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January 1, 2024
NCC and Army SC register easy wins; SSCs Nipun Dhananjaya brilliant 103 n.o. and Niroshan Dickwella cameo 48 off 24 nudge selectors for recognition

Sri Lanka Cricket

By Srian Obeyesekere

The yearend cricket of the Sri Lanka Cricket Major Clubs 50-Overs Tournament was highlighted by NCC and and Army SC recording wins against BRC and Chilaw Marians CC respectively, while the brilliant century by SSCs Skipper Nipun Dhananjaya against Panadura SC, in a continued reminder to the national selectors for recognition for national duty, highlighted Saturday’s proceedings with four other games ending in no decisions.

NCC crushed BRC by 8 wickets reaching 157 for 2 in just 17 overs in overhauling BRCs 153 off 41.1 overs following a rollicking first wicket partnership of 85 runs between skipper Lhiru Udara 55 off 39 with 9 boundaries and a six and wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella 48 who has been nudging the selectors of his versatility in the one-day format for a big time recall best exemplified by his cameo innings yesterday off only 24 deliveries decked with 9 boundaries and a six.

The 23-year old Nipun Dhananjaya’s undefeated 103 off 122 balls in the left-hand mould was showcased by the stroke play of  13 boundaries in a SSC total of 237  in a rain marred game with Panadura SC replying with 67 for 1 when the rains came down at the SSC Grounds.

Army SC’s 7-wicket win over Chilaw Marians CC in reaching 144 for 3 off 32.4 overs in overhauling their opponents 143 off 40.3 overs revolved around Dinesh Chandimal’s fine 61 off 75 inclusive of 6 boundaries and a six while Asela Gunaratne remained unbeaten on 35 after Rashmika Siriwardhana’s 3 for 35 set up the victory.

 

CHIEF SCORES:

Burgher Recreation Club – 153 (41.1) (Dulash Udayanga 52, Umeshka Morais 38*, Murvin Abinash 20, Matheesha Pathirana 3/36, Sampath Nishshanka 3/38, Lasith Embuldeniya 2/42)

Nondescripts Cricket Club – 157/2 (17) (Lahiru Udara 55, Niroshan Dickwella 48, Kamil Mishara 29*, Ahan Wickramasinghe 22*)

Result – NCC won by 8 wickets

Chilaw Marians Cricket Club – 143 (40.3) (Kasun Vidura 31, Raveen Yasas 29*, Thikshila de Silva 23, Rashmika Siriwardhana 3/35, Shehada Zoysa 2/20, Kaumal Nanayakkara 2/37)

Sri Lanka Army Sports Club – 144/3 (32.4) (Dinesh Chandimal 61, Asela Gunaratne 35*)

Result – Army SC won by 7 wickets

Colts Cricket Club – 121 (38) (Angelo Mathews 39, Muditha Lakshan 29*, Dhananjaya Lakshan 26, Dileepa Jayalath 3/15, Danal Hemananda 3/24, Nalin Priyadarshana 2/44)

Police Sports Club – 65/2 (10.3) (Chathuranga Jayathilake 29)

No Result

Moors Sports Club – 171/8 (40) (Kavindu Kulasekara 61, Ramesh Mendis 53*, Mohammed Shamaaz 20, Isitha Wijesundara 3/40, Tharindu Rathnayake 2/27)

Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club – 10/0 (4.1)

No Result  

Colombo Cricket Club – 253 (48.4) (Nimesha Gunasinghe 61, Sonal Dinusha 53, Anjala Bandara 36, Chamindu Wijesinghe 36, Wanindu Hasaranga 24, Lasanda Rukmal 3/43, Movin Subasingha 3/45, Praveen de Silva 3/53)

Air Force Sports Club – 68/4 (18.3) (Wanindu Hasaranga 2/22)

No Result  

Sinhalese Sports Club – 237/6 (47) (Nipun Dhananjaya 103*, Krishan Sanjula 41, Sadisha Rajapaksa 29, Dinura Kalupahana 23*, Rajeewa Weerasinghe 2/34, Traveen Mathew 2/43

Panadura Sports Club – 67/1 (12) Vishen Halambage 30)

No Result   

Badureliya Sports Club – 101/9 (36) (Anuk Fernando 66*, Chalana de Silva 4/16, Lahiru Gamage 2/14, Rahul Gunasekara 2/23)

Nugegoda Sports & Welfare Club – 65/6 (18) (Chalana de Silva 24, Alankara Asanka 3/20, Sasanka Nirmal 2/7)

No Result   

 

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