The third week matches of the Major League Tier B Tournament produced a thrilling tie between Negombo CC and Kalutara CC at Kadirana grounds, Gampaha. The rest of the three matches between Lankan CC and Kurunegela YCC, Panadura SC-Navy and Air Force-Police ended in no decisions.
The Negombo CC versus Kalutara CC encounter reached a climax when Kalutara CCC, needing 235 to win, was bowled out for 234 with both sides tied on identical scores.
Negombo CC, opting to bat first on winning the toss, totalled 221 and 208 for 8 wickets declared to which Kalutara CC responded with 193 and 234. W.P.S. Fernando top scored with 89 for Negombo CC in the first innings with B.M.P. Jayamanne stroking 54. K.K.M.R. Perera claimed 5 wickets for 55. Kalutara CC’s first innings 193 was built around W.A.S. Niroshan’s 89 against some tight bowling by J.V. Chathuranga who took 7 for 79.
Negombo CC in the second essay was propelled by K.P.S.A.M. Weerasinghe’s 53 and J.M.D.B.M.P. Jayamanne’s 37. K.K.M.R. Perera took 4 for 95.
Chasing 235 to win Kalutara CC needed one more run to win with the last pair N. Kariyawasam and J.S. Lakshan at the wickets, but lost the initiative when Kariyawasam was run out for 6.
Negombo CC 221
(W.P.S. Fernando 86, B.M.P. Jayamanne 54, K.P.S.M. Weerasinghe 31 K.K.M.R. Perera 5/55).
And 206/8 decl.
(Weerasinghe 53, Jayamanne 37, K.K.M.R. Perera 4/95).
Kalutara CC 193
W.A.S. Niroshan 89, V.K.G. Perera 30, J.V. Chathuranga 7/79, K.P.S.A. Weerasinghe 3/57)
(V.K.G. Perera 87, N. Gamage 52, Chathuranga 5/112).
The Lankan CC versus Kurunegela YCC game petered out to a tame draw at Panagoda. Lankan CC, opting to bat on the toss, made 248 to which Kurunegela YCC replied with 297. Kurunegela YCC ended on 224 for 8 wickets at the close.
Lankan CC 248
(L.A.C. Ruwansiri 81, S. Fernando 55, D. Marlon 32, D.R.F. Weerasinghe 31, C.M.K.K. Wieratne 2/28)
(Weerasinghe n.o. 54, N.M. Kavikara n.o. 36, A.D.L.D. Rodrigo 32, D. Dasanayake 2/21)
Kurunegela YCC 297
(D. Dharmasiri 52, E.M.K.K.R. Ekanayake 51, M.L. Cooray 40, D.R.F. Weerasinghe 3/80).
The Panadura SC versus Navy match ended in a high scoring draw at the Panadura Esplanade. Put in to bat, Panadura SC totalled 375 on Kashif Naved’s 192. Navy, in turn piled up 444 with M.A.D.I. Hemantha striking 193 and S. Leelaratne 141. In the second innings, Panadura was 153 for 3 wickets at the close.
Panadura SC 375:
(Kashif Naved 192, H.F.M.S. Fonseka 73, H.L.S. Dhakshina 3/108)
(Fonseka n.o. 57, Naved n.o. 50)
(M.A.D.I. Hemantha 193, S. Leelaratne 141, M. Ramees 3/52, S.M.K.L. Lakshan 3/70).
Meanwhile, the Air Force versus Police match at the FTZ Complex Katunayake saw Air Force running out of time to claim four wickets for victory. Having totalled 302 in the first innings steered by S. Dushantha’s 121, Police, set a victory target of 194, was on the ropes on 127 for 6 wickets when stumps were drawn.
Air Force 234
(J.R.G. Namal 58, S. Lakshan 51, W.S. Rangika 36, P. Thattil 33, N. Vimukthi 5/84).
And 261/8 decl.
(S.A.D.U. Mihiran 70, D. Weeraratne 61, J.R.G. Namal 45, Thattil 33, Vimukthi 4//89).
(S. Dushantha 121, N. Vimukthi 61, R.M.T. Dilshan 38, W.S. Rangika 5/46).
(S. Dushantha n.o. 46, P.W. Sandaruwan 2/28)
By Srian Obeyesekere