M Miqdad 2/19, M Aqueel 2/15 Zahira College 192/8 dec in 42.1 overs Raeed Rizwan 106.
Vs Christ Church College Matale– Draw (Zahira College won on first innings) Christ Church College 110 in 39 overs C D Wijerathna 21 Raeed Rizwan 5/31, M Akeel 2/26, M Miqdad 2/19 And 15/0 in 2 overs Zahira College 2018 in 51.1 overs Raeed Rizwan 91, M Waseem 37, M Ijaz 25 not out Chamod Santhusha 4/23.