The 143rd Battle of the Blues Cricket encounter between Royal College, Colombo and S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia ended in a drab draw at SSC Grounds on Saturday.
The Thomians somewhat took major honours in a very slow-paced encounter which was never meant to turn into a result. After being asked to bat first, S. Thomas’ mustered 242, and in reply, Royal made 219 for 8 declared. S. Thomas’ ended on 142 for 6 in their second essay.
Resuming day three on 136 for 4, Royal lost their overnight batter, Uvindu Weerasekara, who managed to add only 4 runs before he was caught at slips by Kavindu Dias. Ramiru Perera lived a charmed life, scoring 34 runs off 114 deliveries, but was dropped several times. Nethil Panapitiya and Sandesh Ramanayake made 27 and 21 respectively to take Royal over the 200-run mark.
The Thomian seamers – Kavindu Dias, Caniston Gunarathnam and Akash Fernando – were amongst the wickets as the Royalists made a sporty declaration after lunch with 23 runs shy from the first innings score of S. Thomas’.
With a 23-run lead, S. Thomas’ began their second innings and made their intentions clear as they wanted to bat time. However, Royal Skipper Gishan Balasooriya, the left-arm Spinner and Seamer Dan Poddiwela removed the inexperienced S. Thomas’ top order cheaply to put the cat among the pigeons.
Photos – 143rd Battle of the Blues – Royal College vs S. Thomas’ College – Day 2
The school by the sea was in dire straits on 23 for 3, but their Skipper Ryan Fernando batted with authority, scoring 10 fours during his excellent 117-run 74 to take S. Thomas’ out of danger. Off-spinner Sadisha Rajapaksa chipped in with a few more wickets late in the day, but the drab draw was inevitable.
The Mustangs Trophy encounter, the 50-over match between these two teams, will be played on the 30th of July at the same venue.
S. Thomas’ – 242 (106.2 overs): Senesh Hettiarachchi 55, Charuka Peiris 51, Mahith Perera 33, Gishan Balasooriya 3/56, Sandesh Ramanayake 2/16, Ramiru Perera 2/36.
Royal – 219/8 dec (70.4 overs): Uvindu Weerasekara 66, Ramiru Perera 34, Sineth Jayawardene 32, Kavindu Dias 4/65, Caniston Gunarathnam 2/67.
S. Thomas’ (2nd Inn) – 142/6 (64 overs): Ryan Fernando 74, Senesh Hettiarachchi 26, Gishan Balasooriya 3/56, Sadisha Rajapaksa 2/30.
- Best Fielder – Sadisha Rajapaksa (Royal)
- Best Bowler – Kavindu Dias (S. Thomas’)
- Best Batsman – Uvindu Weerasekara (Royal)
- Man of the Match – Ryan Fernando (S. Thomas’)
|Senadhi Bulankulama||lbw b Dasis Manchanayake||18||85||1||0||21.18|
|Janidu Abegoonawardena||c & b Ramiru Perera||28||93||2||0||30.11|
|Dineth Gunawardena||run out (Sadisha Rajapaksha)||12||25||1||0||48.00|
|RAYAN FERNANDO||c Dasis Manchanayake b Gishan Balasuriya||18||31||1||0||58.06|
|MUIZZ NAUSHAN||b Gishan Balasuriya||1||7||0||0||14.29|
|Senesh Hettiarachchi||c & b Ramiru Perera||55||118||7||0||46.61|
|Charuka Peiris||lbw b Sandesh Ramanayaka||51||151||5||0||33.77|
|Mahith Perera||c Dasis Manchanayake b Gishan Balasuriya||33||83||2||0||39.76|
|Gunaratnam Caniston||b Bulan Weerathunga||3||15||0||0||20.00|
|Akash Fernando||c Sadisha Rajapaksha b Sandesh Ramanayaka||6||22||0||0||27.27|
|Kavindu Dais||not out||0||8||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||17 (b 7 , lb 6 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)|
|Total||242/10 (106.2 Overs, RR: 2.28)|
|Sanvidu Senartharachchi||lbw b Kavindu Dais||1||8||0||0||12.50|
|Sineth Jayawardena||c MUIZZ NAUSHAN b Janidu Abegoonawardena||32||38||6||0||84.21|
|Sadisha Rajapaksha||c Senesh Hettiarachchi b Kavindu Dais||5||12||1||0||41.67|
|Uvindu Weerasekara||c RAYAN FERNANDO b Kavindu Dais||66||109||9||0||60.55|
|Dasis Manchanayake||lbw b Gunaratnam Caniston||17||31||1||0||54.84|
|Ramiru Perera||b Akash Fernando||34||114||3||0||29.82|
|Nethil Panapitiya||c Mahith Perera b Gunaratnam Caniston||27||73||0||0||36.99|
|Sandesh Ramanayaka||c Charuka Peiris b Kavindu Dais||21||34||3||0||61.76|
|Gishan Balasuriya||not out||1||7||0||0||14.29|
|Extras||15 (b 1 , lb 5 , nb 2, w 2, pen 5)|
|Total||219/8 (70.4 Overs, RR: 3.1)|
|Senadhi Bulankulama||c Sineth Jayawardena b Dan Poddiwela||2||10||0||0||20.00|
|Janidu Abegoonawardena||c Uvindu Weerasekara b Gishan Balasuriya||7||38||1||0||18.42|
|Dineth Gunawardena||b Gishan Balasuriya||1||43||0||0||2.33|
|RAYAN FERNANDO||c Sadisha Rajapaksha b Gishan Balasuriya||74||117||10||0||63.25|
|MUIZZ NAUSHAN||lbw b Sadisha Rajapaksha||11||71||0||0||15.49|
|Senesh Hettiarachchi||c Sandesh Ramanayaka b Sadisha Rajapaksha||26||65||2||0||40.00|
|Mahith Perera||not out||8||23||1||0||34.78|
|Gunaratnam Caniston||not out||11||17||1||0||64.71|
|Extras||2 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 1, pen 0)|
|Total||142/6 (64 Overs, RR: 2.22)|