The first round of Super Eight matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League – Tier A tournament concluded today (20), with Colts, Tamil Union and CCC recording outright victories.
NCC vs Colts
In what ended as probably the game of the season so far, Colts Cricket Club toppled the mighty NCC unit as they chased down 356 runs on the final day for victory.
NCC declared on their overnight score of 402/9, as the Colts opener Sangeeth Cooray and Hashan Dumindu were stubborn in defence to make sure Colts got a good start.
The duo in fact batted over 50 overs in a stand worth 146 runs to give Colts the license to go after the stiff target before both batsmen fell after making half centuries.
Vishad Randika’s half century along with Jehan Daniel’s cameo (33) started Colts’ charge towards victory, before Priyamal Perera who is having a dream season – scoring two double centuries already – guided them home in mandatory overs.
Colts reached their target of 356 in the 95th over of the day with four wickets to spare, as Priyamal remained unbeaten on 87* off just 83 balls.
Nondescripts Cricket Club251 (56.1) Lahiru Udara 85, Nimesha Gunasinghe 44, Pathum Nissanka 35, Malinga Amarasinghe 25, Saranga Rajaguru 23, Akila Dananjaya 5/72, Jehan Daniel 2/46 & 402/9 (108) Malinga Amarasinghe 107*, Saranga Rajaguru 78, Hasitha Boyagoda 66, Mahela Udawatta 48, Sangeeth Cooray 4/111, Akila Dananjaya 2/103
Colombo Colts Cricket Club298 (111.2) Jehan Daniel 67, Nishan Madushka 67, Priyamal Perera 51, Akila Dananjaya 37, Nisala Tharaka 27, Sachintha Peiris 4/87, Lasith Embuldeniya 4/101 & 356/6 (94.1) Sangeeth Cooray 88, Priyamal Perera 87*, Hashan Dumindu 58, Vishad Randika 58, Jehan Daniel 33, NImesh Gunasinghe 4/57, Sachintha Pieris 2/104
SSC vs Tamil Union
Sachithra Serasinghe’s brilliant all-round show guided Tamil Union to a resounding 8 wicket victory over a much fancied SSC unit.
Serasinghe who hit a stunning double century earlier in the match, produced a five wicket haul with his canny off-spin to bowl out SSC for 304 in their second innings.
Tamil Union who were left with 90 to win, raced to the target in just the 11th over with 8 wickets to spare as Lahiru Milantha hit a quick-fire 43.
Sinhalese Sports Club321 (86.1) Kaushal Silva 65, Dammika Prasad 50, Krishan Arachchige 48, Sachithra Senanayake 47, Kavindu Kulasekara 32, Sandun Weerakkody 26, Chamara Kapugedara 22, Ramith Rambukwella 5/89, Damitha Silva 3/33 & 304 (88.2) Sandun Weerakkody 68, Krishan Arachchige 54, Kaushal Silva 46, Akash Senarathna 43, Sachithra Serasinghe 5/48, Shehan Madushanka 3/107, Ramith Rambukwella 2/60
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club536 (133.3) Sachithra Serasinghe 204, Ramith Rambukwella 124, Lahiru Milantha 56, Tharanga Paranavitana 47, Yohan Mendis 35, Akash Senarathne 4/73 Kasun Madushanka 2/82, Tharindu Rathnayake 2/115 & 90/2 (11.3) Lahiru Milantha 43, Sachithra Serasinghe 25
Saracens vs Chilaw Marians
A quality century from Oshada Fernando – who also hit a half century in the first innings – made sure Saracens had to be satisfied just with first innings points in their encounter against Chilaw Marians.
The Marians who were asked to follow-on with a deficit of 212, went on to make 312 all-out with Risith Upamal also chipping in with a half century.
Saracens Sports Club524 (165.1) Pramod Maduwantha 217, Gamindu Kanishka 109, Nipun Karunanayake 80, Hareen Weerasingha 29, Navindu Vithanage 23, Nimesh Vimukthi 4/92, Sagar Paresh 4/129, Chathuranga Kumara 2/84
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club312 (87.5)Yashodha Lanka 109, Oshada Fernando 65, Nimesh Vimukthi 51, Hareen Weerasinghe 5/90, Mohammed Dilshad 2/59, Chamikara Edirisinghe 2/102 & F/O 329 (98) Oshada Fernando 105, Risith Upamal 72, Pulina Tharanga 37, Nimesh Vimukthi 32, Mohomed Dilshad 2/25, Chamikara Edirisinghe 3/115, Gamindu Kanishka 2/37, Hareen Weerasinghe 2/104
Army vs CCC
Malinda Pushpakumara’s match bag of nine wickets set up CCC’s convincing six wicket win over Army Sports Club.
Army who resumed day four on 133/2, could muster only 306 to leave CCC 138 runs for an outright win. Sanjika Ridma and Himasha Liyanage made half centuries for the soldiers in their batting effort.
CCC went through a couple of nervous moment in the run chase with Nuwan Liyanapathirana picking out two early wickets, but a composed unbeaten 60* from Wanindu Hasaranga made sure CCC cruised home with six wickets to spare.
Army Cricket Club295 (105.3) Lakshan Edirisinghe 61, Himasha Liyanage 44, Dilshan De Soysa 40, Nuwan Liyanapathirana 33, Sanjika Ridma 27, Yasoda Mendis 26, Kasun De Silva 20, Malinda Pushpakumara 6/107, Lahiru Madushanka 2/32 & 306 (91.2) Himasha Liyanage 72, Sanjika Ridma 61, Lakshan Edirisinghe 42, Dushan Vimukthi 39, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/113, Wanindu Hasaranga 3/40, Lahiru Gamage 2/40
Colombo Cricket Club464 (123.5) Ashan Priyanjan 180, Wanindu Hasaranga 97, Sonal Dinusha 40, Madawa Warnapura 32, Dushan Vimukthi 6/135. Ruchira Tharindra 2/123 & 143/4 (24.3) Wanindu Hasaranga 60*, Madawa Warnapura 31*, Nuwan Liyanapathirana 2/28