The Super Eights stage of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League Tier A tournament began today(17), with four matches kicking off around the island.
Army vs CCC
Army SC who stunned Ragama CC last weekend, put up a defiant show with the bat to reach 227/7 in 90 overs against CCC.
Lakshan Edirisinghe was the main stay in their innings as he made 61, while Himasha Liyanage and Dilshan De Soyza made useful 40’s.
For CCC it was their go-to man with the ball Malinda Pushpakumara who stood out once again, as he captured 3/78 to inch closer towards the magical 50 wicket mark this season.
Army Cricket Club 227/7 (90) Lakshan Edirisinghe 61, Himasha Liyanage 44, Dilshan De Soysa 40, Sanjika Ridma 27, Kasun De Silva 20, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/78, Lahiru Madushanka 2/25
Colombo Cricket Club
SSC vs Tamil Union
Half centuries from experienced heads Kaushal Silva and Dhammika Prasad lifted SSC to a competitive 321 all-out in their first innings.
Krishan Sanjula and Sachithra Senanayake missed out on half centuries by a whisker, but their contributions made sure SSC went past the 300 run mark on a tricky surface.
For Tamil Union it was all-rounder Ramith Rambukwella who captured five wickets with his right arm off spin along with left arm tweaker Damitha Silva who captured three wickets.
Sinhalese Sports Club 321 (86.1) Kaushal Silva 65, Dhammika Prasad 50, Krishan Sanjula Arachchige 48, Sachithra Senanayake 47, Kavindu Kulasekara 32, Sandun Weerakkody 26, Chamara Kapugedara 22, Ramith Rambukwella 5/89, Damitha Silva 3/33
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club
NCC vs Colts
Akila Dananjaya who was suspended from bowling in international cricket recently, picked up a five wicket haul in his second game since bowling with a remodeled action.
Dananjaya who was seen working very hard with the coaches at the High Performance Center at Kettarama, reaped rewards in a patient spell against a quality NCC batting unit.
He went on to capture 5/72 while Jehan Daniel chipped in with a couple of wickets to bowl out NCC for 251 in 56.1 overs.
Lahiru Udara made another half century before he was dismissed for 85, while NImesha Gunasinghe made a useful 44.
Colts lost the grip they had on the game in their batting effort as they were 4/56 when stumps were drawn with Daniel unbeaten on 28*.
Nondescripts Cricket Club 251 (56.1) Lahiru Udara 85, Nimesha Gunasinghe 44, Pathum Nissanka 35, Malinga Amarasinghe 25, Saranga Rajaguru 23, Akila Dananjaya 5/72, Jehan Daniel 2/46
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 56/4 (31) Jehan Daniel 28*
Saracens vs Chilaw Marians
Gamindu Kanishka’s magnificent century lifted Saracens to 258/3 in 90 overs in their match against Chilaw Marians.
Kanishka eventually fell for 109 late in the day, but Pramod Maduwantha remained not out on 93* as Saracens were in the bow wear when stumps were drawn.
Nimesh Vimukthi’s left arm spin was the only form of threat the Saracens had as he capture 2/51 after toiling hard throughout the day.
Saracens Sports Club 258/3 (90) Gamindu Kanishka 109, Pramod Maduwantha 93*, Navindu Vithanage 23, Nimesh Vimukthi 2/51
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club