MAS Unichela, John Keells Holdings book semi-final spots

MCA Premier League Knockout Tournament


Two matches of the 27th Singer-MCA Premier League Knockout Tournament were worked off around the island today(10).  

Hayleys vs MAS Unichela 
A Wanidu Hasaranga batting masterclass made sure MAS Unichela got over the line by 4 wickets, in their encounter against Hayleys PLC.
Hayleys posted only 145 runs batting first with right arm seamer Lahiru Jayaratne bowling an impressive spell capturing 3/23. Dilruwan Perera also captured 3 wickets while Lahiru Madushanka and Nuwan Thushara picked up two wickets apiece.
Kavindu Kulasekara top-scored for Hayleys with 34 runs while Lahiru Samarakoon made a useful unbeaten 31* low down the order.
Hasaranga ended with 64* not out in the run chase while he got good support from Madushanka (21*) as MAS got home in the 27th over of their innings.
Hayleys 145 (36.3) Kavindu Kulasekara 34, Lahiru Samarakon 31*, Lahiru Jayarathne 3/23, Dilruwan Perera 3/30, Lahiru Madushanka 2/26, Nuwan Thushara 2/31 
MAS Holdings – Unichela 146/6 (26.3) Wanidu Hasaranga 64*, Lahiru Madushanka 21*, Binura Fernando 3/42, Lahiru Samarakoon 3/60
John Keells Holdings vs Sri Lanka U19
In a game reduced to 37 overs due to a wet outfield, the SL U19s put up a great effort on the field to restrict John Keells to just 182/9 with Lakshan Gamage, Naveen Fernando and Dunith Wellalage picking up two wickets apiece.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s golden run of form continued as he hit another half-century for JKH to guide them to a competitive total.
Mohommed Shiraz then delivered an outstanding spell of swing and seam bowling as he ripped out the SL U19 top order with a 4 wicket burst as they never recovered from the blows.
Shiraz ended with top figures of 4/14 as SL U19s reached 114/8 when play was stopped for bad light handing a 48 run win for JKH on the D/L method.
John Keells 182/9 (37) Bhanuka Rajapakshe 50, Raminda Wijesuriya 25, Ishan Jayarathne 23, Manoj Sarathchandra 20, Lakshan Gamage 2/07, Naveen Fernando 2/28, Dunith Wellalage 2/35 
Sri Lanka U19 114/8 (32) Sheran Fonseka 27, Mohommed Shiraz 4/14