The re-play of the rain-hindered games in the Major Club T20 Tournament resumed with 2 games being played yesterday and 6 more being worked off today (6).
A brisk partnership between the Colombo CC Skipper, Ashan Priyanjan, and a senior cog in the team, Minod Bhanuka, instilled hope back again to the CCC camp as they now look at an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals with 2 more games remaining.
Chasing 129 runs for victory against Sri Lanka Air Force SC, Bhanuka anchored the innings for CCC. The stylish left-hander scored 58 runs in 47 deliveries with 4 spectacular sixers being included in his knock.
The experienced Priyanjan was in no mood to fend as he went all guns blazing right from the start of the innings. He struck at a strike rate of over 170, as the right-hander smashed 3 sixers and 4 fours on his way to 43 runs in 25 deliveries. These two batters ensured that CCC won the game comfortably.
Meanwhile, Inshaka Siriwardena of Kalutara Town Club took fans by surprise as he was instrumental in a tied game which went on to become the lowest-scoring tied encounter in Sri Lanka. Siriwardena claimed a fifer in just 12 deliveries against Galle Cricket Club. Both teams ended up scoring 30 runs each in this rain-shortened 6-overs-per-side affair.
Although Kasun Vidura of Chilaw Marians CC also did score a fine fifty against Ragama CC, his team gave him no support to pull the game their way. The Marians ended with just 117 runs on board, while Vidura scored 51 runs, and the Captain of the team Kavindu Irosh made 46 runs. None of the other batters made over 5 runs.
It was still a crunch chase for Ragama CC as Left-arm spin duo Avindu Theekshana and Raveen Yasas showed resistance with the ball in hand. The pair helped the Marians to drag the game till the last over, but Ragama CC still managed to go past the line in the end.
Both Theekshana and Yasas picked up 3 wickets each in the game.
Methushan Thilina of Kandy Customs CC registered the best figures of the day with 3 wickets for 12 runs in his 4 overs against Negombo CC.
The star spinner of Colombo Colts CC, Akila Dananjaya also picked 3 for 12 runs against Police Sports Club.
Sri Lanka Army Sports Club vs Galle Cricket Club
Sri Lanka Army Sports Club 146/9 (20)
Mahesh Kumara 35, Seekkuge Prasanna 30, Dinesh Chandimal 30, Lakshan Edirisinghe 20. Rajith Priyan 3/35, Dilshan Kanchana 2/18, Chathura Lakshan 2/19
Galle Cricket Club 109/8 (20)
Kawsitha Kodithuwakku 33, Kavindu Ediriweera 22, Hareen Buddila 21, Lakshan Gamage 2/17, Yasoda Mendis 2/21
SL ARMY SC WON BY 37 RUNS
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club vs Ragama Cricket Club
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club 117/8 (20)
Kasun Vidura 51, Kavindu Irosh 46, Ishan Jayaratne 3/14, Janaka Sampath 2/16, Nipun Malinga 2/23
Ragama Cricket Club 121/7 (19.4)
Avishka Tharindu 33, Nishan Madushka 28, Raveen Yasas 3/20, Avindu Theekshana 3/22
RAGAMA CC WON BY 3 WICKETS
Sinhalese Sports Club vs Saracens Sports Club
Sinhalese Sports Club 87/8 (18.5)
Chamindu Wickramasinghe 27, Keshan Wijerathne 20, Udith Madushan 3/21, Promod Maduwantha 2/11, Akash Senaratne 2/20
Saracens Sports Club 82/2 (12.3)
Thaveesha Kahaduwaarachchi 34, Sithara Gimhan 20
SARACENS SC WON BY 8 WICKETS
Sri Lanka Police Sports Club vs Colombo Colts Cricket Club
Sri Lanka Police Sports Club 82 (18.4)
Akila Dananjaya 3/12, Muditha Lakshan 3/13, Mohamed Shiraz 2/18, Sangeeth Cooray 2/19
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 86/6 (17.4)
Hashan Dumindu 41, Nalin Priyadarshana 2/16
COLOMBO COLTS CC WON BY 4 WICKETS
Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club vs Colombo Cricket Club
Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club 128/7 (20)
Udayawansha Parakrama 48, Movin Subasingha 33, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/23, Pawantha Weerasinghe 2/09
Colombo Cricket Club 129/4 (15.5)
Minod Bhanuka 58, Ashan Priyanjan 46
COLOMBO CRICKET CLUB WON BY 6 WICKETS
Kandy Customs Sports Club vs Negombo Cricket Club
Kandy Customs Sports Club 117/8 (20)
Sajith Priyal 26, Mithun Jayawickrama 26, Roshen Fernando 3/22, Sheshan Fernando 2/20, Pasindu Ushettige2/21
Negombo Cricket Club 74 (18.1)
Dimuth Sandaruwan 24, Dilasri Lokubandara 21, Methushan Thilina 3/12, Mithun Jayawickrama 3/20, Ayesh Harshana 2/10
KANDY CUSTOMS SC WON BY 43 RUNS
Badureliya Cricket Club vs Lankan Cricket Club
Badureliya Cricket Club 118/7 (20)
Malindu Maduranga 23, Mithira Thenura 22, Anuk Fernando 22, Lasindu Arosha 21*, Miranga Wickramage 3/18, Rajeewa Weerasinghe 2/14
Lankan Cricket Club 97/7 (20)
Anuk Fernando 3/19, Lakmal De Silva 2/15
BADURELIYA CC WON BY 21 RUNS
Galle Cricket Club vs Kalutara Town Club
Galle Cricket Club 30/9 (6)
Inshaka Siriwardena 5/05, Tharindu Siriwardene 2/12
Kalutara Town Club 30/9 (6)
Hareen Buddila 3/07, Sandun Madushanka 2/10