Six matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) Premier League began around the island today(7)
Colts vs CCC
Vishad Randika’s fighting half century guided Colts towards a respectable 225 all-out on the opening day of their encounter against CCC.
Nisala Tharaka’s 26 was the second top score as Colts struggled right throughout bar Randika’s 68 runs.
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Fresh from a decent series against the visiting Englishmen, Malinda Pushpakumara got back to what he does best as he captured 6/85 with his left arm spin. Ashan Priyanjan – who continues to improve as an all-rounder – also chipped in with two vital scalps.
CCC made a steady reply as they reached 29/0 when stumps were drawn, trailing Colts by just 196 runs.
Colombo Colts Cricket Club225 (87.3) Vishad Randika 68, Nisala Tharaka 26, Dhananjaya Lakshan 24, Akila Dhananjaya 23* Hashan Dumindu 23, Malinda Pushpakumara 6/85 Ashan Priyanjan 2/25
Colombo Cricket Club29/0 (6)
NCC vs Tamil Union
NCC who were looking down the barrel for a second consecutive week, was pulled out of the woods once again by their crisis man Angelo Perera who hit a stunning 124.
His knock included 7 fours and 2 sixes as NCC made 296 all-out after being 177/7 at one stage.
Lahiru Udara, Upul Tharanga and Malinga Amarasinghe made useful 30s to help NCC towards respectability before Tamil Union got to stumps at 18/1 in reply.
Nondescripts Cricket Club296 (83.2) Angelo Perera 124, Lahiru Udara 38, Upul Tharanga 37, Malinga Amarasinghe 37, Mahela Udawatte 21, Sachithra Serasinghe 3/64, Lahiru Milantha 2/17, Sadeesh Pathiranage 2/54
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club18/1 (4)
Army vs Ports Authority
Dushan Vimukthi’s 136* not out was the highlight in the encounter between Army SC and Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Lakshan Edirisinghe also hit a superb 81 as Army reached 285/5 at stumps on the opening day.
Left arm quick Chaminda Bandara – who made a couple of appearances for Sri Lanka – bowled best for Ports Authority capturing 4/51.
Army Cricket Club285/5 (88) Dushan Vimukthi 136*, Lakshan Edirisinghe 81, Dilshan de Soysa 36, Chaminda Bandara 4/51
Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC
Saracens vs SSC
Half centuries from Gamindu Kanishka and Saliya Saman put Saracens on top in their match against Sinhalese Sports Club.
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Tharindu Ratnayake was along the wickets again for SSC capturing 3/57 as Saracens made 293 all-out.
Sachitra Senanayake and Kasun Madusanka also picked up two wickets apiece for SSC.
Saracens Sports Club293 (88.1) Gamindu Kanishka 95, Saliya Saman 81, Milinda Siriwardana 24, Nipun Karunanayake 23, Tharindu Ratnayake 3/57, Sachithra Senanayake 2/48, Kasun Madushanka 2/53
Sinhalese Sports Club
Chilaw Marians vs Ragama CC
Oshada Fernando hit a splendid century while he got good company from skipper Harsha Cooray as Chilaw Marians looked set for a big score on the opening day.
After the dismissals of the Cooray for 95, Chilaw crashed to 281 all-out.
It was Ragama CC’s left arm spin twins who did the damage, as Amila Aponso and Sahan Nanayakkara shared 9 wickets among them.
Ragama CC made a bold reply of 70/2 with Janith Liyanage making 31 runs.
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club281 (60.1)Oshada Fernando 100, Harsha Cooray 95, Yasoda Lanka 25, Amila Aponso 5/86, Sahan Nanayakkare 4/45
Ragama Cricket Club70/2 (27) Janith Liyanage 31, Sanjaya Chathuranga 27, Nimesh Vimukthi 2/19
BRC vs Negombo CC
Hashen Ramanayake made a precious half century to guide BRC to 221 all-out, following in from his brilliant century last week.
Deshan Dias also hit 42 runs but the BRC outfit struggled against an experienced spin quartet of Negombo CC.
It was headed by Sri Lanka all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya who captured four wickets, while Upul Indrasiri picked up 3/49.
Negombo CC – promoted from tier B – made a statement with their reply as they ended the day on 82/0. Jayasuriya starred once again remaining unbeaten on 47* while former Sri Lanka U19 cap Lasith Croospulle was unbeaten on 33*.
Burgher Recreation Club221 (72.4) Hashen Ramanayake 66, Deshan Dias 42, Raminda Wijesooriya 30, Duvindu Tillakaratne 20*, Sheahan Jayasuriya 4/56, Upul Indrasiri 3/49
Negombo Cricket Club82/0 (15) Shehan Jayasuriya 47*, Lasith Croosepulle 33*