Yet another twin-ton was registered in the SLC Major League Tier ‘A’ tournament today as NCC’s Lahiru Udara hammered 256, while yesterday’s twin-centurion, Ramesh Mendis galloped towards a triple-ton.
The four games which began yesterday resumed their 2nd day, while the NCC-Ragama CC encounter commenced today.
Moors SC vs Negombo CC – Group A
- Toss – Negombo CC
- Venue – Moors
Moors SC continued to dominate proceedings in their home ground as their double-centurion Ramesh Mendis continued from his overnight score of 205 to reach the magical 300-run mark, being the 9th Sri Lankan to achieve the feat in a first-class game. He reached the milestone in 270 deliveries, which is the 3rd fastest first-class triple-century by a Sri Lankan after Kusal Perera (244) and Kithuruwan Vithanage (245).
In-reply to Moors SC’s mammoth 652, Negombo CC made 302 for the loss of 9 wickets, thanks to a fighting 77 by all-rounder Roscoe Thattil batting at number 7. The two centurions for Moors SC, Mendis and Sachithra Serasinghe, led their bowling attack too, claiming 3 wickets apiece.
Moors SC – 652/8d (109.1) Ramesh Mendis 300*, Sachitra Serasinghe 149, Nimanda Madushanka 90, Charitha Kumarasinghe 51, Roshen Fernando 3/101, Saad Nasim 3/197, Uoul Indrasiri 2/153
Negombo CC – 302/9 (68) Roscoe Thattil 77, Saad Nasim 58, Lakshitha Manasinghe 53, Dilshan Munaweera 43, Pasindu Lakshanka 23, Kavishka Anjula 2/46, Sachithra Serasinghe 3/66, Ramesh Mendis 3/74
STUMPS – DAY 2
Army SC vs BRC – Group A
- Toss – BRC
- Venue – SLAOC Intl Cricket Stadium, Dombagoda
Army SC were all over BRC in their newly-built home ground in Dombagoda as they picked up 12 wickets of BRC, after posting 435 runs for the 1st innings. National cap Asela Gunaratne scored the bulk of the runs today along with a 36-ball 42 by hard-hitting Seekuge Prasanna.
All-rounder Dushan Vimukthi’s 5 wickets then kept BRC’s first innings to a mere 88 before Indian Sagar Mangalorkar showed some resistance in the 2nd innings for BRC.
Army SC – 435 (125.4) Lakshan Edirisinghe 99, Dushan Vimukthi 82, Asela Gunaratne 82, Himasha Liyanage 48, Seekkuge Prasanna 42, Duvindu Thilakarathne 4/80, Sagar Mangalorkar 2/64
BRC – 88 (25.5) Tharindu Kaushal 19*, Dushan Vimukthi 5/20, Heshan Hettiarachchi 3/30, & 59/2 (16.4) (F/O) Sagar Mangalorkar 36*
STUMPS – DAY 2
Tamil Union C & AC vs Saracens SC – Group B
- Toss – Tamil Union C & AC
- Venue – P. Sara Oval
The second day at the P. Sara Oval saw a close tussle between bat and ball as the home team ended the day 51 runs behind the visitors with just 1 wicket in hand. After losing 4 wickets for just 59 runs, veteran all-rounder Jeewan Mendis stood up for the rescue of Tamil Union C & AC with two 50-run stands with Prasansana Jayamanne and wicket-keeper Manoj Sarathchandra. Unfortunately for the hosts, Mendis was dismissed for 83 in the penultimate over of the day. Left-arm seamer Mohomed Dilshad was the chief destroyer of the Tamil Union innings claiming 3 wickets.
Saracens SC – 296/9d (84.5) Gamindu Kanishka 129*, Milinda Siriwardana 76, Chamikara Edirisinghe 28, Jeevan Mendis 4/68
Tamil Union CA & C – 245/9 (91) Jeewan Mendis 83, Maaduka Liyanapathiranage 26, Manoj Sarathchandra 26, Prasansana Jayamanne 23, Mohomed Dilshad 3/31, Chamikara Edirisinghe 2/71
STUMPS – DAY 2
CCC vs SSC – Group A
- Toss – CCC
- Venue – CCC
The defending first-class champions and current T20 champions, CCC, continued to dominate their neighbours SSC as they removed 7 wickets for 234 after scoring a massive 548 in their batting essay. Lasith Abeyratne went on to reach 150 while schoolboy and Sri Lanka U19 cap Pavan Rathnayake of Mahanama College scored an unbeaten 71 batting at number 8.
Middle-order batsman Kavindu Kulasekara anchored the SSC innings with 84 while Pasindu Sooriyabandara’s 48 batting at number 8 was their 2nd highest score.
CCC – 548 (119) Lasith Abeyratne 153, Minod Bhanuka 114, Ashan Priyanjan 90, Pawan Rathnayaka 71*, Pawantha Weerasinghe 37, Charith Asalanka 2/53, Akash Senaratne 4/120, Himesh Ramanayaka 2/71
SSC – 234/7 (61) Kavindu Kulasekara 84, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 48, Charith Asalanka 33, Sandun Weerakkody 24, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/52, Usman Ishak 2/58
STUMPS DAY 2
NCC vs Ragama CC – Group B
- Toss – Ragama CC
- Venue – NCC
NCC kickstarted their campaign with a run-fest in their own backyard, scoring a 482 against a formidable Ragama CC bowling attack in 90 overs. Wicket-keeper Lahiru Udara scored the 2nd double-ton of the tournament, remaining unbeaten on 256 in 257 deliveries.
NCC – 482/6 (90) Lahiru Udara 256*, Angelo Perera 74, Chathuranga De Silva 59, Sahan Arachchige 55*, Ishan Jayaratne 2/89, Amila Aponso 2/125
STUMPS – DAY 1