The first set of matches in the Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) Premier League 2018/19 tournament ended today(2), with SSC recording the only outright win of the weekend.
SSC vs CCC
A memorable spell of spin bowling by the ambidextrous Tharindu Ratnayake guided SSC to an ideal start for the 2018/19 domestic season.
SSC resuming on 92/3 in their second innings on the final day, went on to make 245 all-out with Sammu Ashan hitting a rapid half century.
CCC were never in the hunt during the run chase as Ratnayake added 7 scalps in the second innings to end with 14 in the match as SSC recorded a resounding 112 run victory at home.
Sinhalese Sports Club 229 (63) : Kaushal Silva 41, Sadun Weerakdoy 35, Sachithra Senanyaka 32, Dhanushka Gunathilaka 23, Sammu Ashan 22, tharindu Rtahnayka 20, Lakshan Sandakan 4/50, Lahiru Gamage 2/27 & 245 (53.1) : Shammu Ashan 65, Sandun Weerakkody 47, Kaushal Silva 35, Tharindu Rathnayake 35, Ashan Priyanjan 4/67, Lakshan Sndakan 4/76, Sonal Dinusha 2/34
Colombo Cricket Club 225 (83) : Lasith Abeyratne 92, Lahiru Madushanka 32*, Wanindu Hasaranga 28, Tharindu Rathnayake 7/75, Nuwan Pradeep 2/30 & 137 (40.5) : Sonal Dinusha 59, Lasith Abeyrathne 47, Tharindu Rathnayaka 7/50, Danushka Gunathilaka 2/20
Saracens vs Colts
Saracens secured first innings points in their encounter against a much fancied Colts unit with Ashen Bandara’s century being the highlight of the match.
Sadeera Samarawickrama – who made a half century – fought a lone battle for Colts but they fell short by 92 runs in their first innings.
New Saracens recruit Nipun Karunanayake shined in the second innings with a half century, as the match headed towards a tame draw.
Saracens Sports Club 316 (108.2) : Ashen Bandara 106, Saliya Saman 79, Milinda Siriwarda 70, Sachithra Perera 30, Kavishka Anjula 3/68, Nisala Tharaka 2/74, Jehan Daniel 2/39 & 145/7 d (48) : Nipun Karunanayake 57, Leo Francisco 40, Ashen Bandara 27*, Nisala Tharaka 3/25, Akila Dananjaya 3/58
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 224 (72) : Sadheera Samarawickrama 64, Vishad Randika 31*, Jehan Daniel 29, Chamikara Edirisinghe 3/44, Kasun Rajitha 2/66, Mohomed Dilshad 2/22 & 56/3 (11) : Nisala Tharaka 25*, Mohomed Dilshad 2/06
Badureliya vs BRC
A whirlwind knock of 123* not out off just 92 balls by the stylish left hander Raminda Wijesooriya stole the show in the encounter between BRC and Badureliya in Maggona.
Wijesooriya’s knock included 13 fours and 4 sixes as he overshadowed Hashen Ramanayake’s patient century.
BRC posted 449/6 declared and were pushing for an outright win but a fighting 76 from Nadeera Nawela meant BRC had to be satisfied with first innings points.
Badureliya Cricket Club 258 (84) : Subramaniuam Ananda 65, Nadeera Nawala 57, Sachith Pathirana 38, Kosala Kulasekara 34, Mohomad Shiraz 5/44, H Ramanayake 2/26, DS Tillakaratne 2/61 & 164/9 (73) : Nadeera Nawala 76, TN Sampath 3/39, Duvindu Thilakarathne 3/44
Burgher Recreation Club 449/6 (109.3) : Raminda Wijesooriysa 123*, Hashen Ramanayaka 110, Rumesh Buddika 95, Deshan Dias 48, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 33, Sachith Pathirana 3/143, Rizwan Haider 2/55
NCC vs Ragama
Fast bowling all-rounder Ishan Jayaratne fell agonizingly short of a century(99), but he made sure Ragama CC gained first innings points in their match against a string NCC outfit.
Wicket-keeper batsman Sameera Soyza also made a valuable 70, as Ragama CC replied with 368/9 after NCC were bowled out for 272 in their second innings.
The much spoken about Hasitha Boyagoda hit an entertaining half century in the second innings for NCC, as the match ended in a draw.
Nondescripts Cricket Club 272 (73.3) : Angelo Perera 123, Chamika Karunarathna 38,Sachintha Pieris 25, Mahela Udawatte 24,Ishan Jayaratne 4/73, Amila Aponso 4/48, Nishan Peiris 2/62 & 137/6 (37) : Hasitha Boyagoda 51, Mahela Udawatt 39,Amila Aponso 3/93, Nishan Peiris 1/35
Ragama Cricket Club 368/9 (109.4) : Ishan Jayarathne 99, Lahiru Thirimanne 53, Saminda Fernando 43, Shehan Fernando 33, Sameera de Zoyaza 70, Sachintha Peiris 4/94, Chaturanga de Silva 2/111
Moors vs SLPA CC
The match between Moors SC and SLPA CC ended in a draw, with the former securing vital first innings points.
Moors who made 320 all-out, dismissed Ports Authority for 156 before enforcing the follow-on.
Discarded Sri Lanka Test off spinner Tharindu Kaushal bowled decently to capture four scalps for his new club(switched from NCC to Moors).
Ports Authority, batting a second time around, fared much better as Yohan De Silva and Adeesha Nanayakkara hit half centuries to guide them to safety.
Moors Sports Club 320 (91.5) : Chamara Silva 87, Irosh Samarasooriya 51, Pabasara Waduge 42, Chaminda Bandara 4/82, Chanaka Komasaru 3/105, Chalanaka Weerasinghe 2/62
Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC 156 (67.3) : Adeesha Nanayakkara 30, Ranesh Perera 29, Ramesh Nimantha 25, Malith de Silva 2/45, Tharindu Kaushal 4/40 & f/o 165/4 (68) : Yohan de Silva 59, Adeesha Nanayakkara 58*, Gayan Maneeshan 29*, Danosh Ranodith 2/52
Chilaw Marians vs Tamil Union
A collective batting effort on day three helped Chilaw Marians get away with a draw in their match against Tamil Union.
Kamindu Mendis hit 45 with the lower order to guide Tamil Union to 390 all-out, after Sachitra Serasinghe and Kithuruwan Vithanage hit centuries for them on day two.
Saracens posted 251/8 in 74 overs to make sure an outright victory was denied, with skipper Harsha Cooray top scoring again with 39.
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club 210 (56.5) : Harsha Cooray 68, Yashoda Lanka 48, Thikshila de Silva 28, Imesh Vimukthi 28, Ramith Rambukwella 5/54 & 251/8 (74) : Harsha Cooray 39, Nimesh Vimukthy 38*, Oshada Fernando 38, Yasoda Lanka 29, RP Gomez 28, Kamindu Mendis 2/47, Ramith Rambukwella 3/58
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club 390 (106.4) : Sachithra Serasinghe 112, Kithuruwan Vithanage 105, Lahiru Milantha 53, Kamindu Mendis 45, Nimesh Vimukthi 4/61, Roshan Jyatissa 2/114, Thikshila de Silva 2/73