117th Battle of the Blues South ends in a tame draw

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One of the oldest rivalries in school cricket along the Southern border unraveled on the 24th, 25th and 26th of April at the Uyanwatta Stadium between St. Servatius’ College and St. Thomas’ College. After three exciting days of cricket the battle ended in a tame draw with both teams taking honors in the batting department.

St Thomas College won the toss and elected to field first. Their rivals got off to a decent start but their batsman couldn’t convert their innings into big ones which could have given them the edge. Thilan Prashan was the only half centurion in the innings for St Servatius as he top scored with 61 runs. Supun Kavinda scored 48, just 2 runs short of his half century. The rest of the batters chipped in with valuable cameos and all the contributions guided them to a decent first innings total of 207 runs. With the ball for St Thomas, Maleesha Sadushka, Hasin Dilman, Praveen Madushan and Lahiru Dilshan shared 2 wickets each.

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In reply, St Thomas College were up to the task with the bat. But the highlight of St Thomas innings was Thilan Prashan who bagged 6 wickets. his figures stood at 6 for 48, to go with his half century with the bat. However, Lahiru Dilshan’s 72 run knock saw St Thomas’ reach 211 for their first innings. They managed to get a slender lead of just 4 runs over their opponents.

The match was already heading towards a draw after St Thomas batted for more than 110 overs in their first innings. St Servatius came on to bat on the first session of the 3rd day and held forth for 68 overs and scored 174 for 6 before they declared their innings and gave the Thomians a target of 171 runs to get from 20 overs. Supun Kavinda was once again dismissed in the 40’s while Thilan Prashan contributed with 38 runs.

At the end of the final day, St Thomas were 20 for none in 3.4 overs.

St. Servatius College, Matara 207 (76.4) Supun Kavinda 48, Thilan Prashan 61, Muditha Ashan 36, Sashika Dulshan 21, Maleesha Sadushka 3/24, Hashin Dilman 2/64, Praveen Madushan 2/38, Lahiru Dilshan 2/28 & 174/6 d (68) Supun Kavinda 42, Keshara Nuwantha 24, Sandaru Nethmina 25*, Thilan Prashan 38, Hasin Dilman 4/59

S. Thomas College, Matara 211 (110.1) Raminda Pavinath 43, Lahiru Dilshan 72, Tharusha Kavinda 30, Thilan Prashan 6/48 & 20/0 (3.4)