Army and Saracens advance to semis

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Last year’s runner-up Army CC, who are unbeaten this season, and Saracens SC advanced to the semi-finals of the Major Club T20 Cricket Tournament, conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday.

Army CC beat Kalutara TC by 126 runs with Ashan Randika scoring 104 runs in 63 balls with 5 boundaries and 8 sixes. Ashan is the second centurion of the series so far.

Saracens SC beat Baduraliya CC by 24 runs, Navy SC beat Kurunegala YCC by 29 runs, Moors SC beat Bloomfield by 15 runs (D/L), SSC beat Lankan CC by 4 wickets and Ace Capital CC beat CCC by 6 wickets.

Army lead group ‘D’ points table with 6 wins (12 points), while Saracens SC lead group ‘A’ with 5 wins from 6 matches (10 points). Last year’s champion SSC won only 4 matches and couldn’t advance to the semi-final.

BRC and Panadura SC have 6 points each from 4 matches, but BRC lead according to NRR. Both teams have a match in hand and the winner will advance to the semi-final. BRC play NCC and Panadura clash with Chilaw Marians CC.

Unbeaten Colts CC lead group ‘C’ with 4 wins from 4 matches (8 points), while Tamil Union have 6 points from 4 matches. Colts CC will meet Tamil Union in their last first round match today (13). 

 6 matches will be held today (13) at 3 venues which will conclude the first round.

 At P. Sara Oval (SSC won by 4 wickets)

Lankan CC: 121/7 (20) (Kasun Abeyrathne 37, Yasiru Rodrigo 34, Kalana Perera 3/25) 

SSC: 122/6 (18.2) (Sammu Ashan 53)

 At Colts (Moors SC won by 15 runs – D/L)

Moors SC: 146/9 (20) (Pasindu Sooriyabandara 32, Dinuka Dilshan 31, Malinda Perera 3/19) 

Bloomfield: 80/5 (13) (Yohan Chanuka 26)

 At Colts (Saracens won by 24 runs)

Saracens SC: 77/2 (8) (Malsha Tharupathi 36 n.o.) 

Badureliya CC: 53/5 (8) (Gihan Rupasinghe 30 n.o., Isitha Wijesundera 2/6)

 At Surrey ground Maggona (Army won by 126 runs)

Army CC: 215/3 (20) (Ashan Randika 104, Asela Gunaratne 59 n.o., Seekkuge Prasanna 37) 

Kalutara TC: 89/9 (20) (T. Weerasinghe 29, Seekkuge Prasanna 3/16)

 At P. Sara Oval (Navy SC won by 29 runs) 

Navy SC: 131 (20) (Sachithra Senanayake 59, Nilanka Premaratne 3/34) 

Kurunegala YCC: 102/9 (20) (Dilshan Kollure 20)

 At Surrey ground Maggona (Ace Capital CC won by 6 wickets) CCC: 97 (18.5) (Malinga Amarasinghe 29, Pawantha Weerasinghe 24, Sithum Dissanayaka 3/20)

Ace Capital: 100/4 (17.1) (Thanuka Dabare 26, Lasith Croospulle 23)

 13th Fixtures

Morning

Colts CC vs Tamil Union C & AC at BRC

Nugegoda S & WC vs Ragama CC at Colts

BRC vs NCC at Surrey ground Maggona

Evening   

Kandy Custom CC vs Police SC at BRC

Panadura SC vs Chilaw Marians CC at Colts

Sebastianites C & AC vs Negombo CC Surrey ground Maggona  (IR)