Pushpakumara, Rathnayake put CCC, SSC in control

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Five matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League Tier A Tournament continued around the island today (5).

CCC vs Saracens SC

Malinda Pushpakumara’s 6 wicket haul made sure CCC secured a crucial 69 run first innings lead in their encounter against Saracens SC.

Saracens’ star from the opening day Chamikara Edirisinghe who captured a 9 wicket haul was the only man to stand tall with the bat too as he made a half century lower down the order.

Photos: Saracens SC v CCC – Major League Tier A Tournament 2018/19

CCC drove home the advantage as they ended the day in a strong position at 186/2 with Ron Chandraguptha making an unbeaten 75*.

Colombo Cricket Club 238 (62) Madawa Warnapura 63, Wanindu Hasaranga 32, Ron Chandraguptha 30, Vishwa Fernando 28*, Manelkar de Silva 22, Chamikara Edirisinghe 9/87 & 186/2 (51) Ron Chandraguptha 75*, Madawa Warnapura 46, Minod Bhanuka 37

Saracens Sports Club 169 (64.4) Chamikara Edirisinghe 53, Saliya Saman 27, Ranitha Liyanarachchi 23*, Pramod Maduwantha 22, Malinda Pushpakumara 6/73, Lahiru Gamage 2/34, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/27


SSC vs BRC

Rumesh Buddika struck a magnificent century but BRC fell short by 27 runs from SSC’s 289 first innings runs.

The ambidextrous Tharindu Ratnayake who is also the highest wicket taker of the tournament with 30 wickets, went about his business once again with another five wicket haul.

Photos: BRC v SSC | Major League Tier A Tournament 2018/19

SSC were in a spot of bother though when stumps were drawn as they were 127/6 but Kaushal Silva held one end up to remain unbeaten on 57*.

Sinhalese Sports Club 289 (66.4) Sammu Ashan 125, Kavindu Kulasekara 42, Sachithra Senanayake 32, Akash Senarathna 28, Duvindu Thilakarathna 5/65, Neranjana Wanniarachchi 2/36 & 127/6 (32) Kaushal Silva 57*, Krishan Arachchige 33, Duvindu Thilakarathne 3/21, Lasith Lakshan 2/25

Burgher Recreation Club 267 (79) Rumesh Buddika 105*, Bhanuka Rajapaksha 44, TN Sampath 42, Lasith Lakshan 25, Tharindu Rathnayake 5/83, Kasun Madushanka 2/50, Sachithra Senannayaka 2/47


Ragama CC vs Tamil Union

Sachithra Serasinghe’s unbeaten century put Tamil Union on track to hunt down the mammoth 433 runs made by Ragama CC in their first innings.

Photos: Tamil Union C & AC v Ragama CC – Major League Tier A Tournament 2018/19

He got very good support from Tharanga Paranavithana who remained unbeaten on 76* as Tamil Union ended the day on 223/2.

Chathura Peiris picked up both wickets to fall for Ragama CC as their bowlers toiled hard on a hot and humid day.

Ragama Cricket Club 433 (118.2) Supeshala Jayathilaka 100, Janith Liyanage 52,Ishan Jayarathna 50, Dineth Thimodya 49, Shehan Fernando 41, Sahan Nanayakkara 35, Sanjaya Chathuranga 36, Jeewan Mendis 4/125 Dinuk Wickramanayake 3/44,

Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club 223/2 (58) Sachithra Serasinghe 107*, Tharanga Paranavithana 76*, Chatura Pieris 2/38


Moors SC vs Army CC

Moors SC made a better effort in their second essay as they reached 193/3 at stumps.

Earlier in the day Army were bowled out for 221 with most batsmen getting starts while Keshan Wijeyratne picked up 3 wickets for Moors.

Pabasara Waduge, Chamara Silva and Irosh Samarasuriya all made half centuries for Moors in their second innings.

Moors Sports Club 110 (44.4) Adeesha Thilanchana 35, Dushan Vimukthi 5/35, Danusika Bandara 2/16, Nuwan Liyanapathirana 2/30 & 193/3 (50) Pabasara Waduge 52, Irosh Samarasuriya 82*, Chamara Silva 52, Dushan Vimukthi 2/64

Army Cricket Club 221 (80.1) Dushan Vimukthi 35, Ashan Randika 32, Dilshan de Soysa 32, Lakshitha Madushan 20,Yasoda mendis 26, Danushika Bandara 25, Keshan wijerathhan 3/40, Ramesh Mendis 2/25, Tharindu Kaushal 2/31


SLPA vs Chilaw Marians

Chilaw Marians who fell short by 30 runs in their first innings against Ports Authority, fought back with late wickets to leave the game in the balance.

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SLPA were 112/6 at close with an overall lead of 142 runs with the pitch starting to favor the spinners.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC 233 (68.5) Yohan de Silva 64, Primosh Perera 51, Prakash Wickramasinghe 46*, Ruvindu Gunasekara 24, Sagar Paresh 6/70, Karimuttathu Rakesh 2/41 & 112/6 (46) Adeesha Nanayakkara 64, Roshan Jayatissa 2/16, Nimesh Vimukthi 2/51

Chilaw Marians Cricket Club 203  (60.2) Risith Upamal 54, Oshada Fernando 50, Pulina Tharanga 28, Harsha Cooray 22, Anuk de Alwis 4/53, Chaminda Bandara 3/54, Chanaka Komasaru 2/79