Summer finally arrived
and so did the resurgent legal team for the
13th Law medical Cricket match on
the 16th of July 2016 at the
Philathletic Grounds of the Harrow school.
The pitch looked
immaculate and the captain of the Law team
Ruwan Warnapala had no hesitation electing
to bat first. There were several young
recruits on both teams eager to show case
The Lawyers Flay the
The SLMDA attack missing
some of their front line bowlers upfront,
looked rather innocuous. The youthful new
opening partnership of the ASLL(UK) Jayakrishnan
Narayan and Pramesh Adhikari after a rather
watchful start soon got the measure of the
medical bowlers. They struck out with
attacking stroke play and got into a steady
stride. For once the spinners on the medical
team were unable to ebb the flow of runs.
Young Jayakrishnan never
looked in any trouble and marched on to a
record score of 150 not out easily the
highest score of the Law Medical series.
This was riddled with 19 fours and 2 sixes.
His partner Pramesh who found fluency in his
strokes later on was also just as pugnacious
and missed out on a century by 3 runs. He
too scored 11 fours and two maximums. The
record breaking partnership of 240 runs was
finally broken by the persistent veteran
Ajantha. The medics were to rue a few
chances that were offered.
No 3 batsman Hasith
Senadheera 14 and Harsha Rupasinghe 23
notout chanced their arm in the final overs
to push the score to a formidable 303 for
two wickets easily another record for the
The only bowlers to
impart some control were Ajantha Jayatunga
who returned 1 for 46 off 8 and Manoj
Wickramasinghe 1for 40 off 8overs.
The Medical Reply lack
The medics opened with
the senior pair of Thilina Ambepitiya and
Vinodh Elangasinghe. With only 16 on the
board , Thilina was caught at the stumps.
Much was expected from the young Sherwyn
Fernando who unfortunately fell for two.
When Vinod skied one, the writing was on the
wall. The other youngster Mudara Senanayake
batted on steadily but he fell for 17. Much
depended on Youvan but he too fell for 9
runs and the medics were in total disarray
with 5 wickets down for 73 runs.
Manoj fights on
solid defence and attacking forays young
Manoj engineered a rear guard action and
found an excellent partner in skipper Anura
Malaweera The pair took the score to 194
with another record breaking partnership of
121. Anura succumbed for 37 and Ajantha
continued the recovery, rotating the strike
allowing Manoj to flourish. With a century
in his sights Manoj was unlucky to fall just
short for an excellent 96 runs when he was
finally bowled by the nagging Hemantha
Warnapala. The final score was 251 for the
loss of 7 wickets.
ASSLL UK 303 for 2
wickets off 40 overs
Jayakrishnan Narayan 150
no, Pramesh Adhikari 97, Harsha Rupasinghe
23 no Hasith Senadheera 14.
Manoj Wickramasinghe 1
for 40, Ajantha Jayatunga 1 for 46.
SLMDA UK 251 for 8 off 40
Manoj Wickramasinghe 96,
Anura Malaweera 37, Ajantha Jayatunga 23,
Mudara Senanayake 17.
Hemantha warnapala 3for
32 Jayakrishnan Narayan 1 for 35
Harsha Rupasingha 1for 48
Anuradha 1 for 40 Adhikari 1 for 10
Hasith 1 for 21
Seconds Play out an
Following last years
disappointment the second eleven teams were
very keyed up from the start. Doctors
batting first scored 193 off 30 overs. Young
Dinath Alwis led the way with an unbeaten 46
helped by skipper Priyantha 31, Uditha Rtd
28 and Sam unbeaten 21.
The lawyers reply was
dominated by Dilshan who scored 86. Lalith
23 Shavin 11 helped the chase which ended in
a thrilling identical score of 193 when the
last two runs were scrambled off the last
ball of the match.
Scores: SLMDA Second XI
193for 4 off 30 overs
Dinath Alwis 46 notout, Priyantha
Siriwardena 31, Uditha Jayatunga 28 rtd,
Upali Samarage 21 no.
Duminda Warnapala 2 for
38 , Shavin 1 for 25 ,
ASSLL UK Second XI 193
for 4 wkts
Dilshan 86, Lalith de
Kauwe 23, Shavin 11no.
Priyantha Siriwardena 1
for 46, Upali Samarage 1 for 21
Belles excel at Netball
The netball encounter was
revived and was won by the doctors yet
again. Ably led by Dr Sandy Kenyon medics
ran out winners by 21 to 11.
It was nice that the
ladies could have some fun on the field as
well. A keener competition is anticipated in
The festivities included
a tug of war which was enjoyed by all
including the youngsters who formed part of
the cheer party.
It was great to see the
friendship renewed by the two premier
professional organisations. Clearly the
recruits of the legal team
were far superior to the youngsters from the
medical side. Many thanks again particularly
to Wasantha Tennekoon who always delivers on
all aspects of organizing this annual