SLC PREMIER LEAGUE 50-OVER TOURNAMENT:
By Srian Obeyesekere
There was only one result oriented match in this week’s fixtures of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League 50-Over Tournament. All matches were rain affected and played on reduced overs with CCC defeating Police by 82 runs while the Chilaw Marians versus Colts CC and Bloomfield versus Kalutara TC matches ended in no decisions due to the inclement weather.
With the game reduced to 25 overs CCC, playing on home grounds totaled 169 in 24.5 overs and bowled out Police for 87 in a Group C match. CCC’s top scorer was P.W.H. de Silva who made 40 off 39 balls inclusive of 5 boundaries. Former Sri Lanka player Ashan Priyanjan struck 37 off 28 balls containing 4 boundaries.
CCC’s bowlers Ashan Priyanjan, the former Sri Lanka player, and Malinda Warnapura shared six wickets between them in running through the Police innings. Priyanjan took 3 for 18 and Warnapura 3 for 28.
At Colts grounds, batting first Colts made 101 for 6 in 22 overs in a Group B match to which Chilaw Marians replied with 66 for 3 wickets when rain intervened.
W.I.A. Silva top scored with 27 for Colts off 23 balls hitting 2 boundaries and a six. Malinda Pushpakumara took 2 for 3.
When Chilaw Marians batted Shehan Jayasuriya kindled his fine form on the domestic format remaining unbeaten on 40 off 26 balls with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. (W.I.A. Silva 27, M. Pushpakumara 2/3).
Meanwhile, Bloomfield made 156 for 7 in 25 overs on home grounds.
J.A.L.H. Jayakody made 40 off 32 balls with 2 boundaries and 2 sixes and A.N. Nanayakkara 32 off 43 with 4 boundaries.
Kalutara T.C., requiring 144 from 20 overs on the D/N, just managed to wrangle out of defeat at 67 for 8 off 12.4 overs when rain stopped play.
CCC 169 (24.5 overs)
(P.W.H. de Silva 40, S.M.A. Priyanjan 37, A.H.L. de Silva 2/3)
Police 87 (20.1 overs)
(H.M. Jayawardena 29, Priyanjan 3/18, M.S. Warnapura 3/28).
Colts 101/6 (22 overs).
At Colts Grounds – Colts vs. Chilaw Marians – No decision.
Colts 101/6 (22 overs)
(W.I.A. Silva 27, M. Pushpakumara 2/3).
Chilaw Marians 66/3 (8 overs)
G.S.N.F.G. Jayasuriya n.o. 40, R. Damodaran 19).
At Bloomfield Grounds – Bloomfield vs. Kalutara TC – No decision
Bloomfield 156 for 7 (25 overs)
(J.A.L.H. Jayakody 40, A.N. Nanayakkara 32, R.T.M. Mendis 31, N. Kariyawasam 3/27, M.A. Madushan 2/17).
Kalutara TC 67/8 (12.4 overs)
(R.T.M. Mendis 2/8, K.M.M. de Silva 2/15)
At Kalutara Esplanade – Panadura SC vs. Saracens SC – match abandoned.