The 24-team SLC Major T20 Tournament began today with all 24 teams in action on the opening day. Six matches concluded in the morning session and saw one exciting super over finish and a whirlwind century by national discard Sadeera Samarawickrama.
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SSC vs Saracens SC
The Group ‘A’ match which ended in a tie, saw SSC beating the league runners-up Saracens in the super over. Earlier in the day Saracens SC won the toss and restricted SSC for 145 runs at Bloomfield grounds.
SSC captain Dasun Shanaka top-sored with a 48-ball 64 while all-rounder Andy Solomons finished his 4 overs with 3 wickets for just 14 runs. The Saracens run-chase was hit by Jeffrey Vandersay, who is returning from injury, with impressive figures of 2/18 in 4 overs.
Happy to be cleared from injury
Back to business now and to do what I most love doing the most
Thank you to all who helped me out during my injury
For Physio’s for the treatment given to me
For Trainners for pushing me to fitter and for the Massage Therapist #SLC
— Jeffrey Vandersay (@Vandersay) February 15, 2019
From 77/7 in the 13th over, Nipun Karunanayake and Navindu Nirmal put on an unbeaten stand of 68 runs for the 8th wicket to take Saracens close towards victory. However, needing 14 runs in the final over Saracens managed only 13 runs off Nuwan Pradeep’s over with a 6 and a 4 off the last two deliveries by Nirmal.
SSC – 145 (20) Dasun Shanaka 64, Tharindu Ratnayake 25, Andy Solomons 3/14, Saliya Saman 2/17, Raveen Sayer 2/27
Saracens SC – 145/7 (20) Nipun Karunanayake 50*, Navindu Nirmal 37*, Gamindu Kanishka 21, Jeffrey Vandersay 2/18
MATCH TIED (SSC WON THE SUPER OVER)
Colts CC vs Police SC
The Group ‘B’ match played at Moors grounds was all about Sadeera Samarawickrama’s 65-ball century. After being put in to bat first, Colts put up 198 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. The opening stand between Samarawickrama and Avishka Fernando was worth 105 runs and came in just 12 overs.
In reply the cops were all out for 159 runs as Prabath Jayasuriya ripped through their batting line-up with 3 wickets for 15 runs. Akila Dananjaya too picked up a couple of wickets. Manjula Jayawardena top-scored for Police SC with 58 runs as Colts CC won by 39 runs.
Colts CC – 198/4 (20) Sadeera Samarawickrma 100*, Avishka Fernando 63, Jehan Daniel 24, Mahesh Priyadarshana 2/29
Police SC – 159 (20) Manjula Jayawardene 58, Malinga Maligaspe 35, Prabath Jayasuriya 3/15, Akila Dananjaya 2/18, Ravindu Tillakaratne 2/43
COLTS CC WON BY 39 RUNS
Ragama CC vs Navy SC
The sailors registered a good win over Ragama CC chasing down 152 runs after they won the toss and opted to chase. The Navy run chase was inspired by two 40+ scored by Dilan Chandima and Dushan Hemantha. The match went right down to the wire when off-spinner Nishan Peiris was given the responsibility to defend 6 runs in the last over with Navy having 4 wickets in hand.
Wicket-keeper Salitha Fernando guided Navy towards the win as he finished off the game with a boundary in the 3rd delivery of the over.
In bowling for Navy, right-arm fast bowler Sathik Nimalsha grabbed 4 wickets to restrict Ragama for 152. In batting for Ragama, Janith Liyanage top-scored with 55 runs in 39 deliveries. The Group ‘C’ match was played at the Marians Cricket grounds in Katunayake.
Ragama CC – 152 (20) Janith Liyanage 55, Ishan Jayaratne 28, Sathik Nimalsha 4/28, Dilan Chandima 2/15, Tharushan Iddamalgoda 2/24, Sathik Nimalsha 2/25, Charuka Wijelath 2/27
Navy SC – 155/6 (19.3) Dilan Chandima 44, Dushan Hemantha 43, Thushara Madushanka 30, Ishan Jayaratne 2/16
NAVY SC WON BY 4 WICKETS
SL Ports Authority CC vs Air Force SC
Air Force SC after winning the toss were beaten by 18 runs in the Group ‘C’ encounter played at Colts grounds. The 157 made by SL Ports Authority CC was sufficient for them as former Sri Lanka U19 seamers Hashan Vimarshana and Charith Jayampathi shared 6 wickets equally among them to restrict Air Force for 139 runs.
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Opener Yohan Chanuka’s half-century was the highest score for SL Ports Authority as left-arm spinner Umega Chathuranga grabbed 4 wickets for Air Force. Veteran Sampath Perera too contributed with 3 wickets.
In Air Force’s failed run-chase, opener Ravindu Sembukuttige scored a half-century.
SL Ports Authority CC – 157 (20) Yohan Chanuka 62, Gayan Maneeshan 29, Primosh Perera 22, Umega Chathuranga 4/30, Sampath Perera 3/30
Air Force SC – 139 (19.3) Ravindu Sembukuttige 50, Charith Jayampathi 3/26, Hashan Vimarshana 3/26
SL PORTS AUTHORITY CC WON BY 18 RUNS
NCC vs Panadura SC
NCC registered an easy 31-run win over Panadura SC in the Group ‘A’ match played at CCC grounds. Fast bowlers Dilesh Gunaratne and Asitha Fernando picked up 3 wickets each for the defending champions as Sri Lanka limited overs captain Lasith Malinga also picked up 2 wickets for NCC. Interestingly 8 Panadura wickets were taken by fast-bowlers.
NCC being inserted to bat first managed only a modest 142 runs. Mahela Udawatte scored 45 runs batting at 5 while skipper Upul Tharanga scored 33 runs at the top. Sri Lanka Test skipper had another horrid outing as he scored just 1 run.
NCC – 142/6 (20) Mahela Udawatta 45, Upul Tharanga 33, Lahiru Udara 21, Charana Nanayakkara 2/35
Panadura SC – 111 (17.1) Ajith Kumara 36, Mishen Silva 24, Asitha Fernando 3/21, Dilesh Gunaratne 3/28, Lasith Malinga 2/14
NCC WON BY 31 RUNS
Lankan CC vs Badureliya SC
Badureliya registered a convincing win over Lankan CC in the Group ‘D’ encounter played at Army grounds in Panagoda. Lankan CC were bowled out for 125 runs after they were put in to bat first.
‘Podi Malinga’ Nuwan Thushara starred for Badureliya with 3 wickets. In reply Badureliya cruised to the required target in 18.2 overs losing 6 wickets.
Lankan CC – 125/8 (20) Maduranga Zoysa 25, S Kankanange 25, Lahiru Dilshan 21, Nuwan Thushara 3/22, Asanka Silva 2/24
Badureliya CC – 129/6 (18.2)Shiran Rathnayake 24*, Nadeera Nawela 21, Dulanjala Mendis 4/17
BADURELIYA CC WON BY 4 WICKETS