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.
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)
Medium pacers Mario Villawarayan(3/32) and Indika Gallage(3/29)
teamed up as CCC trounced Moors SC by six wickets at Braybrooke
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.
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)
Half centuries from Nuwan Shiroman and C Withanage guided Tamil
Union to an easy victory over Air Force at the P. Sara Stadium yesterday.
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.
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
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).
Tharanga Lakshita picked up five wickets as Bloomfield knocked out
Galle CC by 8 wickets at Reid Avenue yesterday.
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
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
Half centuries by Suresh Perera (87) and Manoj Priyantha (50) helped
SSC to record a four wicket victory over Chilaw Marians at Maitland
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
SSC bt Chilaw
Marians by 4 wickets.
Chilaw Marians - 187/7 in 50 overs(C. Sylvester 68, J. Siriwardene
48; Ruchira Perera 4/40)
in 42.5 overs (Suresh Perera 87, Manoj Priyantha 50)
BRC coasted to an easy six wicket victory over Ragama SC in a Premier
League game yesterday.
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)
Keells dazzle at Mercantile rugby 7s
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.
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.
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.
HA and Kandy HA in women's hockey final
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
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.
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
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.