Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy
Dharmaraja, who suffered many losses earlier on, seem to be finding their feet at the tail end of the season.
Yesterday, they pulled off a comfortable 101 run win on first innings over Maliyadeva at Lake View.
Isuru Dayananda, a front-liner, made a determined first hundred to top score. Opener Kasun Gunawardena and consistent left hander Dulaj Bandara made half centuries as the home team went past 300.
Leg spinner Sanjeevan Priyadarshana bagged four wickets, while Kaveen Bandara picked up two. Devanís skipper Dulaj Ranatunga shone in adversity, reaching 100 with the aid of 17 fours and two sixes. Nisanjaya Hettiarachchi also prospered, racing to an unbeaten 52 with six fours and three sixes.
Pannila and Samararatne were responsible for six of the wickets. Pacie Virajith Ehelepola shot out two batsmen.
The match was called off early on account of the uncertain situation prevailing in Kandy.
Dharmaraja 302-9 decl. (Isuru Dayananda 116, Kasun Gunawardena 53, Dulaj Bandara 67; Sanjeevan Priyadarshana 4/64, Kaveen Bandara 2/57)
Maliyadeva 201 (Dulaj Ranatunga 100, Nisanjaya Hettiarachchi 52 n.o., Supun Gunaratne 15; Virajith Ehelepola 2/29, Lakshitha Pannila 3/53, Yasitha Samararatne 3/25).