Tharindu Ratnayake & Vishal Silva give semifinal hopes for Sebastianites C & AC

Major Club Emerging 3-Day Tournament 2022

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The 3rd and final day of 9 matches played as part of the SLC Major Emerging 3-Day Tournament 2022 happened today (20th March) concluding the 5th week of the tournament. Six games produced results today making the total results of the week as 9 while the remaining 3 ended in draws.

Sebastianites C & AC having defeated SSC in their 1st game of the tournament went on to add another win against a ‘Big Club’ to their list of victories today beating CCC by 8 wickets at their backyard in Colombo. Having secured a handy 1st innings lead of 187, the visitors set themselves a target of 116 runs to win with not many overs left in the day. A 39-ball unbeaten 60 which included 3 sixes and 3 fours by opener Vishal Silva, a former Captain of St. Anthony’s College Wattala, helped the Sebastianites chase down the required target in just 12 overs handing them a thrilling 8-wicket win. With the ball, it was the ambidextrous Tharindu Ratnayake again who did the damage for Sebastianites claiming his second 10-wicket haul of the tournament in consecutive games.

Sebastianites’ fight for a semifinal spot was further assisted by Air Force SC as they upset the table-toppers Moors SC, beating them by 5 wickets. Following skipper Dinuka Dilshan’s century Moors confidently declared their 2nd innings on 339/8 setting a target of 172 for the home team. However, a brilliant knock of 82 by opener Kemira Wijenayake ensured that Air Force chased down the required target in 44.1 overs.

Sebastianites having 2 more games left as opposed to Moors who have only 1 game left, would feel more confident of toppling the group leaders to win the sole semifinal spot of Group A as they are just only 8.24 points behind them.

The fight for the top spot in Group C will continue further as the game between the group toppers Tamil Union C & AC and Ragama CC ended in a draw with the home team Tamil Union taking major honours. Despite the draw, a couple of entertaining knocks unfolded at the P. Sara Oval on the final day. Initially, it was Ravindu Fernando of Tamil Union who scored a 109-ball 113 with 16 fours and 2 sixes. Then later towards the end of the day, chasing 381 Ragama started the innings with their dashing openers Pathanian Thevindu Dickwella and Thurstanite Yohan Liyanage and went on to give it a proper go scoring 258 in 49 overs at a rate of 5.26. Liyanage remained unbeaten amassing 155 in 137 deliveries with 11 fours and 10 massive sixes. Peterite Lahiru Dawatage also joined the party with a half-century to assist Liyanage.

In Galle, Army SC kept their semifinal dreams alive defeating Galle CC comfortably by 197 runs. Their lead spinner Kaumal Nanayakkara starred once again completing a match-bag of 10 wickets with a 6-wicket haul in the 2nd innings. Navy SC, Police SC and Panadura SC also recorded wins beating Lankan CC, Badureliya CC and Nugegoda S & WC.

Following the drawn game between NCC and Chilaw Marians CC at NCC grounds in which off-spinner Sheshan Silva starred with 6 wickets for Chilaw Marians in the 2nd innings, the semifinal spot from Group B now completely depends on the one last game remaining in the group. Table-topper Negombo CC will walk in as favourites to finish on top while Saracens SC also still has an outside chance of causing an upset semifinal entry. The Group B decider will start the next Friday while 8 more games will start on the coming Saturday.

GROUP A

Air Force SC vs Moors SC at Air Force Grounds, Katunayake

Toss: Air Force

Moors SC – 150 (46.5) Dinuka Dilshan 57, Mohammed Shamaaz 27, Movin Subasingha 4/26, Nadeera Ishan 3/39 & 339/8d (79) Dinuka Dilshan 115, Sohan De Livera 74, Janishka Perera 58, Kavindu Kulasekara 27*, Nimesha Mendis 4/83, Movin Subasingha 3/79

Air Force SC – 318 (87.3) Udayawansha Parakrama 169, Kalana Wijesiri 35, Movin Subasingha 30, Ayana Siriwardhana 5/91 & 174/5 (44.1) (Target 172) Kemira Wijenayake 82, Kalindu Siriwardana 38, Dinuka Dilshan 3/24

Air Force won by 5 wickets

CCC vs Sebastianites C & AC at CCC Grounds, Colombo

Toss: CCC

CCC – 137 (52.4) Malinga Amarasinghe 53, Anjala Bandara 45*, Tharindu Ratnayake 4/75 & 302 (94.1) Ron Chandraguptha 54, Sachira Weliwatte 54, Hasindu Shamika 52, Pavan Rathnayake 37, Malinga Aamarasinghe 33, Tharindu Ratnayake 6/125, Tharusha Fernando 3/60

Sebastianites C & AC – 324/8d (113) Tharusha Fernando 119*, Sandun Fernando 82, Suwath Mendis 3/78 & 117/2 (12) (Target 116) Vishal Silva 60*, Tharusha Fernando 21*, Omesh Udara 2/47

Sebastianites won by 8 wickets

Lankan CC vs Navy SC at Navy Grounds, Welisara

Toss: Navy

Lankan CC – 235 (82) Yasiru Rodrigo 67*, Vinuda Liyanage 55, Sudara Dakshina 6/72 & 151 (55.1) Yasiru Rodrigo 35, Lahiru Dilshan 22, Malshan Gunathilaka 20, Aravinda Akurugoda 4/25

Navy SC – 209 (83) Sulekshana Sri Eshan 58, Aravinda Akurugoda 57, Pushpitha Dilshan 32, Yasiru Rodrigo 3/24 & 182/6 (41.2) (Target 182) Sahan Kosala 65, Supun Nayanajith 31, Kaveen Fernando 30, Lahiru Dilshan 3/46

Navy won by 4 wickets

GROUP B

NCC vs Chilaw Marians CC at NCC Grounds, Colombo

Toss: NCC

NCC – 222 (82.3) Johanne De Zilva 64, Thiwanka Kekuluwala 43, Yugeesha Dishan 32, Irushika Thimira 4/60, Sheshan Silva 3/32, Dilesh Shenol 3/47 & 222 (55.2) Johanne De Zilva 60, Lahiru Attanayake 50, Yugeesha Dishan 34, Pawan Sandesh 27, Dineth Jayakody 27, Sheshan Silva 6/51, Irushika Thimira 3/80

Chilaw Marians CC – 236 (80.5) Vishva Chathuranga 106, Raveen Yasas 40, Yugeesha Dishan 4/85, Sampath Nishshanka 3/39, Kavinda Ishwara 3/56 & 125/6 (48) (Target 209) Raveen Yasas 50*, Ayon Fernando 43, Irushika Thimira 22*, Sampath Nishshanka 2/31, Yugeesha Dishan 2/38, Kavinda Ishwara 2/41

Match Drawn

GROUP C

Tamil Union C & AC vs Ragama CC at P, Sara Oval, Colombo

Toss: Ragama

Tamil Union C & AC – 313 (85.4) Kavindu Pathiratne 111, Dilum Sudeera 59, Kamesh Nirmal 39, Sithara Hapuhinna 34, Hareen Rathnamudali 5/66, Eshan Malinga 3/51 & 300/8d (59) Ravindu Fernando 113, Damith Perera 50, Yohan Mendis 34, Dellon Peiris 3/116

Ragama CC – 233 (72.1) Thevindu Dickwella 85, Yohan Liyanage 57, Lahiru Dawatage 30, Dilum Sudeera 7/75 & 258/5 (49) (Target 381) Yohan Liyanage 155*, Lahiru Dawatage 59, Dulaj Samuditha 3/43

Match Drawn

Panadura SC vs Nugegoda S & WC at Panadura Esplanade

Toss: Nugegoda

Nugegoda S & WC – 187 (51.2) Bhagya Dissanayake 60, Dilan Jayalath 29, Maneendra Jayathilaka 27, Woshitha Amarasinghe 2/17, Eran Hansamal 2/19, Vishwa Kumara 2/38, Malinda Jayod 2/68 & 164 (53.5) Bhagya Dissanayake 46, Maneendra Jayathilaka 28, Dilan Jayalath 26, Sasanka Nirmal 6/38

Panadura SC – 260 (59.1) Malinda Jayod 62, Sadishan Chamodya 44, Kosala Ravindu 42, Duminda Damishka 35, Dunith Jayatunga 34, Madushika Sandaruwan 6/93 & 95/4 (22.5) (Target 92) Shanuka Dulaj 26*, Tharana De Silva 24*, Madushika Sandaruwan 2/42

Panadura won by 6 wickets

Badureliya CC vs Police SC at Surrey Village Grounds, Maggona

Toss: Police

Badureliya CC – 214 (95) Malindu Maduranga 52, Ravishka Wijesiri 39, Ranesh Silva 31, Thamindu Wickramarachchi 20*, Asel Sigera 4/43 42 (22.5) Umayanga Suwaris 25, D Wanniarachchi 4/5, Asel Sigera 4/11

Police SC – 226 (73.1) R De Silva 66, K Karunathilake 36, Nadeera Balasooriya 32, Asel Sigera 28, Anjana De Silva 4/36, Malindu Maduranga 3/14 & 31/1 (7.5) (Target 31) Asel Sigera 22*

Police won by 9 wickets

GROUP D

Galle CC vs Army SC at Galle International Cricket Stadium

Toss: Galle

Army SC – 205 (54.2) Ashan Dilhara 61, Pathum Botheju 48, Samitha Dilshan 28, Lakshan Gamage 28, Kavindu Dilhara 5/27, Sandun Madushanka 4/38 306/7d (47.5) Mahesh Kumara 79, Himasha Liyanage 77, Shehan Fernando 58, Samitha Dilshan 53, Sandun Madushanka 4/49

Galle CC – 98 (47.5) Kavindu Dilhara 36, Prabath De Zoysa 20, Shehada Zoysa 5/47, Kaumal Nanayakkara 4/36 216 (58.3) (Target 414) Chamath Dilsara 38, Kavindu Dilhara 33, Dulash Udayanga 30, Sandeep Shamod 26, Dilshan Kanchana 26, Kaumal Nanayakkara 6/78, Shehasa Zoysa 3/64

Army won by 197 runs

BRC vs Kalutara Town Club at BRC Grounds, Colombo

Toss: KTC

KTC – 222 (81.5) Kanishka Maduwantha 47, Kawshan Kulasooriya 40, Isuru Sandamal 40, Thevindu Senaratne 31, Imtiyaz Slaza 3/54 & 245/5d (72.3) Isuru Sandamal 86, Kawshan Kulasooriya 72, Inshaka Siriwardena 54, Minhaj Jaleel 2/36, Imtiyaz Slaza 2/71

BRC – 264 (81.2) Nipunaka Fonseka 67*, Pubudu Bandara 47, Vinura Dulsara 28, Moditha Ranarunga 26, Themal Bandara 5/80, Kawshan Kulasooriya 3/19 & 166/5 (27) (Target 204) Pubudu Bandara 83, Vinura Dulsara 26, Janindu Inuwara 2/41, Inshaka Siriwardena 2/52

Match Drawn