NCC win under-23 division one title
NCC brought an end to SSCís dominance in the domestic scene when they
lifted the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) organised under 23 division one inter
club title with a good first innings victory in the three-day final
concluded at Maitland Place yesterday.
NCCís success in fact had a great amount of significance because they
had won this tournament after a lapse of thirteen years.
They made certain of their victory by compiling a massive 420 in
their first innings and then bowled out the defending champions for 290.
The champions NCC received a cash award of Rs. 500,000 and the
runners-up SSC received Rs. 300,000. NCCís total was built around a
match-winning knock of 104 by their middle order batsman Hashan
Gunatilleke and half centuries from Demintha Dahanayaka and Eranga
NCC who enjoyed a healthy first innings lead of 130 runs batted
almost the entire third day to make 247 in their second innings which
gave them an overall lead of 377.
Eranga Gangoda grabbed the opportunity to complete twin fifties
following his knock of 53 in the first innings.
This time of course he batted in a more aggressive manner while
scoring 54 from just 58 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries.
This was after opener Demintha Dahanayake and Sashrika Pussegolla had
laid the foundation for another good total with a second wicket stand of
59 runs. Pussegolla in fact made amends for his first innings failure by
stroking an elegant 85 with two sixes and eleven boundaries.
Milan Fernando took the bowling honours for SSC with a six wicket
haul that gave him a match bag of 11 wickets for 233.
In addition Ryan Kern snapped up four wickets from just 3.5 overs as
NCC lost their last five wickets for the addition of 27 runs.
SSC then batted for just nine overs in their second innings and
reached 82 for 3 after they were set a victory target of 377 runs.
NCC - 1ST INNINGS420 (D. Dahanayake 82,H. Gunatilleke 104, E. Gangoda 53, M. Fernando 5 for 118).
SSC - 1ST INNINGS 290(H. Fernando 78, S. Karunanayake 111, K. Kulasekera 3 for 38).
NCC - 2ND INNINGS
D. Dahanayake c and b Fernando 37
R. Mendis c N. Perera b Fernando 6
S. Pussegolla c Sriyapala b Fernando 85
H. Gunatilleke b Fernando 14
E. Gangoda c Colombage b Fernando 54
D. Mapa c Perera b Fernando 17
K. Kulasekera lbw b Kern 0
S. Dias b Kern 19
C. Issanka lbw b Kern 3
R. Laksiri not out 4
L. Gamage c Fernando b Kern 0
Total all out 247
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-84, 3-112, 4-190, 5-216, 6-220, 7-233, 8-247, 9-247.
Bowling: S. Karunanayake 4-0-10-0, C. Gunasinghe 6-2-20-0, M. Fernando 31-1-115-6,
H. de Silva 8-1-25-0, D. Colombage 15-1-53-0, R. Perera 2-0-14-0, R. Kern 3.5-1-9-4.
SSC - 2ND INNINGS
N. Perera not out 28
K. Magage b Kulasekera 0
H. Fernando c Mapa b Gamage 6
J. Sriyapala b Dahanayake 39
D. Colombage not out 6
Total for 3 wickets 82
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-8, 3-75.
Bowling: Kulasekera 4-0-31-1, Gamage 3-0-31-1, Dahanayake 1-0-12-1, Mapa 1-0-6-0.