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44th Battle of the Blues-Ambalangoda
Dharmasoka better in  second essay

Given a target of 202 runs to chase in 27 overs, Devananda College were 90 for five wickets at close as their 44th Battle of the Blues Big Match against arch-rivals Dharmasoka College ended in a draw at Ambalangoda yesterday.

Chasing the target, Rishika Theekshana scored 52 runs laced with nine fours for Devananda but they were well short of the target when the stumps were drawn on the final day.

If they had any plans of going for the target in such a short span of 27 overs, then they had to fold them up when Chamath Gunasinghe completed a match bag of nine wickets with a four wicket haul. He was later adjudged the Best Bowler of the Match. Gunasinghe’s four wickets discouraged Devananda going at their full speed.

The day began with the Sokians still needing 60 runs to close the first innings deficit with nine wickets in hand and they disappointed Devananda bowlers amassing 325 for eight wickets declared as three batsmen scored half-centuries.

Both overnight batsmen, Nilusha Uththamadasa and Chalitha Madushan crossed the half-century mark before Yohan de Silva top scored with 71 runs. With Devananda bowlers, who had the credit of restricting the Sokians for a paltry 56 runs in the first innings, failing to penetrate their top order batting line up in the second innings they had to opt for part time bowlers who finally got them breakthroughs. Rishika Theekshana, one such bowler was later adjudged the Man of the Match for his good all-round performances. He picked up two wickets and shared five wickets with Ramesh Lakshitha.

Individual awards:

Man of the Match: Rishika Theekshana

Best Bowler: Chamath Gunasinghe

Best Fielder: Dilshan de Silva

Best Batsman: Ramesh Lakshitha

Meanwhile, Devananda College youngster Charith Sudharaka who had been selected for Sri Lanka Schools Under-15 team’s tour of Malaysia was awarded a special prize at the awards ceremony.

Scores:

Dharmasoka 56 all out in 14.2 overs (Yohan de Silva 20; Lakshitha Sirimanne 3/34, Randima Vidyaratne 5/17) and 63 for 1 overnight 325 for 8 decl. in 92 overs (Nilusha Uththamadasa 59, Chalitha Madushan 50, Yohan de Silva 71, Adeesha Punchihewa 40, Gihan Mihiranga 33, Duminda Kannangara 28n.o; Ramesh Lakshitha 3/96, Rishika Theekshana 2/22)

Devananda 179 all out in 49 overs (Rishika Theekshana 33, Ramesh Lakshitha 78, Dilshan de Silva 23; Gihan Mihiranga 2/15, Chamath Gunasinghe 5/67, Yohan de Silva 2/18) and 90 for 5 at close in 27 overs (Rishika Theekshana 52, Sham Suranga 15; Chamath Gunasinghe 4/26)

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