By Ishan Rashmitha
Some fine allround performances saw Dharmasoka beat Sri Devananda by 161 runs in their 46th ‘Battle of the Blues’ cricket encounter played at the Urban Council ground in Ambalangoda and concluded on Sunday.
Dharmasoka scored 221 runs in their first innings with Ramesh Mendis scoring 47 runs. Sithara Madhusanka bowled best to claim 6 for 66 with his left arm leg spinners.
Devananda could reply with only 156 runs in their first innings helped by a sound 60 runs from Gihan Madhusanka.
Dharmasoka scored 204 for 6 declared in their second innings to have an overall lead of 269 runs.
Devananda batsmen gave chase to the target but were bundled out for 108 runs with Chamath Gunasinghe claiming 5 for 35 runs and Ramesh Mendis claiming 3 for 25 runs. This left Dharmasoka winners by 161 runs.
Dharmasoka: 221 in 55.5 overs (Ramesh Mendis 47, Duminda Kannangara 28, Chathura Umayanga 28, Buddhi Tharaka 24, Thanura Halambage 23, Nimesh de Zoysa 21, Sithara Madushanka 6/66, Charith Sudaraka 3/49) and 204/6 declared in 37 overs (Adheesha Thilanchana 66, Ramesh Mendis 42, Yohan de Silva 29, Gihan Mihiranga 21 n.o., Thanura Halambage19, Imesh Udayanga 4/48)
Devananda: 156 in 34.1 overs (Gihan Madusanka 60, Charith Sudaraka 23, Yohan de Silva 13, Duminda Kannangara 3/41, Chamath Gunasinghe 2/49) and 108 in 33.3 overs (Akila de Silva 31, Ishara Mendis 22, Imesh Udayanga 15, Chamath Gunasinghe 5/35, Ramesh Mendis 3/25)
Best bowler – Sithara Madushanka (Devananda)
Best batsman - Adheesha Thilanchana (Dharmasoka)
Best fielder – Thanura Halambage (Dharmasoka)
Man of the match - Ramesh Mendis (Dharmasoka)