The group stage matches in the AIA Premier League Tournament 2015/16 ended on Sunday with outright wins for Galle CC, Ragama CC, Moors SC and Bloomfield C & AC.
Ragama ended their game on Friday while Moors completed a cracking win on Saturday.The newly-promoted Galle CC is the success story of this season as they have ended the group stage winning group B with 60 points from 6 games. The strong Tamil Union outfit finished on top of group A with 59 points from 6 matches.
Out of all 14 teams, Tamil Union, Moors, CCC and Ragama proceeded to the Super Eight stage from group A while Galle, Colts, NCC and SSC clinched their places from group B.
The other remaining six clubs – Chilaw Marians, Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC, Saracens, Bloomfield, SL Army & Badureliya will battle out in the Plate competition.
On the final group stage match day, Galle CC and Bloomfield registered convincing victories over Badureliya & SL Army respectively.
Galle vs Badureliya
Galle CC recorded an innings and 101-run win over Badureliya CC at Galle International Stadium.
The hosts’ left-arm spinner Gayan Sirisoma completed a 10-wicket match bag as he ripped through the Badureliya team twice in three days.
Badureliya – 160 all out in 55.2 overs: Nadeera Nawala 60, Sameera Vithana 40, Gayan Sirisoma 4/37, Suraj Randiv 4/66.
Galle – 494/7 declared in 88.5 overs: Nisal Randika 50, Navindu Nirmal 55, Rumesh Buddhika 193, Chamara Silva 76, Harsha Vithana 71, Sahan Adeesha 3/62, Chamath Goonesinghe 2/91.
Badureliya (2nd inn) – 233 all out in 61.5 overs: Yashan Samarasinghe 37, Sachien Hewawasam 26, Nadeera Nawala 30, Hasantha Fernando 65, Gayan Sirisoma 6/90, Suraj Randiv 2/53.
Bloomfield vs SL Army
Bloomfield notched up an 8-wicket win over the Soldiers at Bloomfield grounds.
Madawa Warnapura and Dilhan Cooray stroked unbeaten half-centuries as the hosts’ chased down the tricky target of 169.
Army – 212 all out in 64.1 overs: Asela Gunarathne 81, Seekkuge Prasanna 38, Upul Indrasiri 5/72, Chathura Randunu 2/32.
Bloomfield – 194 all out in 61.3 overs: Primosh Perera 42, Dilhan Cooray 77, Dushan Vimukthi 4/26, Seekkuge Prasanna 3/68.
Army (2nd inn) – 150 all out in 47 overs: Manjula De Zoysa 36, Leo Fransisco 26, Chathura Randunu 4/70, Upul Indrasiri 4/35.
Bloomfield (2nd inn) – 169/2 in 45.2 overs: Madawa Warnapura 67*, Dilhan Cooray 52, Primosh Perera 38.
SSC vs Colts
Colts CC had to be satisfied with only a first-innings win over the fancied SSC outfit at SSC grounds.
Sri Lanka’s no.1 Test opener, Dimuth Karunarathne made a solid & unbeaten century on the final session of the game after the visitors set a target of 399 to get from 42 overs.
Colts – 225 all out in 58.1 overs: Priyamal Perera 83, Sadeera Samarawickrama 25, Hashan Dumindu 53, Prabhath Jayasuriya 28, Dilhara Fernando 4/45, Sachithra Senanayake 3/71, Dasun Shanaka 2/11.
SSC – 214 all out in 66 overs: Dimuth Karunarathne 92, Danushka Gunathilaka 26, Minod Bhanuka 26, Prabhath Jayasuriya 4/72, Ali Khan 3/30.
Colts (2nd inn) – 387 all out in 101.1 overs: Shehan Fernando 38, Hashan Dumindu 96, Shehan Jayasuriya 72, Priyamal Perera 44, Dasun Shanaka 3/81, Sachithra Senanayake 2/76, Kasun Madusanka 2/48.
SSC (2nd inn) – 219/3 in 42 overs: Dimuth Karunarathne 101*, Dasun Shanaka 31*, Minod Bhanuka 32, Akila Dhananjaya 2/71.
Tamil Union vs Chilaw Marians
Tamil Union top-order batsman, Tharanga Paranavithana smashed twin centuries against Chilaw Marians as their game ended in a tame draw at P. Sara Oval grounds.
Paranavithana and Jeewan Mendis smashed centuries against a hapless Chilaw Marians bowling attack as the home team amassed 399 for 6 on day three. Paranavithana made scores of 117 and 150* during the match.
Tamil Union – 419 all out in 126.1 overs: Dhananjaya De Silva 150, Tharanga Paranavithana 117, Sithara Gimhan 59, Maduka Liyanapathiranage 9/142.
Chilaw Marians – 148 all out in 40.5 overs: Maduka Liyanapathiranage 50, Thikshila De Silva 31, Thanura Halambage 29, Rangana Herath 3/28, Jeewan Mendis 3/23.
Tamil Union (2nd inn) – 399/6 in 84 overs: Dhananjaya De Silva 60, Tharanga Paranavithana 150*, Jeewan Mendis 123, Dinuka Hettiarachchi 2/122, Maduka Liyanapathiranage 2/132.