Galle, Bloomfield record crucial wins in the battle for promotions

SLC Major League Tier B tournament

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Four matches of the Tier B Major League Tournament 2018/19 concluded today as the fifth week of the tournament came to an end. 3-day encounters were worked off from the 27th to 29th of March.

Kalutara Town Club Vs Galle Cricket Club

Kaluthara Town Club was completely destroyed by a dominant Galle CC performance, handing them a defeat of an innings and 115 runs at the Galle International Cricket Ground.

Kalutara won the toss and elected to bat first but were folded for 149 runs, courtesy of experienced Off spinner Suraj Randiv’s 7-fer.

Galle put up a mammoth total of 406 runs thanks to 41-year-old Damitha Hunukumbara’s stylish century. Then left arm orthodox Gayan Sirisoma spun his way to a 5-wicket haul to restrict Kaluthara for 142 and seal the victory for Galle CC.

Suraj Randiv’s all-round performance was the highlight of the match: 9 wickets & 67 runs.

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Brief Scores

Kalutara Town Club – 149 (55) | Nilushan Nonis 34, Ravindu Kodituwakku 32, Suraj Randiv 7/21, Gayan Sirisoma 3/25 & 142 (46.5) Nipuna Gamage 43, Akeel Inham 33, Gayan Sirisoma 5/46, Akalanka Ganegama 2/18, Suraj Randiv 2/31

Galle Cricket Club – 406/6d (103) |Damitha Hunukumbura 127, Suraj Randiv 67, STP Kandanearachchi 62, Kevin Koththiigoda 60, Harsha Vithana 55, Eranga Rathnayake 3/63, Pasindu Madushan 2/117

Galle Won by an Innings & 115 Runs

Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club Vs Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club

Bloomfield hosted Kurunegala Youth Club in a head-turning battle but ultimately, a strong Bloomfield CAAC outfit came out victorious by 7 wickets to record their 2nd win in the tournament.

Former Royalist Geeshat Panditharatne was the main contributor with the bat for Bloomfield as he piled a 158-match total to guide his team to the victory.

Photos: Bloomfield C & AC v KYCC | Major Tier “B” Tournament 2018/2019

Brief Scores

Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club – 245 (65.3) | Sameera Sadamal 77, Keshan Wanniarachchi 72, Damith Perera 28, Dileepa Jayalath 2/12, Aravinda Premaratne 2/14 & 200 (51.4) Dhanushka Dharmasiri 77, Dinushka Malan 31, Rasanjana Jayaratne 20, Asantha Singappuli 3/30, Dileepa Jayalath 2/32, Sanoj Darshika 2/22

Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club – 276 (81.2) | Geeshat Panditharatne 99, A Singappulige 61, SMD Jayawardena 40, Kasun Ekanayake 23, Rasanjana Jayaratne 4/80, Lahiru Jayaratne 3/20 & 173/3 (37.1) Geeshat Panditharatne 59*, Sanoj Darshika 49*, Sachin Jayawardena 24, Asantha Singappulige 20

Bloomfield Won By 7 Wickets

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Air Force Sports Club Vs Panadura Sports Club

Air Force SC and Panadura SC locked horns at the Air Force Ground, Katunayake and Panandura lower middle order held their nerves to secure a thrilling draw which was heading for an Air Force victory.

Home team decided to bat first after winning the toss but off spinner Sehan Weerasinghe’s 6/74 made sure the Air Force were bundled out for 223.

After the reply of 258 by Panadura SC, the hosts came out attacking in the second innings as they raced to 302/6 in 65 overs on the back of Dulash Udayanga’s eye catching 119* before they declared and asked Panadura SC to chase 268 in 600 odd overs.

Panadura SC had to stop dreaming for a win after they were reduced to 5 for 46 in the 16th over and were forced to block for a draw.

Hosts could only dismiss one batsman after their early attack and the game ended in a draw.

Photos: Air Force SC v Panadura SC – Major Tier “B” Tournament 2018/2019

Brief Scores

Air Force Sports Club – 223 (71.4) | Dulash Udayanga 76*, Suminda Lakshan 33, Roscoe Thattil 27, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 22, Amitha Kaushalya 3/85, KPSAM Weerasinghe 6/74 & 302/6d (65) Dulash Udayanga 119*, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 72, Sampath Perera 29, Chanaka Wijesinghe 23, Udayawansha Parakrama 22, Amitha Kaushalya 4/91

Panadura Sports Club – 258 (74) | Abhishek Gupta 79, Mishen Silva 68, Thimira Jayasinghe 30, Sehan Weerasinghe 27, Nimesha Mendis 4/41, Umega Chaturanga 3/81, Suminda Lakshan 2/55 & 146/6 (56) Asantha Basnayake 47*, Vinodh Perera 30*, Sehan Weerasinghe 28, Umega Chaturanga 2/16, Sampath Perera 2/18, Nimesha Mendis 2/26

MATCH DRAWN

Police Sports Club Vs Navy Sports Club

The Navy Ground at Welisara facilitated another game between the hosts and Police SC which didn’t produce a result this week.

Exciting young talent Nishan Madushka of Moratu Vidyalaya played an impressive knock of 70, continuing his form this season and veteran spinner Ajantha Mendis changed his roles to score 63 in Police SC’s 1st innings.

Left arm spinner Dinuka Hettiarachchi starred with the ball for Police as he ended up with 8 wickets to his name while Salitha Fernando of Navy Sports Club scored half centuries in both innings.

Photos: Navy SC v Police SC – Major Tier “B” Tournament 2018/19

Brief Scores

Police Sports Club – 306 (83.4) | Nishan Madushka 70, Amit Kumar 57, Ajantha Mendis 57, Gitansh Khera 55, Supun Madushanka 28, Savindu Peiris 4/120, Tharushan Iddamalgoda 2/26, HGK Dilshan 2/75 & 290 (72.4) Gitansh Khera 64, Amit Kumar 54, Ajantha Mendis 63, Manjula Jayawardene 23, Malinga Maligaspe 22, Pawan Dias 21, Dilanka Auwardt 3/55, HGK Dilshan 2/42, Savindu Peiris 2/71

Navy Sports Club – 284 (84.4) | Salitha Fernando 82, Dilan Chandima 59, Dushan Hemantha 46, Savindu Peiris 26, Dinuka Hettiarachchi 6/105, Manjula Jayawardene 3/58 & 136/5 (29) Salitha Fernando 52, Tharushan Iddamalgoda 52*, Manjula Jayawardene 3/29, Dinuka Hettiarachchi 2/76

MATCH DRAWN

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