Six matches in the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League continued around the island today(8).
Army vs Ports Authority
Dushan Vimukthi’s marathon effort with the bat helped Army to a commanding 462/9 declared, before he completed a stunning all-round performance with his right arm off spin to leave SLPA in all sorts of trouble at the end of day two.
He continued from where he left off to end with 178, before Seekuge Prasanna added some late fireworks in an entertaining knock of 89 which included 10 sixes.
Ports Authority will do well to come away with only a first innings loss as they ended day two on 120/8.
Vimukthi captured 3/12 while seamer Janith Silva bowled a hostile spell to capture 3/27 at the Army Grounds in Panagoda.
Army Cricket Club462/9 d (127.2) Dushan Vimukthi 178, Seekkuge Prasanna 89, Lakshan Edirisinghe 81, Dilshan de Soysa 46, Sanjika Ridma 37, Chaminda Bandara 4/112, Chanaka Komasaru 3/132
Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC120/8 (47.2) Primosh Perera 28, Prashan Wickramasinghe 26, Janith Silva 3/27, Dushan Vimukthi 3/12, Seekkuge Prasanna 2/41
Chilaw Marians vs Ragama CC
Chilaw Marians ended day 2 in a dominant position at the MCG in Katunayake as left arm spinner Nimesh Vimukthi ran through a strong Ragama CC batting line up.
Nimesh ended with excellent figures of 6/76 while his other left arm spin partner Chathura Randunu took care of the other four wicket to fall.
Ragama CC were eventually bowled out for 246 in reply to Marians’ 281, before the hosts batted themselves into strength (159/4) with Thikshila de Silva hitting a quick-fire 85.
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club281 (60.1) Oshada Fernando 100, Harsha Cooray 95, Yasoda Lanka 25, Amila Aponso 5/86, Sahan Nanayakkare 4/45 & 159/4 (37) Thikshila de Silva 85, Yashoda Lanka 34, Amila Aponso 4/68
Ragama Cricket Club246 (79.1) Saminda Fernando 42, Akshu Fernando 40, Janith Liyanage 31, Sahan Nanayakkara 28, Sanjaya Chathuranga 27, Nimesh Vimukthi 6/76, Chatura Randunu 4/98
Colts vs CCC
The almost forgotten Ashan Priyanjan hit a superb 161* to help CCC take a vital first innings lead over Colts Cricket Club.
His knock helped CCC to 367 all-out; a first innings lead of 142 runs. Wanindu Hasaranga also chipped in with a valuable half century while young quick Kavishka Anjula bowled with a lot of heart capturing 3/28.
Colts CC were on the ropes when play was called at 17/2, still needing a further 125 runs to avoid an innings defeat on their home turf.
Colombo Colts Cricket Club225 (87.3) Vishad Randika 68, Nisala Tharaka 26, Dhananjaya Lakshan 24, Akila Dhananjaya 23* Hashan Dumindu 23, Malinda Pushpakumara 6/85 Ashan Priyanjan 2/25 & 17/2 (6.1)
Colombo Cricket Club367 (87) Ashan Priyanjan 161*, Wanindu Hasaranga 56, Minod Bhanuka 33, Madhawa Warnapura 28, Kavishka Anjula 3/28, Nisala Tharaka 2/57
BRC vs Negombo
BRC were brought to their knees on their home turf by the newly promoted Negombo CC, as they secured a vital 37 run lead on day two.
Right arm seamer Mohammed Shiraz was among the wickets once again capturing 6/86, but could not stop Negombo making 258 led by Lasith Croospulle’s flamboyant 79.
BRC though made a bold statement as they raced to 63/0 at close on day two and will go in tomorrow with a lead of 26 runs.
Burgher Recreation Club221 (72.4) Hashen Ramanayake 66, Thejan Dias 42, Raminda Wijesooriya 30, Duvindu Tillakaratne 20*, Sheahan Jayasuriya 4/56, Upul Indrasiri 3/49 & 63/0 (16) Lasith Lakshan 31*, Deshan Dias 32*
Negombo Cricket Club258 (86.4) Lasith Croosepulle 79, Sahan Arachchige 37, Upul Indrasiri 28, Mohamed Shiraz 6/86, TN Sampath 3/50
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NCC vs Tamil Union
Right arm off spinner Sachintha Peiris started with a five wicket haul as Tamil Union were bowled out for 184 in reply to NCC’s 296.
He got good support from spinners Saranga Rajaguru and Chathuranga de Silva who shared four wickets among them, as NCC secured a 112 run lead.
They set themselves up beautifully for day three as they put on 84 runs for the opening wicket when stumps were drawn; an overall lead of 196.
Nondescripts Cricket Club296 (83.2) Angelo Perera 124, Lahiru Udara 38, Upul Tharanga 37, Malinga Amarasinghe 37, Mahela Udawatte 21, Sachithra Serasinghe 3/64, Lahiru Milantha 2/17, Sadeesh Pathiranage 2/54 & 84/0 (23)Lahiru Udara 46*, Mahela Udawatta 28*
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club184 (68.5) Lahiru Milantha 35, Tharanga Paranavithana 32, Isuru Udana 24, Sachintha Pieris 5/74, Saranga Rajaguru 2/33, Chaturanga de Silva 2/28
SSC vs Saracens
While Sri Lanka had a miserable start in their tour game in New Zealand before Angelo Mathews pulled them out of the woods, one of the axed batsman from their last series Kaushal Silva hit a magnificent century to help SSC go ahead on first innings against Saracens SC.
He hit a splendid 127 while Kavindu Kulasekara played well to remain unbeaten on 76*, as SSC ended the day on 302/5 in reply to Saracens’ 293.
Chamikara Edirisinghe bowled best for Saracens picking up 3/77 as the game heads towards a tame draw unless something remarkable happens on the final day.
Saracens Sports Club293 (88.1) Gamindu Kanishka 95, Saliya Saman 81, Milinda Siriwardana 24, Nipun Karunanayake 23, Tharindu Ratnayake 3/57, Sachithra Senanayake 2/48, Kasun Madushanka 2/53
Sinhalese Sports Club302/5 (90) Kaushal Silva 127, Kavindu Kulasekara 76*, Krishan Arachchige 38, Chamikara Edirisinghe 3/77