Chilaw Marians step closer to Premier League title

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The table leaders Chilaw Marians SC moved closer towards winning the SLC Premier League Tier 'A' title when they outplayed Baduraliya CC outright by nine wickets in their penultimate match of the tournament worked off at Katunayake yesterday.

Veteran spinner Dinuk Hettiarachchi took a match bag of 13 wickets while opener Mahela Udawatte and Milinda Siriwardena added the finishing touches with two unbeaten half centuries in the second innings.

Baduraliya CC: 69 and 416 (D. Vitharana 41, T. Attanayake 133, V. Subaramaniam 64, S. Silva 50, V. Perera 74, N. Bandaratilleke 42, D. Hettiarachchi 7 for 201).

Chilaw Marians SC: 359 and 128 for a (M. Udawatte 74 n.o, M. Siriwardena 54 n.o).

Easy for NCC

Paceman Kosala Kulasekera took a five wicket haul and Dinesh Chandimal struck an unbeaten half century as NCC defeated Bloomfield outright by seven wickets in their SLC Premier League cricket tournament Tier 'A' match which concluded at Reid Avenue yesterday.

Bloomfield: 219 and 127 (S. Randiv 75 n.o, K. Kulasekera 5 for 58, C. Komasaru 3 for 51).

NCC: 236 and 115 for 3 (D. Chandimal 76 n.o, C. Wijesinghe 34 n.o, T. Lakshitha 2 for 29).

Colts - morale- boosting win

Colts CC overcame a stubborn second innings rally from Moors SC to register a morale boosting five wicket outright victory in their SLC Premier League cricket tournament Tier 'A' match which concluded at Havelock Park yesterday.

Colts CC: 411 and 196 for 5(I. Muthalib 43, J. Kulatunga 29, K. Perera 23, R. Silva 39 n.o, A. Jayasinghe 48 n.o, I. Udayanga 2 for 67).

Moors SC: 168 and 436 (N. Nawala 28, D. Hunukumbura 78, S. Kalawitigoda 86, S. Wickremarachchi 53, I. Udayanga 46, D. Lokuhettige 47, R. Herath 65, K. Elvitigala 2 for 74, s. Weerakoon 5 for 158, D. Perera 2 for 92).

CCC bounce back

Former Sri Lanka youth cap Sachith Pathira and Shohan Boralessa shared nine wickets between them as the CCC after conceding first innings points came back magnificently to beat Ragama CC outright by 31 runs in their SLC Premier League cricket tournament Tier 'A' match which concluded at Maitland Place yesterday.

CCC: 178 and 201

Ragama CC: 190 and 158 (L. Thirimanna 45, D. Perera 35, S. Zoysa 26, S. Pathirana 5 for 58, S. Boralessa 4 for 58).

First innings win for SSC

SSC had to be content with first innings points over Sri Lanka Army SC in their SLC Premier League Cricket Tournament Tier 'A' match which concluded at Maitland Place yesterday.

SSC: 216 and 308 (T. Paranavithana 74, D. Karunaratne 64, K. Silva 42, L. Fernando 55 n.o, S. Karunanayake 32, S. Prasanna 8 for 123).

Army SC: 209 and 245 for 8 (S. Prasanna 23, M. Soysa 73, A. Gunawardena 48, K. Lokuarachchi 2 for 58, M. Fernando 2 for 58, S. Senanayake 2 for 54)

Superb century by Kanchana

Elegant opener Kanchana Gunawardena struck a fluent century as the Tamil Union took first innings points over Saracens SC in their SLC) Premier League Cricket Tournament Tier 'A' match which concluded at the P. Saravanamuttu Oval yesterday.

Tamil Union: 319 and 349 for 6 (K. Gunawardena 130, S. Fernando 56, A. Priyanjan 38, S. Serasinghe 61 n.o, J. Mendis 28, R. Wimaladharma 5 for 152) Saracens SC: 256.

Wattala Antonians cruise to victory

Wattala Antonians SC cruised to an easy first innings victory over Kurunegala YCC in their SLC P. Saravanamuttu Trophy Cricket Tournament final round fixture concluded at Kadirana yesterday.

Wattala Antonians SC: 318 and 226 (F. Farook 56, N. Liyanage 36, S. Aravinda 26, S. Mackay 26, S. Shalinda 26, M. Godamullage 6 for 71, A. Ekanayake 2 for 64)

Kurunegala YCC: 230 (P. Dayabandara 141, M. Godamullage 24, A. Pradeep 22 n.o, F. Farook 4 for 41, V. Selvaraj 2 for 51) and 156 for 6 (U. Bandara 66, H. Perera 28, U. Perera 25, N. Priyantha 3 for 35).

Report by Chris Dhambarage for the Ceylon Daily News.

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Good stuff Merlin. Great

Good stuff Merlin. Great performances from Chilaw Marians, players always receive second citizen treatment from national selectors. Players like Gayan Wijekoon/ Dinuk Hettiarchchi/ Malinda Siriwardhana/ Janaka Gunrathna and Mahela Udawatta need a chance in Sri Lankan side. Good luck Marians!!! Unlucky to missed out One day tittle.

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