The final of the SLC Major League Tournament between Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club and Colombo Cricket Club kicked off today (17th November) at SSC Grounds in Colombo.
Tamil Union skipper Sadeera Samarawickrama won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first on a batting-friendly SSC surface.
The skipper himself opened the batting with left-hander Navod Paranavithana and the duo got their side off to an excellent start putting on a century stand for the first wicket.
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Paranavithana was the first to be dismissed after scoring 54 runs off 70 balls with 4 fours. Samarawickrama then built another crucial stand with No. 3 batter Ron Chandraguptha for the 2nd wicket. The due added 130 runs off 188 balls before the left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara dismissed Chandraguptha for 48 runs.
Samarawickrama who made a century (150) in their last group game of the tournament against Nugegoda SWC, brought up another stunning century today in the big game. Samarawicrkama managed to score his 12th first-class century and his highest score in first-class cricket.
He stroked 188 runs off 243 balls with 18 fours and a six as Tamil Union C & AC ended the first day’s play on a high putting 356/5 on the board. National-capped spinner Lakshan Sandakan and left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando picked up 2 wickets each for CCC.
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Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club – 356/5 (84) Sadeera Samarawickrama 188, Navod Paranavithana 54, Ron Chandraguptha 48, Lakshan Sandakan 2/47, Vishwa Fernando 2/77
Stumps – Day 1