Avishka Tharindu creates new school record with triple century

Avishka Tharindu of St. Anthony’s College Wattala.

Avishka Tharindu, St. Anthony’s College Wattala right-hand batsman, broke several batting records on his way to a monumental 350 against Lumbini College Colombo in a ‘Singer Trophy’ Under 19 inter-school cricket match, which ended in a draw at Wattala yesterday.

Tharindu, who was unbeaten on 278 on the first day went onto hit 56 fours and three sixes in his innings of 350 that came off 285 balls as St. Anthony’s reached 514 all out.

According to available records Tharindu’s innings surpassed Dhammika Vaas’ 310 for Maris Stella College Negombo against St. Peter’s College Negombo in 1996 and Indika de Saram’s 304 for St. Thomas’ College Matara against Devananda College Ambalangoda in 1993 – the only other schoolboys U 19 to reach the milestone.

Former Sri Lanka Test Captain Arjuna Ranatunge goes down in history as the youngest cricketer to score pass the 300 mark, when he scored 315 against Maris  Stella College  playing U 13 School Cricket for Ananda College Colombo in the late 70’s.

Tharindu followed his marathon knock with an unbeaten 79 in the second innings that left him 12 runs short of 1000 for the season. Lumbini in reply scored 160 in their first innings but the Antonians didn’t enforce the follow-on despite gaining a massive 354-run lead.

Meanwhile Samith Isuru, right-arm leg-spinner and skipper of Karandeniya Central College, became the first bowler to pass the 100-wicket milestone for the season when he captured a match bag of nine wickets against Kalutara Vidyalaya. Isuru however finished on the losing side as Kalutara won the match by five wickets.

In the other matches, Sri Jayawardanapura MV Kotte beat St. Mary’s Kegalle by 5 wickets. P. de S. Kularatne MV Ambalangoda beat Revatha Balapitiya by 9 wickets. Taxila Central Horana beat Sri Dharmaloka Kelaniya by 9 wickets. St. Mary’s Matugama beat Royal Horana by innings and 27 runs. Homagama Central College beat St. Aloysius Ratnapura by 6 wickets. All the other matches ended in draws.