Big knocks from Dharmaraja’s consistent pair – Gihan Vitharana andBhavantha Udangamuwe – formed the spring - board for a big 120 run winover Vidyartha at the Police grounds, in their under 17 match.
Udangamuwe, who has been in terrific form, made 82 with eight foursand four sixes. Vitharana’s top score of 91 contained seven fours andtwo sixes. The opening stand was worth 118.
Skipper Nivantha Herath then partnered Vitharana and added 101 for thesecond wicket.
Skipper Ravishka Upananda had the best figures of 3-35.
Vidyartha batted the 50 overs but ended up 120 runs short of thevisitors’ score. Nimesh Senanayake performed decently with bat andball.
With this win, the Rajans have made sure of a berth in the next round.St. Mary’s Kegalle and Trinity are similarly placed.
Dharmaraja 292 in 49.4 overs (Bhavantha Udangamuwe 82, Gihan Vitharana91, Nivantha Herath 37, Lakshita Weerasinghe 19, Gayantha Ratnayake12, Ravishka Upananda 3-35, Gihan Jayasekera 2-49, Pulina Gunatilleka2-46, Nimesh Senanayake 2-45)
Vidyartha 172-9 in 50 overs (Aravinda Attanayake 49, Nimesh Senanayake23 Chaturanga Ratnayake 21, Ravishka Upananda 19, Gayath Hewavitharana2-10)