Medium pacies Upulitha Rajapakse (5 wickets), Deeshan Gunasinghe and spinner Ruchira Pupulewatte combined to wreck the Matale Thomians for totals of 101 and 72, as the Rajans trounced the visitors by an innings and 194 runs.
The bowlers capitalised on a sterling innings of 205 by vice captain Kavinda Ratnayake on day one.
For the losers, Pandula Udupihilla was exceptional, within two fighting knocks of 45 and 42.
This is a good start by the Rajans who encountered little opposition with either bat or ball; sterner contests surely lie ahead.
Dharmaraja 367-6 decl. in 88.3 overs
St. Thomas’, Matale 101 in 58.2 overs (Pandula Udupihilla 45, Nimesh Jayamaha 12; Deeshan Gunasinghe 4-22, Upulitha Rajapakse 2-13, Ashmita Rajapakse 2-8) and 72 in 29.5 overs (Pandula Udupihilla 42; Ruchira Pupulewatte 4-12, Upulitha Rajapakse 3-1).