A Turn of the Tide – 2nd cricket encounter between Physicians and Community Physicians
Community physicians defeated the physicians by 33 runs in the 2nd cricket encounter held at Angampitiya grounds Kotte. Community physicians won the toss and elected to bat first. Sumudu managed to dismiss the opener Nalinda Wellapuli for just 1 runs in the very first over of the match. Then Mahesh and Gayan built a 39 run partnership for the second wicket. Gayan was dismissed by Krishantha after making a quick 20 runs. Following that, wickets fell at regular intervals and physicians were able to restrict the opponents to a score of 128 for 10 wickets within 22.5 overs. Mahesh batted sensibly for his 39 runs to become the highest scorer of the match. D.G. Nishantha took 3 wickets for 23 runs for the physicians while Sumudu, Solith, Dilshan, Champika, Charith, and Krishantha took 1 wicket each. Unfortunately Champika fractured his clavicle while throwing himself on the ground in a valiant attempt to make a difficult catch.
The openers, Athula and Sumudu made a slow but steady start by making a 37 run opening partnership until Athula was dismissed for 15 runs by Pushpika. It was not a happy run chase for
the physicians, after the fall of the 1st wicket. The wickets fell at regular intervals due to the disciplined bowling of the community physicians. Sumudu batted well for his 33 runs. Except for Sumudu, Athula, and Nilantha, the rest of the batsmen were unable to reach double figures. Kanishka took 4 wickets for 20 runs whilst Mahesh took 3 vital wickets. Physicians were bowled out for 95 runs in 21.5 overs giving the community physicians a great win.
Nalinda received the best fielder’s award. Kanishka received the best bowler’s award while Sumudu received the best batsman’s award. Mahesh was named the man of the match for his all-round
performance. The Physicians were represented by Athula Weeraratne (captain), Nilantha Gamage, Krishantha Jayasekara, Dilshan Priyankara, Sumudu Wickramasinghe, Champika Samankumara, D. G. Nishantha, Jeevan Perera, Charith Herath, Solith Senanayake, and Shehan Perera.
By: Dr Dilshan Priyankara