BRC struggle for survival

Under-23 Division I cricket
By Naushad Amit

A defeat loomed for BRC as they struggled for survival at just one run for the loss of two wickets in the second innings, still needing a mammoth 538 runs against Colts at stumps on the second day of their Under-23 Division I cricket match at Havelock Park yesterday.

Former Sri Lanka Under-19 skipper Chathura Peiris came up with fine performance to claim two early BRC wickets for Colts yesterday. (Pic by Ranjith Perera)

BRC, resuming from their dismal overnight total of 19 for three only to follow further distress as they lost wickets at quick sessions. Eventually they were dismissed for a paltry 109 in the first innings in reply to Colts’ massive 403-5 declared.

Colts batting a second time declared after making a quick fire 234 for eight wickets in 43 overs with Kusal Janith Perera cracking a 104-ball 98. Shihan Kamileen who scored a century followed up with a brilliant 69.

Braced by Kithruwan Vithanage’s 139 off 125 balls, Tamil Union were sitting pretty against Moratuwa SC at P. Sara Oval. Tamil Union resuming from their overnight score of 41 for no loss was strongly placed after piling up 435 for the first innings in reply to Moratuwa SC’s 264.

Earlier a hundred-run opening partnership by Denuwan Rajakaruna (60) and Shehan Fernando (59) put Tamil Union in a strong position but the late knock by Vithanage further boosted the young side. Off-spinner Dinuk Jayasinghe who claimed a five-for in the first innings returned to spoil a possible comeback by Moratuwa SC with impressive figures of 3 wickets for two runs. Moratuwa were struggling at 24-4 at close of play.

Sarath Gajanayake (65) and Angelo Emmanuel (74) hammered half centuries as Air Force posted 300 runs in the first innings in reply to 245 posted by Ragama CC at Rifle Green. A fine bowling attack by Ragama put the Airmen on the defence after being placed at 121 for three wickets. Air Force failed to gather momentum during the midway but returned to end with a respectable total. Opener Romesh Buddhika was on song with an unbeaten 83 as Ragama were strongly poised at 170-2 at stumps. The matches will continue today.

At Havelock Park:
Colts CC 403-5 decl (78.3) (Tharidu Kushan 47, Shihan Kamileen 116, Kushal Perera 162, Akshu Fernando 25 n.o., Chathura Peiris 39; Praneeth Jayasinghe 2/45) and 234-8 dec (43) (Kusal Janith Perera 98, Shihan Kamileen 69, Yashitha Abeykoon 4/62, Praneeth Jayasinghe 2/48)
BRC 19-3 contd 109 (48.5) (Pranama Sri Vimukthi 20, Chathura Peiris 2/17, Ishan Jayaratne 3/35, Rangika Lakshan 2/17, Dilanka Auwardt 2/6) and 1-2 (3) at close

At P. Sara Oval:
Moratuwa CC 264 (76.2) (Anushka Perera 60 n.o., Lahiru Kokila 57, Heshan Dias 31, Malshan Mendis 28, Ramesh Fernando 20, Shivantha Kumara 20; Diluk Jayasinghe 5/60, Matheesha Perera 2/57, Sachindra Gunathilaka 2/55) and 24-4 (17) at close (Dinuk Jayasinghe 3/2)

Tamil Union 41-0 contd 435 (86) (Denuwan Rajakaruna 60, Shehan Fernando 59, Ashan Priyanjana 48, Kithuruwan Vithanage 139, Adeesha Nanayakkara 26, Pulina Tharanga 25, Chamesh Fernando 3/146, Shivantha Kumara 3/121, Anushka Perera 3/59)

At Rifle Green:
Ragama CC 245 (51.1) (Dananjya Maduranga 89, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 37, Saman Jayawardane 2/40, Angelo Emmanuel 2/33) and 170-2 (38) at close (Shivanga Ranasuriya 47, Romesh Buddhika 83 n.o., Dananjaya Maduranga 27 n.o.)

Air Force 121-3 contd 300 (89.4) (Sarath Gajanayake 65, T. Nadeera 31, Angelo Emmanuel 74, Shanaka Chaminda 34, Sahan Jayawardena 28, Asanka Gihan 30, Saranga Rajaguru 3/60, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 4/72, Nisala Tharaka 3/53)

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