The Rajans had their closest call in the under-17 tournament when the Ibbagamuwa lads raised the spectre of defeat before finally going down by 28 runs at Lake View,
Chaturanga Aludeniya top scored with 51 for the home team who were put into bat. Skipper Deeshan Gunasinghe produced the next best of 37. The visiting skipper Thenuka Liyanage had the best analysis (3-18).
The Ibbagamuwa openers sent shivers down Rajan spines with a stand of over seventy. But the Rajan bowlers held their nerve and managed to chip away at the wickets. S. Samaradivakara had a good game with 43 and 2 wickets.
Dharmaraja 174 in 42.5 overs.
(Deeshan Gunasinghe 37, Chaturanga Aludeniya 51, Dheera Adikari 23, Thenuka Liyanage 3-18, S. Samaradivakara 2-23)
Ibbagamuwa 146 in 45.5 overs.
(S. Samaradivakara 43, Krishan Wickremasinghe 28, H. M. Husni 18, Gihan Vitharana 3-30, R. Papulewatte 2-20, Deeshan Gunasinghe 2-21)