The Devans scraped through to a five run first innings lead and then set the stage for an exciting day’s play in their game against Dharmaraja on their grounds.
Sachinta Peiris wrecked the Rajans with his left-arm spinners, grabbing 5-32.Five Devan batsmen made contributions of 20 or more in their second innings to induce a run-chase by their opponents.
The target was 177 but the Rajans powered by another unbeaten half century from Kavinda Ratnayake took up the challenge. They lose wickets in the process and finally fell short by 24 runs.
Maliyadeva 156 and 173 in 59.3 overs (Sachinta Peiris 29, Dilshan Collure 26, Damitha Silva 23, Prabash Keppetipola 20, Lakshan Samaweera 20; Venuka Galahitiyawa 7-60)
Dharmaraja 151 in 48.3 overs (Deshan Gunasinghe 25, Nivantha Herath 26, Kavinda Ratnayake 24, Thanusha Weragoda 28; Sachinta Peiris 5-32, Keshan Wijeratne 2-54, Lakshan Somaweera 2-26, Venuka Galahitiyawa 7-60).