Defending champions, MAS Intimates Unichela registered their second successive win, when they beat John Keells Group by four wickets in the ongoing, 22nd Singer-MCA Premier League Cricket Tournament 2015, continued last weekend. John Keells electing to bat, was reeling at 106 for 6 in 31 overs and was put back on track by skipper, Janaka [...]

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Kapugedera misses ton for the second time

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Defending champions, MAS Intimates Unichela registered their second successive win, when they beat John Keells Group by four wickets in the ongoing, 22nd Singer-MCA Premier League Cricket Tournament 2015, continued last weekend.

John Keells electing to bat, was reeling at 106 for 6 in 31 overs and was put back on track by skipper, Janaka Gunaratne (55 in 48 balls, inclusive of three sixes and three fours) and Ishan Jayaratne (52 in 36 balls with three sixes and three fours) being associated in a 102 runs partnership for the seventh wicket, which helped them to reach 213 in 46.5 overs. Paceman Ishara Amarasinghe (8-3-23-2) and spinner Sohan Boralessa (10-1-32-2) were the pick of the bowlers for Unichela.

MAS Unichela reached their target after a shaky start (2 for 24) in just 39.1 overs with Mahela Udawatte top scoring with a responsible 70 runs in 83 balls inclusive of a six and five fours. Udawatte, was associated in two match winning stands, first with Prasanna Jayawardena (46) (70 runs for the 3rd wicket) and then with skipper, Chamara Silva (27) (70 runs for the 4th wicket).

Tharanga Paranavithana is caught behind

Commercial Credit and Finance, too scored their second successive win, beating Sampath Bank by 51 runs.

Chamara Kapugedera missed a century once again, for Commercial Credit, hitting a classic 94 runs in 82 balls, inclusive of two sixes and six fours; (Kapugedera in his earlier match against Seylan Bank scored 91 runs); Kapugedera, thus held the middle, as Commercial Credit reached a respectable 243 in 48.4 overs.

Sampath Bank, despite a valiant 86-runs in 76 balls inclusive of a six and ten fours by Thilina Kandamby, crumbled to 192 in 45.2 overs, as the rest of the batsmen struggled against the Commercial Credit’s bowlers Lahiru Gamage (8-2-22-2), Sandun Weerakkody (8-2-8-1) and Malinda Pushpakumara (8-1-34-4).

The Sampath vs. Seylan match played at Moratuwa, ended in a tie.

Good batting by Kaushal Silva (73), Romesh Buddika (62) and Thilina Kandamby (43 not out) helped Sampath Bank to finish with 253 for 6 in 45 overs.

Ian Daniel (60) and Chanaka Wijesinghe (50) made the run chase interesting, but their effort for Seylan failed to take them over the line, as bad light halted play at 227 for 6 in 42 overs, equalling the D/L par score.

In the two matches played mid week saw MAS Unichela and Seylan Bank recoding wins over Sampath Bank and HNB.

Openers Kusal Perera and T.M. Dilshan shared a match winning 186 in off 145 balls for the first wicket enabled defending champs MAS Unichela to defeat Sampath Bank by seven wickets. Perera slammed a lusty 131 in 94 balls which included eight mighty hits over the ropes and ten boundaries while his partner Dilshan cracked a 65 ball 82 with eight fours and a six.

Primosh Perera’s knock of 105 was the highest for the bankers.

Seylan Bank recorded a thrilling one run over Hatton National Bank in a low scoring match played at the NCC grounds. Chasing a victory target of 127 HNB’s hopes were shattered by Nuwan Kulasekera (3 for 20) and Kaushalya Gajasinghe (3 for 37) to be dismissed for 126.
Weekend and mid-week

Match Results:

Nipun Karunanayake in action

Moratuwa Stadium: Seylan Bank vs. Sampath Bank ended in a tie on D/L method (Match reduced to 45 Overs a side, due to wet ground conditions)

Sampath Bank 253 for 6 (45) (Primosh Perera 35, Kaushal Silva 73, Romesh Buddika 62, Thilina Kandamby 43 not out, Hasantha Fernando 35, Nuwan Kulasekera 2/36)

Seylan Bank 227 for 6 (42) when bad light halted play (Kanchana Gunawardena 36, Ian Daniel 60, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 20, Chanaka Wijesinghe 50, Sahan Wijeratne 22 not out, Suwanji Madanayake 2/30, Rangana Herath 2/25)

Bloomfield: HNB Vs. Commercial Credit & Finance was abandoned without a ball being bowled, due to wet ground conditions
P. Sara Oval: MAS Intimates Unichela beat John Keells Group by 4 wickets

John Keells 213 all out (46.5) (Maduka Liyanapathiranage 20, Lahiru Malintha 45, Janaka Gunaratne 55, Ishan Jayaratne 52, Farveez Maharoof 2/43, Ishara Amarasinghe 2/23, Sohan Boralessa 2/32, Malinga Bandara 2/67)

MAS Intimates Unichela 214 for 6 (39.1) (Mahela Udawatte 70, Prasanna Jayawardena 46, Chamara Silva 27, Farveez Maharoof 28)
Moratuwa Stadium: Commercial Credit and Finance beat Sampath Bank by 51 runs

Commercial Credit and Finance 243 all out (48.4) (Sandun Weerakkody 28, Kaushal Mendis 27, Chamara Kapugedera 94, Ranga Cooray 31, Malinda Pushpakumara 25, Charitha Buddika 2/32, Hasitha Nirmal 3/55, Tasitha Chamara 2/48)

Sampath Bank 192 all out (45.2) (Primosh Perera 45, Thilina Kandamby 86, Lahiru Gamage 2/22, Malinda Pushpakumara 4/34)

P. Sara Stadium: Sampath Bank lost to MAS Unichela by 7 wickets

Sampath Bank 234 for 9 (48) (Primosh Perera 105, Charith Buddika 37, Malinga Bandara 3 for 34, T.M. Dilshan 2 for 49)

MAS Unichela 236 for 3 (30.5) (Kusal Perera 131, T.M. Dilshan 82)

NCC Grounds: Seylan Bank beat Hatton National Bank by 1 run

Seylan Bank 127 all out (36) (T. Paranavithana 29, Chanaka Wijesinghe 26, Harsha Vithana 25, Ranil Dhammika 3 for 24, Chrishantha Peiris 3 for 37, Vimukthi Perera 2 for 25)

HNB 126 all out (40) (Damitha Hunukumbura 34, Nuwan Kulasekera 3 for 20, Kaushalya Gajasinghe 3 for 37)

Mercantile ‘B’ Division

LB Finance ‘A’ got off to a rousing start scoring back to back wins over DIMO and Singer ‘A’ in the MCA ‘B’ Division 50-Over LeagueTournament, which got off to a start last weekend.

In the match between the 2014 joint winners, MAS Intimates Unichela ‘B’ and Textured Jersey, the former managed a one-run win on the D/L method.

John Keells Group ‘B’ went home to lunch after beating Union Bank by eight wickets, the match ending at 1.00pm. The Bankers sent into bat, fell like nine pins to JK opening bowler, Chandana Jayasanka (8-3-14-5), all out for 64 in 28.2 overs.

An unbroken 100-run partnership for the sixth wicket between M. Rafi (57 not out) and Prasanna Jayamanne (37 not out) gave Hayleys Group a creditable five wickets win over MAS Silueta in the ongoing MCA ‘B’ Division 50-Over league Tournament, continued on Wednesday

Opening batsman, Ruvinda Shemen (90 in 86 balls, inclusive of four sixes and seven fours) and middle order batsman, Nipun Karunanayake (50 not out) guided DIMO to a comfortable 47 runs win on the D/L method, over Singer ‘A’.

Weekend’s Match Results:

Katunayake: MAS Intimates Unichela “B” beat Textured Jersey by 1 run on the D/L Method

MAS Intimates Unichela ‘B’ 208 all out (44.1) (Shehan Fernando 30, Manjula Fernando 25, Amila Sandaruwan 38, Lassana Perera 26, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 20, Chatura Peiris 30, Nalaka Amarakoon 2/35, Saranga Rajaguru 4/20)

Textured Jersey 141 for 5 (37) when bad light halted play (S. Fernando 30, G. Nimsara 30, Rangeeth Peiris 25, Madura Lakmal 3/19)

MCA Grounds: MAS Linea Aqua beat Union Bank by two wickets on D/L Method (Match reduced to 36 overs a side, due to wet ground conditions)

Union Bank 134 all out (34.4) (Ayeshan Perera 37, D. Vimukthi 2/14, M. Pradeep 3/17)

MAS Linea Aqua 123 for 8 (23) when bad light halted play (H. Liyanage 21, P. Waduge 35, A. Jayasinghe 25 not out, S. Kumara 2/15, W. Randeniya 3/30, Shalindra Perera 2/19)

Havelock Park: LB Finance “A” beat DIMO by 10 runs on the D/L method

LB Finance ‘A’ 172 all out (42) (A. Sameera 20, B. Ranasinghe 37, Y. Samarasinghe 55, N. Tharaka 3/34, R. Sheman 3/24)

DIMO 114 for 6 (35) when bad light halted play (N. Karunanayake 51 not out, Y. Samarasinghe 2/17
Katunayake: John Keells Group ‘B’ beat Union Bank 8 wickets

Union Bank 64 all out (28.2) (C. Jayasanka 5/14, S. Fernando 2/14)

John Keells ‘B’ 66 for 2 (13.1) (A. Peiris 21)

Reid Avenue: LB Finance ‘A’ beat Singer SL ‘A’ by 36 runs

LBF ‘A’ 156 all out (39.3) (B. Ranasinghe 22, M. Pramesh 35, R. Liyanarachchi 26, P. Weerawansa 2/25)

Singer ‘A’ 120 all out (41.3) (T. Hettiarachchi 26, T. Soyza 4/14, N. Kavikara 2/25, D. Dambarage 3/35)

Thurstan College Grounds: Kanrich Finance ‘A’ beat Hayleys Group by 24 runs

Kanrich Finance ‘A’ 201 all out (48) (R. Fernando 68, H. Fernando 25, A. Silva 25, V. Deemantha 37, P. Jayamanne 4/22, D. Mendis 3/35)
Hayleys 177 all out (45.5) (M. Jaleel 65, S. Thabrew 25, M. Deepal 22, K. Kulasekera 30, D. Buddika 2/20, P. Jayasuriya 3/30, K. Vidara 3/25)
Havelock Park: MAS Silueta beat PABC Bank by 8 wickets

PABC 122 all out (46.4) (V. Deepal 25, S. Fernando 20, A. Perera 26 not out, P. Priyankara 2/28, B. Sanjeewa 2/10, A. Sumith 2/10)
MAS Silueta 123 for 2 (21.4) (M. Madusanka 38, D. Rajakaruna 67 not out)

Surrey Village: MAS Intimates Unichela ‘B’ beat Commercial Bank ‘A’ by 34 runs on D/L method

Commercial Bank ‘A’ 206 for 7 (50) (C. Wanniarachchi 30, A. Rajapaksa 51, J. Fernando 31, M. Silva 65, C. Peiris 2/45, M. Lakmal 2/43, P. Koralagedera 2/25)

Unichela ‘B’ 112 for 2 (24.2) overs (when bad light halted play) (M. Fernando 40 not out, N. Nawala 41 not out)

Braybrooke Place: DIMO beat Singer ‘A’ by 47 runs on the D/L method (match reduced to 41 overs a side, due to wet ground conditions)

DIMO 249 for 8 (41) (Ruvinda Shemen 90, P. Madushan 25, N. Karunanayake 50 not out, M. Perera 30, R. Priyan 2/45, S. Dulaj 2/54)

Singer ‘A’ 130 for 6 (26) when bad light halted play (S. Dulaj 31, M. Jayawickrema 25, R. Priyan 26 not out, N. Tharaka 2/13)

Katunayake: Hayleys Group beat MAS Silueta by 5 wickets

MAS Silueta 180 all out (42.3) (D. Rajakaruna 60, K. Dinudu 75, Dulanjana Mendis 3/25, Kavindu Kulasekera 5/25)

Hayleys 183 for 5 (43.3) ( S. Thabrew 35, M. Rafi 57 not out, P. Jayamanne 37 not out, B. Sanjeewa 2/34)

MCA: Textured Jersey beat John Keells ‘B’ by 149 runs

Textured Jersey 249 for 9 (50) (S. Fernando 65, G. Nimsara 49, R. Peiris 21, L. Fernando 35, Shan Fernando 20 not out, C. Jayasanka 3/60, S. Fernando 3/53)

JK ‘B’ 100 all out (26.1) (PK Abeygunasekera 21, N. Amarakoon 3/13, I. Peiris 2/19, Shan Fernando 2/20, S. Rajaguru 2/19)

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