Premier league cricket
De Saram and Maharoof shine

Bloomfield find themselves struggling to avoid defeat in their Premier trophy league match against Ragama CC after their plan to bat first on winning the toss backfired on them at Reid Avenue.
Bloomfield were one batsman short and was forced to declare at 139-9 when Sanath Jayasuriya could not make it to the venue on time after travelling to Dickwella to open a tsunami village. Then after he arrived late he was allowed to bowl immediately without staying out the time he was away. Ragama inspired by an unbeaten century from Indika de Saram (113 off 171 balls, 15 fours, 2 sixes), his second in four days, gained a healthy 81-run first innings lead despite Bloomfield using ten bowlers. Farveez Maharoof took his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket when he finished with seven for 73 off 17.1 overs. His figures however included 13 no-balls and three wides.
By stumps on the second day Bloomfield were struggling at 200-7, a lead of 119, despite half-centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Gihan de Silva.
Bloomfield 139-9 decl. and 200-7 in 43 overs (S. Jayasuriya 46, T. Dilshan 55, G. de Silva 58 n.o., D. Darshanpriya 2/69, M. Bandara 2/48, S. Jeewantha 2/42)
Ragama CC 171-4 contd 220 in 60.1 overs (I. de Saram 113 n.o, P. Ranasinghe 3/47, F. Maharoof 7/73)
SSC sense victory
SSC sensed victory after reducing Panadura SC to 142-5 in their second innings, an overall lead of only 60 runs in their match continued at Maitland Place yesterday. SSC scored 214 in their first innings in reply to Panaduraís 132.
Panadura SC 132 and 142-5 in 61.4 overs (R. Fernando 23, A. Perera 40, P. Perera 39, P. Wickrema 20, R. Abeydeera 3/41)
SSC 209-8 contd 214 in 43.5 overs (K. Gangodawila 2/54, L. Hemapriya 2/41, S. Abeywardene 3/49)
CCC fall to Vaas, Kulasekera
Sri Lanka fast bowlers Chaminda Vaas (3/27) and Nuwan Kulasekera (4/51) combined to give Colts a narrow first innings lead of 18 runs over CCC in their match continued at Havelock Park yesterday. CCC starting the day at 73-3 in reply to Coltsí 237 was dismissed for 219.
Colts 237 and 17-1 in 6.1 overs at close.
CCC 73-3 contd. 219 in 84.1 overs (D. Ranaweera 60, P. Seneviratne 21, T. Mendis 55, C. Vaas 3/27, N. Kulasekera 4/51)
Dhammika cameo
Former Sri Lanka under 19 world cup cricketer Ranil Dhammika powered BRC to a first innings lead of 124 runs over Saracens with a cameo knock of 82 off 81 balls (8 fours, 5 sixes) in their match continued at Havelock Park yesterday. Replying to Saracenís first innings of 184, BRC made 308.
Saracens 184 and 59-1 in 15 overs (T. Masmulla 33 n.o., P. Bodisha 24)
BRC 112-4 contd 308 in 92.3 overs (V. Waragoda 69, D. Arnolda 21, R. Dhammika 82, P. Silva 22, P. Nishantha 2/89, R. Palliyagurru 2/55, N. Priyantha 3/80)
Firm resistance from Sebs
Tamil Union faced stubborn resistance from Sebastianites and by the end of day two still required four more wickets to gain the vital first innings lead in their match played at the Sara Stadium yesterday. By stumps Sebastianites had crawled to 175-6 in reply to Tamil Unionís 321.
Tamil Union 321; Sebastianites 2-0 contd. 175-6 in 66 overs (S. Perera 20, M. Fernando 40, P. Jayawardene 38 n.o., M. Siriwardene 26 n.o., R. Dias 2/56)
Sanjeewa stands tall
A valiant unbeaten century by Sanjeewa Silva (110 off 160 balls, 11 fours) is unlikely to save Badureliya CC from conceding a big first innings lead to Chilaw Marians in their match continued at the NCC grounds yesterday.
Chasing a total of 346, Badureliya were 199-9 at stumps on the second day.
Chilaw Marians 337-6 contd. 346 in 95.4 overs (H. Fernando 118, P. Liyanage 2/74, L. Dias 6/102)
Badureliya CC 199-9 at close in 58.2 overs (S. Silva 110 n.o., R. Wickremaratne 35, M. Chanaka 3/44, S. Eranga 3/44) Ė [ST]