Lasith Croospulle and Salinda Ushan slam brilliant centuries


It was a batting day in the Plate Championship of SLC Premier League, which kicked off today (18th January) Friday. 

Negombo CC v Ragama CC

Lasith Croospulle’s 157 helped Negombo CC end day one with their noses ahead in their match against Ragama CC at Katunayake. Ragama CC skipper Amila Aponso won the toss and elected to field first. After the early wicket of Shiha Dilasiri Lokubandara, Lasith Croospulle and Ashen Silva put together a century stand for the 2nd wicket. Silva missed out on a half-century but Lasith pushed on and made a brilliant 157. His innings was supported by Prasansana Jayamanne who remained unbeaten on 63 at stumps on day 1.

Negombo Cricket Club 312/3 (90) Lasith Croospulle 157, Prasansana Jayamanne 63*, Ashen Silva 46, Angelo Jayasinghe 21*

SL Ports Authority  CC v Badureliya CC

Badureliya were 338 for 7 at stumps on day one in their match against SL Ports Authority in Colombo today. Sri Lanka Ports Authority won the toss and put Badureliya in on a dry surface. Skipper Alankara Asalanka fell cheaply and he was shortly followed by Nuwanidu Fernando and Nadeera Nawela which put Badureliya at 90 for 3.

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However, opening batsman and former Isipathana College captain Saalinda Ushan hung on and got together with the former Zimbabwean skipper Tatenda Taibu to post a 97 run stand for the 4th wicket. Ushan scored a sensible hundred while Taibu missed out on a half-century.

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Later on in the day, the lower middle order with the likes of Denuwan Rajakaruna and Kosala Kulasekara pushed Badureliya over 300 runs before stumps.

Badureliya Cricket Club 338/7 (91) Salinda Ushan 103, Denuwan Rajakaruna 88*, Tatenda Taibu 45, Kosala Kulasekara 29*, Sachith Pathirana 23, Imesh Udayanga 4/106, Chanaka Komasaru 2/116

Moors SC v Burgher Recreation Club

Moors SC were bowled out in the first innings for 321 in their match against BRC at Bloomfield grounds today. BRC won the elected to field first. Apart from Pabasara Waduge, Moors top order fell apart against the bowling of Mohammed Shiraz, Tilakarathne Sampath and Hashane Ramanayake.

However, the middle order strung together a few cameos around veteran Chamara Silva who stroked a valuable 81.

At stumps on day 1, BRC were 47 for 1 in their first innings.

Moors Sports Club 321 (75.5) Chamara Silva 81, Pabasara Waduge 68, Anuk Fernando 53, Lahiru Attanayake 45, Charitha Kumarasinghe 21, Duvindu Tillakaratne 3/41, Tillakaratne Sampath 3/93, Mohamed Shiraz 2/85

Burgher Recreation Club 47/1 (12)