Tharinda and Sasanka architects of Galle Zone 2 win

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All-rounders Tharinda Nirmal (110 runs in 105 balls with 11 boundaries and 2 sixes and 2/11) and Sasanka Nirmal (68 runs in 31 balls with 5 boundaries and 6 sixes and 3/29), steered Galle Zone 2 to a big 259 run win against Monaragala District in their first-round fixture of the SLC Youth Inter District Cricket tournament in Sooriyawewa yesterday.

Tharinda is a product of Richmond Galle, while youth cap Sasanka is from Devapathiraja Rathgama.

In other matches, Mannar District beat Mullaitivu District by 61 runs in Anuradhapura, and Vavuniya District beat Kilinochchi District by 59 runs in Polonnaruwa.

At MRICS Sooriyawewa (Galle Zone 2 won by 259 runs)  

Galle Zone 2: 388/7 (48) (Tharinda Nirmal 110, Sasanka Nirmal 68, Hansamana de Silva 52 n.o., Malsha Tharupathi 49, Pawan Sandesh 35, Jeewaka Shasheen 29, Shareru Naveen 2/77) 

Monaragala: 129 (45) (Menusha Chathuranga 37, Lakshan Karunapala 27, Sithum Mihiranga 26, Sasanka Nirmal 3/29, Tharinda Nirmal 2/11, Hansamana de Silva 2/12) 

In Anuradhapura (Mannar District won by 61 runs)

Mannar: 174 (29.2) (T. Thajeepan 39, T.S. Sharma 24, J. Kithusan 23, N. Dilaxshan 4/24, V. Paruthi 3/44, K. Pavishan 2/26) 

Mullaitivu: 113 (38.1) (S. Nirukshan 28, J. Thuvarkan 21, J. Kithushan 5/19, A. Abhishek 4/39)  

In Polonnaruwa (Vavuniya District won by 59 runs)

Vavuniya: 166 (39.2) (M. Mayuran 59, Sasmika Viduranka 21, T. Abhiraj 4/35, Baskaran Pavalan 4/43) 

Kilinochchi: 107 (33.3) (S. Kulasingham 37, S. Thanojan 3/32, K. Harishan 2/8, Sasmika Viduranka 2/12, K. Nilaxan 2/20) 

 (IR)