Anjala Bandara’s second ton, the highlight of the opening day of week 4

SLC Major Club U23 Tournament 2023


The 4th week games of the SLC Major Club kick started yesterday (6th March) as 8 two-day games began in various venues across the country.

Group A

In Group A, table toppers Tamil Union C & AC hosted Ace Capital CC who is sitting just one position below and bundled them out for 191 after winning the toss and putting the visitors to bat first. Left-arm spinner, Dilum Sudeera picked up 6 wickets recording his third 5-wicket haul of the tournament. In reply, the hosts were 99 runs behind at close as they eye another first innings win with 7 wickets in hand.

Galle CC taking on Air Force SC in Katunayake finished day 1 on 276/7 as they look to climb up the group standings with a strong performance in this game. Kaveesha Rajapaksa and Captain Vinura Dulsara starred for the visitors with scores of 84 and 71.

Tamil Union C & AC vs Ace Capital CC at P. Sara Oval, Colombo

Toss – Tamil Union

Ace Capital CC – 191 (66.2) Pubudu Bandara 62, Sakuna Liyanage 51, Dilum Sudeera 6/49, Raveen De Silva 2/24

Tamil Union C & AC – 92/3 (20.4) Navod Paranavithana 36, Sithara Hapuhinna 30, Ashan Dilhara 2/18

Stumps Day 1 – Tamil Union trail by 99 runs

Air Force SC vs Galle CC at Air Force Grounds, Katunayake

Toss – Air Force

Galle CC – 276/7 (86.5) Kaveesha Rajapaksa 84, Vinura Dulsara 71, Sandew Induwara 32, Shannon Fernando 31, Asitha Heshan 2/23, Movin Subasinghe 2/70

Stumps Day 1 

Group B

Group B toppers SSC, having won all their previous 3 games, amassed 276/4 in the 52.2 overs which were allowed at the Panagoda Army Grounds as rain interrupted the day’s play. Top scoring for SSC, Tenushka Nanayakkara ended the day on 94*. Panadura SC will be eyeing to gain some important points in this game and move out of the last spot in the group standings.

In the game between hosts Sebastianites C & AC and Kurunegala Youth CC, visiting team’s Nimanda Kirindage took the limelight with a bowling performance of 5/79.

Panadura SC vs SSC at Army Grounds, Panagoda

Toss – SSC

SSC – 276/4 (52.2) Tenushka Nanayakkara 94*, Sadisha Rajapaksa 71, Kavindu Nadeeshan 29*, Chamindu Wickramasinghe 25, Gaviru Senhas 24, Ranuda Somarathne 23, Sachira Rashmika 3/58

Stumps Day 1

Sebastianites C & AC vs Kurunegala Youth CC at De Zoysa Stadium, Moratuwa

Toss – Sebastianites

Sebastianites C & AC – 222/7 (57) Thevindu Senaratne 59*, Lahiru Fernando 54, Miranga Wickramage 35*, Isiwara Dissanayake 29, Lohan De Zoysa 21, Nimanda Kirindage 5/79

Stumps Day 1 

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Group C

The only Group C game which began yesterday was between Colts CC and Bloomfield C & AC and the opening day ended keeping the game in a balanced state. Scoring 227 for the first innings, hosts Colts will be looking for a good finish as Bloomfield look to rebuild fromtheir overnight score of 66/3. Bloomfield’s spinner Aravinth Rajendran was the star of the day with a 5-wicket haul as Colts opener Shalin De Mel excelled with the bat scoring 82.

Colts CC vs Bloomfield C & AC at Colts Grounds, Colombo

Toss – Bloomfield

Colts CC – 227 (65.1) Shalin De Mel 82, Sheran Fonseka 59, Vinuja Ranpul 29, Sandun Abeywardhana 24, Aravinth Rajendran 5/92, Malinda Perera 3/49

Bloomfield C & AC – 66/3 (22) Senura Silva 22, Sandun Abeywardhana 2/4

Stumps Day 1 – Bloomfield trail by 161 runs

Group D

All 6 teams of Group D were involved in games yesterday as some high scoring first innings batting performances were recorded. Table toppers Ragama CC put on a 310/8 against Negombo CC while CCC and Kandy Customs CC scored 260/8 and 270/6 against Police SC and Badureliya CC respectively.

Wicket keeper batter Anjala Bandara top-scored with an unbeaten 113 for CCC while opener Hirantha Jayasinghe top-scored for Kandy Customs with 73.

Negombo CC vs Ragama CC at BOI Grounds, Katunayake

Toss – Ragama

Ragama CC – 310/8d (73) Avishka Tharindu 66, Dulaj Bandara 64, Dellon Peiris 55, Ranmith Jayasena 50, Yohan Liyanage 37, Sasanka Nirmal 2/44, Aveesha Keshan 2/46

Negombo CC – 19/1 (6) Mihil Kaveen 14*

Stumps Day 1 – Negombo trail by 291 runs

Police SC vs CCC at Police Grounds, Colombo

Toss – Police

CCC – 260/8 (90) Anjala Bandara 113*, Pawantha Weerasinghe 33, Vinushka Silva 33, Sachira Rashmitha 27, Dinuka Wanniarachchi 3/40, Rohan Sanjaya 3/51

Stumps Day 1

Badureliya CC vs Kandy Customs CC at Surrey Village Grounds, Maggona

Toss – Badureliya

Kandy Customs CC – 270/6 (77) Hirantha Jayasinghe 73, Rashmika Madushanka 48, Isuru Sandamal 47, Rashmika Mevan 46, Irusha Akash 27, Dunith Jayathunga 2/24

Stumps Day 1

All 8 games will be resumed for the 2nd and last days play today while the Group C game between Chilaw Marians CC and BRC at the R. Premadasa International Stadium will begin today.

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