Here’s a round up of the matches which took place in the Plate Championship of the SLC Premier League Tournament today.
BRC v SL Ports Authority CC
BRC registered a mammoth win by an innings and 382 runs against SL Ports Authority at the Moors grounds today. The final day began with the second innings of SLPA. Their top order faltered yet again and this time it was to the bowling of Vikum Sanjaya who grabbed 4 wickets with the new ball. The only resistance came from late middle order bat Imesh Udayanga who hit some lusty blows to get a quick fire 52. Sanjaya together with Thilakarathne Sampath and Duvindu Tillakaratne, finished the job in the 1st session to give BRC a huge win.
Early on, SLPA managed to post 237 thanks to an unbeaten 136 by Yohan De Silva. In response, BRC posted a mammoth 629 with a special innings by Bhanuka Rajapaksha who got his career best of 268.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC 237 (79.3) Yohan de Silva 137*, Ishan Rangana 38, Maduka Liyanapathiranage 3/49, Duvindu Tillakaratne 2/21 & 145 (28.3) Imesh Udayanga 52, Yohan de Silva 22, Vikum Sanjaya 4/44, TN Sampath 3/34, Duvindu Thilakarathne 3/32
Burgher Recreation Club 629 (92.3) Bhanuka Rajapaksha 268, Rumesh Buddika 91, Raminda Wijesooriya 72, Nimantha Gunasiri 69, Chanaka Komasaru 4/124, Anuk de Alwis 3/139
Badureliya CC v Ragama CC
Lahiru Samarakoon’s century helped Badureliya escape an outright defeat at the hands of Ragama CC at Bloomfield grounds. Badureliya started off the day with 4 runs on board in their first innings, still trailing by 108 runs. Their top order failed once again and they were soon found wanting at 120 for 7, with a slender lead of 8 runs. It was then that Lahiru Samarakoon and Nadeera Nawela got together and put up 145 runs for the 8th wicket. Most importantly the pair managed to eat up 174 balls, which proved vital at the end of play.
Samarakoon reached triple figures in just 71 balls while Nawela played a sedate role for his 60. However, Nishan Peiris was the chief destroyer yet again with 8 for 94 in the second innings to end with match figures of 14 for 182 runs. Badureliya managed to post 295 for their second innings which gave them a lead of 183 runs.
With a fairly unrealistic target ahead of them , Ragama came on to bat in the dying hours of the final day. The opening pair went on their merry way. Janith and Shehan remained unscathed to see off a successful match for Ragama.
Early on, Badureliya was bowled out for 277 runs with Nishan Pieris taking 6 wickets. In reply, Sameera De Soyza’s 150 helped Ragama post 388 for their first innings.
Badureliya Cricket Club 277 (78.5) Pathum Madushanka 76, Denuwan Rajakaruna 44, Sachith Pathirana 42, Salinda Ushan 36, Buddika Sanjeewa 28, Nishan Pieris 6/88, Amila Aponso 3/62 & 295 (58.4) Lahiru Samarakoon 101, Nadeera Nawela 60, Buddika Sanjeewa 26, Sachith Pathirana 23, Nishan Pieris 8/94
Ragama Cricket Club 389 (97.3) Sameera de Zoysa 150, Shehan Fernando 70, Saminda Fernando 31, Janith Liyanage 30, Sanjaya Chaturanga 30, Alankara Asanka 6/84 & 78/0 (17) Shehan Fernando 53*, Janith Liyanage 25
Negombo CC v Moors SC
This match ended in a tame draw with Moors taking first innings points at BRC grounds. Third and final day resumed with Moors at 276 for 8. They only managed to add 16 runs for the last two wickets in the morning.
With a 50-run deficit against them, Negombo came on to bat for their second innings. Their top order fell apart once again which put them in trouble at 4 for 27. It was Prasanna Jayamanne who had to resurrect the innings just like he did in the first. He and Angelo Jayasinghe added 153 runs for the 5th wicket. Jayamanne almost reached twin centuries but missed out by 10 runs when he was dismissed for 90.
Moors got a target of 131 to get in the final few overs. They managed to get 72 runs before the end of play.
Early on, Negombo posted 242 runs with a century from Prasanna Jayamanne. In reply, Anuk Fernando’s century secured first innings points for Moors on the second day.
Negombo Cricket Club 242 (91.4) Prasansana Jayamanne 108, Ashen Silva 41, Angelo Jayasinghe 24* Shehan Jayasuriya 20, Ramesh Mendis 4/52, Chanuka Dilshan 3/33 & 180/5 d (67.3) Prasansana Jayamanne 90, Angelo Jayasinghe 64*, Shiran Fernando 2/21
Moors Sports Club 292 (95.4) Anuk Fernando 100, Ramesh Mendis 63, Lahiru Attanayake 48, Chamara Silva 34, Upul Indrasiri 4/105, Roshen Fernando 2/35, Shehan Jayasuriya 2/78 & 72/2 (9) Ramesh Mendis 36*