Gishan, Ryan, Uvindu shine in drawn game

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The 143rd ‘Battle of the Blues’ ended in a draw at SSC grounds on Saturday. Outstanding performers were Royal’s Gishan Balasooriya (match bag of 9 wickets for 112 runs), Uvindu Weerasekera (66) and Thomian Ryan Fernando (74).

Continuing from their overnight score of 207/6 on day one,
S. Thomas’ scored 242 runs in 106.2 overs. Senesh Hettiarachchi (55) and Charuka Pieris (51*) scored half centuries, while Janindu Abeygoonawardene (28) and Mahith Perera (33) also made useful contributions.

Gishan Balasooriya claimed 6/56 runs, while Sandesh Ramanayake and Ramiru Perera claimed 2 wickets each.

Royal replied with 219 runs for 8 wickets declared in 70.4 overs. Uvindu Weerasekara scored 66 runs in 109 balls with 9 boundaries. Ramiru Perera (34), Sineth Jayawardene (32), Nethin Panapitiya (27), Sandesh Ramanayake 21, Dasis Manchanayake (17) helped to build their innings. Kavindu Dias claimed 4 for 65 runs and Caniston Gunaratnam 2 for 67 runs.

S. Thomas’ were 142 runs for 6 wickets in 64 overs at close. Ryan Fernando scored 74 runs in 117 deliveries with 10 boundaries. Gishan Balasooriya once again shone with the ball claiming 3 for 56 while Sadisha Rajapaksa chipped in with 2 for 30 runs.  

S. Thomas’: 242 (106.2) (Senesh Hettiarachchi 55, Charuka Peiris 51 n.o., Mahith Perera 33, Janindu Abeygunawardena 28, Gishan Balasooriya 6/56, Sandesh Ramanayake 2/16, Ramiru Perera 2/36) and 142/6 (64 overs) (Ryan Fernando 74, Senesh Hettiarachchi 26, Gishan Balasooriya 3/56, Sadisha Rajapaksa 2/30)

 Royal: 219/8 dec (70.4 overs) (Uvindu Weerasekara 66, Ramiru Perera 34, Sineth Jayawardene 32, Nethin Panapitiya 27, Kavindu Dias 4/65, Caniston Gunaratnam 2/67)

 Awards

Best Fielder – Sadisha Rajapaksa (Royal)

Best Bowler – Kavindu Dias (S. Thomas’)

Best Batter – Uvindu Weerasekara (Royal)

Man of the Match – Ryan Fernando (S. Thomas’)

 (IR)