SLC MAJOR LEAGUE TOURNEY TIER ‘A’ SUPER EIGHT
By Srian Obeyesekere
Colombo Cricket Club trounced Ragama CC by an innings and 125 runs at the FTZ Complex, Katunayake on the third and final day of the SLC Premier League Tier ‘A’ Super Eight match.
Ragama CC was never in the game from the very first day having caved in for 132 in reply to CCC’s mammoth 499 for 7 declared. Following on they fared a mite better ending on 242 with Malinda Pushpakumara continuing to wreak havoc claiming 4 for 55 for a match bag of 8 for 90 runs.
BRC force a draw on Dilshan de Zoysa’s unbeaten 105
At the CCC Grounds, BRC held the strong Chilaw Marians to a draw. After being shot out for 87 in the first innings, BRC rallied to stall the Marians, thanks to a gallant unbeaten 105 off 157 balls by Dilshan de Soysa filled with 12 boundaries and 4 sixes. Chilaw Marians who made just 195 in the first innings, came good in the second innings declaring on 385 for 8 on a top score of 150 not out off 243 balls by Kavindu Mendis who struck 13 boundaries and 3 sixes. Kasun Vidura Adikari measured in with 87 off 114 with 8 fours and a six. BRC was set an improbable 494 to win in 80 overs.
Chandimal 129, Dilshan n.o. 116 save Army
The NCC versus Sri Lanka Army encounter ended in a draw with former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal getting into top gear for the Army with a timely 129 off 154 balls inclusive of 15 boundaries and opening batsman Withanage Thulina Dilshan scoring an unbeaten 116 off 188 balls containing 12 boundaries and 2 sixes. Having trailed NCC by 148 runs, the Army made 255 for 3 off 60 overs. Earlier, NCC extended their overnight score of 323 for 6 to 417 for 7 declared with former Sri Lanka opener Mahela Udawatte tuning up with a brisk 57-ball 77 packed with 7 hits to the ropes and 3 sixes.
Saracens stall Colts
Meanwhile, Colts CC must be ruing that they left Saracens SC off the hook having being in total control of the match from the opening day having walloped 408 and dismissed the opposition for 182. Following on Saracens were 106 for 3 at the close which must have left the Colts camp scratching their backs whether the declaration came too late for their bowlers to dismiss the opposition twice.
AT FTZ COMPLEX, KATUNAYAKE: CCC beat Ragama CC by an innings and 125 runs.
CCC 499/7 decl.(Kusal Mendis 139, Minod Bhanuka 88, Wanidu Hasaranga 88, L.D. Madushanka n.o. 57, B. Fernando 4/72)
Ragama CC 132 And 242 58.3 Overs RR: 4.13 (J. Liyanage n.o. 50, Roshen Silva 41, Ishan Jayaratne 35, Saminda Fernando 23, Binura Fernando 29, Malinda Pushpakumara 4/55, Ashan Priyanjan 2/64, Wanidu Hasaranga 2/66).
AT P. SARA STADIUM: Match Drawn
Colts 408/6 decl. (Angelo Mathews 173, Santhush Fernando 100)
Saracens SC 182 (Gamindu Amarasinghe 45) And 106/3 (40 Overs) RR: 2.65 (Sithara Gimhan 27, K,V.N. Nirmal n.o. 32, Gamindu Amarasinghe 23, Akila Dananjaya 2/19)
AT SSC GROUNDS: Match Drawn
SL Army SC 269 (84.1 Overs) RR: 3.19 (Janith A.J.C. Silva 54, Asela Gunaratne 50, Dilesh Gunaratne 5/42, Chathuranga de Silva 3/90). And 255/3 (60 Overs) RR.4.25 (Dinesh Chandimal 129, Withanage Thulina Dilshan 116)
NCC 417/7 decl.(88 Overs) RR: 4.73 (Upul Tharanga 121, Lahiru Udara Igalagamage 105, M.L. Udawatte 77, C. Karunaratne n.o. 30, Angelo Perera 29, Hasitha Boyagoda 15, Sahan Arachchige 25, Niroshan Dickwella 11, Seekuge Prasanna 3/91)
AT CCC GROUNDS: Match Drawn
Chilaw Marians 195 And 385/8 decl. (89.2 Overs) RR: 4.3 (Kavindu Mendis n.o. 150, Kasun Vidura Adikari 87, Shehan Jayasuriya 35, Oshada Fernando 30, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 3/60, D.S. Tillakaratne 2/71).
BRC 87 And 231/8 (80 Overs) RR: 2.88 (Dilshan de Zoysa n.o. 105, Deshan Dias 28, Hashen Ramanayake 20, Shanuka Dulaj Withanawasam 25, W.W.W.L. Lakshan 18, Kamindu Mendis 4/43, S.T. de Silva 2/23, D.H.A.P. Tharanga 2/32).
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-