U 23 Kick starts as SLPA,Ragama and Moratuwa win

Wanindu Hasaranga in super all round display as Ports open on a winning note

SLPA U 23 team recorded the first win of the tournament after it kick started on 7 August 2015. Ports recorded a 7 wicket win against Air Force on the back of a super bowling effort by Damitha Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga. Air Force made mediocre scores of 116 and 169 whilst Ports cemented a strong first innings lead of 102 buy a brilliant 80 by Wanindu Hasaranga. Chasing 68 runs for victory SLPA reached the target in less than 14 Overs.

Air Force SC 116 (48) Avishka Rathnayake 33*, Lahiru Kumara 30, Wanindu Hasaranga 3/18, Damitha Silva 5/43 & 169 (52.5) Charith Gunathilaka 43, Avishka Rathnayake 28, Wanindu Hasaranga 5/27, Damitha silva 2/47

SLPA CC 218 (40) Wanidu Hasaranga 80, Lasindu Nimsara 29, Sasindu Alwis 25, Gayashan Silva 4/47, Sachika Udara 3/70 & 68/3 (13.4) Yohan Chanuka 32* – At Kadirana Grounds – 3 Day Match (Toss: SLPA)

UNDER 23 DIV I LEAGUE TOURNAMENT 2015/16 – SLPA WON BY 7 WICKETS

Jason scripts win for Ragama

Former Benedictan and Sri Lanka youth cap Jason Perera cracked a career best 240 for Ragama CC as they trounced CCC by an innings and 74 runs in the opening game of the tournament. Batting first Ragama made 499 lead by Jason Pereras 270, well supported by contributions of 76 and 74 buy Janith Liyanage and Janith Fernando. CCC was asked to follow on after being bundled out for 206. Following on CCC cracked under pressure bundling out for 219 handing an innings and 74 run victory for Ragama. Sahan Nanayakkara ended up with a match bag of 8 wickets being the main wrecker for Ragama.

Ragama CC 499/7 (126) Jeson Perera 240, Shaminda Fernando 74, Janith Liyanage 76, Supeshala Jayathilaka 41, Saluka Silva 3/121, Yasas Samarasinghe 2/48

CCC 206 (57) Hashan Dumindu 37, Geshan Wimaladharma 31, Sahan Nanayakkara 5/84, Janith Liyanage 4/33 & FO 219 (52.5) Thanura Halambage 39, Roshan Anurudda 47, Krishan Weerarathna 34, Koshan Danushka 5/57, Sahan Nanayakkara 3/81 – At CCC Grounds – 3 Day Match (Toss: Ragama)

UNDER 23 DIV I LEAGUE TOURNAMENT 2015/16 – RAGAMA WON BY AN INNINGS & 74 RUNS

Moratuwa upsets giants SSC

Thilan Nimesh and Nipuna Gamage made scores of 56 and 40 for Moratuwa as they posted a decent 249 in the first innings. SSC in reply put out a below par performance as they struggled against Madawa Fernando and co bundling out for 142. Moratuwa again posted 221 as Anushka Perera top scored with 71. Having to chase down a mammoth 339 for victory SSC managed only 239 handing a well-deserved 89 run win for Moratuwa. Ramesh Mendis top scored for SSC with 60.

Moratuwa SC 249 (67.2) Thilan Nimesh 56, Nipuna Gamage 40, Aftab Cader 4/50, Sanka Ramesh 2/30, Ramindu Kumarasinghe 2/33 & 221 (69.5) Nipuna Gamage 41, Anushka Perera 72, Sasindu Ediriweera 33, Sanka Ramesh 5/68,Kavindu Kulasekara 2/13

SSC 142 (45.4) Ramesh Mendis 29, Kavindu Kulasekara 27, Madawa Fernando 3/47, Vihanga Kalhara 2/60, Thilan NImesh 2/05 & 239 (68.1) Praveen Fernando 55, Ramesh Mendis 60, Nipuna Gamage 3/24, Thilan Nimesh 2/49 – At SSC Grounds – 3 Day Match (Toss: SSC)

UNDER 23 DIV I LEAGUE TOURNAMENT 2015/16 – MORATUWA WON BY 89 RUNS

(Courtesy: Batsman.com)