Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy
The Rajan batsmen defied the Peterite attack for 60 overs to force a draw in their match at Lake View.
Obeysekera, the night-watchman probably overstayed his welcome taking some time to get his 18 runs.
Sulakshana Fernando set up the run-chase with an aggressive innings of 46. The real acceleration came from two aggressive players in Salith Fernando and Lakshina Rodrigo.
They added 135 for the sixth wicket in good time. Fernando struck ten fours in his top-score of 78. Lakshina Rodrigo’s unbeaten 77 contained 11 fours.
The lack of penetration in the Dharmaraja attack was badly shown up by the impressive batting of the visitors.
Batting again 107 runs in arrears, the home team survived till the close. At that point, they were leading by 19 runs, with two wickets standing. Skipper Gunasinghe made a face-saving knock of 35.
Ameen had match figures of 8-83, while Obeysekera picked up seven in the match for 107.
Dharmaraja 168 and 126-8 in 60 overs (Deshan Gunasinghe 35, Bavantha Udangamuwe 18, Udantha Amarkoon 20, Kavinda Tillekeratne 15 n.o., Chatura Obeysekera 3-56, MD Ameen 2-25, Ravindu Silva 2-16).
St. Peter’s (79-2 contd) 275-5 decl. in 68.5 overs (Santush Gunatilleka 35, Shivan Perera 13, Sulakshana Fernando 46, Chatura Obeysekera 18, Salith Fernando 78, Lakshina Rodrigo 77 n.o, Rukmal Dissanaike 2-111, Deshan Gunasinghe 2-51
January 10, 2017, 9:42 pm