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Manchanayake saves the day for Royal in Battle of the Blues draw

141st Battle of the Blues | Day 3

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Dasis Manchanayake made an unbeaten 53 to pull Royal College out of deep trouble on day 3 of the 141st Battle of the Blues encounter at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds. After seeing Royal declare on 282, S Thomas’ finished on 127/5 as the game drew to a close. 

Manchanayake, playing in his 1st Royal-Thomian, showed absolutely no nerves in the middle, playing a controlled knock, after coming in to bat with the score on 177/6 – Royal still 43 runs away from avoiding the follow-on. The elegant left-hander put on 24 alongside Isiwara Dissanayake before taking the lead in his partnership with Lahiru Madusanka which was worth 67. Manchanayake and Madusanka weathered the Thomian storm and eventually went past the follow-on mark to post 282/8 before the declaration came from the Royal camp.

De Mel, Fernando star as S. Thomas’ take honours on day 1 of Battle of the Blues

Shalin de Mel (85) and Ryan Fernando (70) propped S. Thomas’ College up on day

Left-arm pacie Yasiru Rodrigo was the most impressive bowler in a good overall performance from the Thomians on a dead surface. The battle between Rodrigo and Dissanayake was particularly good to watch with the left-armer getting Dissanayake to play and miss outside the off stump on several occasions. He eventually had his man as he snuck one through straight to wrap Dissanayake on the pads. Umayanga Suwaris was another who stood out with the ball, picking up the crucial wickets of Kavindu Pathirathne and Thevindu Senaratne to kick off proceedings while Rodrigo picked up the final wicket to fall in the Royal innings when he had Madushanka, who had restrained himself well during his stay at the crease, caught behind for 29.

Photos: Royal College vs S. Thomas’ College | 141st Battle of the Blues – Day 03

Coming in to bat for their 2nd innings with 87 runs in the bank, S Thomas’ surprisingly looked far more aggressive with the bat, with Dilmin Rathnayake and Shalin de Mel using their feet and taking on the bowlers. Their approach brought the ‘School by the Sea’ just 26 runs as Kamil Mishara picked up de Mel for 5.

Gishan Balasooriya, the man who had been Royal’s star performer with the ball during the regular season, was disappointing in the 1st innings but came back to pick up 4/50 in the 2nd, claiming the scalps of Dilmin Rathnayake, Ravindu de Silva, Ryan Fernando and Umayanga Suwaris.

Royal in trouble after late wickets

S Thomas’ College picked up 4 crucial wickets in the final session of play on day 2 of the 141st

Fresher Gavin Botheju, who made a half century in the 1st innings, and Kishan Munasinghe saw S Thomas’ through to the end of the day’s play to finish off the 141st Battle of the Blues.

Having won the encounter in 2019, S Thomas’ retained the D S Senanayake Memorial Shield as the game ended in a draw.

Special Awards

Player of the Match – Shalin de Mel | 90 runs & 2 catches (S Thomas’ College)

Best Batsman – Ryan Fernando | 104 runs (S Thomas’ College)

Best Bowler – Gishan Balasooriya | 6/110 (Royal College)

Best Fielder – Ahan Wickramasinghe | 2 runouts (Royal College)

Result
Match drawn

Royal College
282/8 (104.3)
S. Thomas’ College
369/10 (128.2) & 127/5 (48)
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dilmin Rathnayake lbw b Kavindu Pathirathna 23 36 2 0 63.89
Shalin De Mel c Kaushan Kulasooriya b Thevindu Senarathna 85 135 7 2 62.96
R de Silva st Kavindu Madarasinghe b Gishan Balasuriya 6 9 1 0 66.67
Ryan Fernando lbw b Dasis Manchanayake 70 145 9 0 48.28
Kishan Munasinghe b Kamil Mishara 0 1 0 0 0.00
G Botheju run out () 54 176 1 0 30.68
U Suwaris c Kavindu Pathirathna b L Madusanka 21 42 2 0 50.00
Maneesha Perera Rupasinghe run out () 25 80 1 0 31.25
Yasiru Rodrigo lbw b Kavindu Pathirathna 5 4 1 0 125.00
Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama st b Kamil Mishara 47 91 4 0 51.65
Caniston not out 10 52 0 0 19.23
Extras 23 (b 15 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 5, pen 0)
Total 369/10 (128.2 Overs, RR: 2.88)
Fall of Wickets 1-49 (14.2) Dilmin Rathnayake, 2-56 (17.1) R de Silva, 3-156 (42.6) Shalin De Mel, 4-156 (43.1) Kishan Munasinghe, 5-208 (62.1) Ryan Fernando, 6-244 (74.4) U Suwaris, 7-294 (100.3) Maneesha Perera Rupasinghe, 8-301 (102.1) Yasiru Rodrigo, 9-310 (106.4) G Botheju, 10-369 (128.2) Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavindu Pathirathna 32 6 85 1 2.66
L Madusanka 13.2 0 31 1 2.35
Thevindu Senarathna 14.4 1 52 1 3.61
Gishan Balasuriya 23.2 3 68 2 2.93
Prashan kalhara 16 4 34 0 2.12
Kamil Mishara 21 4 55 1 2.62
Dasis Manchanayake 8 0 27 1 3.38
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Kaushan Kulasooriya c Shalin De Mel b Kishan Munasinghe 31 110 3 0 28.18
Kamil Mishara c Shalin De Mel b Kishan Munasinghe 32 106 2 0 30.19
Kavindu Madarasinghe c G Botheju b Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama 23 43 2 0 53.49
Ahan Wickramasinghe c Dilmin Rathnayake b Caniston 24 40 3 0 60.00
Isiwara Dissanayake lbw b Yasiru Rodrigo 42 118 4 0 35.59
Kavindu Pathirathna b U Suwaris 8 37 0 0 21.62
Thevindu Senarathna c Yasiru Rodrigo b U Suwaris 8 9 2 0 88.89
Dasis Manchanayake not out 53 103 6 0 51.46
L Madusanka c G Botheju b Yasiru Rodrigo 29 57 5 0 50.88
Prashan kalhara not out 5 9 0 0 55.56
Extras 27 (b 10 , lb 0 , nb 8, w 4, pen 5)
Total 282/8 (104.3 Overs, RR: 2.7)
Fall of Wickets 1-61 (32.3) Kaushan Kulasooriya, 2-81 (40.3) Kamil Mishara, 3-104 (45.1) Kavindu Madarasinghe, 4-123 (53.3) Ahan Wickramasinghe, 5-169 (68.5) Kavindu Pathirathna, 6-177 (72.2) Thevindu Senarathna, 7-201 (80.4) Isiwara Dissanayake, 8-268 (102) L Madusanka,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Yasiru Rodrigo 26 8 52 2 2.00
Caniston 15 3 35 1 2.33
Thevin Bimsara Eriyagama 13.3 4 44 1 3.31
Kishan Munasinghe 19 6 38 2 2.00
Dilmin Rathnayake 9 0 32 0 3.56
U Suwaris 18 4 55 2 3.06
Shalin De Mel 4 0 11 0 2.75


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dilmin Rathnayake st Kavindu Madarasinghe b Gishan Balasuriya 22 36 2 1 61.11
Shalin De Mel c L Madusanka b Kamil Mishara 5 23 0 0 21.74
R de Silva lbw b Gishan Balasuriya 4 9 0 0 44.44
Ryan Fernando c L Madusanka b Gishan Balasuriya 34 66 5 0 51.52
G Botheju not out 36 77 5 0 46.75
U Suwaris c Prashan kalhara b Gishan Balasuriya 5 18 1 0 27.78
Kishan Munasinghe not out 16 60 1 0 26.67
Extras 5 (b 2 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 127/5 (48 Overs, RR: 2.65)
Fall of Wickets 1-26 (9.1) Shalin De Mel, 2-10 (10.4) Dilmin Rathnayake, 3-31 (12.1) R de Silva, 4-76 (28.2) Ryan Fernando, 5-83 (32.5) U Suwaris,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavindu Pathirathna 6 0 22 0 3.67
Kamil Mishara 13 2 23 1 1.77
Gishan Balasuriya 18 5 50 4 2.78
Prashan kalhara 3 0 7 0 2.33
L Madusanka 3 1 6 0 2.00
Dasis Manchanayake 4 1 11 0 2.75
Thevindu Senarathna 1 0 4 0 4.00