Rajeewa, Maduranga half-tons put Lankan CC on top

Premier Tier B

Here’s a brief look into the three matches of the SLC Tier B Premier League Tournament 2016/17 which took place today. 

Police SC vs  Navy SC

Police were cleaned up for just 96 runs in their first innings against Navy at Welisara.

Navy were 289 for 7 at stumps on day one and then went on to post 376 with 20-year old Kusal Edusuriya’s scoring 145 runs. Police after a heavy defeat last week suffered another batting collapse as the sailors cleaned up the ten wickets in just 36.1 overs.

Off-spinner, Ashan Ranasinghe took 3 for 20 while fast bowler Dinushka Malan and left arm spinner Dilanka Auwardt bagged 2 wickets apiece for the Sailors. At stumps on day 2, the Cops were in a spot of bother with 5 wickets in hand and trailing by 187 runs. 

Navy SC 376 (117) Kusal Edusuriya 145, Buddika Hasaranga 55, Ishara Abeysekara 46*, Suwanji Mandanayke 5/108 

Police SC 96 (36.1) Asela Aluthge 23, Ashan Ranasinghe 3/20, Dinushka Malan 2/4.

Police SC (2nd Inn F/O) 93/5 (24) Samith Dushantha 32*, Ashan Ranasinghe 2/16

Kurunegala YCC vs Kalutara Physical Culture Club

This crucial encounter is hanging on the balance as Kalutara is only 69 runs away from victory with 6 wickets intact at Surrey Village grounds in Maggona.

They were 143 for 6 at the start off day 2 but the remaining four wickets fell for just 49 runs which gave a 5 run lead to the boys from Kurunegala. Ruwantha Ekanayake took a five-for for Kurunegala YCC. 

In reply, Kurunegala could only make 151 runs which gave Kalutara a target of 157 runs. Ramesh Selvaraj bagged 3 for 71 to go with his six-for in the first innings. At stumps Kalutara was 88 for 4 with Chathura Damith unbeaten on 33. 

Kurunegala Youth CC  197 (55.4) Hashan Prabath 82, Ruwantha Ekanayake 46,  Ramesh Selvaraj 6/63

Kalutara Physical CC 192 (54) Pathum Nissanka 64, Ruwantha Ekanayke 5/40, Saranga Rajaguru 2/20.

Kurunegala Youth CC (2nd Inn) 151 (40.4) Hashan Prabath 39, Ramesh Selvaraj 3/71, Rasika Fernando 3/46, Fahad Baber 2/7.

Kalutara Physical CC (2nd Inn) 88/4 (27) Chathura Damith 33*, Mithun Jayawickrama 2/13.

SL Air Force vs Lankan CC

Lankan CC 315 for their first innings on day 2 in their match against Air Force at Army Grounds in Panagoda.

Captain and former Josephian all rounder Rajeewa Weerasinghe top scored with a fine unbeaten 77 runs from 102 balls which included 7 fours and 3 sixes while experienced campaigner Maduranga Zoysa scored a valuable 68 in the middle order. Nilan Priyanath bagged 4 for 64 with the ball for the Airmen. 

In reply, Air Force were 29 for 2 for their second innings. 

Sri Lanka Air Force SC 230 (73) Achira Eranga 53, Ranga Dissanayake 41, Lahiru Sri Lakmal 36, Hashan James 32, Navin Kavikara 5/62, Rajeewa Weerasinghe 2/70, Shiran Fernando 3/47.

Lankan CC 315 (86.4) Rajeewa Weerasinghe 77, Maduranga Soyza 68, Lal Kumar 35, Nilan Priyanath 4/64, Lahiru Sri Lakmal 2/40.

 Sri Lanka Air Force SC (2nd Inn) 29/2 (12)