The late order batsmen contributed cheaply to carry St. Peter’s College to a commanding 304 as they made 55 in their last 10 overs. Fast-bowler Jehan Daniel was the most impressive bowler for the Josephians picking up 3 for 79 while Ruchira Ekanayake and Charuka Raveen took 2 wickets apiece.
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St. Joseph’s in their reply, lost both their openers, Revan Kelly and Sandaruwan Rodrigo for 13 and 8 respectively as opening bowler Ravindu Silva used the short-ball perfectly to inflict early damage to the Josephians.
Star player Jehan Daniel was brilliantly caught by Anishka Perera off Manelker De Silva as the Josephians were in dire-straits at 39 for 3.
Left-handers Nipun Sumanasinghe and Pahan Perera consolidated the Josephian innings with a 35-run stand for the 4th wicket before Perera was controversially given LBW off Weerakoon as it started a major batting collapse for the Josephians.
Off-spinner Taneesha completely ran through the Josephian batting line up as they could not cope up with the accurate bowling by the Peterites. Sumanasinghe was the top-scorer with 25. After being 74 for 3, St. Joseph’s were disastrously all-out for 106.
The Peterites enforced the follow-on but the Josephian’s batted positively to stay on course to save the game on Saturday.