Off-spinner Supun Waragoda’s seven-wicket haul (4 for 13 and 3 for 28) for Ananda College was the highlight of the final day in the 87th annual Battle of the Maroons cricket encounter against Nalanda which ended in a tame draw at the SSC grounds yesterday.
Ananda continuing from their overnight first innings total of 55 for 1 in reply to Nalanda’s first innings of 197 declared at 216 runs for four wickets, with a lead of 19 runs. Opener Rahal Avishka made a flying start racing to 84 off 127 balls with 13 fours but fell 16 short of scoring a hundred when he was stumped by Sandaruwan off Kavindu Bandara. Ashel Sigera (41 n.o. with 6 fours) and Kavishka Anjula (44 n.o. with 6 fours and a six) shared an unbroken 61-run stand for the sixth wicket before the declaration. Nalanda in their second innings struggled to 106 for six wickets of which Suhange Wijewardane contributed a fighting unbeaten 40 off 85 balls (3 fours) to stall the Anandians from running through their batting a second time. Waragada with three wickets and a match bag of seven wickets was adjudged the man of the match.