The Island: A Schools Invitation XI, led by SL U-19 player Dinesh Chandimal, recorded an unexpected win against seasoned Basnahira South on the opening day of the main domestic Twenty-20 tournament, the Inter- Provincial Twenty-20, at Colts grounds on Thursday.
The schoolboys’ opponents fielded a team comprising four national players, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Warnapura, Hasantha Fernando and Hemantha Wickramaratne, alongside SL’s premier cricket stalwarts Nandika Ranjith, Anushka Polonnowita, Nimesh Perera and Chanaka Komasaru.
Schools Invitation XI bt Basnahira South by 13 runs at BRC Grounds:
Schools Invitation XI 152 for 7 wkts in 20 ovs (Tharinda Fernando 55 (45 balls, 4x5, 6x1), Dinesh Chandimal 29, Angelo Perera 32; Dilruwan Perera 2-22, C. Komasaru 2-29)
Basnahira South 139 all out in 19 ovs (Nimesh Perera 25, A. Polonnowita 54 (27 b, 4x5, 6x3); Vinodh Perera 3-29, Chathura Peiris 2-14, Imesh Udayanga 2-20)
Wayamba bt Basnahira North by 5 wkts at Colts CC Grounds:
Basnahira North 158 for 9 wkts in 20 ovs (Gayan Wijekoon 33, Thilina Kandamby 33, Shanuka Dissanayake 33; Chanaka Welegedara 2-21, Shalika Karunanayake 2-40, Himesh Silva 2-2)
Wayamba 160 for 5 wkts in 19.1 ovs (Damitha Hunukumbura 87 (54 b, 4x14, 6x1), Sameera de Zoysa 26, G. Wijekoon 2-25)
Ruhuna bt Kandurata by 1 run (on D/L Method) at Colts CC Grounds:
Kandurata 172 for 8 wkts in 20 ovs (Jeewan Mendis 47, Chinthaka Jayasinghe 46; Sujeewa de Silva 4-32)
Ruhuna 57 for 3 wkts in 6 ovs (Chaminda Vidanapathirana 2-22).