Harsha slams a ton and grabs two wickets to put Rahula on top
Saturday, 4 January 2014 00:00
Text and pix by P.D. De Silva
A captains innings by Harsha Rajapakse who scored 115 runs off 135 balls with 16 boundaries and a six to help Rahula College Matara register 294 runs in their first innings against P de S Kularathne Vidyalaya at the Uyanwatte stadium on 2 January.
Harsha together with vice captain Sahan Hendawitharana (44) shared a 103 run partnership for the sixth wicket before he was stumped by wicket keeper A. Madhusanka off the bowling of Dilshan Maduranga for 115. Rukshan Gunawardena (44) and Kalana Hasnaga (36) made useful contributions. Left arm leg spin bowler Kasun Tharaka 4/111 and Dilshan Maduranga 3/36 were the wicket takers for the visitors.
Harsha opening the bowling for Rahula grabbed two wickets in the third over of the game to have the Kularathne team in a spot of trouble at 8/2 but opener Malisha Harshajeewa unbeaten on 21 and No 4 batsman Sachin Hiran unbeaten on 6 took the total to 37/2 at the close of play on day one.
Rahula 294 in 78.5 overs
Harsha Rajapakse 115, Sahan Hendawitharana 44, Rukshan Gunawardena 43, Kalana Hasanga 36, Dileepa Deshan 22, Kasun Tharaka 4/111, Dilshan Maduranga 3/36, Chalitha Chamod 1/63, Supun Sandaruwan 1/08
P de S Kularathne 37/2 in 14 overs
Maleesha Harshajeewa 21 not out, Shacin Hiran 6 not out Harsha Rajapakse 2/25