Six games of the Major Clubs T20 Tournament were played today (8th June) in Colombo, with all chasing teams recording wins.
Lakshan Gamage of Army SC bamboozled the Kurunegala YCC top-order as the right-arm seamer picked up 2 quick wickets in his first 2 overs, leaving the opposition stranded on 12 for 2. He then came back in his second spell at the death, picking up 2 more wickets in the 20th over. The youngster was well supported by his senior bowler, Yasoda Mendis who also accounted for 4 scalps in the game.
This pair’s terrific bowling performance left the Kurunegala team in grave trouble as they managed only 88 runs. The soldiers chased it down with not too much trouble.
Another bowler who had an outstanding day in the field was the ambidextrous spinner, Tharindu Rathnayake. Rathnayake, playing for Sebastianites CAC, unsettled the Kandy Customs CC batters as the spinner ended with 4 wickets for just 8 runs with a maiden included.
NCC played Panadura SC today which ended in the latter’s favour. Yet, it was Sandun Weerakkody of NCC who happened to be the most exciting player in the game.
The left-handed opener scored a fighting fifty while the rest of his team was struggling. His 53 off 46 deliveries proved vital as NCC only had 118 runs on board. Quite surprisingly, Weerakkody, who is a wicketkeeper by the norm, came out with the ball in hand and picked 4 wickets at the death for NCC. His efforts did manage to push this chase to the 19th over, but could not end it on the positive side.
Young Ravindu Rashantha of Colombo Colts CC also played an impressive innings today as Colts defeated Negombo CC by 4 wickets. Rashantha made a gutsy 46 off 39 deliveries with 3 big sixers included in his knock.
Nondescripts Cricket Club vs Panadura Sports Club
Nondescripts Cricket Club 118/4 (20)
Sandun Weerakkody 53, Upul Tharanga 30, Tharindu Kaushal 2/22
Panadura Sports Club 119/7 (19)
Sanjaya Chathuranga 32, Kosala Rvindu 28, Lakshan Rodrigo 21, Sandun Weerakkody 3/11
PANADURA SC WON BY 3 WICKETS
Negombo Cricket Club vs Colombo Colts Cricket Club
Negombo Cricket Club 107/7 (20)
Umesh Lakshan 34, Sandaruwan Chinthaka 29, Akila Dananjaya 3/21 Chamod Batage 2/25
Colombo Colts Cricket Club 108/6 (17.5)
Ravindu Rasantha 46, Vishad Randika 23, Sangeeth Cooray 20, Sandaruwan Chinthaka 2/8 Dilshan Munaweera 2/25
COLOMBO COLTS CC WON BY 4 WICKETS
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club vs Nugegoda Sports & Welfare Club
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club 120/10 (20)
Harindu Jayasekera 38 Raveen Yasas 20 Chaminda Bandara 19/2 Rahul Gunasekera 2/25
Nugegoda Sports & Welfare Club 123/6 (19.4)
Pasindu Pathum 26* Lisula Lakshan 25, Shehan Silva 2/9 Kasun Vidura 2/19
NUGEGODA SWC WON BY 4 WICKETS
Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club vs Sri Lanka Army Sports Club
Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club88 (19.4)
Lahiru Jayaratne 27, Tharinda Wijesinghe 24, Keshan Thisal 22 , Lakshan Gamage 4/07, Yasoda Mendis 4/16
Sri Lanka Army Sports Club 89/3 (8.4)
Seekkuge Prasanna 25
SL ARMY SC WON BY 7 WICKETS
Burgher Recreation Club vs Ragama Cricket Club
Burgher Recreation Club 101/8 (20)
Dilan Jayalath 20, Janith Liyanage 3/28, Dellon Peiris 2/10
Ragama Cricket Club 105/6 (19.5)
Yohan Liyanage 31, Janith Liyanage 31, Dushan Hemantha 2/13, Umeshka Morais 2/13, Duvindu Tillakaratne 2/19
RAGAMA CC WON BY 4 WICKETS
Kandy Customs Sports Club vs Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club
Kandy Customs Sports Club 107/7 (20)
Mithun Jayawickrama 41, Ayesh Harshana 21, Tharindu Ratnayake 4/08, Bishan Hettiarchchi 2/18
Sebastianites Cricket & Athletic Club 113/5 (17.4)
Sacha De Alwis 30, Sachitha Jayathilake 25, Sasith Manuranga 2/23
SEBASTIANITES CAC WON BY 5 WICKETS