By Chris Dhambarage
S. Thomas’ College missed out on a great chance of pulling off an outright victory as bad weather intervened to their 138th Battle of the Blues Inter-Schools Big Match against the traditional rivals Royal College which ended in a draw at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Saturday (11).
Even then, the Thomians will be really disappointed with the final result as they were within a chance of forcing a result and were well set to avenge their last year’s Big Match defeat at the same venue.
In fact, Royal were struggling at 154 for eight in their second innings when bad light halted play early with an overall lead of just 52 runs and two wickets in hand.
Royal’s hero in the second innings was their middle order batsman Thevindu Senaratne who held the batting together after they had collapsed to 61 for five at one stage.
Senaratne together with Ahan Sachintha frustrated the Thomian bowlers with some stubborn batting as the pair rescued Royal from disaster while adding a valuable 68 runs for the sixth wicket.
Trevin Eriyagama did the early damage while claiming three quick wickets but the Thomians were not able to add the finishing touches as the Royal tailenders held on determinedly to force a draw.
Earlier, S. Thomas’ took their first innings total past the 350-run mark following some splendid batting from their top order.
Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma (92) and opening batsman Ravindu Kodituwakku (98) both missed out on scoring Big Match hundreds while wicket-keeper batsman Sithara Hapuhinna(59) smashed a half century to extend their lead.