Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Tournament, 2008/09

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Wayamba close in on Basnahira North at the top

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

March 8, 2009

Basnahira North clung on to a narrow two-point lead at the top of the points table with a draw against Wayamba in Dambulla. But it was second-placed Wayamba who had the better of the exchanges and first-innings points helped them narrow the gap. A feature of the Basnahira North batting was the excellent form of Angelo Mathews who completed his second century of the tournament to help his team reach 374 in the first innings after they chose to bat. Fast bowler Isuru Udana and Chanaka Welagedera shared seven wickets, dismissing the last five Basnahira batsmen for 72 runs. In reply, Wayamba lost a wicket off the third ball of the innings and slipped to 89 for 3 before being rescued by skipper Jehan Mubarak and Lanka de Silva, who put on 201 for the fourth wicket. Both batsmen hit contrasting hundreds - Mubarak scoring 136 off 187 balls and de Silva finishing with 103 off 203. The partnership enabled Wayamba to gain a vital 47-run lead. By stumps on the penultimate day Basnahira North were staring at defeat when they lost four wickets for 28 runs, but a sturdy performance from wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva (100 off 168 balls) who figured in a 119-run stand with Mathews (44), along with Gayan Wijekoon's attacking 62 not out off 65 balls carried them to safety.

Udana, Mathews, Mubarak, Kaushal and Tharanga were impressive.

Watch out for young Udana. I got a feeling he will be the replacement for Vaas

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Kandamby’s Basnahira North victorious

Basnahira North emerged victorious, playing under Sri Lanka cap Thilina Kandamby, in this season’s Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, organised by Sri Lanka Cricket and sponsored by SL Telecom, E-wis, MAS, Hirdaramani, Lanka Bell and Lexmark, when they thrashed Wayamba by 10 wickets, with more than a day to spare, at R. Premadasa Int’l Stadium, Colombo, on Saturday (21).

Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, who scored a valuable 103 for Basnahira in their 1st innings, took four wickets with his off-beaks on Saturday to restrict Wayamba, led by Jehan Mubarak, to a low 181 leaving his team just 16 to get to win the match an the coveted title.


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