Tons from Kumara and Kandanearachchi lighten up dull draws

SLC Major League Tier B tournament

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Two matches of the Tier B SLC Premier League Tournament concluded today as the second week of the tournament came to an end.

Air Force Sports Club Vs Lankan Cricket Club

Lankan Cricket Club managed to salvage a first innings win courtesy of former Thurstanite Geeth Kumara’s incredible century at the Air force grounds, Katunayake. Kumara who was at 55 at day 02 stumps, showed his experience by guiding the Lankan CC tail, quite well. They added another 110 runs to their overnight score to finish at 330.

Teenage all-rounder Ravindu Sanjana picked up two more wickets today to end with 4 wickets to his name.

Ravindu Sanjana once again showed up for with the bat in the Air Force 2nd innings to score 38 runs before Sachika Udara piled up a fine half century. Air Force SC ended the day on 219/6.  Dulanjana Mendis was on top of his game to pick up 3 scalps for 41.

The game ended in a draw.

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Brief Scores

Air Force Sports Club – 315 (93.5) Kaushalya Gajasinghe 75, Chanuka Wijesinghe 57, Dilip Tharaka 38, Ravindu Gunawardhane 36, Ravindu Sanjana 31, Umedha Charthuranga 26*, Dulanjana Mendis 4/78, Shifran Muthalif 2/36, Chanaka Ruwansiri 2/79 & 219/6 (55) Sachika Udara 50, Roscoe Thattil 46, Ravindu Sanjana 38, Dileep Tharaka 26*, Suminda Lakshan 24*, Dulanjana Mendis 3/41

Lankan Cricket Club – 330 (118.2) Geeth Kumara 128, Sanjula Abeywickrama 82, Shifran Muthalif 28, Ravindu Sanjana 4/87, Umega Chathuranga 2/70

Result – Match Drawn

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Police Sports Club Vs Galle Cricket Club

Galle began day 03 proceedings at Police Park grounds, Colombo on 34/1. It was wicket-keeper batsman Sameen Kandanearachchi’s brilliant 105 that bound the Galle innings together. He went on to score his second century in his 39 matches long first-class career, but it wasn’t enough to take Galle anywhere close to Police’s mammoth first innings score of 359.  

Photos: Police Sports Club vs Galle Cricket Club – Major League Tier B Tournament 2018/19

Battling hard, Galle lower order put up a courageous fight to stay in the wicket to see stumps late in the day restricting Police of winning first innings points. Though Sri Lanka Test Cap Dinuk Hettiarachchi had other ideas, as he dismissed 5 of the Galle batters to restrict them for 290/9, the last pair of Galle hung in tight, as if their life depend on it, to make an even draw.

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Brief Scores

Police Sports Club – 359 (139.5) Uday Kaul 158, Pawan Dias 64, Sachith Madushanka 56, Manjula Jayawardene 25, Dinuka Hettiarachchi 22*, Gayan Sirisoma 5/101, Rajeewa Weerasinghe 3/88

Galle Cricket Club – 290/9 (104.5) Sameen Kandanearachchi 105, Nishad Randika 47, Harsha Vithana 35, KK Kevin 25, Dinuka Hettiarachchi 5/90, Malik Aftab 2/56

Result – Match Drawn

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