Himasha’s Cameo Steers Army to Comfortable Win

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:05 AM Apr 6 2021
Sports Himasha’s Cameo Steers Army to Comfortable Win

Himasha Liyanage’s cameo steered Army SC to a comfortable 108 run win over CCC, as they advanced to the quarter-finals of the SLC Major Club Limited Overs Cricket Tournament 2020/21.

After being put into bat first, Himasha along with skipper Thisara Perera led from the front to enable Army SC to post a healthy 286 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their allotted 50 overs, despite failure of the top order.

Himasha Liyanage top scored with a match winning 92 runs off 119 deliveries including 6 boundaries and a six, while Thisara Perera continued his good form scoring another fighting 67 runs off 58 deliveries with 4 boundaries and 4 sixes. The duo stitched up a 117 runs partnership for the fifth wicket before Thisara Perera departed.

In reply, CCC were eventually bowled out for 178 runs with Ashan Priyanjan top scoring with a fighting 57 runs and Skipper Kusal Mendis with a watchful 43.

Suminda Lakshan and Seekkuge Prasanna were the pick of the bowlers as they shared three wickets each, while Maheesh Theekshana and Dushan Vimukthi shared two wickets each to complete the job for the Servicemen. 

Meanwhile, Baduraliya CC, Ragama CC, NCC, SSC, Navy SC, Tamil Union C & AC and Moors SC also booked their slots in the quarter-finals.

Baduraliya CC leads the points table of group ‘A’ with 5 wins from 6 matches. Army CC is in second place with 4 wins. Ragama CC leads group ‘B’ with 5 wins from 5 matches. Navy SC is second with 3 wins.

NCC leads the points table of group C with 5 wins from 5 matches. Tamil Union is in second place with 3 wins. SSC leads group ‘D’ with 5 wins from 6 matches. Moors SC is second with 5 wins.

Last year’s champion Chilaw Marians CC was placed third in their group and have been eliminated. Quarter-finals will be played on 7 April at 4 venues.

Mahela Udawatte (Moors SC) is the leading batsman with 351 runs with a century and 3 half centuries, while Praveen Jayawickrame (Moors SC) is the highest wicket taker with 15 wickets for 246 runs.

At NCC (Moors SC won by 27 runs)

Moors SC: 236/9 (50) (Kavindu Kulasekara 75, Mohammed Shamaaz 44, Sachithra Serasinghe 36, Pabasara Waduge 31, Matheesha Perera 3/41, Hasantha Fernando 2/31, Raveen Sayer 2/44) 

Sebastianites: 209 (46.3) (Sameen Kandanearachchi 59, Chamal Perera 48, Matheesha Perera 28, Vihan Gunasekera 27, Dilesh Gunaratne 3/16, Jeevan Mendis 2/32, Danushka Madushanka 2/38)

At Reid Avenue (Bloomfield won by 160 runs)

Bloomfield:  331/5 (50) (Nipun Haggalla 81, Harsha Vithana 62 n.o., Kasun Ekanayake 59, Sachin Jayawardene 57, Mishen Silva 48, Imesh Madushanka 2/42, Methushan Thilina 2/49) 

Kandy Customs SC: 171 (34.3) (Sampath Perera 66, Sehan Weerasinghe 28, Dileepa Jayalath 3/05, Gayan Sirisoma 3/40)

In Maggona (Baduraliya CC won by 9 wickets)

BRC: 169 (46) (Leo Fransisco 50, Shasheen Fernando 32, Savin Gunasekara 26, Buddika Sanjeewa 2/13, Chamikara Edirisinghe 2/22, Gamindu Kanishka 2/36, Asanka Silva 2/43) 

Badureliya CC: 172/1 (24.2) (Sandun Weerakkody 96, Tillakaratne Sampath 63 n.o.)

At CCC (Army CC won by 108 runs)

Army CC: 286/8 (50) (Himasha Liyanage 92, Thisara Perera 67, Asela Gunaratne 32, Lahiru Gamage 2/35) 

CCC: 178 (39.5) (Ashan Priyanjan 57, Kusal Mendis 43, Seekkuge Prasanna 3/33, Suminda Lakshan 3/50, Maheesh Theekshana 2/37, Dushan Vimukthi 2/40)

At Colts (Saracens SC won by 17 runs)

Saracens SC: 205/7 (50) (Pramod Maduwantha 82 n.o., Hashan Dumindu 44, Charitha Kumarasinghe 29, Harsha Rajapaksha 2/33, Kavishka Anjula 2/39) 

Colts: 188 (45.3) (Jehan Daniel 59, Kusal Perera 32, Vishad Randika 32, Udith Madushan 2/30, Chaminda Bandara 2/36)

In Welagedara (Kurunegala YCC won by 101 runs)

Kurunegala YCC: 327/6 (50) (Sameera Sandamal 83, Keshan Wanniarachchi 80, Dhanushka Dharmasiri 45, Dulaj Ranatunga 34, Lahiru Jayaratne 32 n.o., Gayan Maneeshan 29, Sujan Mayura 2/55) 

Police SC: 226 (43.2) (Maduranga Zoysa 46 n.o., Supun Madhusanka 40, Sujan Mayura 34, Lakshan Rodrigo 26, Gihan Anjana 3/40, Randeera Ranasinghe 2/22, Nimasara Atharagalla 2/41, Sameera Sandamal 2/61)

(IR)


CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:05 AM Apr 6 2021

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