An exhilarating contest developed at the 87th Battle of the Maroons between rivals Ananda College and Nalanda College at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) grounds today.
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Appearing the favourites, the Anandians won the toss and invited their opponents to take the first lease of the wicket. Confining the opening stand to a mere 14 runs, Thinura Hettiarachchi was sent back to the dressing room on the back of Kavishka Anjula’s pace bowling. Associated in a fruitful partnership with Nimnaka Rathnayake, right-hand batsman Lakshitha Rasanjana chipped in with a useful 35 to build up a solid 64 runs stand for the 2nd wicket before Nimnaka was castled on 44 by Supun Waragoda.
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The subsequent bowling change worked beautifully for the Anandians as the experienced Malinga Amarasinghe of Nalanda outfit was trapped at mid-wicket owing to a mistimed lofted shot against Supun Wijewardhana’s off spin. Contribution of the Nalanda middle order was substandard since they lost two consecutive wickets, that of Kasun Sandaruwan and Suhanga Wijewardhana who faced just one ball.