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Lawyers won the 13th Law Medical Cricket Match in London

Match Report By Dr. Ajantha Jayatunga


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 their talents.  

The Lawyers Flay the Medical Attack

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. 

Records Galore

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 series. 

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 Sting

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

 Combining 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. 

Scores :

 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 overs

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 Amazing Tie

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 future. 

Pull the String

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 event. 


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