lead role for Bens
It turned out to be a red-letter day for St.
Benedict’s College when they pulled off a historic
innings and 38-run victory over Ananda College in
their annual inter-school under-19 cricket
tournament match played at Kotahena last week.
The match winner for St. Benedict’s College was
undoubtedly their skipper Jason Perera who led the
way with a magnificent all-round performance. The
left-arm fast bowler took a match bag of nine
wickets including a career best seven-wicket haul in
the second innings and also hit a splendid knock of
The third year coloursman was elated with the team’s
huge success which in fact was achieved after a
lapse of 48 years having last defeated their
opponents Ananda College way back in 1963 under the
captaincy of Quintus Perera.
“My first intention was to overtake Ananda’s
total and then to build up a good first innings
lead. I was a bit slow at the beginning and faced a
lot of deliveries but later on I opened out to play
my normal game,” said Jason Perera the only
coloursman in the team.
The captain of St. Benedict’s College revealed that
they went into this game with a set plan to attack
the opposition and was pleased with the fact that
everything went in favour of his team and were able
to outplay the Anandians in all departments.
“My idea was to see that the team got a big first
innings total so that we will not have to bat for
the second time. Unlike last season I have decided
to play more cautiously and as a result I faced over
250 balls to reach my hundred.
“When I went into bowl I was not under pressure
because my other new ball partner Sachin Peiris did
well to give us the early breakthrough by capturing
a couple of quick wickets. After a short opening
spell I came back for my second spell to claim three
important wickets and following another good rest I
was able to wrap up the Ananda innings for a total
under one hundred runs”.
The left-arm seamer believed that the conditions
were really conducive for fast bowling and as a
result was able to produce his best ever bowling
performance in First XI cricket. “As there was a lot
of grass on the surface I managed to extract plenty
of swing and movement with the new ball and I must
also commend my other fast bowlers for providing
excellent support from the other end.”
Jason Perera joined St. Benedict’s College from the
under-15 tournament onwards after having started his
school cricket career at Christ King College in
Tudella under the guidance of his first coach
“In my first year I was able to help my team emerge
under-13 champions in 2006 and in the following year
we managed to reach the semi-finals. I scored over
600 runs in that tournament and was also placed
third in the Best Batsman’s category.
“As there was no under-19 cricket at Christ King
College I decided to join St. Benedict’s College and
since then I have represented the college in the
under-15 tournament (twice), under 17 tournament and
this is my third year with the First XI side” added
Meanwhile St. Benedict’s College present cricket
coach N. I. C. Silva described Jason Perera’s
performances as a unique achievement and also
predicted a bright future for this promising
all-rounder who led the way with both bat and ball.
“It was a genuine match-winning performance and
for a schoolboy it was a dream come true to score
135 runs and claim seven wickets in an innings. He
swings the ball a lot, has a good pace and being the
captain of the team he wanted to lead from the front
and so he bowled his heart out on that day.
“I asked him to bowl a good line and length and the
Ananda batsmen did not have much of a technique to
cope up with his pace. I told him to keep it simple
and just pitch it up and got a few leg before
Last year of course he was a flashy player but I
told him he has to be more patient and should set an
example for the other players and make sure that he
does not throw his wicket away.”
“He was 80 not out overnight and I told him there
have been no centuries for many years against Ananda
and this was a great opportunity to make an impact
as a batsman and I am happy that he has done it.
“He will be a fantastic all rounder because he has a
good pace and swings the ball a lot like Chaminda
Vaas with a good in-swinger to the right-handers. In
batting he is much better than some of the other
players who are currently in the under-19 pool and
he should be given a fair chance,” concluded Silva.