The Golden Jubilee clash between Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda and Devananda College, Ambalangoda, the 50th Battle of the Blues ended in a draw at De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa on Sunday.
Devananda commenced day two on 96 for 7 in chase of Dharmasoka’s first innings score of 159. Kavindu Sohan who was 35 overnight rallied with the tail scoring a fighting 83* to take Devananda to 175 all out in 72.3 overs, handing them a first-innings lead of 16 runs. Lasith Kumara was the pick of the bowlers grabbing 5 for 21 while skipper Ushan Imantha and Dinuka Dishan captured 2 wickets apiece.
The Sokians in their second essay struggled to get going on a difficult surface. They managed only 94 runs in 55 overs, losing 7 wickets. The slow run-rate of 1.70 completely hampered the chances for the Nandians to push for a win.
Kasun Maduranga was the top run-getter for Dharmasoka in their second innings with a fighting 28 while off-spinner Chathura Milan scalped 4 wickets for Devananda.
In fading light, Dharmasoka decided to declare the innings setting a target of 79 for Devananda lads to reach but they were able to post 2 runs for the loss 3 wickets in 4 overs when the umpires called it a day.
Dharmasoka College – 159 all out in 56.2 overs: Kaveesh Kumara 55, Nimesh Mendis 21, Chatura Milan 2/37, Sajina Sankalpa 3/23, Imesh Madushanka 2/19
Devananda College – 175 all out in 72.3 overs: Kavindu Sohan 83*, Sachindu Uddeepana 29, Lasith Kumara 5/21, Ushan Imantha 2/47, Dinuka Dishan 2/30.
Dharmasoka College (2nd inn) – 94/7 in 55 overs: Kasun Maduranga 28, Chatura Milan 4/35.
Dharmasoka College(2nd inn) – 2/3 in 4 overs.