MAS Unichela and ETI recorded massive wins in their round robin matches of the 19th Singer MCA League cricket tournament matches played yesterday.
MAS Unichela coasted to a convincing 125 runs win over HNB at the BRC ground. Chamara Silva slammed a hurricane 125 in only 78 balls as MAS Unichela taking first lease amassed a mammoth 333 for 8.
|HNB Batsman Chinthaka Jayasinghe bowled by MAS Unichela medium pacer Farveez Maharoof for 28. (Pic by Amila Praboda)
The match got off to a late start and was curtailed to 39 overs. Chamara’s knock comprised 12 boundaries and half a dozen sixes and was supported by 61 by Mahela Udawatte.
HNB in their turn were nowhere near the target as they were able to muster only 208.
At De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa an unbeaten 140 by D.K. Ranaweera saw ETI taking first lease of the wicket make a formidable 300 for 9 against Sampath Bank.
Ranaweera’s knock which came off 136 balls had 12 boundaries and four sixes. Ranaweera along with Eranga Gangoda who chipped in with 66 with 15 boundaries and two sixes put on a valuable stand of 147 runs for the sixth wicket.
Defending champions Sampath Bank in their run chase put in a pathetic batting display with the exception of Kaushal Silva who made 70. The others failed to make any impression and were bowled out for 148 to give ETI their first win by 152 runs in the tournament.
Seylan Bank was restricted to 186 by John Keells in another match of the same tournament at the FTZ ground in Katunayake. John Keells in their run chase had little difficulty in reaching the target and they needed only 29.2 overs to gain an easy five wicket win.
MAS Unichela 333 for 8 in 39 overs (Chamara Silva 125, Mahela Udawatte 61, Farveez Maharoof 23, Malinga Bandara 40 n.o., Chathura Peiris 26 n.o.: Sajeewa Weerakoon 3 for 56)
HNB 208 in 36.4 overs (Hashan Goonetileke 39, Dinesh Panditharatne 33, Madhawa Warnapura 28, Chinthaka Jayasinghe 28, Saman Jayantha 22: Malinga Bandara 3 for 35, Chathura Peiris 2 for 28, Dilruwan Perera 2 for 28)
At De Zoysa Moratuwa
ETI 300 for 9 in 50 overs (Eranga Gangoda 66, Shehan Jayasuriya 25, Charith Jayampathi 24, D.K. Ranaweera 140 n.o.: Malinga Surappulige 3 for 78, Nuwan Perera 2 for 35, Suwanji Madanayake 2 for 62)
Sampath Bank 148 in 35.3 overs (Kaushal Silva 70, Hasantha Fernando 19: Chinthaka Perera 2 for 22, Roshan Laksiri 2 for 26, Charith Jayampathi 2 for 29)
At FTZ Katunayake
Seylan Bank 186 in 39.1 overs (Chanaka Withanage 40, Kaushalya Weeraratne 38, Thilan Samaraweera 24, Kusalindu Hasanjith 20: Upul Indrasiri 5 for 55, Janaka Gunaratne 3 for 27)
John Keells 187 for 5 in 29.2 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 61, Janaka Gunaratne 41, Milinda Siriwardena 33: Gayan Sirisoma 2 for 20, Ian Daniel 2 for 35)-MSA