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News Room : Duckett’s breezy century flips momentum in England’s favour


by Reemus Fernando

D. S. Senanayaka College paceman Daham Nirmal who was promoted up in the order to play the night watchman role created a piece of history when he went on to score an unbeaten double century against St. Joseph’s in their Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ tournament match at Darley Road on Friday(16).

Nirmal who generally bats at the number 11 position was asked to play the night watchman role when DSS were two wickets down for 42 runs on day one evening.

Coach Keerthi Gunarathna’s decision to persevere with him on day two proved to be a master stroke as Nirmal sent the home team on a leather hunt in the morning. Nirmal who had not even topped 20 runs before as a batsman went on to post an unbeaten 204 runs.

His knock contained (in 225 balls) 16 fours and   12 sixes.

Incidentally, Nirmal became the first batsman since St. Peter’s bat Clive Inman to score a double century against Joes. Inman scored a double century against Joes in 1954.In reply to Joes 196 runs, DSS posted 353 for 4 wickets declared. In their second essay the Joes were 77 for four wickets at close.

Match Results

DSS earn first innings points

against Joes


St. Joseph’s 196 all out in 61.3 overs (Hirun Kapurubandara 29, Hiran Jayasundara 34, Rishma Amarasinghe 55; Akmal Fazly 2/64, Dilash Kumaranayake 2/31, Shanal Binuksha 4/36) and 77 for 4 in 26 overs

DSS 353 for 4 in 76 overs (Gaviru Senhas 29, Malitha Perera 43, Daham Nirmal 204n.o., Chenul Pinsara 63; Lahiru Amarasekara 2/74)

Isipatana beat Mahinda by 131

runs at Galle


Isipatana 164 all out in 54.5 overs (Tharushka Ashel 68; Kaveen Rukshan 3/39) and 158 all out in 63.5 overs (Tharushka Ashel 42, Kevin Samuel 40; Kaveen Rukshan 3/49)

Mahinda 136 all out in 43.5 overs (Chanul Dinoth 4/28) and 55 all out in 14.3 overs (Sithuka Gunawardene 5/14, Tharushka Ashel 5/11)

Moratu Vidyalaya beat Dharmapala by an innings and 13 runs at Pannipitiya


Moratu MV 176 all out in 61 overs (Vihanga Nimsara 30, Shehara Fernando 35; Chithum Beddage 4/19, Menusha Pabasara 3/69)

Dharmapala 61 all out in 41.4 overs (Isuru Fernando 4/11, Nishitha Fernando 3/17) and 102 all out in 37.3 overs (Nethmina Nirmal 48; Isuru Fernando 4/32)

Sebs post 448 against Petes at Moratuwa


St. Peter’s 380 for 9 decl. in 90.2 overs (Dilana Damsara 75, Rusanda Gamage 123; Nadeesh Fernando 3/45)

St. Sebastian’ s 448 all out in 100.2 overs (Koshendra Fernando 126, Tharindu Dilanka 101; Lashmika Perera 5/91)