112th ‘Battle of the Lovers’ Quarrel’ Galle comes alive with big match
Galle town will come alive as their most anticipated cricket encounter between Richmond and Mahinda Colleges will begin today at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Richmond College will have the honour of having the Sri Lanka under-19 skipper Kamindu Mendis to lead them while Chamikara Hewage is their deputy skipper.
Mahinda College will be captained by Hansika Welihinda who is their leading batsman having scored more than 800 runs so far. He will have Reshan Kavinda as the deputy skipper.
Richmond College played in Group A this season and finished as group champions. They had advanced to the semi-final of the division one two day tournament and limited overs tournament.
Richmond played 15 matches so far and have won four matches. They have beaten St. Mary's Kegalle, Dharmasoka Ambalangoda, Dharmaraja Kandy and Dharmapala Pannipitiya in this season.
Mahinda College played 17 matches in group 'B' and have won four matches on the first innings against Royal Colombo, Dharmasoka Ambalangoda, Dharmapala Pannipitiya and St. Servatius Matara. Their only disadvantage is that they lost a match.
Opener Dhananjaya Lakshan is Richmond's leading batsman having scored over 700 runs with 6 fifties and he has captured 45 wickets.
Sandun Mendis younger brother of skipper Mahindu is the leading wicket taker in the side with more than 50 wickets. Skipper Kamindu Mendis scored more than 500 runs with two centuries.
Thaveesha Abhishek has scored over 500 runs with a century. Avindu Theekshana scored over 500 runs and he captured more than 50 wickets.
Sri Lanka youth cap Thilanga Udeshana has taken more than 25 wickets.
Mahinda College skipper Hansika Welihinda is the leading batsman in the side having scored more than 800 runs with a century and seven half centuries. Kavindu Ediriweera is the leading wicket taker in the side. He has captured 54 wickets and has scored over 600 runs.
Deputy skipper Reshan Kavinda has scored more than 400 runs and has captured 35 wickets. K.K. Kevin has scored more than 500 runs and captured 44 wickets.
Mahindian P.H.K.H. Ranasinghe's score of 162 made in 1972 is the highest individual score in the series while Somasiri Ambawatta's 10/44 in 1953 is the best individual bowling performance in an innings. In the same game Somasiri Ambawatta scored an unbeaten 103 and ended up with a match bag of fifteen wickets (10/44 and 5/61) to hold the best all round performance as well. (IR)
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