139th Battle of the Blues : Royal lead as rain plays a spoiler | Sunday Observer

139th Battle of the Blues : Royal lead as rain plays a spoiler

Kalana Perera of S. Thomas’ College bowls during a splendid performance that brought him five wickets against Royal College  (Picture by Susantha Wijegunasekera)
Kalana Perera of S. Thomas’ College bowls during a splendid performance that brought him five wickets against Royal College (Picture by Susantha Wijegunasekera)

Nearly two hours of play was lost due to rain as Royal took a slender 12-run lead overS. Thomas’ on the second day of the 139th Battle of the Blues cricket match at the SSC ground in Colombo yesterday.

Play was halted initially at 2.05 pm due to rain as Royal passed the Thomian first innings total of 166 as they made 178 after resuming from an overnight 33 for3.

By the close on the second day the Thomians were three runs for no loss in six overs possible as rain and bad light intervened. Royal skipper Pasindu Sooriyabandara and Kavindu Madarasinghe stood up against the Thomian bowlers as they shared in a productive stand of 75 to prevent any alarming collapse.

Sooriyabandara made 46 with seven fours and a six while Madarasinghe chipped in with 37 withfour fours as they defied the Thomian bowlers.

Their stand was broken when Sooriyabandara was caught behind for 46 off the bowling of Kalana Perera who plucked five wickets to finish with best figures of 5 for56 which paved the way for the Thomians to get back into contention. Madarasinghe did not last long after the dismissal of his partner and Royal were kept in check and then managed to creep up to 178 as Dimal Wijesekera contributed 23runs.

Thomian captain Dellon Peiris was also among the wickets as he took four for 40 to put the brakes on Royal.

Earlier on the first day Royal did well to contain the Thomians for a total of 166 as leg spinner Manula Perera took five wickets.

Sithara Hapuhinna top scored for the Thomians with 34 runs while Manthila Wijeratne chipped in with 24 runs.

The final day’s proceedings are expected to be a challenge for both teams although some experts may see a draw in the making unless something sensational happens with rain likely to be the ultimate winner. 

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