The group stage of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Major League Tournament concludes today with eight teams confirming their place for the next stage, the super 8’s.
SSC, Ragama CC, Colts and Saracens went through from group A, while the most notable absentee from the group was the star studded CCC line up which includes plenty of national players.
Chilaw Marians were the top team in group B by far with 5 outright wins from 6 games while BRC, NCC and Sri Lanka Ports Authority booked their place for the super 8’s.
SSC vs Moors
SSC posted a massive 563 all out as they secured first innings points in their game against Moors SC.
Centuries from Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne were the highlights of their mammoth total, while Minod Bhanuka, Milinda Siriwardena, and Sammu Ashan all hit half centuries.
Former SSC player Tharindhu Ratnayake captured nine wickets in the match for Moors SC as they failed to make it to the super 8’s in a disappointing campaign so far.
Sinhalese Sports Club199 (52.1): Dasun Shanaka 75, Minod Bhanuka 36, Tharindu Ratnayake 5/71, Shiran Fernando 3/56 & 563 (112.1) Kaushal Silva 142, Dimuth Karunarathna 128, Sammu Ashan 79, Minod Bhanuka 75, Milinda Siriwardana 52, Dilan Jayalath 27, Sachithra Senanayake 23, Tharindu Rathnayake 4/184, Dilanka Sandakan 4/199, Sahan Wijeratne 2/97
Moors Sports Club160 (48): Chamara Silva 32, Dilanka Sandakan 31, Adeesha Thilanchana 30, Primosh Perera 27, Sachithra Senanayake 4/40, Jeffrey Vandersay 3/30, Vimukthi Perera 2/40 & 164/5 (41) Pabasara Waduge 64, Shanuka Dulaj 52*, Irosh Samarasooriya 37, Sachithra Senanayake 2/27
Saracens vs CCC
Roshan Jayatissa and Saliya Saman’s shared 7 wickets between them as Saracens SC surprised a strong CCC outfit to secure first innings points, which eventually made sure CCC were pushed into the plate tournament while Saracens made it to the super 8’s.
Saracens skipper Harsha Cooray’s century set things up for Saracens before their bowlers made sure they held their nerve to secure first innings points.
Ashan Priyanjan hit a fighting century for CCC and Sachith Pathirana hit a fluent half century but t wasn’t enough for them to hunt down Saracens’ 496 all out.
Saracens Sports Club496 (127.2): Harsha Cooray 140, Minhaj Jaleel 82, Thanuka Dabare 72, Saliya Saman 69, Promod Maduwantha 29, Navindu Vithanage 34, Sachith Pathirana 4/95, Ashan Priyanjan 2/63
Colombo Cricket Club372 (128.3): Ashan Priyanjan 101, Kaveen Bandara 92, Madawa Warnapura 48, Sachith Pathirana 50, Lahiru Gamage 31, Malindu Maduranga 21, Roshan Jayatissa 4/100, Saliya Saman 3/67
Army vs BRC
BRC secured first innings points but Army batted throughout day three as they ended on 454/9 in 115 overs.
Lakshitha Madushan’s 151* not out was the highlight of their innings while Dilshan De Soysa and Ashan Randika hit half centuries.
Chamikara Edirisinghe and Himesh Ramanayake picked up three wickets each for BRC as their bowlers toiled hard throughout the day in tough conditions.
Army Cricket Club232 (65.3): Dilshan de Soysa 50, Seekkuge Prasanna 45, Himasha Liyanage 21, Kasun de Silva 21, Tillakaratne Sampath 4/40, Chamikara Edirisinghe 3/70, Suraj Randiv 2/39 & 454/9 (115) Lakshitha Madushan 151*, Dilshan de Soysa 56, Ashan Randika 52, Dushan Vimukthi 47, Kasun de Silva 46, Himasha Liyanage 36, Yasoda Mendis 26, Chamikara Edirisinghe 3/91, Himesh Ramanayake 3/56, Suraj Randiv 2/162
Burgher Recreation Club345 (84.4): Rumesh Buddika 114, Lisula Lakshan 80, Lasith Lakshan 65, Tillakaratne Sampath 22, Harsha Vithana 21, Dushan Vimukthi 5/65, Dilshan de Soysa 2/26, Seekkuge Prasanna 2/95
Ragama vs Bloomfield
Roshen Silva warmed up for the Bangladesh Test series in style as he hit a brilliant unbeaten century for Ragama CC as they secured first innings points against Bloomfield. Silva followed up his half century in the first innings with a patient century, as his knock included 10 fours to make sure he batted his team to safety.
The man in red hot form, Lahiru Milantha, hit another brisk 92 and was unfortunate to miss out on a third ton in 4 innings.
Ragama Cricket Club320 (90): Lahiru Thirimanna 62, Roshen Silva 59, Sameera de Zoysa 53, Janith Liyanage 50, Lahiru Milantha 38, Kasun Rajitha 4/81, Lahiru Samarakoon 2/51, Malith de Silva 2/86, Ramesh Mendis 2/89 & 327/7 (109) Roshen Silva 106*, Lahiru Milantha 92, Janith Liyanage 39, Lahiru Thirimanna 31, Malith de Silva 3/74, Ramesh Mendis 2/65
Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club273 (63.5): Lahiru Samarakoon 53*,, Malith de Silva 52, Pramud Hettiwatte 48, Nipun Karunanayake 46, Ramesh Mendis 35, Nishan Peiris 4/97, Ishan Jayaratne 3/63, Amila Aponso 3/75
Badureliya SC vs NCC
NCC recorded a vital outright win to book their place in the super 8’s while Badureliya SC will now have to fight to survive relegation in the plate championship.
The win was set up by NCC’s two left arm spinners Chathuranga De Silva and Lasith Embuldeniya as the duo shared seven wickets between them to dismiss Badureliya for a paltry 160, before NCC chased the required 45 runs without the loss of any wickets.
Badureliya Cricket Club194 (72.4): Sanjaya Chathuranga 28, Alankara Asanka 25, Chathuranga de Silva 3/28, Lasith Embuldeniya 3/33, Lahiru Kumara 2/45 & 160 (54.4)Subramanian Anand 62, Shiran Ratnayake 21, Chathuranga de Silva 4/44, Lasith Ambuldeniya 3/46
Nondescripts Cricket Club313 (89.1): Angelo Perera 89, Malinga Amarasinghe 45, Farveez Maharoof 37, Mahela Udawatte 33, Alankara Asanka 3/43, Nimanda Subasinghe 3/59 Dilesh Gunarathna 2/95 & 45/0 (4.4) Lahiru Udara 39*