Kandy CC stunned Ragama CC by romping to a 67-run win in a Group A fixture of the SLC Major League Tournament played at Thurstan College grounds yesterday. Set a target of 359 Ragama was bowled out for 293. Meanwhile, NCC defeated Navy SC by 10 wickets in a Group B match played at Welisara while Tamil Union won by 5 wickets in a Group B match at the P. Saravanamuththu Stadium while Police SC overran Colts CC by 6 wickets in a Group A game at Police Park as Colts gamble declaring on 145 for 7 setting their opponents a target of 264 misfired. While Army SC beat Ace Capital CC by 195 in two days at Katunayake, the rest of the matches were drawn.
A feature of the weekend was Ragama CC’s wicket-keeper batsman Nishan Madushka reaching the magical 1000-run mark despite ending on the losing side. Another noteworthy feat was Bloomfield’s Madawa Warnapura striking a defiant unbeaten 123 in a total of 374 for 4 wickets in reply to Chilaw Marians CC’s mammoth score of 552 in the drawn Group B fixture at Bloomfield grounds. Meanwhile, Roshen Silva struck a superb 103 in SSC’s 273 in reply to Moors SC’s 355 in forcing a draw in the Group B drawn match at the SSC grounds.
WINNERS: Group A Kandy Customs 321 & 131 Ragama CC 92 & 293 (Dineth Thimodya 80, Nishan Madushka 70, Saminda Fernando 26, Avishka Tharindu 28, Dulaj Bandara 31, Sahan Arachchige 3/50, Imesh Udayanga 3/89, Nisala Akash 2/34)) Group B Navy SC 129 & 272 (Rashmika Mevan 56, Savin Gunasekera 28, Kavindu Ranasinghe 41, Adeesha Nanayakkara 53, Madura Madushanka 26, Lasith Embuldeniya 2/93, Ashian Daniel 3/87, Asel Sigera 2/21, Sahan Arachchige 2/43) NCC 296 & 108/0 (Lahiru Udara n.o. 53, Kavin Bandara n.o. 53). Group B Tamil Union 375 & 136/5 ((Navod Paranavithana 36, Ron Chandraguptha 25, Kavindu Pathiratne n.o. 25, Sadeera Samarawickrama 13, Pasindu Madushan 2/46, Ashen Silva 1/21, Upul Indrasiri 1/26) Negombo CC 147 & (f) 361 (Jeewaka Sashen 130, Dimuth Sandaruwan 76, Pasindu Madushan 25, Upul Indrasiri 30, Pasindu Lakshan 35, Dilum Sadeera 5/123, Kavindu Fernando 2?82, Raveen de Silva 2/43) Group A Colts CC 342 & 145/7 decl (Hashan Dumindu 72, Vishad Ransika 35, Avishka Perera 21, Nalin Priyadharshana 5/66)-Police SC 224 & 265/4 (Heshan Dhanushka 101, Maduranga Zoysa 55, Dulash Udayanga 28, Chathuranga Kumara 32, Supun Madushanka n.o. 37)