Dinuka Dilshan’s 2nd innings ton put Moors on top

Major Club Emerging 3-Day Tournament 2022

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Eight 6th week matches of the SLC Major Club Emerging 3-Day Tournament 2022 resumed today (26th March) for the 2nd day, in several venues across the island.

With Group A still being wide open, this week’s main focus still remains on the 3 Group A matches. At Moors, table-toppers Moors SC found themselves in a commanding position against SSC as the visitors were reeling on 30/6 at the end of day 2. SSC were put into chase a daunting 376 after the Moors made 258/4 in just 48 overs for the 2nd innings.

Moors Skipper Dinuka Dilshan scored his 2nd l consecutive 2nd innings ton after falling for 99 in the 1st innings. Interestingly it was his younger brother Kavindu Nadeeshan, also his opposition counterpart, who denied him the ton by dismissing him. The continuation of the brothers’ bittersweet tussle on day 2 saw the elder brother taking sweet revenge over his younger brother on his way to a well-made century.

Sebastianites C & AC, sitting 2nd in the table having played 1 match less than Moors, also found themselves in a comfortable position against Lankan CC at the end of day 2 in Moratuwa. Following the ambidextrous Tharindu Ratnayake’s 5-wicket haul which gave the hosts a 49-run 1st innings lead, Vishal Silva went on to score his 2nd half-century of the game as th the Sebastianites ended the day with a big lead of 294.

The third team in the table Air Force SC too made a good comeback against Navy SC after conceding a 36-run first-innings lead, as Navy were 113 for 9 with just a lead of 149. Following left-arm spinner Sudara Dakshina’s 7-wicket haul which gave the upper hand to the Navy, the Air Force spinners, led by Movin Subasingha, did an excellent job to pull back things and bring the game back to a balanced position.

In Group D, Army SC’s brilliant 2nd innings bowling effort has put them in a position where just 2 good sessions of batting can see them toppling the table-toppers Colts CC – Army need 195 runs with 9 wickets in hand. Even though the Colts will still have a game to redeem themselves after a loss, Army will be looking to give their best shot tomorrow to keep their hopes alive. After falling short of the Colts’ 1st innings total by 110 runs, the Army spinners did brilliantly well to bundle out the strong Colts batting unit for just 104 runs. Off-spinner, former Peterite Shehada Zoysa, led the charge claiming 7 wickets, while Kaumal Nanayakkara completed his match-bag of 10 wickets with 3 wickets to go, with his 7 in the 1st innings. Nanayakkara claimed 10 wickets in the previous game too.

Having already secured a spot in the semifinals, Tamil Union C & AC amassed a mammoth 527/9 against Nugegoda S & WC as their Skipper Ranmith Jayasena scored 129. In the game between Galle CC and Ace Capital CC, left-arm spinner Sandun Madushanka’s 2nd innings 6-wicket haul put Galle on top despite Lasith Croospulle’s twin half-centuries for Ace Capital. Galle were on 76 for no loss at close of play chasing 146.

The 3rd and final day of the ongoing 8 matches will commence tomorrow.

GROUP A

Moors SC vs SSC at Moors Grounds, Colombo

Toss: Moors

Moors SC – 292 (64.5) Adeesha Thilanchana 128, Dinuka Dilshan 99, Kavindu Nadeeshan 5/75 & 258/4d (48) Dinuka Dilshan 111, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 50*, Kavindu Ranasinghe 37, Kavishka Senadeera 3/66

SSC – 175 (43.5) Shevon Daniel 58, Kavindu Nadeeshan 38*, Kalana Perera 22, Omesh Mendis 20, Ayana Siriwardhana 4/60 & 30/6 (16.3) (Target 376) Theesan Vithusan 3/8, Ayana Siriwardhana 2/19

Stumps Day 2 – SSC need 346 runs to win

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Sebastianites C & AC vs Lankan CC at De Zoysa Stadium, Moratuwa

Toss: Sebastianites

Sebastianites C & AC – 228 (58.4) Vishal Silva 87, Manelker De Silva 38, Sandun Fernando 33, Vimud Sapnaka 29*, Vinuda Liyanage 3/39, S Sankalpa 3/47 & 245/6 (66.3) Vishal Silva 68, Tharusha Fernando 45, Menelker De Silva 43, Yohan Perera 31, S Sankalpa 2/44

Lankan CC – 179 (55.5) Methsith Jayamanna 56, D Kasturiarachchi 30, Lahiru Dilshan 20, Tharindu Ratnayake 5/95, Tharusha Fernando 4/47

Stumps Day 2 – Sebastianites lead by 294 runs

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Navy SC vs Air Force SC at Navy Grounds, Welisara

Toss: Air Force

Navy SC – 189 (70.2) Sahan Kosala 61, Pushpitha Dilshan 36, Jamith Dilshan 29, Movin Subasinghe 5/46 & 113/9 (63) Supun Nayanajith 51, Movin Subasingha 4/45

Air Force SC – 153 (45.2) Kalindu Siriwardana 54, Kemira Wijenayake 40, Sudara Dakshina 7/59, Sulekshana Sri Eshan 3/48

Stumps Day 2 – Navy lead by 149 runs

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GROUP B

Saracens SC vs Negombo CC at Bloomfield Grounds, Colombo

Toss: Negombo

Saracens SC – 353 (88.4) Thaveesha Abhishek 107, Sandun Mendis 60, Sasanka Nirmal 45, Omal Palihapitiya 35, Kavika Dilshan 35, Pasindu Ushetti 6/154, Rashmika Mevan 3/61

Negombo CC – 322/7 (90) Pasindu Lakshanka 75, Umesh Lakshan 71, Sandaruwan Chinthaka 68*, Sudheera Weeraratne 51*, Kavika Dilshan 4/124

Stumps Day 2 – Negombo trail by 31 runs

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GROUP C

Tamil Union C & AC vs Nugegoda S & WC at P. Sara Oval, Colombo

Toss: Nugegoda

Tamil Union C & AC – 527/9d (122.1) Supun Kavinda 173, Ranmith Jayasena 129, Damith Perera 47, Kamesh Nirmal 41, Yohan Mendis 32, Madushika Sandaruwa 3/92

Nugegoda S & WC – 177/5 (58) Kevin Perera 52*, Bhagya Dissanayake 36, Abhisheak Liyanaarachchi 31, Miranga Wickramage 2/36

Stumps Day 2 – Nugegoda trail by 350 runs

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GROUP D

Colts CC vs Army SC at Army Grounds, Panagoda

Toss: Colts

Colts CC – 331 (76.5) Harsha Rajapaksha 85, Sheran Fonseka 80, Jehan Daniel 55, Ravindu Rashantha 32, Kaumal Nanayakkara 7/111 & 104 (46.3) Avishka Perera 21, Muditha Lakshan 20, Shehada Zoysa 7/43, Kaumal Nanayakkara 3/37

Army SC – 221 (44.5) Himasha Liyanage 58, Ashan Dilhara 53*, Mahesh Kumara 20, Rohan Sanjaya 3/47, Jehan Daniel 3/57 & 20/1 (5) (Target 215) Samitha Dilshan 15

Stumps Day 2 – Army need 195 runs to win

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Ace Capital CC vs Galle CC at Thurstan College Grounds, Colombo

Toss: Ace Capital

Ace Capital CC – 204 (47) Lasith Croospulle 64, Amitha Dabare 42, Pramud Hettiwatte 42, Subhanu Rajapaksa 7/57 & 145 (41.1) Lasith Croospulle 51, Sawan Kankanamge 28, Sandun Madushanka 6/46

Galle CC – 204 (52.4) Hareen Buddila 46*, Prabath De Zoysa 36, Kavindu Dilhara 30, Dilshan Kanchana 25, Shalaka Bandara 3/40 & 76/0 (13.3) (Target 146) Tharindu Amarasinghe 48*

Stumps Day 2 – Galle need 70 runs to win

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Kalutara Town Club vs Kandy Customs CC at Panadura Esplanade

Toss: KTC

KTC – 283 (87.5) Kawshan Kulasooriya 88, Romesh Nallaperuma 32, Amartya Kaul 31, Pasan Pethangoda 3/62, Ayesh Harshana 3/94 & 1/0 (1)

Kandy Customs CC – 300 (86.4) Kavindu Lakshan 77, Rashmika Madushanka 57, Sasith Manuranga 48, Sajith De Silva 36*, Kanishka Maduwantha 4/58

Stumps Day 2 – KTC trail by 16 runs