6 matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League continued around the island today (1).
SSC vs CCC
The clash of the Colombo 7 neighbors turned out to be a nail-biter with the ambidextrous Tharindu Ratnayake making sure SSC went ahead on first innings with a stunning spell of spin bowling.
More familiar as ‘Daetha’ (bowling with both arms) among the club circuit, Ratnayake spun a web around a strong top and middle order of CCC with 7/75, before the returning Nuwan Pradeep secured the win when he had last man Vishwa Fernando caught behind with CCC 4 runs short of SSC’s 229 in the first innings.
For CCC, Lasith Abeyratne fought a lone battle making 92 but failed to guide his team to victory, as they lost their last four wickets for just 13 runs.
SSC batting a second time around ended the day on 92/3 and will go into the final day with a vital 96 run lead.
Sinhalese Sports Club 229 (63) : Kaushal Silva 41, Sadun Weerakdoy 35, Sachithra Senanyaka 32, Dhanushka Gunathilaka 23, Sammu Ashan 22, Tharindu Ratnayake 20, Lakshan Sandakan 6/58, Lahiru Gamage 2/27 & 92/3
Colombo Cricket Club 225 : Lasith Abeyratne 92, Tharindu Ratnayake 7/75, Nuwan Pradeep 2/30
Saracens vs Colts
Youngster Ashen Bandara’s stunning century was the highlight on day two of the clash between Saracens SC and Colts Cricket Club.
Experienced all-rounder Saliya Saman gave him good company making 79, while Kavishka Anjula impressed picking up 3/68 for Colts.
Colts were in a spot of bother at 133/5 when stumps were drawn, but a composed unbeaten 56* from Sadeera Samarawickrama – who has been named in Sri Lanka’s touring pretty to New Zealand – kept them in the hung going into day 3.
Saracens Sports Club 316 : Milinda Siriwarda 70, Ashen Bandara 106, Saliya Saman 79, Kavishka Anjula 3/68
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 133/5 : Sadeera Samarawickrama 56*, Kasun Rajitha 2/40
NCC vs Ragama CC
Angelo Perera hit a magnificent century to pull NCC out of the woods and guide them to a respectable 272 on day two of their encounter against Ragama CC.
His knock of 123 was the only substantial score of the NCC innings, but the focus was on Ragama CC’s new opener Lahiru Thirimanne – who will most likely open the batting in New Zealand for Sri Lanka- who made a composed half century to set a good platform for the visitors.
Nondescripts Cricket Club 272 : Angelo Perera 123, C Karunarathna 38, K N Peiris 2/62, Ishan Jayaratne 4/73, Amila Aponso 3/93
Ragama Cricket Club 168/5 : Lahiru Thirimanne 53, Sachintha Pieris 2/60
Moors vs SLPA CC
Chamara Silva’s 87 put Moors SC on top on day two of their encounter against Sri Lanka Port Authority.
SLPA were in all sorts of trouble as the Moors spinners had them at 93/6 at close.
Left arm orthodox bowler Malith De Silva and the discarded Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal captured two wickets apiece.
Moors Sports 320 : Chamara Silva 87, Irosh Samarasooriya 51, K M C Bandara 4/82, Chanaka Komasaru 3/105
Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC 93/6 : Malith De Silva 2/23, Tharindu Kaushal 2/24
BRC vs Baduraliya
BRC put up a masterclass in batting as they replied with 318/5 after Baduraliya were bowled out for 258 earlier in the day.
Right arm quick Mohomad Shiraz ended with 5/44 for BRC before Rumesh Buddhika and Hashen Ramanayake hit half centuries as they went ahead on first innings.
Sachitha Pathirana toiled hard for Baduraliya picking up 3 wickets, but he conceded 112 runs and BRC took firm control of the game.
Badureliya Cricket Club 258 : Subramaniuam Ananda 65, Nadeera Nawala 57, Sachith Pathirana 38, Kosala Kulasekara 36, Mohomad Shiraz 5/44, H Ramanayake 2/26, DS Tillakaratne 2/61
Burgher Recreation Club 318/5 : Rumesh Buddhika 95, Hashen Ramanayake 74*, Sachith Pathirana 3/112
Chilaw vs Tamil Union
Centuries from Sachitra Serasinghe and Kithruwan Vithanage put Tamil Union on top against Chilaw Marians in Katunayake.
Lahiru Milantha also chipped in with a half century as Tamil Union made 322/6 in reply to Chilaw’s 210 all-out.
Ramith Rambukwella’s 5/54 was the highlight on the opening day as the pitch continued to aid the spinners.
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club 210 (56.5) : Harsha Cooray 68, Yashoda Lanka 48, Thikshila de Silva 28, Imesh Vimukthi 28, Ramith Rambukwella 5/54
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club – 322/6 (91) : Sachithra Serasinghe 112, Kithruwan Vithanage 105, Lahiru Milantha 53, Kamindu Mendis 20*, Imesh Vimukthi 3/60