Ending nearly a 30 year drought
, Rajans won the 105th Battle of the Maroons
at Pallekele by 7 wickets
!! The last time a decision was reached in the Kingswood-Dharmaraja big match was in 1980 when Rajans won by 9 wickets at Police grounds under the captaincy of Janaka Mendis. Kingswood's last victory was way back in 1958.
On the first day, paceman Nuwan Karunaratne and spinner Deneth Lanka shared six wickets between them for Dharmaraja College to restrict Kingswood College to 117 runs and take command on the first day of their Big Match at Pallekele Ground (March 25).
While Nishantha Weerakoon top scored with a half century, Lakshitha Madushan chipped in with 29 runs for Kingswood.
Dharmaraja reached 169 for six wickets at the close of the day with Sasith Gunasekara top scoring with 51 runs. Sandun Weerakkody cracked 43 runs.
We have not received the full scorecard yet. Here's the brief summary of scores:
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium | Dharmaraja won by 7 wickets
The Score Board
Kingswood 117 in 38.5 overs
(N. Weerakoon 50, L. Madushan 30, Y. Atukorale 22; N. Karunaratne 3 for 34, D. Lanka 3 for 38, M. Ratnayake 1 for 14) and 127 in 60 overs
(Y. Atukorale 23, L. Madushan 31, M. Premawardena 20, N. Unamboowe 17, N. Karunaratne 3 for 36, L. Herath 2 for 6)
Dharmaraja 169 for 6 in 38 overs
(S.Gunasekera 53, N. Weerakkodi 43, H. Munaweera 26, N. Karunaratne 24; Y. Athukorale 2 for 21, C.Gunasekera 2 for 29, L. Hettiarachchi 2 for 32) and 76 for 3 in 19 overs
(K. Wijekoon 12, S. Weerakkodi 24, H. Munaweera 12 n.o; Y. Atukorale 1 for 11, C. Gunasekera 1 for 17, L. Madushan 1 for 11)
(Thanks to Dharmaraja College Group of 94 for the news)