Basnahira North dominate proceedings at Galle

Bank of Ceylon Inter-Province Cricket
By M. Shamil Amit

Basnahira North came out on top against Hirdramani Ruhuna at the end of the third days play in the Bank of Ceylon four day encounter played at the Galle International Stadium. Basnahira North despite a knock of 109 by youngster Dinesh Chandimal had the Ruhuna side in trouble. Chandimal’s 122 ball knock with 11 boundaries and three sixes along with another fine knock of 73 by Geeth Alwis saved the day for Ruhuna.

Kadurata Batsman Nadeera Nawela in action against Basnahira South. Pic by Ranjith Perera

The pair put on a valuable 115 runs stand for the third wicket while the others failed to impress helping them resuming from their overnight score of 140 for 2 make 301. But it was insufficient for Ruhuna to escape the follow on where they ended on 10 for 1 still needing a further 227 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Earlier Basnahira North skipper Thilina Kandamby winning the toss and electing to take first lease of the wicket made a massive 538 for 9 before declaring. The massive innings saw three centurions spearheaded by Dilshan Munaweera who made a career best 153, Sachitra Serasinghe and Kaushal Silva.

Basnahira North (359/3 o’night) 538 for 9 declared in 146.1 overs (Dilshan Munaweera 153, Sachitra Serasinghe 117, Kaushal Silva 108, Thilina Kandamby 68, Bathiya Perera 42, Roshen Silva 26: Sachitra Senanayake 4 for 188, Sujeewa de Silva 2 for 57, Geeth Alwis 2 for 67)

Hirdramani Ruhuna (140/2 o’night) 301 in 88 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 109, Geeth Alwis 73, Ian Daniel 34, Lasith Fernando 31, Ashan Priyanjan 24: Daminda Dharshanapriya 4 for 44, Sohan Boralessa 4 for 76) and 10 for 1 in 4 overs.

Nadeera and Ishan rescue Kandurata

Nadeera Nawela and Ishan Muthaliph rescued MAS Holdings Kandurata with knocks of 81 and 63 n.o respectively to help them from a certain defeat on day three of the Bank of Ceylon Inter-Provincial four day match played at Bloomfield grounds in Reid Avenue. Nadeera who has been consistent in the matches he has played this season cracked five boundaries and two sixes while Ishan who came late down the batting slammed six boundaries and a six.

Nadeera was involved in two 56 runs partnership first for the first wicket with Kanchana Gunawardena and the other for the third wicket with Suraj Randiv. Later in the innings Ishan came to the rescue of Kandurata who were struggling with the score on 177 for 8 when he added a valuable 68 runs for the ninth wicket with Chaminda Vidanapathirana enabling them to end the day on 252 for 9.

Bad light put a stoppage to play and it is unlikely that Kandurata could prevent Basnahira South from gaining an outright victory as they have a lead of only 131 runs with one wicket remaining.
Earlier Basnahira South took a 121 run lead by making 300 which came on the back of a knock of 109 from Prasanna Jayawardena. This was in reply to Kandurata’s score of 179.

MAS Holdings Kandurata 179 in 55.4 overs (Kaushalya Weeraratne 52, Kanchana Gunawardena 39, Nadeera Nawela 38, Suraj Randiv 22: Malinga Bandara 5 for 40, Ruchira Perera 3 for 33, Janaka Gunaratne 2 for 6) and (76/2 o’night) 252 for 9 in 78 overs (Nadeera Nawela 81, Chaminda Vidanapathirana 31, Suraj Randiv 26, Kanchana Gunawardena 16, Ishan Muthaliph 63 n.o.: Malinga Bandara 3 for 61, Janaka Gunaratne 2 for 41, Dinuk Hettiarachchi 2 for 72)

Basnahira South 300 in 91.1 overs (Prasanna Jayawardena 84, Janaka Gunaratne 58, Yohan de Silva 36, Malinga Bandara 29, Chamara Silva 21, Gihan Rupasinghe 20, Chinthaka Perera 19: Kaushalya Weeraratne 3 for 37, Akalanka Ganegama 2 for 44, Chaminda Vidanapathirana 2 for 82, Suraj Randiv 2 for 95)

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