Rangana Herath makes grand return

Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League - Tier A Super Eights

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Four matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League – Tier A Super Eights continued around the island today (25th January). 

SSC vs Army SC 

Kaushal Silva’s marathon effort with the bat helped SSC amass 582/9 declared their first innings. Silva infact went on to score a stunning 273, while Kavindu Kulasekara and Sandun Weerakkody made half centuries. 

Re-modified Kaushal Silva takes soldiers on a leather hunt

The second set of Super Eight matches in the Sri Lanka Cricket Premie League – Tier A began around the island

Dushan Vimukthi toiled hard with the ball for the soldiers as he conceded 146 runs before picking up four of the nine wickets to fall. 

He also was the stand out with the bat for Army as he remained unbeaten on 55* while the ambidextrous Tharindu Ratnayake captured two wickets for SSC. 

Sinhalese Sports Club582/9d (141.5) Kaushal Silva 273, Kavindu Kulasekara 94, Sandun Weerakkody 52,, Sachithra Senanayake 42, Krishan Arachchige 23, Dushan Vimukthi 4/146 
vs  
Army Sports Club128/3 (38) Dushan Vimukthi 55*, Tharindu Rathnayake 2/30


Tamil Union vs CCC 

Tharanga Paranavithana hit a superb 215* not out for Tamil Union, but all eyes were on the return of Rangana Herath who first hung around for a while with the bat as Paranavithana completed his double century. This was Herath’s first competitive match since he announced his retirement last year after the England Test in Galle. 

Photos: CCC v Tamil Union – Major Super 8s Tournament 2018/19

Tamil Union would eventually make 405 all-out before the retired Sri Lanka legend Herath opened the bowling with his left arm orthodox spin going on to capture 3/57 in a tidy spell. 

CCC were 121/5 at one stage but recovered to 218/6 at close, thanks to a stunning counter-attacking century from Wanindu Hasaranga who remained unbeaten on 104* at close. 

Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club405 (127.5) Tharanga Paranavitana 215*, Damitha Silva 72, Sachithra Serasinghe 21, Lahiru Madushanka 3/54, Ashan Priyanjan 2/49, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/52 
vs  
Colombo Cricket Club218/6 (52) Wanindu Hasaranga 104*, Rangana Herath 3/57

Colts 4th innings heroics shocks NCC

The first round of Super Eight matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League – Tier A tournament concluded


Chilaw Marians vs Colts 

Chilaw Marians racked up a daunting 560 all-out in their first innings, before reducing Colts to 158/5 at close on day two. 

The Marians skipper Harsha Cooray – resuming on 99* – went on to hit a magnificent 162* earlier in the day with Sangeeth Cooray’s right arm off-spin yielding four wickets for Colts CC. 

Photos: Colts CC Vs Chilaw MCC | Major Super 8s Tournament 2018/19

Hashan Dumindu hit a half century in the Colts reply while Sagar Paresh captured four wickets for the Marians. Priyamal Perera – who has two double centuries this season – was unbeaten on 22* when stumps were drawn. 

Chilaw Marians Cricket Club560 () Harsha Cooray 162*, Oshada Fernando 109, Thikshila de Silva 79, Yashodha Lanka 75, Risith Upamal 33, Pulina Tharanga 23, Sangeeth Cooray 4/105 
vs  
Colombo Colts Cricket Club158/5 (45) Hashan Dumindu 68, Dananjaya Lakshan 32, Priyamal Perera 22*, Sagar Paresh 4/38


NCC vs Saracens 

Half centuries from Pramod Maduwantha, Ashen Bandara and Gamindu Kanishka put Saracens in a commanding position in their encounter against NCC. 

Saracens ended the day on 309/3 after NCC made 253 all-out on the opening day thanks to a fluently century by Mahela Udawatte. 

Photos: Saracens SC vs NCC | Major Super 8s Tournament 2018/19

The left arm pace of Dilesh Gunarathne was the only form of trouble as Saracens went through a very good day of batting, as he captured two of the three wickets to fall. 

Nondescripts Cricket Club253 (87.3) Mahela Udawatte 101, Lahiru Udara 47, Saranga Rajaguru 38, Malinga Amarasinghe 20, Chamikara Edirisinghe 4/82, Mohomed Dilshad 2/25 
vs  
Saracens Sports Club309/3 (91) Pramod Maduwantha 91*, Ashen Bandara 76*, Gamindu Kanishka 81, Andy Solomons 45, Dilesh Gunaratne 2/60