Basnahira South on course to final

By M. Shamil Amit, Pic by Ranjith Perera

Basnahira South is on course and looks the side to advance to the final of the Bank of Ceylon Inter-Provincial four day cricket tournament. They have put themselves in a strong position when play ended on day three against Hirdramani Ruhuna played at theColts ground yesterday.

It took just 19.4 overs for Basnahira South in the morning session’s play to bundle out Ruhuna resuming from their overnight score of 86 for 5 to a score of 180. It was right arm pacie Amila Prasad who did the damage when he picked up three wickets and was supported by spinner Malinga Bandara who took the other two wickets.

Malinda Warnapura in action.

Earlier Basnahira South invited to take first lease of the wicket sent the Ruhuna bowlers on a leather hunt with four of the batsmen Prasanna Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne,Janaka Gunaratne and Malinga Bandara slamming tons while Charith Jayampathi was unfortunate to miss his ton by four runs.The knocks enabled Basnahira South to post a massive score of 720 and they were unfortunate to miss out on the highest score of 727 made by MAS Holdings Kandurata in the same tournament against Basnahira North two months ago.

Basnahira South standing on a lead of 540 runs opted to bat the second time and were 157 for 6 when play called off. However the scales are in favour of Basnahira South to qualify to the final where they will meet Basnahira North scheduled to be played from May 13 to 16 at the SSC ground.

Basnahira South 720 in 154 overs (Prasanna Jayawardena 155, Lahiru Thirimanne 148, Janaka Gunaratne 130, Malinga Bandara 108, Charith Jayampathi 96, Suranga Lakmal 24 n.o.: Tharanga Lakshitha 2 for 886, T.N. Sampath 2 for 100, Chanaka Komasaru 2 for 123) and 157 for 6 in 36.4 overs (Malinda Warnapura 45, Milinda Siriwardena 35, Yohan de Silva 31: Sachitra Senanayake 3 for 43)
Hirdramani Ruhuna (86/5 o’night) 180 in 46.4 overs (Gihan de Silva 46, Indika de Saram 34, Lasith Fernando 25, Sachitra Senanayake 25, Geeth Alwis 15, Shaminda Eranga 15: Amila Prasad 4 for 60, Malinga Bandara 2 for 5, Milinda Siriwardena 2 for 25, Suranga Lakmal 2 for 34)
Jeewan and Sanjaya frustrate Wayamba

MAS Holdings Kandurata overnight batsmen Jeewan Mendis and Sanjaya Gangodawila frustrated the Wayamba bowlers with the duo slamming tons on day three of their Inter-Provinical cricket match played at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy.

Jeewan remained unbeaten on 134 while Sanjaya was at the wicket on 104 helping Kandurata resuming from their overnight score of 207 for 3 to make a bold score of 323 for 3.

Jeewan’s knock coming off 226 balls comprised 14 boundaries and three sixes while Sanjaya 184 ball knock had 14 boundaries and a six with the pair having so far put on a massive 202 runs for the fourth wicket.

On day one Wayamba taking first lease of the wicket made a modest score of 258 with half tons coming from Damitha Hunukumbura and Jeewantha Kulatunga with Kaushalya Weeraratne, Chaminda Vidanapathirana and Seekuge Prasanna sharing the wickets.

Wayamba 258 in 82.2 overs (Damitha Hunukumbura 70, Jeewantha Kulatunga 65, Isuru Udana 22, Shalika Karunanayake 21, Kushal Perea 21, Jehan Mubarak 15; Kaushalya Weeraratne 4 for 57, Chaminda Vidanapathirana 3 for 56, Seekuge Prasanna 2 for 63)

MAS Holdings Kandurata (207/3 o’night) 323 for 3 in 95 overs (Tharanga Paranavithana 48, Jeewan Mendis 134 n.o., Sanjaya Gangodawila 103 n.o; Jehan Mubarak 2 for 75)

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