Mobitel keeps semi-final hopes alive with bonus point win


Two matches of the 01st Fair & Lovely Men – MCA “B” Division 50 Over League Tournament 2017/2018 were worked off today(3). 

Mobitel vs Unilever Sri Lanka 

Unilever Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to have a bat first in their penultimate League game at the Moors ground in Colombo.

None of their batsmen managed to cope with the pace of Lahiru Samarakoon who picked up three wickets, while spinners Koshan Danushka and Lakshan Jayasinghe also chipped in with two wickets apiece for Mobitel as Unilever were bowled out for 105.

Mobitel who had won just 1 game out of 5 had to make sure they secured a bonus point to keep their semi-final hopes alive, and did their credentials no harm racing to the target in just 14 overs.

Supeshala Jayathilaka made a quick-fire unbeaten 35* while Eranga Ratnayake remained unbeaten on 33* when Mobitel reached the victory target securing the bonus point. Yomesh Ranasinghe captured two wickets for Unilever Sri Lanka.

Mobitel will now have to wait and hope Unilever Sri Lanka beat Commercial Credit ‘B’ in their final League game scheduled for tomorrow, to make sure they qualify for the semi-finals as the 4th team with MAS Silueta, JKH ‘B’  and Powertek Cement already qualified for the semi-finals.

Unilever Sri Lanka 105 (29) Lahiru Samarakoon 3/28, Lakshan Jayasingha 2/10, Koshan Danushka 2/18

Mobitel 106/3 (14) Supeshala Jayathilaka 35*, Eranga Rathnayaka 33*, Yomesh Ranasinghe 2/26

John Keells Holdings ‘B’ vs Commercial Credit ‘B’

JKH ‘B’ recorded their third consecutive win of the tournament when they overcame Commercial Credit ‘B’ by 31 runs at the BRC grounds in Colombo.

JKH threw away a solid start to be bowled out for 209 inside 43 overs with the opposition bowlers raising their game in the second part of their innings. Danoj De Silva, Sanitha De Mel, Anura Dias and Suranga Salinda all shared two wickets apiece for Commercial Credit while Ravindu Kodithuwakku hit his first half century of the tournament for JKH.

Commercial Credit fell behind the required rate with regular loss of wickets in their run chase before former Sri Lanka U19 skipper Sanitha De Mel struck a few lusty blows to keep their hopes alive. He eventually fell to Nuwan Thushara looking for a big shot for a well made 47, while Thushara bowled brilliantly once again to capture three wickets as Commercial Credit ‘B’ were bowled out for 178.

John Keells Holdings (B) 209 (43) Ravindu Kodithuwakku 50, Ashen Peiris 44, Danoj De Silva 2/37, Sanitha De Mel 2/37, Anura Dias 2/38, Suranga Salinda 2/47

Commercial Credit (B) 178 (47.2) Sanitha De Mel 47, Akeel Inham 28, Ranga Cooray 27, Anura Dias 27, Nuwan Thushara 3/40, Tharindu Rathnayake 2/43