48th Isipathana-Thurstan encounter

Skipper Dimuth helps Pathana recover

By M Naushad Amit
Isipathana skipper Dimuth Warapitiya took the onus on his shoulders to guide his side to a timely recovery with a courageous knock of 96 at the end of the first day’s play in their annual big match encounter against Thurstan at the SSC ground yesterday.

Thurstan was building a sound reply with 52-1, at close of play, to Isipathana’s first innings total of 254.
Thurstan could have been on cloud nine after their decision to invite the opposition to bat when they grabbed the first four wickets in quick succession, but Warapitiya had other ideas for Isipathana, playing a guardian role with an able partner in Deshan Jayakumar (63), to repair the innings.

With their team in a bad state at 59-4 Warapitiya and Jayakumar went on to build up the cracked innings with a valuable partnership of 130 runs for the fifth wicket. Jayakumar departed after Isipathana made a sound recovery at 189 being the fifth victim. He faced 161 deliveries during his marathon innings and hit eight fours.

Warapitiya, who faced 151 balls during his knock of 96, was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved century at his most looked forward to encounter of the year. He hit 14 boundaries and a six. A possible Isipathana run feast was spoilt by fast bowler Rajitha Perera (4/50) and off-spinner Prabodha Arthavidu (3/30) who did most of the damage for Thurstan.

Wicketkeeper/opener Supun Navaratne who’s in great from throughout the season was on his way to a half century with an unbeaten 35 at close of play. The match will continue today.


Malinga’s continued absence may end with Kenyan game

The continued absence of Sri Lanka’s strike bowler Lasith Malinga from the final line-up has got the local cricket fraternity talking.
Malinga was left out Sri Lanka’s opening Group A World Cup game against Canada with a sore back and everyone expected him to be fit and playing in yesterday’s match against Pakistan, but no he once again failed to make it to the final eleven.
Sri Lanka team manager Anura Tennekoon said that Malinga was being rested as a precautionary measure.
“We don’t want to take any chances with him because he is our key bowler. Malinga is fit but we don’t’ want to take that extra one percent and play him,” Tennekoon said.
“We will consider him for the next game because we need to get him into his rhythm ahead of the game against Australia next Saturday,” he said.
Sri Lanka plays associate member Kenya on Tuesday in a day-night encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium. – [ST]


SLC Premier Cricket Tier A

Tamil Union has a slender lead

Sachithra Serasinghe (96) and Muthumudalige Pushpakumara (91) missed out on centuries but enabled Tamil Union to be strongly poised against Chilaw Marians at the end of the second day’s play in their SLC Premier Cricket Tier ‘A’ match being played at Katunayake yesterday. Serasinghe and Pushpakumara featured in a 134-run partnership for the sixth wicket as Tamil Union piled up 345 in reply to 204 scored by Chilaw Marians. At close of play Marians were boldly replying at 79-1 in their second essay.
After making a sound start with 412-4 on the first day, Ragama CC lost their remaining batsmen for just 79 runs as CCC were struggling at 225-9 at stumps on the second day at Maitland Place. Badureliya SC replied with 237 as they went past the Saracens’ first innings total of 200 at Reid Avenue.
Opener Tharanga Paranavitana stroked a patient knock of 159 not out to help SSC stand tall at 264-4 against Colts’ 273 at Havelock Park. In-from batsman Jehan Mubarak hit 143 as NCC topped 305 against Bloomfield in their match which began at Maitland Place. All matches will continue today.

  • At Katunayake:
    Chilaw Marians 204 (59.5) and 79-1 (20) at close (Amal Atulathmudali 41 n.o., Milinda Siriwardana 21 n.o.)
    Tamil Union 35-1 contd 345 (86) (Kanchana Gunawardena 20, Gihan Rupasinghe 56, Sachithra Serasinghe 96, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara 91, Suranga Lakmal 31, Dinuka Hettiarachchi 3/98, Arosh Janoda 2/53)
  • At Maitland Crescent:
    Ragama CC 412-4 contd 491 (106) (Michael Vandort 70, Lahiru Thirimanne 109, Indika de Saram 157, Nayana Fernando 62, Malinga Bandara 31 n.o., Lasantha Manoj 3/96, Sachith Pathirana 3/119)
    CCC 225-9 (68) at close (Daminda Ranaweera 21, Kithruwan Vithanage 48, Danushka Gunathilleke 42, Malintha Gajanayake 20, Tharindu Mendis 62 n.o., Indika de Saram 3/27, Malinga Bandara 3/36)
  • At Reid Avenue:
    Saracens 200 (59.4) and 84-0 (19) at close (Rajkumar Rathika 29 n.o., Shihan Kamileen 45 n.o.)
    Badureliya SC 41-3 contd 237 (96.2) (TN Sampath 31, Sahan Wijeratne 55, Ruwan Perera 72, Lassana Dias 4/47, Dilshan Wimaladharma 4/53)
  • At Havelock Park:
    Colts 273 (85.1)
    SSC 7-0 contd 264-4 (92) at close (Tharanga Paranavitana 159 n.o., Kaushal Silva 22, Lasith Fernando 40 n.o.)
  • At Maitland Place:
    NCC 305 (90) (Jehan Mubarak 143, Sashrika Pussegolla 77, Suraj Randiv 5/102, Nuwan Pradeep 4/74) v Bloomfield [MNA]


SLC Premier Cricket Tier B

Soldiers four scalps away

Army SC is just four scalps away from recording a comfortable win against BRC in a SLC Premier Cricket Tier ‘B’ tournament match played at Havelock Town yesterday. BRC were trailing by 119 runs after being bowled out for 146 in the first innings and the Soldiers replied with a gallant 358. At close of play BRC were struggling at 93-6.
Navy SC comfortably went past Antonians SC’s first innings total at Welisara while Moors SC edged out the first innings total made by Singha SC at Braybrooke Place. Police SC made a bold reply with 306-4 against 268 made up by Panadura SC at Police Park. Angelo Emmanuel (103 n.o.) and Dinusha Fernando (112) hit centuries for Air Force SC in their match against Seeduwa/Raddoluwa CC which at Dambulla. All matches will continue today.

  • At Havelock Town:
    BRC 146 (54.1) and 93-6 (31) at close (Gihan Dilruk 33, Seekkuge Prasanna 3/30, Nuwan Liyanapathirana 2/32)
    Army SC 141-2 contd 358 (92.2) (Mohamed Feshal 73, Aruna Karunathilaka 97, Chandima Prasad 36, Dilan Soysa 27, Roshan Jayatissa 50, Thamara Abeyratne 6/61, Marlon Madushanka 4/84)
  • At Welisara:
    Antonians SC 184 (36) (Lahiru Chathuranga 30, Denver Faux 78, Shafraz Farook 26, Chathura Randunuu 29 n.o., Udara Peiris 5/74, Sanjaya Chathuranga 4/36)
    Navy SC 236-8 (51) at close (Udara Jayasundera 60, Vindika Chandrasiri 37, Ranil Rasanga 77 n.o., Niroshana Amarasinghe 4/64, Chathura Randunu 3/72)
  • At Braybrooke Place:
    Singha SC 231 (64) and 106-6 (37.3) at close (Lahiru Ashen 63, Tharanga Priyadarshana 3/14)
    Moors SC 98-2 contd 239 (77.3) (Shantha Kalavitigoda 34, Kasun Bodisha 25, Sameen Kandanarachchi 22, Bhathiya Perera 85, Suwanji Madanayake 21, Umega Chathuranga 6/71, Madushanka Ekanayake 4/53)
  • At Police Park:
    Panadura SC 268 (90)
    Police SC 306-4 (92) at close (Ravin Nirmal 33, Dhammika Rajapakse 93, Ramesh Kumar 53, Tharanga Indika 64 n.o., Supun Nirmal 28, Tharindu Weerasinghe 28 n.o., Amila Perera 2/55)
  • At Dambulla:
    Air Force SC 283-3 (87) at close (Rajitha Ratnayake 21, Achira Eranga 23, Angelo Emmanuel 103 n.o., Dinusha Fernando 112, Ranil Dhammika 2/62) v Seeduwa/Raddoluwa CC [MNA]