Legends of Richmond had the better of Royal Masters to win this traditional Masters 30 over Cricket encounter by 100 runs which was played recently at the Army grounds, Mattegoda.
Royal Masters winning the toss and inviting Legends of Richmond to take first lease, openers Asoka Sirimanne and Lasantha de Silva got the score ticking from the start with a fine partnership of 57 runs. Asoka Sirimanne continued to score a gallant 78 runs runs and also Nishantha Mendis too making a solid half century and the other batters C.k.Hewamanna, Dilshan Amarasinghe and Asitha de Silva reaching double figures helped them to pass the 200 run mark.
Royal Masters chasing this challenging total lost three early wickets, but Nalliah Devarajan and Pujitha Gunawardena, the pair together added 50 runs for the fourth wicket and with the dismissal of Pujitha Gunawardena the run rate slowed down , Nuwan Perera coming down all the way from Saudi Arabia got to double figures along with Gihan Shiromal, but Nalliah Devarajan stood firmly till the end of the game with a well compiled 60 runs not out which was in vain.
Legends of Richmond – 225/7 in 30 overs (Asoka Sirimanne 78, Lasantha de Silva 10, C.k. Hewamanna 13, Nishantha Mendis 54, Dilshan Amarasinghe 17, Asitha de Silva 32, Shezard Nizar 2/40)
Royal Masters – 125/ 9 in 30 overs (Nalliah Devarajan 60 not out, Nuwan Perera 14, Pujitha Gunawardena 24, Gihan Shiromal 10, Prasanna Ramanayake 3/30 , Prasad Abeysundera 2/0)