Kandy, Colombo, Mannar, and Kegalle Districts enter semi-finals in the SLC Inter District tournament after winning their respective quarter-finals worked off in various venues around the island today.
Kandy vs Jaffna
Kandy District skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and opted to bat first as they lost 7 wickets for 165 runs, however Chamara Kapugedara and Sachithra Senanayake got together and made an unbeaten stand for the 8th wicket to power Kandy to 273. Kapugedara stroked 111 ball 100 and Senanayake made a brisk 36 ball 53. In reply Jaffna managed only 166 in 27.4 overs as Kandy cruised to 107 run win to qualify to the semi-finals.
Kandy 273/7 (50) Chamara Kapugedara 100*, Sachithra Senanayake 53*, Jeewan Mendis 3/17.
Jaffna 166 (27.4) Ramith Rambukwella 47, Manoj Sarathchandra 27, Kasun Madushanka 3/45.
Result – Kandy won by 107 runs.
Trincomalee vs Mannar
After losing the toss, a strong Mannar outfit piled up 272 in their 50 overs in a District quarter-finals which was worked off today at Panagoda grounds. Lahiru Thirimanna anchored the innings with a brilliant 74 and Janith Liyanage along with Lahiru Milantha made useful cameos to help Mannar District to a formidable total. In response Trincomalee District folded to a hapless 71 as left-arm seamer Chathura Peiris destroyed the Trincomalee batting line up to give Mannar a convincing win.
Mannar 272/9 (50) Lahiru Thirimanne 74, Janith Liyanage 49, Lahiru Milatha 43, Shohan Rangika 3/55.
Trincomalee 71 (18.4) Suminda Lakshan 19, Chathura Peiris 4/23, Udara Jayasundera 3/15.
Result – Mannar won by 201 runs.
Colombo vs Matara
Colombo District batting first was dismissed for a respectable 209 as right-hander Madawa Warnapura stroked 86 runs. Seamer Lahiru Kumara bagged four scalps for the lads from Matara.
Chasing victory, Matara managed to crawl past the century barrier with half their side in the hut when bad light came into play. Colombo was awarded the victory according to the D/L method by 10 runs sending them through to the semi-finals.
Colombo 209 (46.2) Madawa Warnapura 86, Lasith Abeyratne 47, Lahirun Kumara 4/21
Matara 106/5 (20) Sandun Weerakkody 51, Farveez Maharoof 25, Vishwa Fernando 2/18, Ashan Priyanjan 2/21.
Result – Colombo won by 10 runs (D/L method)
Kegalle vs Badulla
Kegalle District batting first was bowled out for a below-par 148 inside 41 overs. Right-hander Hashan Dumindu was the top run getter for the lads from Kegalle in a game which was worked off today at FTZ grounds.
In reply Badulla was dismantled by the Kegalle spin duo Akila Dananjaya and Prabath Jayasuriya as they shared eight wickets to guide Kegalle District comfortably through to the semi-finals.
Kegalle 148 (40.3) Hashan Dumindu 46, Pasindu Lakshanka 31, Seekkuge Prasanna 3/29.
Badulla 73 (20.3) Himasha Liyanage 26, Prabath Jayasuriya 4/8, Akila Dananjaya 4/16.
Result – Kegalle won by 75 runs.