Bhanuka Rajapaksa carried his IPL form through to the Major Club T20 Tournament as the southpaw started off with a century in his first game. Six games of the tournament were played today (23) and three were washed out. ‘
The BRC Captain flew down from Mumbai this morning and drove straight to the grounds to lead his club in their tournament-opener. The left-hander smashed a hundred off just 56 deliveries against Panadura SC. His blazing knock saw 9 sixes and 4 fours in it as he toyed with the Panadura bowlers.
BRC won the game by 41 runs.
Sri Lanka U19 graduate Abhishek Liyanarachchi impressed in his T20 debut playing for Nugegoda S&WC as the right-handed opener scored a fine fifty off 44 deliveries. He set the tone for Nugegoda SC to lay the foundation to defeat the mighty NCC. Abhishek and the collective efforts from the bowlers earned a close 6-run win.
Jeffrey Vandersay keeps on pushing for his place in the Sri Lanka white-ball side as the leg-spinner’s figures ended being the best of the day He picked up 3 for 19 bowling the full quota of overs and supported Tamil Union C&AC to keep the Sebastianites C&AC for just 120 runs.
Speedster Shiran Fernando also picked up 3 wickets in the same game. The Tamils chased down the target with 7 wickets intact.
Sahan Aarachchige of NCC also bagged 3 wickets for 22 runs to earn his share of the focus in today’s matches.
Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club vs Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club
Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club 120 (19.5)
Tharindu Ratnayake 33, Adil Amin 31, Jeffrey Vandersay 3/19, Shiran Fernando 3/24, Dilruwan Perera 2/15
Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club 122/3 (14.5)
Sadeera Samarawickrama 47, Navod Paranavithana 36, Isuru Udana 25
TAMIL UNION WON BY 7 WICKETS
Burgher Recreation Club vs Panadura Sports Club
Burgher Recreation Club 175/5 (20)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa 100, Dushan Hemantha 33*, Dilan Jayalath 25, Akila Shenesh 2/34
Panadura Sports Club 134/5 (20)
Koshan Dhanushka 36, Sanjaya Chathuranga 27*, Lakshan Rodrigo 24, S Maleesha 22, Dushan Hemantha 2/26
BURGHER RECREATION CLUB WON BY 41 RUNS
Nugegoda Sports & Welfare Club vs Nondescripts Cricket Club
Nugegoda Sports & Welfare Club 124/9 (20)
Abisheak Liyanarachchi 51, Rumesh Buddika 22, Sahan Arachchige 3/22, Wanuja Sahan 2/25, Sampath Nishshanka 2/26
Nondescripts Cricket Club 118 (15)
Sahan Arachchige 33, Johanne De Zilva 22, Chaminda Bandara 2/19, Hansa De Silva 2/19, Sahan Nanayakkara 2/20, Naveen Fernando 2/21, Ranitha Liyanarachchi 2/34
NUGEGODA SPORTS & WELFARE CLUB WON BY 6 RUNS
Police Sports Club vs Colombo Colts Cricket Club
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 58/6 (10.4)
Muditha Lakshan 29*, Nuwan Pradeep 2/06, Lahiru Diyantha 2/11
Sri Lanka Police Sports Club
Ragama Cricket Club vs Chilaw Marians Cricket Club
MATCH CALLED OFF DUE TO RAIN
Negombo Cricket Club vs Kandy Customs Sports Club
MATCH CALLED OFF DUE TO RAIN