The Kingswood- Dharmaraja 111th ‘Battle of the Maroons’ ended in a draw on Saturday at the Pallekelle International Stadium. Both teams were eagerly awaiting a result but failed in their endeavour due to poor cricket. Kingswood College coming into bat first ended their innings in a good position, thanks to the tail-enders for their stunning batting. Kingswood College won the toss and elected to bat. Two captains, Avishika Chandrasiri and Deshan Guansighe and the two coaches, Indika Fernando and Senaka Dissanayake, were introduced to the chief guest IGP Pujith Jayasundara. The happiest would have been two old boys who does a lot for sports, the oldest living Rajan DM Dharmatilake and Kingswood’s SMS Samarakoon.
The Rajan’s ‘bowling weapons’ troubled the Kingswood College batsmen, the bowlers looked penetrative on this wicket, and at lunch Kingswood lost eight wickets for just 64 runs. The Dharmaraja bowlers Nivantha Hearth, Navindu Dilshan and Gehan Vitharane bowled spectacular spells to have the Kingswood batsmen at sea, it was a shaky start for the Kingwoodians. With the score 92 for 9, the last pair Ranga Rathnayake and Vimukthi Wijaesiriwardene stitched together an excellent stand of 72 runs , and took the Kingwoodians to 167and by tea, Kignswood were back in the dressing room Vimukthi has taken over 65 wicket this season. He had nine hits to the rope and three over it, and he was well supported by Ranga Ratnayake. So, Kingswoodians ended their innings respectably. Dharmaraja College ended the day with 41 for 2 in response to Kingswoodians 167. The Rajans were unlucky to lose their skipper Dehsan Guansinghe for no score.
Continuing from the overnight score of 41 for 2, Rajans ended their innings at 161, thanks Nivantha Hearth (40) and Dulaj Wijekoon(41). Kingswoodians taking the second turn went on to score 102 runs for one wicket, Amial Jayaweera was unbeaten on 19 and Yasod Kavinda gave an excellent display with the bat to score 58 runs- four fours and four sixes, these two put on 102 opening stand and with the wicket of Kavinda the match came to an end.
Out of the 111 games played, Rajans have won 35 while Kingswood has 19 big match victories and the rest drawn. The Rajan’s last win was in 2015 under Tharusha Weragoda and Kingswoodian’s last win was in 1958 under C Maurice Fernando. So, on first innings performance Dahrmarja College were awarded the T.B.Tenakoon memorial trophy.
Kingswood’s right arm off- spinner Gaindu Kaushalya was successful with the ball, taking 7 wickets.
Kingswoodians, taking the second turn, went on to score 102 runs for one wicket, Amial Jayaweera was unbeaten on 19 and Yasod Kavinda gave an excellent display with the bat to score 58 runs.
So, Dharmarja College were awarded the TB Tennakoon Memorial Trophy by virtue of their 1st innings win.