After lunch, fast-bowler Hansaka Liyanarachchi got the prized scalp of vice-captain Thiran Dhanapala for 9 when he was caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Gunathilake as Royal lost half of their side to only 122 runs.
Photo Album – 137th Battle of the Blues – Day 2
Kariyawasam played a more aggressive role in the 139-run as he made 12 fours to notch up a richly-deserving 79 as Royal avoided the follow-on before the valiant knock of Kariyawasam was ended by the Thomian skipper Jayathilake who trapped him right in front of the wicket.
Thomians were starved for wickets for more than three hours but they did not let number 8 batsman Ganith Sandeepa settle down as Liyanarachchi removed him for no score.
Photo Album – Fan Album – 137th Battle Of The Blues – Day 02
Senior player, Helitha Vithanage hung in their patiently with Sooriyabandara till close of play as Royal College took major honours on a long Friday.
S. Thomas’ – 350/5 declared in 75 overs: Rashmika Opatha 124, Yohan Mendis 64, Ravindu Kodituwakku 35, Yohan Perera 38, Sachitha Jayathilake 50*, Duvindu Hettiarachchi 1/55, Lasith Embuldeniya 1/42, Himesh Ramanayake 1/98.
Royal –280/7 in 105 overs: Naveen Widanapathirana 24, Ronuka Jayawardene 25, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 97*, Geeshath Panditharathne 26, Malith Kariyawasam 78, Yohan Perera 3/39, Hansaka Liyanarachchi 2/42.