Two matches in the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League Tier A Tournament continued today (3rd Jan) with Chilaw Marians and Colts ending the day in strong positions against Badureliya and SSC respectively.
Chilaw Marians vs Badureliya
Malinda Pushpakumara added another five wicket haul to his already impressive season, as Badureliya were bowled out for 162 after Chilaw Marians made 371 in their first innings.
Pushpakumara’s wickets tally went up to 32 this season in just his fourth game while another left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya from NCC sits second on the list with 27 wickets.
Pathum Nissanka and Sanjaya Chathuranga were the only batsmen to provide some resistance for Badureliya, as they failed to capitalize on the starts and were eventually bowled out for 162, giving Chilaw the option of enforcing the follow on which they chose not to.
The Marians continued to gain advantage reaching 163/2 at stumps with an overall lead of 372 runs. Kasun Vidura made a fluent 78 runs while the man-in-form Oshada Fernado looked impressive in his unbeaten 58*.
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club – 371 (85.2) Sachithra Serasinghe 103, Pulina Tharanga 70, Isuru Udana 41, Malinda Pushpakumara 31, Kasun Vidura 23, Alankara Asanka 5/74, Dilesh Gunaratne 3/91, Duvindu Tillakaratne 2/80 & 163/2 (36) Kasun Vidura 78, Oshada Fernando 58*
Badureliya Cricket Club – 162 (47.3) Pathum Nissanka 42, Sanjaya Chathuranga 39, Nadeera Nawela 22, Malinda Pushpakumara 5/40
Two matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League Tier A Tournament …………..
Colts vs SSC
SSC were shot out for 200 in their first innings after Colts made 267 runs on the opening day on the back of a Sangeeth Cooray half century.
The star studded SSC batting line up struggled against the left arm orthodox and right arm off spin combination of Prabath Jayasuriya and Dilruwan Perera, as the duo shared seven wickets between them to secure a crucial 67 run first innings lead.
Chamara Kapugedara continued from where he left off in the previous game with another half century while Kaushal Silva made 43 for SSC while the other batsman failed to capitalize after making starts.
The young Colts outfit failed to put a stranglehold on the game as they lost five crucial wickets late in the day to let SSC back into the game and will have to make sure they push their lead to a substantial margin come day three.
Priyamal Perera was unbeaten in 22* at close and he will be a key man of Colts’ chances in the match while Akthab Cader and Sachithra Senanayake picked up two wickets apiece for SSC.
Colombo Colts Cricket Club – 267 (82.3) Sangeeth Cooray 53, Dilruwan Perera 45, Kaveeshka Anjula 37*, Priyamal Perera 32, Avishka Fernando 32, Vishad Randika 21, Nisala Tharaka 20, Akash Senaratne 4/76, Sachithra Senanayake 3/70, Kasun Madushanka 2/53 & 80/5(34) Sangeeth Cooray 23, Priyamal Perera 22*, Akthab Cader 2/13, Sachithra Senanayake 2/22
Sinhalese Sports Club – 200 (59.1) Chamara Kapugedera 61, Kaushal Silva 43, Akash Senaratne 28, Sachithra Senanayake 27, Prabath Jayasuriya 4/63, Dilruwan Perera 3/55, Kaveeshka Anjula 2/31