St. Servatius dominate proceedings at Matara

111th Battle of the Blues

St. Servatius Matara dominated the proceedings on day two in their 111th Battle of the Blues encounter against St. Thomas Matara at the Uyanwatte Stadium in Matara. St. Servatius helped by half tons from Gihan Nimsara and Imzan Mohamed who together put on an opening stand of 98, made a modest score of 181. Gihan made 52 inclusive of 11 boundaries while Imzan chipped in with a 50 which had seven boundaries.

The Servatius score was in contrast to St. Thomas’ who plodded for 98 overs to make a score of 135. The opening day saw them bat 90 overs for a score of 124 for 8. Servatius were well placed at lunch with the score on 100 for 1 having faced 22 overs. They went in for quick runs which resulted in them losing wickets at regular intervals.

But they have put themselves in a strong position of pulling off the game when the final days play gets underway at 9.45 a.m. today. St. Thomas Matara (124/8 overnight) 135 (Ravindu Damsara 52, Ishan Charith 17: Lahiru Kokila 5 for 48, Nimanda Madusanka 3 for 20, Kasun Rajitha 2 for 39) and 30 for 2
St. Servatius 181 (Gihan Nimsara 52, Irshad Mohamed 50, Nimanda Madusanka 27: Prashan Manohara 3 for 31, Ashan Denura 3 for 41, Mohamed Mishdak 2 for 41)

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