The right-arm, left-arm spin combination of Geethika Jayatilleka (a match bag of 11-69) and Yohan Soysa (match bag of 7-40) brought the Rajans to the brink of defeat at Lake View yesterday.
The duo combined to skittle out the Rajans for 111 and in the follow on, had them tottering at 57-8, when bad light intervened and prevented the last two overs being bowled.
The Rajans batting was in shambles. Kaveesha Dissanaike and Rameesh Ranasinghe were the only batsmen to offer some resistance to the spinners. Earlier in the day, the Bens declared after adding two runs and losing 3 wickets.
St. Benedicts 221-5, contd. 223-8 decl. (Venuka Galahitiyawa 3-62)
Dharmaraja 111 in 51.2 overs (Kaveesha Dissanaike 21, Rameesh Ranasinghe 36, Geethika Jayatilleka 6-52, Yohan Soysa 4-26) and 57-8 in 34 overs (Kaveesha Dissanaike 18, Yohan Soysa 3-14, Geethika Jayathilleka 5-17).
-Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy