Ganegama guides NCC to comfortable victory
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Medium pacer Akalanka Ganegama picked up five wickets to guide NCC to a comfortable four wicket victory over Sebastianites SC in a Premier League game at Maitland Place yesterday.

Invited to bat first Sebastianites were tottering at 77 for 6 wickets after Ganegama ripped the top order with a accurate effective six over opening spell that earned him four wickets. But skipper Nimesh Perera with a brave 89, which included five fours and two sixes, steadied the innings and helped Sebastianites to 201 for 9 wickets in 50 overs.

NCC overcame the early loss of Pradeep Hewage when Mahesh Perera (60) and Naweed Nawaz (47) added 109 for the second wicket to ensure that the hosts were on track to record their third win of the tournament. Despite the loss of wickets NCC reached their target in the 48th over.

NCC bt Sebastianites SC by 4 wickets
Sebastianites SC - 201 /9 in 50 overs (Nilantha Bopage 21, Dinusha Fernando 15, Nimesh Perera 89, Priyantha Siriwardene 24; Akalanka Ganegama 5/25, Ruwan Kalpage 2/41)

NCC - 204 /6 in 47.1 overs (Mahesh Perera 61, Naweed Nawaz 47, Malinga Bandara 15, Carmen Mapatuna 33, Susantha Pradeep 16 n.o; Dinusha Fernando 2/37 Amal Dalugoda 2/34)

CCC win
Medium pacers Mario Villawarayan(3/32) and Indika Gallage(3/29) teamed up as CCC trounced Moors SC by six wickets at Braybrooke Place yesterday.

Villawarayan and Gallage shared six wickets as Moors were restricted to 196 all out. M Cooray (53) and B Perera (54) hit up half centuries for the hosts who were made to work hard for their runs.

Left hander Micheal Van Dort led the CCC reply with a fine 64 as the Maitland Crescent club reached their target in the 47 th over,

CCC bt Moors SC by 6 wickets
Moors SC- 196 all out in 49 overs(M. Cooray 53, B. Perera 54, N. Ranjith 39; I. Gallage 3/29, M. Villawarayan 3/32)
CCC - 199/4 in 46.5 overs (M Van Dort 64, B. Ediriweera 32, D. Hunukkumbura 36, A. Polonowita 39)

Tamils win
Half centuries from Nuwan Shiroman and C Withanage guided Tamil Union to an easy victory over Air Force at the P. Sara Stadium yesterday.

Batting first Tamil Union hit up 259 for 8 in their 50 overs with Nuwan Shiroman playing the anchor role with a fine 88. Needing to score over five runs the Airmen were never in the equation as they were eventually bundled out for 123 in the 33 rd over.

Tamil Union bt Air Force 136 runs
Tamil Union
- 259/8 in 50 overs (Nuwan Shiroman 88, C. Withanage 55, Ranga Dias 41 n.o; S. Cooray 4/36. U. Erandika 2/48, P. Wickrema 2/55)
Air Force - 123 all out in 33 overs (S. Cooray 25 n.o, D. Ranjeewa 23; Ranga Dias 3/10, Lassana Dias 2/23, Gayan Wijekoon 2/25, S. Kelum 2/33).

Galle CC lose
Tharanga Lakshita picked up five wickets as Bloomfield knocked out Galle CC by 8 wickets at Reid Avenue yesterday.

Batting first the visitors were shot out for 123 in 38.3 overs with speedster Tharanga Lakshita doing the damage picking up five wickets for just 17 runs. Opener Ian Daniel then struck a stylish 66 as Bloomfield reached the target in only the 30th over.
Bloomfield bt Galle CC by 8 wickets

Galle CC- 123 all out in 38.3 overs(C. Silva 20; T. Lakshita 5/17)
Bloomfield -124/2 in 29.5 overs (Ian Daniel 66, T.M. Dilshan 27 n.o)

SSC win
Half centuries by Suresh Perera (87) and Manoj Priyantha (50) helped SSC to record a four wicket victory over Chilaw Marians at Maitland Place yesterday.

SSC restricted Chilaw Marians to 187/7 in 50 overs with Charith Sylvester top scoring with 64 and Ruchira Perera claiming 4 for 40 for SSC. In reply SSC made 188 for 6 with Suresh Perera and Manoj Priyantha compiling half centuries.

SSC bt Chilaw Marians by 4 wickets.
Chilaw Marians - 187/7 in 50 overs(C. Sylvester 68, J. Siriwardene 48; Ruchira Perera 4/40)

SSC-188/6 in 42.5 overs (Suresh Perera 87, Manoj Priyantha 50)

BRC triumph
BRC coasted to an easy six wicket victory over Ragama SC in a Premier League game yesterday.

Ragama were restricted to 188/9 in 48 overs and BRC notched up 189/4 in the 40 th over to record an easy victory.

BRC bt Ragama SC 6 wickets
Ragama SC- 188/9 in 48 overs (U. Fernando 43, D. Gunawardene 42. M. Warnapura 2/43, S. Weerakoon 2/31) BRC-189/4 in 39.4 overs (S. Perera 84, P. Jayasinghe 34, M. Warnapura 22)

John Keells dazzle at Mercantile rugby 7s
By Asanka Gammanpila
John Keells 'A' came up with a fine display of running rugby to remain undefeated from Group E at the 32nd Mercantile Rugby Sevens conducted by the Mercantile Rugby Association which got underway at the Havelocks Rugby Grounds yesterday.

The competition is made up of 30 teams, divided into eight groups saw matches being worked off at two grounds - CR and Havelock Park.Meanwhile Hoodvion, Amana Investments and Samapth Bank "A" led Group "E", "F" and "G" respectively.

At Longden Place defending champions Hatton National Bank led Group "A" when they won all their matches. Aitken Spence "A", Tri Star and Access are the teams leading in Groups "B", "C" and "D" respectively.

The quarter-final line up for today : Cup- Hatton National Bank "A" vs Aitken Spence "A", Tri-Star vs Access, John Keels "A" vs Hoodvion, Amana Investments vs Sampath Bank "A". Bowl- Maritime Holdings vs SriLankan Air Lines, Ceylinco Insurance vs Lanka Equities, MTN Networks vs Sampath Bank "B", N- Car Group vs Capital Air Express. Plate- Mabroc Teas vs Seylan Bank, Hatton National Bank "B" vs Aitken Spence "B", Harcourts vs HSBC, John Keels "B" vs Phoenix Ventures.

Today the competition will commence with the cup quarter-final match between Hatton National Bank "A" and Aitken Spence "A" at 9 a.m. The women's semi-final will take place at same venue, HNB will take on Tri-Star at 10 a.m. while Tri-Star will meet Slim Line and Slim Line will meet HNB at 12.15 p.m and 2 p.m. respectively. The finals will commence at 5 p.m.

Matale HA and Kandy HA in women's hockey final
By M. Shamil Amit
Two teams from the outstations Matale HA and Kandy HA qualified to meet in the final of 13th Women's Hockey Nationals to be played today at 3.00 p.m. at the Astro Turf.

In the two semi finals that were played yesterday evening at the Astro Turf at Reid Avenue, defending champions Matale HA beat Sri Lanka Schools HA 2-0. Both the goals were scored in the first half by centre forward Apsara Gunaratne and left extreme Lumbini Ekanayake netted the other goal.

Damith Jayasena and Keerthi Wijesinghe controlled the game. In the other semi final State Services HA were completely outclassed by Kandy HA. At the breather the score was 4-0.

Centre forward Shama Ranasinghe (4 goals), left inside Chaturanga Ratnayake (2), left extreme Himalka Samarasinghe (2), right extreme Roshani Weeraratne and right inside Jayalakshmi Kaluarachchi one each were the goal scorers for the winners. J. Lewke and Insaka Samaranayake controlled this game.

Today the semi finals of the 46th Men's Hockey Nationals will be worked off. The first game is between defending champions Defence Services HA and Mercantile HA at 8.00. a.m. and the second semi final will be between last year's runners up Matale HA and State Services HA.

The finals are scheduled to played in the evening at 4.00 p.m. The chief guest will be Minister of Tourism Gamini Lokuge while Mervyn Wijeratne, Controller of Immigration and Emigration will be the guest of honour.

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