Sevens group stage matches were conducted today (19th March) in the SLC Inter-District Limited Overs Tournament 2017.
Kegalle vs Kurunegala
Kusal Janith Perera blasted his second century in the tournament as Kegalle District annihilated Kurunegala District by 8 wickets at Colts grounds.
On Wednesday, Kusal Janith made an unbeaten 161 against Puttlam District in the season opener and this time around he fell for just 105 runs in chase of 170 runs. Young Avishka Fernando gave able support with a fine, unbeaten 47.
Earlier, off-spinner Akila Dhananjaya and seamer Mohommad Shiraz grabbed 3 wickets apiece to dismantle Kurunegala to 169.
Kurunegala – 169 all out in 34.4 overs: Anurudda Rajapakse 27, Mithun Jayawickrma 29, Danushka Dharamasiri 29, Akila Dhananjaya 3/12, Mohommad Shiraz 3/24
Kegalle – 173/2 in 20.3 overs: Kusal Janith Perera 105, Avishka Fernando 47*.
Hambanthota vs Galle
Yashoda Lanka sizzled his way to a stunning, unbeaten 143 as Galle District trounced Hambanthota District by 6 wickets in their game played at Surrey Village grounds.
After restricting their opponents to 232, Galle cruised through the target as Lanka cracked 18 fours and 4 sixes during his 96-ball knock.
Hambanthota – 232/9 in 50 overs: Pathum Nissanka 60, Shenal De Silva 52*, Damindu Ashan 36, Roshan Jayatissa 2/33, Lakshan Jayasinghe 3/38, Chalana De Silva 3/23.
Galle – 233/4 in 34 overs: Yashoda Lanka 143*, Shalika Karunanayake 42, Ruchira Silva 2/49.
Nuwara Eliya vs Matale
Ruvindu Gunasekara cracked his maiden ton on Lankan soil as Nuwara Eliya District defeated Matale District by 27 runs at Welisara Navy grounds.
After opting to bat first, Nuwara Eliya made a staggering 314 runs on the scoreboard with Gunasekara slamming 8 fours and 6 sixes during his excellent 121-ball 107. Left-handed Primosh Perera made a cracking 71 as well. In reply, Matale District fell short of the target despite Madura Madushanka’s unbeaten century.
Nuwara Eliya – 314/9 in 50 overs: Ruvindu Gunasekara 107, Pabasara Waduge 30, Primosh Perera 71, Kosala Kulasekara 22, Sandaken Pathirana 44, Amith Eranda 4/56, Sameera Sandamal 2/36.
Matale – 287/8 in 50 overs: Amith Eranda 35, Madura Madushanka 107*, Kusal Edirisuriya 61, Ruvindu Gunasekara 2/47, Sachithra Perera 4/40.
Ratnapura vs Monaragala
Ratnapura District registered their first win in the tournament beating Monaragala District by 29 runs in their game at NCC grounds,
Monaragala District skipper Chaminda Bandara won the toss and elected to field. Left-arm seamer led from the front taking 4 wickets to restrict Ratnapura to 231. Monaragala faltered in their chase as they were bundled out for just 202 runs. Skipper Rajeewa Weerasinghe and left-arm spinner Naveen Kavikara grabbed 3 wickets apiece for the winners.
Ratnapura – 231 all out in 47.1 overs: Maduranga Soysa 32, Chanaka Ruwansiri 35, Sajith Dissanayake 64, Charith Fernando 29, Chaminda Bandara 4/65, Chalanaka Weerasinghe 2/37, Ryan Kern 2/28.
Monaragala – 202 all out in 47.3 overs: Gihan Rupasinghe 23, Yohan De Silva 38, Ishan Rangana 21, Prashan Wickramasinghe 20, Gayan Maneeshan 22, Chaminda Bandara 23, Naveen Kavikara 3/39, Rajeewa Weerasinghe 3/34.
Trincomalee vs Batticaloa
Trinicomalee District recorded a thrilling one-wicket win over Batticaloa District in their match worked out at BRC grounds.
After opting to bat first, Batticaloa managed only 178 runs. Skipper Harsha Vithana top scored for the hosts while Buddhika Sandaruwan grabbed 3 wickets for Trincomalee district. In reply, Trincomalee District Captain Roscoe Thattil made a fighting 43 but it was Sohan Rangika who made a vital, unbeaten 23 to take Trincomalee District over the winning line.
Batticaloa – 178 all out in 47.4 overs: Harsha Vithana 59*, Rumesh Buddhika 39, Vikum Sanjaya 28, Buddhika Sandaruwan 3/32, Janaka Peiris 2/28.
Trincomalee – 184/9 in 43.3 overs: Roscoe Thattil 43, Dimuth Warapitiya 25, Sohan Rangika 23*, Dinuk Hettiarachchi 3/39, Andy Solomons 2/26, TM Sampath 2/36.
Kilinochchi vs Vauniya
Skipper Harsha Cooray’s unbeaten century guided Kilinochchi District to a comfortable 9-wicket win over Vauniya District at Army Grounds in Panagoda.
After opting to bowl first, Sri Lankan seamer Kasun Rajitha grabbed 3 wickets while off-spinning duo, Kaushalya Gajasinghe and Suraj Randiv took 2 wickets apiece to keep Vauniya to 173. Cooray then made 8 fours and 4 sixes during his 96-ball 108 to secure the win.
Vauniya – 173 all out in 40.4 overs: Samith Dushantha 40, Asel Aluthge 40, Dinusha Fernando 32, Kasun Rajitha 3/44, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 2/24, Suraj Randiv 2/40.
Kilinochchi – 174/1 in 34.4 overs: Harsha Cooray 108*, Sangeeth Cooray 58*
Gampaha vs Kalutara
Kalutara District managed to defeat Gampaha District by 4 wickets in their game at CCC grounds.
Experienced Hasantha Fernando and youngster Madawa Nimesh made fighting half-centuries after Manjula Guruge and Mishen Silva grabbed four wickets apiece for the winners.
Gampaha – 168 all out 47.2 overs: Rukshan Weerasinghe 88, Lahiru Wickramasinghe 23, Manjula Guruge 4/24, Mishen Silva 4/18.
Kalutara – 169/6 in 39 overs: Hasantha Fernando 53, Madawa Nimesh 53, Thanura Fernando 3/32, Kalhan Sinrth 2/27.