Kaushal Silva century hands Sampath Bank crucial win

Mercantile Cricket

Sri Lanka Test opener, Kaushal Silva slammed a superb and unbeaten ton as Sampath Bank defeated reigning champions, MAS Active by 36 runs in their 24th Singer-MCA Premier League encounter at De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa.

Skipper Jehan Mubarak won the toss and elected to field first. Silva batting at number 3 scored a run-a-ball 147 which included 15 fours and a six to help Sampath Bank post a commendable 276 for 8 from their 50 overs.

Opening batsman Primosh Perera made 27 while skipper Jeewan Mendis contributed with 25 runs. Former Trinity College captain Dinuk Wickramanayake struck 2 sixes and 2 fours during his knock of 36. Sachith Pathirana was the star for MAS Active with the ball picking up 4 scalps for 43 off his 10 overs. Fast-bowler Kasun Madushanka also picked up 2 wickets.

Chasing a tough total of 277 runs to win, one-drop batsman Kithruwan Vithanage stroked a solid 76 off 80 deliveries while senior middle-order batsman Sachithra Serasinghe yielded 69 valuable runs off 83 balls. Fast-bowler Kasun Rajitha was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 50 while spin duo, Nuwan Perera and Jeewan Mendis shared 5 wickets as MAS Active was bowled out for 240.

Sampath Bank – 276/8 in 50 overs: Primosh Perera 27, Kaushal Silva 147*, Dinuk Wickramanayaka 36, Jeewan Mendis 25, Kasun Madhusanka 2/56, Sachith Pathirana 4/43.

MAS Active – 240 all out in 41.4 overs: Kithuruwan Vithanage 76, Sachithra Serasinghe 69, TM Sampath 28, Kasun Rajitha 4/50, Nuwan Perera 3/45, Jeewan Mendis 2/48.

MAS Unichela vs Commercial Credit

Strong MAS Unichela team continued their dominant unbeaten run beating Commercial Credit convincingly by 6 wickets in their 24th Singer-MCA Premier League encounter at Colts grounds.

After being sent into bat, Commercial Credit struggled against the spin of Unichela bowlers as they were restricted to a below-par 189. All-rounder, Lahiru Madushanka top scored with 41 while Chathuranga De Silva, Ranga Cooray and Upul Tharanga got useful starts but failed to capitalize and go onto make a big knock.

36-year old right-arm leg-spinner Malinga Bandara bowled a stunning spell of 10 overs to giveaway only 29 runs to take 3 wickets. Legendary off-spinner, TM Dilshan took 2 important wickets after bowling 5 overs.

Chasing 190 runs to win, MAS Unichela raced to the target in just 21.4 overs. Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka slammed 3 sixes and 5 fours during his excellent knock of 50 off 46 balls. One-drop batsman Mahela Udawatta smashed 6 huge sixes and 5 boundaries to reach 65 off 52 deliveries. Gunathilaka and Udawatta added 98 for the 2nd wicket while TM Dilshan joined in the act with a blitzkrieg 13-ball 22 while Kusal Janith took only 5 balls to score 13.

Commercial Credit – 189 all out in 47.4 overs: Lahiru Madushanka 41, Chathuranga De Silva 35, Upul Tharanga 23, Ranga Cooray 28, Malinga Bandara 3/29, TM Dilshan 2/30.

MAS Unichela – 191/4 in 21.4 overs: Mahela Udawatta 65, Danushka Gunathilaka 50, TM Dilshan 22, Lahiru Gamage 1/37.