Tamil Union C & AC completed a comprehensive 44-run win over Sebastianites C & AC today in the Final of the SLC Major Club Emerging 3-Day Tournament 2022 at the SSC Grounds in Colombo.
The overnight batting pair of Santhush Gunathilake and nightwatchman Dilum Sudeera started off the day for Tamil Union on a positive note as they put up a 57-run stand for the 4th wicket helping their team set a competitive target of 211 for the Sebastianites, whose only chance of winning the final was by completing an outright win as they had already faced a 1st innings defeat.
>> Dilum Sudeera spins Tamil Union to a comfortable first-innings lead
Chasing a title win, the Moratuwa club succumbed to Dilum Sudeera’s spin once again as he claimed yet another 5-wicket haul to finish the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 52 wickets in 5 matches. It was the wicket-keeper batter Vimud Sapnaka who top-scored for Sebastianites once again with 52 runs, it was just the 2nd half-century of the game in which no centuries were scored.
As spinners dominated the wickets chart for both teams, Sudeera with 12 wickets and Tharindu Ratnayake with 9 wickets for Sebastianites, Manelker De Silva produced a brilliant spell of medium-pace bowling for Sebastianites claiming 5 wickets in the 2nd innings, which eventually went in vain as they had conceded too many runs.
The individual awards were as follows,
- Player of the Tournament: – Movin Subasingha (Air Force SC) – 382 Runs (including 1 double-ton) & 35 Wickets
- Best Batsman: – Avishka Perera (Colts CC) – 663 Runs with 2 100s (including 1 double-ton) & 2 50s – Avg 82.87
- Best Bowler: Kaumal Nanayakkara (Army SC) – 50 Wickets – Avg : 12.22
The last Major Club tournament organized by SLC, the Major Club One-Day Tournament, was also won by Tamil Union C & AC last November beating Ragama CC in the final.
Tamil Union C & AC vs Sebastianites C & AC at SSC Grounds, Colombo
- Toss: Sebastianites
Tamil Union C & AC – 254 (71.5) Ravindu Fernando 76, Raveen De Silva 30, Santhush Gunathilake 27, Supun Kavinda 24, Kavindu Pathiratne 24, Dilum Sudeera 23, Tharindu Ratnayake 5/113, Sandun Fernando 2/24, Manelker De Silva 2/36 & 123 (45) Dilum Sudeera 36, Santhush Gunathilake 32, Manelker De Silva 5/27, Tharindu Ratnayake 4/56
Sebastianites C & AC – 167 (67.1) Vimud Sapnaka 46, Sandun Fernando 26, Tharindu Ratnayake 23, Dilum Sudeera 7/65 & 166 (57.4) (Target 211) Vimud Sapnaka 52, Vishal Silva 33, Dilum Sudeera 5/61, Kavindu Pathiratne 2/24
Tamil Union won by 44 runs