A deadly spell of left arm leg spin bowling by Amila Aponsu (2-1-1-6 wickets, including a hat-trick) gave EWIS their first MCA title, as they beat Union Assurance PLC by a massive margin of 132 runs, in the 13th David Pieris Group of Companies sponsored, DPGC Challenge Trophy, MCA ‘E’ Division 30 Over League Tournament [...]

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Amila bags 6 for 1 as EWIS sink Union Assurance in final


A deadly spell of left arm leg spin bowling by Amila Aponsu (2-1-1-6 wickets, including a hat-trick) gave EWIS their first MCA title, as they beat Union Assurance PLC by a massive margin of 132 runs, in the 13th David Pieris Group of Companies sponsored, DPGC Challenge Trophy, MCA ‘E’ Division 30 Over League Tournament 2015 Final, concluded at the MCA Grounds, last weekend.

Amila Aponso in action - Pix by Ranjith Perera

Amila Aponsu was brought in to the attack in the 12th over with the Union Assurance board reading 62 for 3. Aponsu straight away went into business by performing the hat-trick, bagging the vital wickets of Faizal Aron (13), skipper Sumudu Wijesinghe (10) and Eric Upashantha (00), thus placing Union Assurance in looking down the barrel at 63 for 6.
In his next over Aponsu accounted for Mahesh de Alwis (stumped), Aruna Meemanage and Kasun Liyanage, as UAL sank to the bottom.

Earlier on, EWIS, who won the toss and batted, put up a challenging total of 202/9 in 30 overs, their inning spearheaded by the two half centurions, Tissa Bandara (57 not out in 58 balls, inclusive of two sixes and five fours) and Charith Fernando (51 in 50 balls inclusive of seven boundaries), who were associated in a 95 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. Union Assurance skipper Sumudu Liyanage (3/35) was the pick of the bowlers.

Match Referee cum Adjudicator, Pemlal Fernando had things easy, as he named Amila Aponsu from EWIS as the Man of the Match. The other three special awards went to Best Bowler Amal Atapattu from Unilever (eight matches 36.2 overs, 171 runs, 19 wickets best 6 for 1 including a hat-trick Vs. Galadari Hotel); Best Batsman, Sachintha Himal Fonseka from Eagle Logistics (seven innings, 372 runs, one not out, Avg. 62.0, best 125 Vs. MAS Active ‘B’ and 94 Vs. Softlogic Finance) and Man of the Tournament, Heshan Wanniarachchi from EWIS (nine matches, 387 runs and 15 wickets for 163 runs)

The MCA hosted the Cricketers from Blind School, Ratmalana for lunch. They played an exhibition Cricket Match during the lunch interval. The MCA presented them with a Memento Plaque, Medallions and a Cash Donation which were given away by Sri Lanka Coach, Marvan Atapattu.

The post tournament awards presentation was followed by the final, the presenters were Divisional Manager/DPMC (Guest-of-Honour), Gamini Wickramasinghe, President Rohana Dissanayake, General Secretary and Duminda Pinto, Member Tournament Committee (all from MCA)

Chief Scores
EWIS 202 for 9 (30) (Tissa Bandara 57 not out, Charith Fernando 51, Janith Liyanage 32, Sumudu Wijesinghe 3/35, Eric Upashantha 2/20)

Union Assurance 70 all out (14) (Nalin Wijesinghe 15, Faizal Aron 13, Dulip Silva 11, Sumudu Wijesinghe 10, Amila Aponsu 6/1, Charith Fernando 3/21)

Debutants, QP Employment performed a remarkable feat by scoring three successive wins in four days, in the ongoing, 02nd Sierra IT Trophy, MCA ‘F’ division 25 Over League Tournament last week-end, and on Poya Day.

On Saturday, QP Employment beat Gummi Lanka by 18 runs and back to back on Sunday, beat MJF Group by eight wickets and went on to beat Alliansz Insurance by 122 runs on Tuesday (Poya Day); QP employment’s opening batsman, T.S. Irudeen carried his bat out scoring a hurricane 153 not out in 87 balls, inclusive of a dozen sixes and an equal number of fours, spearheading them to a huge 122 runs win over Alliansz Insurance.

QP Employment have now completed their quota of matches with six wins and one loss.The other Centurions were: Gayan Maduranga from Coutaulds Clothing (107 in 64 balls, with eight sixes and six fours Vs. Asiri Hospitals); Janaka Nuwan from Technomedics (104 in 57 balls, inclusive of eight sixes and five fours Vs Coutaulds Clothing); Faiz Ahamed from EB Creasey (100 not out in 70 balls, inclusive of seven sixes and five fours Vs. Technomedics)

The top bowling performances came from: Faiz Ahamed from EB Creasey (5 for 12 in four overs Vs. Asiri Hospitals); Udara Lakmal from Lankem Ceylon (5 for 16 in 3.3 overs Vs. Nippon Paint); Sagara Upuldeniya from Valibal Finance (5 for 18 in 3.5 over Vs. Hayleys ‘B’) and Amila Ruwan Kumara from Asiri Hospitals (5 for 29 in five overs Vs. Technomedics)

results of ‘F’ Division Matches:
Thurstan/morning: QP Employment beat Gummi Lanka by 18 runs
QPE 168 (25); Gummi Lanka 150 (24.2)
Thurstan/afternoon: HSBC ‘C’ beat Hirdaramani by 63 runs
HSBC ‘C’ 147 (25.); Hirdaramani-85 (19)
Castle St./morning: Technomedics beat Coutaulds Clothing on a faster run rate
Technomedics 238/4 (23); Coutaulds Clothing 206/7 (22)
Castle Street/afternoon: Coats Thread Lanka beat MAC Holdings by 4 wickets
MAC Holdings 145/9 (25); Coats Thread 146/6 (23.4)
Mattegoda/morning: EB Creasey beat Asiri Hospitals by 6 wickets
Asiri Hospitals 91 (19); EBC 95/4 (11.5)
Mattegoda/afternoon: MJF Group beat Akbar Bros by 17 runs MJF182/8 (25); Akbar Bros 165 (24.1)
Moratuwa/morning: Toll Global Forwarding beat Elastomeric by 8 wickets
Elastomeric 111 (24.2); Toll Global 113/2 (13.1)
Moratuwa/afternoon: CIC Group beat Amana Bank by 6 wickets (Match reduced to a 14 Overs a side match, due to rain)
Amana Bank 93/7 (14); CIC 94/4 (12.2)
Thurstan/morning: Ceyline Holdings beat Bharti Airtel by 10 wickets
Airtel 137 (22.2); Ceyline 139/0 (17.3)
Thurstan/afternoon: Copal Amba beat United Tractor Group by 7 wickets
UTE 145/9 (25); Copal Amba-146/3 (22)
Mattegoda /morning: Heshan Flexe beat South Asia Gateway Terminal by 109 runs
Heshan Flexe 214/7 (25); SAGT 105 (20)
Mattegoda /afternoon: Oral Corporation beat Tin Pack by 5 wickets
Tin Pack 123 (19.4); Oral Corp-126/5 (15.5)
Kandana /morning: Valibal Finance beat Janashakthi Insurance ‘B’ by 3 wickets
Janashakthi ‘B’ 123 (23.1); Valibal Finance 127/7 (21.3)
Kandana/afternoon: Hayleys Group ‘B’ beat EB Creasey by 32 runs
Hayleys ‘B’ 169/7 (25); EBC 135 (22.1)
DSS /morning: Lankem Ceylon beat Nippon Paint by 5 wickets
Nippon 124 (18.3); Lankem 125/5 (18.1)
DSS/afternoon: Technomedics beat Asiri Hospitals by 11 runs Technomedics 174 (24.3); Asiri Hospitals 163/9 (25)
Campbell Park /morning: Alliansz Insurance beat Citi Bank NA by 7 runs
Alliansz Insurance 156/8 (25); Citi Bank 149/9 (25)
Campbell Park/afternoon: QP Employment beat MJF Group by 8 wickets
MJF 152/8 (25); QPE 158/2 (16)
Mattegoda/morning: Hirdaramani’s beat Ceyline Group by 7 wickets
Ceyline 167/9 (25); Hirdaramani 169/3 (23.2)
Mattegoda/afternoon: South Asia Gateway Terminal beat Tin Pack by 122 runs
SAGT 199 (24.3); Tin Pack 77
Thurstan /morning: EB Creasey beat Technomedics by 9 wickets Technomedics 162/7 (25); EBC 163/1 (19.2)
Thurstan/afternoon: Valibal Finance beat Hayleys Group ‘B’ by 5 wickets
Hayleys ‘B’ 134 (24.5); Valibal-135/5 (21.4)
MCA/morning: QP employment beat Alliansz Insurance by 122 runs
QPE 235/4 (25); Alliansz Insurance 113 (24.5)
MCA/afternoon: Nation Lanka Finance beat Janashakthi ‘B’ by 8 wickets
Janashakthi ‘B’ 142/9 (25); NLF 143/2 (16.5)
Moratuwa/morning: Courtaulds Clothing beat Asiri Hospitals by 87 runs
Coutaulds Clothing 249/7 (25); Asiri Hospitals 162/7 (25)
Moratuwa/afternoon: MJF Group beat Citi Bank NA by 5 runs
MJF Group 161 (25); Citi Bank 156/8 (25)
The tournament will be continued this weekend with a card of 18 matches.

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