Two of the bottom ranked teams who could be fighting for survival towards the end of the season, Badureliya SC and Negombo CC played out a thrilling game at the Surrey Village grounds in Maggona, before the former secured first innings points.
Badureliya SC resumed day two on 130/0 and reached 184 without further damage, before Alankara Asanka’s marathon 257 ball knock ended on 82.
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Tatenda Taibu also made a fluent 41 but it was Salinda Ushan’a superb century that seemed to guide Badureliya SC towards a first innings win.
After Ushan’s dismissal for 113 though, Badureliya SC started losing their way and were soon staring down the barrel at 319/9, 10 runs short of victory.
It was up to Lahiru Samarakoon and Buddika Sanjeewa – who put on a heroic unbroken 64* run stand in the previous match to guide them to a first innings win – once again to produce the goods and they didn’t disappoint as Badureliya SC made 333 all-out to secure the first innings win.
Negombo CC came out all guns blazing in their second innings in search of bonus points to race to 170/2 in just 20 overs when stumps were drawn.
Dilasri Lokubandara completes his second half century of the match in quick time while Sahan Arachchige made 61.
Negombo Cricket Club 328 (122.3) Prasansana Jayamanne 108, Dilasiri Lokubandara 51, Upul Indrasiri 44*, Angelo Jayasinghe 34, Shehan Jayasuriya 21, Buddika Sanjeewa 5/74, Lahiru Samarakoon 3/81 & 170/2 (20) Dilasiri Lokubandara 63, Sahan Arachchige 61, Shehan Jayasuriya 42,
Badureliya Cricket Club 333 (123.3) Salinda Ushan 113, Alankara Asanka 82, Tatenda Taibu 41, Sachith Pathirana 34, Kosala Kulasekara 24, Upul Indrasiri 6/120, Shehan Jayasuriya 3/124