Fairfirst Insurance take on Maliban Biscuits

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Fairfirst Insurance and Maliban Biscuits, playing MCA white ball/coloured clothing cricket for the first time, will clash in the 2nd National Development Bank (NDB) sponsored, MCA Premier League 2022 Final, this Saturday, 9 July, at the MCA grounds, commencing 10:00 a.m.

This is a rare achievement by Fairfirst Insurance, participating in two divisions in the same season, and also sponsoring the MCA ‘F’ Division at the same time.

Fairfirst played in the MCA ‘E’ Division 30 over League Tournament earlier this year and finished runners –up, and immediately switched from matting to turf to play in the MCA 2nd league.

It was a bold move taken by Maliban Biscuits too to make a frog leap from ‘D’ Division (matting), which they won in 2020.

Two outstanding all rounders, Anuk Fernando from Fairfirst Insurance and Tarindu Siriwardena from Maliban Biscuits, will take centre stage in Saturday’s final.

Anuk Fernando switched into top gear in the knock-out stage, missing out on two centuries, 99 not out in 107 balls, inclusive of 2 sixes and 4 fours vs DFCC Bank in the quarter-finals; and 91 in 78 balls, inclusive of 7 sixes and 5 fours vs Commercial Bank ‘A’ in the semi-finals.

So far, Anuk has accumulated 316 runs in 5 innings with 5 half centuries, 2 not outs & bagged 7 wickets for 167 runs in 28.3 overs.

Maliban captain and opening batter Tharindu Siriwardena has scored 2 centuries, 103 vs Std. Chartered Bank in the league stage, and carried his bat out after scoring 113 not out in 128 balls, inclusive of 6 fours vs Softlogic Holdings in the quarter-finals. So far, Tharindu has piled up 416 runs in 7 innings (2 centuries and 2 half centuries, 2 not outs, Avg. 83.2) and bagged 11 wickets for 174 runs in 52 overs.

Fairfirst Insurance path to the Final:

lost to Softlogic Holdings by 45 runs on DLS Method; beat 3DH International by 151 runs; beat Morisons by 158 runs; lost to Asia Asset Finance by 20 runs on the DLS method; beat Nawaloka Hospitals by 7-wickets to finish in 3rd position from Group ‘A’.

beat DFCC Bank by 92 runs (quarter-finals) and Commercial Bank ‘A’ by 113 runs (semi-finals) in the Knock-out stage.

Maliban Biscuits path to the Final:

beat Std. Chartered Bank by 176 runs; lost to Singer ‘A’ by 89 runs; beat Peoples Leasing by 6 wkts on DLS method; beat Commercial Bank ‘A’ by 7 wkts; lost to DFCC Bank by 10 wkts to finish in 3rd position from Group ‘B’.

beat Softlogic Holdings by 77 runs (quarter-finals) and 3DH International by 110 runs (semi-finals) in the Knock-out stage.

The MCA appointed Match Referee and adjudicator is Gamini Dissanayake.   

THE TEAMS

Fairfirst Insurance (from): Lakshan Perera (Capt), Dulip Silva, Anuk Fernando, Asel Sigera, Hashan Dumindu, Avishka Perera  (Wk), Koshan Jayawickrama,  Isuru Sampath, Moditha Ranatunga, Suwath Mendis, Prashen Fernando, Mass Fizal, Inesh Fernando, Lahiru Madushanka, Ishara Perera, Chamika Gunasekara, Pubudu Bandara and Nipuna Akalanka

 Maliban Biscuits (from): Tharindu Siriwardena (Capt.), Nethminda Perera, Mohammed Shilmi, Chathuranga Devappriya, Anjula Perera, Nadun Ahangamage, Gihan Anuradha, Venura Jayakody, Dilan Chathuranga, Chamara Rathnayake, Nishan Perera, Dilip Sandaruwan, Dilum Fernando, Lahiru Dushantha, Amila Prasad, Nalin Silva, Dilantha Sanjeewa and Tharindu Fernando