Murali Harmony Cup sees four action-packed matches on the opening day
Jaffna Combined Schools stunned Trinity College, one of the tournament favourites, with a brilliant four-wicket win on the opening day of the Murali Harmony Cup on Saturday.
The upset by Jaffna's talented young cricketers was one of the highlights of an action-packed first day to the tournament that included 10 matches played in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, Oddusuddan and Vavuniya.
The IODR Oval school cricket ground in Oddusuddan is the flagship venue of the 20-team reconciliation tournament staged to promote community-building and friendship in post-war Sri Lanka.
The five-day tournament has been jointly organised by Muttiah Muralidaran's charity the Foundation of Goodness, travel company Red Dot Tours, the International Cricket Council and the Sri Lanka Army.
Jaffna were given an early boost to their tournament with a special pre-match pep talk from Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews and appeared to be inspired thereafter with a fine performance.
Trinity College were bundled out for a modest 100 in 19.4 overs with K. Shirojan taking 4 for 16. Jaffna then romped home with two overs to spare thanks to an unbeaten 37 from Man of the Match Edward Edin.
The other notable results during the day included a thriller between a Mannar-Vavuniya Combined Schools team and Debarawewa Maha Vidyalaya school from Hambantota.
Debarawewa MV scored a challenging 159 for 8 but Mannar-Vavuniya Combined grabbed a dramatic last over four-wicket win as K. Hariparanavan scored an impressive 67, the day's top score.
A strong St. Peter's College team won a very tight match against a talented Trincomalee & Batticaloa Combined Schools team in Kilinochchi by just one wicket with Jeson Buljons winning the Man of the Match award for his solid 56.
The morning game at the same venue saw Kilinochchi Combined Schools give a strong Seenigama team an early scare as they were bundled out for just 130 in 15.5 overs.
Seenigama though hit back with the ball, restricting Kilinochchi to 87 for 9 in their 20 overs. Sri Lanka U19 all-rounder Pulina Tharanga was the Man of the Match.
Both matches at the upgraded Kilinochchi Central College were watched by an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 4000 spectators, who were also entertained by live music, papare bands and a spectacular gymnastics display by the Sri Lanka Army.
Earlier Sri Lanka cricket legends Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara opened the newly-built IODR Oval in the previously war-affected northern town of Oddusuddan in Mullaitivu Province.
The IODR Oval was built thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Indian Ocean Disaster Relief Fund (IODR) and Grange Hotels from the United Kingdom.
The development transformed a hitherto barren sports field into a functioning cricket facility for local children with the addition of a large pavilion, toilets, astro-turf cricket nets, scoreboard, sightscreens, an improved outfield, coconut-matting centre wicket and general beautification including the planting of trees.
At Kilinochi Central College (Men's)
Seenigama 130 all out in 15.5 overs (Pulina Tharanga 26, Udesh Priyanga 23, K Lakitharan 3 for 23) v Kilinochchi 87 for 9 in 20 overs (S Vithulajan 39, M Sanjeewa 3 for 13, Pulina Tharanga 2 for 10). Seenigama won by 43 runs
MOM: Pulina Tharanga
Trinco-Batti Combined School v St Peter's College
Trinco-Batti 133 all out in 20 overs (AZM Riyaz 23, S Sudharshan 23, P Purushanath 23, Julian de Zilva 2 for 18) v St Peter's College 134 for 9 in 18.2 overs (Jeson Buljons 56, Lahiru Milantha 30, LM Fayzdeen 3 for 26). St. Peter's won by 1 wicket
MOM: Jeson Buljons
At IODR Oval, Oddusuddan (Men's)
Mullaitivu Combined Schools v Dharmasoka College
Dharmasoka College 163 all out in 19.1 overs (Chaturanga Silva 57, Ramesh Mendis 51, P Aruna 4 for 25) v Mullaitivu 25 all out in 11.5 overs
MOM: Chaturanga Silva
Anuradhapura Central College v Maliyadeva College
Anuradhapura 92 all out 19.4 (Chatushka Senanayake 17, Sarinda Dasanayake 2 for 8, Thineth Manishka 2 for 20) v Maliyadeva 93 for 2 in 14.1 overs (Rasanjala Jayaratne 37, Tharindu Karunanayake 33, Kasun Weeranga 1 for 14). Maliayadeva won by 8 wickets
MOM: Rasanjana Jayaratne
At St. Patrick's College, Jaffna (Men's)
Jaffna Combined v Trinity College
Trinity College 100 all out in 19.4 overs (Ron Chandraguptha 26, Dinuk Wickramanayake 22, K Shirojan 4 for 16) v Jaffna Combined 102 for 6 in 18 overs (Edward Edin 37*, Utthama Kumaran 13, L Adithan 13, Dinuk Wickramanayake 2 for 14). Jaffna Combined won by 4 wickets
MOM: Edward Edin
Mannar-Vavuniya Combined v Debarawewa MV
Debarawewa MV 159 for 8 in 20 overs (KL Jayasinghe 71, SADU Mihiran 53, V Dhanaraj 3 for 26, M Thiyapharan 2 for 27) v Mannar-Vavuniya Combined 163 for 6 in 19.3 overs (K Hariparanavan 67, P Vidushan 27*, LP Dilantha 3 for 25). Mannar-Vavuniya Combined won by 4 wickets
MOM: K Hariparanavan
Eastern Province Combined v Sri Lanka Army Ladies
Eastern Province Combined 42 all out in 14 overs (S Thanuja 11, Ayesh Sandamali 4 for 15) v Sri Lanka Army Ladies 43 for 1 in 6.3 overs (Ayesha Sandamali 11, Roshani Perera 16*). Army Ladies won by 9 wickets
MOM: Ayesha Sandamali
Seenigama Ladies v Shakthi Ladies Anuradhapura
Shakthi Ladies A'pura 132 for 5 in 20 overs (Hansima Karunaratne 52, Shiromi Athukorala 27, Himalka Sanjeewani 2 for 19) v Seenigama Ladies 93 all out in 16 overs (Imalka Sanjeewani 15, Hansima Karunaratne 2 for 27, Poojani Prasadini 2 for 22). Shakthi Ladies won by 39 runs.
MOM: Hansima Karunaratne
Northern Province v Air Force Ladies
Air Force Ladies 221 for 2 in 20 overs (Ama Kanchana 61, Saumya Sandamali 45, Anushka Sanjeewani 38, Mauri Distina 1 for 21). Northern Province 37 all out in 7.3 overs (Suharniya Suwanya 5, Mihiri Madushani 4 for 7). Air Force Ladies won by 184 runs
MOM: Ama Kanchana
Kurunegala Ladies v Nittabuwa Ladies
Nittabuwa Ladies 135 for 2 in 20 overs (Janani Kaushalya 55, N Bandaranayake 2 for 28) v Kurunegala Ladies 133 all out in 20 overs (Iresha Damayanthi 56, Shadeepa Malshadi 20, Sagarika Alvitigala 3 for 23). Nittabuwa Ladies won by 2 runs.
MOM: Janani Kaushalya