Piliyandala Central College beat Taxila Central College Horana by 53 runs in a low scoring 20th ‘Battle of Raigam – Salpiti’ annual encounter played at Army grounds Dombagoda recently.
Taxila CC won the toss and elected to field. They did well to bowl out Piliyandala CC for a meagre 128 runs in 55 overs. Only Sonath Enuka (32) and Ashen Rodrigo (30) were among the runs. Rashan Nawanjana, slow left arm orthodox, claimed 5 for 20, while Chirantha Dewruwan claimed 3 for 6.
In turn, Taxila CC batters floundered against the slow left arm orthodox bowling of Thineth Salinga (6/26) and collapsed for 66 runs in 36.2 overs.
Piliyandala CC were bowled out for 111 runs in 37.4 overs in their second innings, with Rashan Nawanjana once again the main wrecker claiming 6 for 37 runs. Sethika Dilmith top scored with 49 runs.
Set a target of 174 runs to win, Taxila CC were bowled out for 120 runs in their second innings in 55.5 overs with Thineth Salinga among the wickets once again claiming 5 for 32 runs.
Thineth Salinga of Piliyandala CC had a match bag of 11 for 58 runs, while Rashan Nawanjana of Taxila CC had a match bag of 11 for 87.
Piliyandala Central: 128 (55) (Sonath Enuka 32, Ashen Rodrigo 30, Rashan Nawanjana 5/20, Chirantha Dewruwan 3/6) and 111 (37.4) (Sethika Dilmith 49, Rashan Nawanjana 6/37)
Taxila Central: 66 (36.2) (Deshan Dilmith 24, Thineth Salinga 6/26, Ashen Rodrigo 2/19) and 120 (55.5) (Randev Senevirathne 41, Thineth Salinga 5/32, Ashen Rodrigo 3/56, Hasitha Niroshan 2/13)