Four matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League – Tier A Super Eights began around the island today (31).
Colts vs Tamil Union
Avishka Fernando, who hit 3 centuries in 5 matches against Ireland A, continued his amazing run of form into the domestic tournament, as he went on to hit a double century in the Colts’ encounter against the much fancied Tamil Union.
Fernando was involved in a staggering opening stand of 317 runs with the in-form Sangeeth Cooray who also went on to make a century as Colts reached 414/2 at stumps on the opening day.
While Fernando’s 223 included 6 sixes and 30 fours, Cooray hit 16 fours and a six in a more sedate knock, as Colts will look to put up a big score come day two.
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 414/2 (90) : Avishka Fernando 223, Sangeeth Cooray 142, Hashan Dumindu 46*
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club
NCC vs SSC
Angelo Perera’s epic 152* not out, put NCC in control against their neighboring club, SSC.
His knock helped NCC rack up 376/8, with Pathum Nissanka also hitting a solid 95.
Interestingly the next best score for NCC came from lower order batsman Lasith Embuldeniya – more known for his bowling – when he chipped in with a vital 26 runs.
Photo Album : NCC Vs SSC | Major Super 8s Tournament 2018/19
Dhammika Prasad who is fighting hard to make a comeback to the Sri Lanka team, returned impressive figures of 3/70, while Akash Senaratne chipped in with a couple of wickets.
Nondescripts Cricket Club 376/8 (90) : Angelo Perera 152*, Pathum Nissanka 95, Lasith Embuldeniya 26, Mahela Udawatte 23, Hasitha Boyagoda 20, Dhammika Prasad 3/70, Akash Senaratne 2/78
Sinhalese Sports Club
Army vs Saracens
Army’s spirited 318/7 on the opening day against Saracens SC, held them in good stead with three days remaining in the match.
Their innings was guided by Himasha Liyanage and Dilshan de Soyza who both went on to make superb centuries.
Sanjula Ridma also hit an unbeaten half century late in the day, before Saracens hit back with a couple of late wickets to leave the game in the balance.
For Saracens it was their consistent left arm tweaker Chamikara Edirisinghe who did a bulk of the damage, as he went on to capture 3/81.
Army Cricket Club 318/7 (89.2) : Himasha Liyanage 116, Dilshan de Soysa 101, Sanjika Ridma 50*, Chamikara Edirisinghe 3/81
Saracens Sports Club
Chilaw Marians vs CCC
A stunning spell of swing and seam bowling by Sri Lanka all-rounder Lahiru Madushanka restricted Chilaw Marians to 186, but they clawed their way back in to the match during the latter part of the day.
Photo Album : Chilaw MCC Vs CCC | Major Super 8s Tournament 2018/19
Madushanka recorded impressive figures of 6/51, while Malinda Pushpakumara chipped in with three wickets as the Marians were bowled out inside 49 overs.
The leading run scorer of the tournament Oshada Fernando added another half century to his tally but it wasn’t enough for the Marians to make a commendable score.
However, they put up a spirited display with the ball to reduce a fancied CCC outfit to 123/6 when stumps were drawn. Sagar Paresh captured 3 wickets for the boys from Chilaw.
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club 186 (48.2) : Oshada Fernando 52, Risith Upamal 36, Irosh Fernando 26, Lahiru Madushanka 6/51, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/84
Colombo Cricket Club 123/6 (33) : Minod Bhanuka 40, Ashan Priyanjan 22, Sagar Paresh 3/21