Umpires XI led by Asoka de Silva outclassed the Old Peterites by a massive 69 runs in a quarter final encounter of the Lanka Cavaliers Over 40 T20 cricket tournament played in the afternoon session at the BRC ground yesterday.
Umpires XI taking first lease of the wicket had the honour of recording the highest score from the four quarter finals that were played in the morning and afternoon session when they amassed a score of 206 for 8.
|Hemantha Devapriya of Olcott XI taking on Colts in another Cavaliers Tournament match that took place yesterday.
(Pic by Ranjith Perera)
Old Peterites XI in their run chase were no where near the target as they lost wickets at regular intervals and were restricted to a score of 137.
Umpires XI 206 for 8 in 20 overs (Athula Wickrematilleke 39, Ruchira Palliyaguru 39, Ravindra Wimalasiri 26, Nalin de Silva 25, Asoka de Silva 25: Roshan Anthony 2 for 21, Keerthi Gunaratne 2 for 27, Sujeewa Dahanayake 2 for 37)
Old Peterites 137 in 20 overs (Damian Tissarachchi 37, Shafeek Rahim 23, Keerthi Gunaratne 15: Jayantha Silva 4 for 25, Asoka de Silva 2 for 17, Athula Wickrematilleke 2 for 19)
Saman and Hemantha guide Olcott XI
Half tons by Saman Fonseka and Hemantha Devapriya helped Olcott XI to record a comfortable 53 runs win over Colts Taverners XI in another quarter final encounter of the same tournament played at the Colts grounds.
Olcott XI 188 for 9 in 20 overs (Saman Fonseka 62, Hemantha Devapriya 52, Duminda Wickremasinghe 31, Janaka Kumudu 21: Felix Udaysinghe 5 for 38)
Colts Taverners XI 135 for 7 in 20 overs (Romesh Kaluwitharana 77, Upali Warnapura 15 n.o.: Saman Fonseka 3 for 9)
Chalitha and Upali steer Kurunegala XI
Chalitha Ratnayake and Upali Senaratne cracked half tons to steer defending champions Kurunegala XI to an easy 32 runs win over MCA XI in a quarter final encounter of the Lanka Cavaliers Over 40 T20 cricket tournament played at the BRC ground.
Chalitha made 55 with seven boundaries and a six while Upali chipped in with a 50 inclusive of eight boundaries helping Kurunegala XI taking first lease of the wicket make a challenging score of 156 for 7.
MCA XI in their turn found left arm spinner Ajith Ekanayake too hot to handle and were able to muster only 124. Ajith ended with impressive figures of 5 for 21.
Kurunegala XI 156 for 7 in 20 overs (Chalitha Ratnayake 55, Upali Senaratne 50: Sujith Ariyapala 2 for 25, Indika Bethmage 2 for 29, Harsha Weerasinghe 2 for 37)
MCA XI 124 in 17.4 overs (Gamini Wickremasinghe 30, Sujeewa de Silva 18, Sujith Ariyapala 15: Ajith Ekanayake 5 for 21, Upali Senaratne 2 for 13)
Moratuwa XI by seven wickets
An unbeaten 57 by Suresh Peiris was in vain as it could not prevent Moratuwa XI from recording a comfortable seven wicket win over Combined Saints in another quarter final encounter played at the Colts ground.
Combined Saints taking first lease of the wicket made 122 while Moratuwa XI chasing 123 runs needed just 11.5 overs to reach the target. The remaining two quarter finals were scheduled to be played in the afternoon.
Combined Saints 122 for 7 in 20 overs (Krishan Nonis 28, Suresh Peiris 57 n.o.: Sajeewa de Silva 2 for 14, Nisal Fernando 2 for 14)
Moratuwa XI 123 for 3 in 11.5 overs (Wasanthalal Fernando 39, Nisal Fernando 35 n.o.: Ajith Perera 19 n.o.)
The two semi finals will be played in the morning at the BRC and Colts grounds today. The match at the BRC ground will be between defending champion and runner up of last Kurunegala XI and Umpires XI while Olcott XI will clash with Moratuwa XI at Colts ground. The final is scheduled to be played at 2.00 p.m. at the Colts ground.