School Sport Australia – Cricket in Colombo

12/05/14 Category: News Posted by:

The Australian School Sport team traveled to Colombo. The boys were looking resplendent in their white shirt and SSA tie and black trousers and shoes.

The High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie, was in attendance as well as the Assistant High Commissioner. Other guests included some players and officials of the Sri Lanka U17 team, some members of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, former Sri Lanka International and Test players and local cricket identities.

Blake Parsons presented a signed SSA polo,  CA top and a Bradman Foundation tie to the High Commissioner.

The Touring party with Robyn Mudie, High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

SSA 8/304 defeated Singalese Sports Club U17 Cricket Academy

SSA won the toss and batted. Aggressive batting from the openers resulted in numerous4’s & 6’s on the short boundary. The big hitting Gutsche was out  for 47 in the 9th over with the score on 84. With the score on 113, the other opener,Kyle Giniotis was dismissed for 29. At the second drinks break the score had moved to 4/178. When the powerful hitting  Matthew Gilkes was dismissed for 66 off 24 balls SSA was 6/250 with 8 overs remaining. By the end of the 50th over SSA was 8/304, including 23 extras.

Gutsche 47, Giniotis 29, Hardy 41, Spoors 28, Gilkes 66, DeMMunari 29 not out, Merlo 22 not out.

Best bowling figures: Paveth 10.1.3.30, Pathum 10.0.3.69

Sri Lanka began their run chase at 2.10pm. In the 4th over of their innings Sri Lanka was 1/18. Wickets continued to fall regularly and at the second drinks break they were 9/148. A spirited effort by their captain, Dineth Madurawala, raised their score to 184 before he was caught on the boundary for 79.

Patum 42, Dineth 79
Bowling: Chojnowski 9.2.2.26, Lea 3.0.1.15, Green 4.1.0.22,
Merlo 3.1.1.16, Sippel 10.0.2.39, Parsons 10.0.3.39, Spoors1.0.1.12, Hardy 2.0.017


The captains Param Uppal and DIneth Madurawala after the coin toss.

Southern Provinces U17 at N.C.C. Colombo
We can take a lot of learning from this first hit out for the rest of the matches. Monsoonal rain forced the change of our opening game from Galle to the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo.

SSA, Param Uppal, won the toss and batted. The umpires, Mr. D.N. Puthiruni and Mr. M. Jeshadriya commenced at 10am under a little cloud cover and with an expected top temperature of 39.

Openers Burrows and Gutsche scored 28 in the first 6 overs before Gutsche was caught behind for 13. Spin was introduced in the 9th over. At the first drinks break after 17 overs the score had reached 79 for the loss of 1wicket. By the second drinks break SSA was 6/112. In the remaining 6.1 overs SSA lost their remaining 4 wickets for 12 runs to finish in the 41 over on 124.

The Southern Province commenced the run chase after a 30 minute lunch break. Their captain and opener retired on 52. The target score was reached in the 24 over having lost 3 wickets.

Burrows 27; Gutsche 13; Gilkes 28; Uppal 0; Hardy 3; Spoors; Parsons 8; Giniotis 8; Green 0; lea 6 not out. Wanidu 8.2.3.11was the pick of the bowlers for the Southern Province team.

SSA bowling figures: Parsons 8.3.2.25 and Sipple 5.1.1.20 School Sport Australia 10/124 lost to Southern Province U17 3/128 A SSA cap was presented to I. Wanidu as judged the best player for the opposition.

Param Uppal presented an SSA trophy to the winning captain, V.Charith.

Detour to visit the baby elephants

Today the team travelled to the Hill Country village of Kapukiphula. They visited the Glenloch Tea Factory and Plantation. The boys saw the process from picking to packing. They had the opportunity to taste a freshly brewed cup of GLenloch black tea. A pool session was held with the physio in the afternoon at the hotel in preparation for two T20 games tomorrow.

Central Province won the toss and batted.

Today we returned to Asgiriya International Stadium where we played two T20 games yesterday. The Australian bowlers bowled good length and were on task throughout most of the Central Provinces innings having them 6/123 in the 28th over. A few good partnerships in their lower order see them reach 203 in the 46th.

Shanogrooyh 78; Boyagoda 44; Malith 20
Green 2/25; Sippel 2/25;Parsons 1/47; Hardie 2/11; Merlo 2/15 School Sport Australia’s run chase began well being 3/100 in the 20th. A succession of quick wickets saw them slump to 8/141 in the 33rd.Defiant batting by Green, DeMunari and Merlo saw the score pushed to 183. Australia failed to bat out their 50 overs, being dismissed in the 48th. Many batsmen got a start,but none were able to go on and make a big score.

Gilkes 21; Gutsche 28; Hardy 17; Uppal 10; Spoors 30; Parsons 15; Green 24 not out.
Liyanage 2/25; Amarashinge 2/46; Kukulevatte 2/16; Pandula 2/37 Central Province 10/203 defeated School Sport Australia 10/183


Param Uppal presents a shield of appreciation to the Central Province coach.


Team manager, Peter Finch, presents a Bradman Foundation/SSA top to Malith.

19 May 2014

Today was the first day of the 2 day game at Singhalese Sports Ground against the Sri Lanka U17 Cricket Academy.

Param Uppal won the toss and batted. The track was the same one that SSA scored 300 on last week and was not expected to hold any surprises. Australia lost its first wicket when 16 in the seventh. Two overs they were 2/24. With a silly run out of opener Gutsche,32 Australia was 3/50 in the 18th. Australia went to lunch at 4/84 after 26 overs.

Spoors was out shortly after play resumed, 5/91. The 100 came up in the 32nd over. With the dismissal of Gilkes in the next over, SSA was 6/103. At the drinks break, 40 overs, the score was 6/123, GIniotis12, De Manuri 5. The score reached 7/126 when De Manuri was out in the 48th. 8/140, 9/140 in the 55th. Tea was delayed until 3.10 pm with the score at 9/155.

The players enjoyed a cup of tea and cake during the break. Australia lost its last wicket in the first over after the tea break, 10/155 in 66 overs! Including 22 extras.

Gutsche 32; Burrowes 4; Hardy 2; Uppal 26; Spoors 7; Gilkes 17; Giniotis 18; DeManuri 6; Green 21 not out; Merlo 0; Sipple 0 Jaymal 4/53; Malash 1/19; Nishan 1/18; Ramaz 3/19;
Sri Lanka began their innings at 3.55pm.

An early break through 1/12 in the 5th and 2/25 in the 7th. 3/25 in the 8th. Tight bowling by Chojnowski “………….. Spin introduced, Pearson in the 12 over.

At the first drinks break S L were 3/46, 4/53 in the 16th.

Gunathilke 13; Dishan 2; Ushan 7; Kalamauriya 25; Samsudeen not out 14; Nanayakkara not out 5. Chojnowski 2/17; Merlo 1/31; Parsons 0/11; Green 1/8


19 May 2014 – The scoreboard at the end of day 1 at Singhalese Sports Club, Colombo.


Wade Burrowes facing.

20 May 2014

Overnight rain and the ground condition caused the umpires to delay the start time of the day’s play. Play commenced at 10.30. At the first drinks break Sri Lanka was 6/102.

With aggressive field placings by SSA, they lost their last 4 wickets for 16 runs, to be all out just before lunch for 118, giving Australia a lead of 37. Australia commenced its second innings with Burrowes and Gilkes. Burrows was out in the 4, SSA 1/15, Giniotis out next ball 2/15. At drinks SSA had moved to 3/48.

After loosing 2 when on 68 and 2 on 88, SSA went to tea at 8/92 after 27 overs. A partnership of 40 between DeManuri & Merlo took the score to 9/130. DeManuri was run out the next over with the score still on 130.

Sri Lanka were set 168 to win off 15 overs. Chojnowski took the new ball and claimed a wicket in his first over 1/0. The other opener was soon dismissed, 2/12. Sippel claimed the 3rd 3/31.
SSA 155 and 129 defeated Sri Lanka 118 and 3/35.
School Sport Australia won on the first innings.


Supporting the Aussies

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