The second round of group stage matches in the SLC U23 Inter-Provincial Two-Day Cricket Tournament 2017 ended today with Western Province North registering an outright victory.
Uva Province vs Western Province North
Resuming on 137/3 Western Province lads went on to take the lead with a blistering century by former youth cap Sammu Ashan who steered them to a formidable 292. S.Gobinath was the pick of the bowlers as he captured 5 wickets for Uva Province. Coming in to bat in the 2nd essay Uva Province once again folded to a disappointing 121 as Western Province North wrapped things up with a commanding win in Hambantota. Off-spinner Nishan Pieris and left-arm spinner Duvindu Thillakarathne impressed with the ball as they shared 9 wickets between them.
Uva Province 163 (45.1) Navindu Nirmal 64, Meedum Dineth 37, Binura Fernando 5/20 & 121 (43.3) Lisula Lakshan 54, Nishan Pieris 5/27, Duvindu Thilakarathne 4/38,
Western Province North 292 (76.5) Sammu Ashan 108, Pathum Nissanka 70, Sahan Arachchige 35, Charana Nanayakkara 33, S Gobinath 5/69.
Result – Western Province North won by innings and 8 runs.
Western Province Central vs Central
Left -hander Ron Chadraguptha missed out on a brilliant century as Central Province took major honours against Western Province Central in a game which was worked off today at CCC grounds. Resuming on 183/1 Central lads went on to post 298 as they comfortably won the 1st innings over much fancied Western Province Central. However Dashing right-hander Sadeera Samarawickrama, Manelkar De Silva and Janith Liyanage stroked half-tons in the 2nd innings as the game ended in a draw.
Western Province Central 249 (53.2) Himasha Liyanage 75, Akeel Inham 53, Mohammed Shiraz 4/55, Lakshan Fernando 4/60 & 226/6 (59) Manilka de Silva 67, Janith Liyanage 59*, Sadeera Samarawickerama 51, Mohammed Shiraz 2/66, Charith Sudaraka 2/70, Lakshan Fernando 2/52
Central Province 298 (77.4) Ron Chandraguptha 99, Thanuka Dabare 70, Janith Liyanage 3/63, Lasith Embuldeniya 2/57, Sahan Nanayakkara 3/58
Result – Match drawn
North Western Province vs North Central Province
After a poor effort in the 1st innings North Western Province fought hard to make 247/9 declared in the 2nd innings with a classy 70 from left -hander Minod Bhanuka and he was ably supported by Rukshan Fernando with a crafty 86 in the game which worked off today at Army Grounds, Panagoda. Chasing 194 to win North Central were in command at 164/4 at a stage with a superb 89 from Dineth Hewathanthri. However, Sachintha Pieris and Tharindu Rathnayake turn the tables with a fighting effort with ball in-hand as the day end up in a thrilling finish at 192/9.
North Western Province 104 (29.1) Sashin Dilranga 20, Helakamal Nanayakkara 5/34, Chandula Weerarathne 3/15 & 247/9 d (54) Rukshan Fernando 86*, Minod Bhanuka 70, Harith Maduwantha 3/50, Chandula Weerarathna 3/32.
North Central Province 158 (57.3) Helakamal Nanayakkara 69, Sachintha Pieris 3/43, Asitha Fernando 3/34 & 192/9 (51) Dineth Hewathanthri 89, Sachintha Pieris 4/61, Tharindu Rathnayaka 3/54.
Result – Match drawn