Tamil Union and Moors assured of final berth
Tamil Union and Moors were assured of advancing to the final of the Under 23 Division One cricket tournament as they dominated the proceedings in the semi final encounters at the end of the second day’s play against Air Force and Colts at the Colts and NCC grounds respectively. Tamil Union and Moors guided by career best knocks by Denuwan Rajakaruna and Shehan Jayasuriya amassed mammoth scores.
Tamil Union spearheaded 165 which included 21 boundaries and two sixes by Denuwan Rajakaruna made an imposing 413 for 8 and declared while Moors steered by Shehan Jayasuriya who made 162. The opening day’s play saw Tamil Union who took first lease of the wicket end the day on a strong position with the right handed batsman Denuwan remaining unbeaten on 162. Denuwan was also associated in two fruitful partnerships – the first was a massive 202 runs stand for the fifth wicket with Gayan Manishan and then a 95 runs stand for the sixth wicket with Chathuranga de Silva.
Air Force in their turn was made to struggle for their runs and was reeling on 46 for 3 at lunch before being bowled out for 155 with right arm spinner Ashen Silva doing the damage with 5 for 26. Tamil Union batting the second time ended day two by making 111 for 4 which gave them a commanding lead of 369 runs.
Left hand batsman Shehan Jayasuriya too slammed a career best 162 to steer Moors to be on top against Colts. Moors having ended day one having scored 364 for 9 ended their innings by making 370. Shehan’s knock which came off just 156 balls comprised 21 boundaries and a six. He was involved in two century stands. The first being a 121 runs partnership for the first wicket with Shalitha Helambage and then a 134 runs stand for the second wicket with Isham Ghouse. Colts in reply was able to muster 193 with left arm pacie Narada Ratnayake ending with figures of 5 for 45 and spinner Maduka Liyanapathirana taking three wickets. This pair did the damage. Moors batting the second time made 104 for 7 and now have a lead of 281 runs.
Tamil Union (395/5 overnight) 413 for 8 declared (Denuwan Rajakaruna 165, Gayan Manishan 72, Sajith Kelumpriya 51, Chathuranga de Silva 51; T. Nadeera 2 for 75, Lasnada Rukmal 2 for 75) and 111 for 4 (Kithruwan Withanage 27, Denuwan Rajakaruna 36 n.o; Shohan Rangika 2 for 48)
Air Force 155 (Angelo Emmanuel 58, Rosco Thattil 23: ashen Silva 5 for 26, Mateesha Perera 2 for 13, Vimukthi Perera 2 for 36)
Moors (364/9 overnight) 370 (Shehan Jayasuriya 160, Isham Ghouse 43, Shalitha Helambage 38, Imras Rafi 24, Chamikara Edirisinghe 54 n.o; Akila Dananjaya 5 for 114, Chathura Peiris 3 for 65) and 104 for 7 (Ashan Priyanjana 48 n.o; Chathuranga Kumara 2 for 12, Chathura Peiris 2 for 39)
Colts 193 (Shihan Kamileen 38, Hasitha Wickramasinghe 36, Oshada Fernando 33, Chathuranga Kumara 28; Narada Ratnayake 5 for 45, Maduka Liyanapathirana 3 for 52)
Under 23 Division Two Final
Rashmika spins Singha
SC to victory
Right arm off spinner Yohan Rashmika was the hero in Singha SC clinching the Under 23 Division Two cricket title as he ended with a match bag of 14 for 57 to guide his side to a comfortable 132 runs win over Negombo CC in the final concluded at Reid Avenue yesterday with a day to spare. The match was evenly poised at the end of the first day and it was Rashmika who changed the game and laid the foundation for Singha SC’s win.
Singha SC 144 (Nimanda Madusanka 59, Udesh Priyanga 18; Supun Madusanka 4 for 32, Rukshan Bandara 3 for 33, Malshan Gunasinghe 3 for 41) and (27/2 overnight) 164 (Nimanda Madusanka 56, Udesh Priyanga 54 n.o; Supun Madusanka 4 for 39, Kalhan Sineth 3 for 36, Malshan Gunasinghe 2 for 34)
Negombo CC 79 (Kavin Bandara 17, Supun Madusanka 21 n.o; Yohan Rashmika 8 for 22, Duminda Kannangara 2 for 23) and 97 (Iranga Krishan 20, Naliinda Samarawickrama 18: Yohan Rashmika 6 for 35, Ramesh Mendis 3 for 31)
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