The 74th traditional cricket match between ๐—ฆ๐˜. ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ’๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€’ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฒ began yesterday (16th Apr) at the Thomian Grounds at Mount Lavinia.

The ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป skipper called correct where the toss was concerned, had no hesitation in batting first and scored ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ/๐Ÿณ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿต.๐Ÿฑ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, at which point the declaration came.

The ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ for the Peterites were: ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—จ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต 2/35; ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ท๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป 2/41; ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ท๐—ฎ ๐—ž๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ 2/80; ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ 1/29.

๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ began disastrously losing their first 2 wickets with nothing on the board but ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ท๐˜‚๐—ฒ on 30 n.o. and ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜‚ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ on 21 n.o. brought the scored to ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿฎ (in 12 overs) at stumps.

Continuing today (17th April), the ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ scored an impressive ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿด/๐Ÿฑ (๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ.) in 80.2 overs, with a ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜† from the skipper, ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ฎ.

The Thomians did not fare well in their 2nd innings and were 59/6 at the close.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜: ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป.