||The 103rd hill capital’s ‘Battle of the Maroons” between Dharmaraja College and Kingswood College ended in a draw for the 29th successive year at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy
Opener Udara Hettige batted for 137 balls in scoring 44 and this really held the batting together in the morning. Off-spinner Rahula Ekanayake took 4 for 61.
Rajans who batted on the second day were off to a splendid start with the openers Buwaneka Ekanayake (82) and gihan Yapa Bandara (40) putting on 124 before being separated. Buwaneka Ekanayake who was aggressive of the two, hit 14 fours and 2 sixes and faced 78 balls before he was caught at the wicket in trying to force the pace.
Kingswood’s bowling did not look impressive at all and the Rajans just took runs off them and they were dismissed more in trying to entertain the crowd than due to efforts of the bowlers.
The last one hour of the match was played in extremely poor light conditions with the batsmen hardly able to see the ball but still the Rajans batsmen got runs with many getting out in the forties.
The match was finally called off around 5 p.m.
KINGSWOOD COLLEGE - 1ST INNINGS
Udara Hettige lbw P. Silva 44
Yasindu Athukorale ct. Kalubowila b Dandeniya 02
Madawa Madurange ct. B. Ekanayake b T. Silva 17
Chathura Kumarasiri lbw R. Ekanayake 15
Chalitha Dharmaprema ct. B. Ekanayake b R. Ekanayake 31
Ashan Seneviratne not out 55
Hasitha Dharmaprema run out 00
Tilina Karunaratne b Yapa Bandara 00
Lahiru Gannoruwa ct B. Ekanayake b R. Ekanayake 12
Rashmindu Sandaruwan ct P. de Silva b. R. Ekanayake 00
Subodha Premaratne not out 04
TOTAL (for 9 wkts decl. 81 overs) 210
FALL OF WICKETS: 9, 38, 79, 110, 140, 144, 144, 189, 194.
BOWLING: Tharindu Dandeniya 7-0-22-01,
Nuwan Karunaratne 7-0-23-0,
Tharaka Silva 3-0-9-1,
Rahula Ekanayake 32-6-61-4,
Hemal Munaweera 4-1-6-0,
Pratap de Silva 17-3-52-1,
gihan Yapa Bandara 11-2-23-1.
DHARMARAJA COLLEGE - 1ST INNINGS
Buwaneka Ekanayake ct. Athukorale b Hettige 82
gihan Yapa Bandara ct. H. Dharmaprema b Gannoruwa 40
Sanjay Kalubowila b Kumarasiri 42
Theekshana Wedagedara lbw Gannoruwa 10
Sandun Weerakoddy lbw C. Dharmaprema 49
Rahula Ekanayake b Kumarasiri 40
Pratap de Silva ct Gannoruwa b Kumarasiri 45
Hemal Munaweera not out 13
TOTAL (for 7 wkts off 86.4 overs) 327
FALL OF WICKETS: 124, 140,160, 209, 242, 282, 327
BOWLING: Udara Hettige 14-2-45-1,
Rashmindu Sandaruwan 2-0-14-0,
Lahiru Gannoruwa 12-3-34-2,
Chalitha Dharmaprema 26-4-89-1,
Chathura Kumarasiri 18.4-3-75-3,
Madawa Maduranga 7-0-25-0,
Subodha Premaratne 4-0-26-0,
Ashan Senaviratne 3-0-17-0. Back