Fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne picked a five wicket haul as S. Thomas’ College wer bowled out for 192 in their first innings against Royal College in the 134th Battle of the Blues encounter at SSC a short while ago today (7).
Middle order batsman Devin Jayasinghe hit a resilient 74 to help S. Thomas’ bounce back after an early collapse as they gradually build up their innings total to a respectable 192 at innings break.
Royal College won the toss and elected to field.
Jayasinghe made his 74 off 107 balls with five boundaries and three sixes while Helakamal Nanayakkara and Ravindu Tillakaratne played anchor roles by contributing with 24 off 78 balls and 26 not out from 81 balls respectively.
Speedster Karunaratne took five wickets for 55.
S. Thomas 192 all out (73.1) (Deelaka Herath 6, Nipuna Gamage 19, Javed Bongso 5, Devin Jayasinghe 74, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 17, Sanesh de Mel 1, Helakamal Nanayakkara 24, Madushan Ravichandrakumar 1, Ravindu Tillakaratne 26n.o, Sahan Wijesinghe 4, Ishan Kularatne 1, Chamika Karunaratne 5/55, Poorna Aluthge 2/44, Anup Thillakaratne 1/12, Devin Pathmanadan 1/23)
Royal: Roanaka Ahangamage, Poorna Aluthge, Sampath de Silva, Isuru Gunathilake, Chamika Karunaratne, Heshan Kumarasiri, Hashen Ramanayake, Harith Samarasinghe, Anup Thillakeratne, Milan Abeysekara (wk), Devin Pathmanadan (Capt).
Umpires: Ravindra Kottahachchi, Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match referee: Brendon Kuruppu