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CCC emerge Premier League champs, Saracens SC runner-up

Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) led by former Sri Lanka cap Ashan Priyanjan won the 2018-19 Premier League when they defeated NCC by five wickets at Colts grounds in the final match of the Super Eight concluded yesterday.

Left with a target of 290 to chase CCC got their in 57.3 overs with Priyanjan and Wanindu Hasaranga finishing off the match for the Maitland Crescent club in style by indulging in an unbroken 68 runs partnership off 8.3 overs. Priyanjan finished unbeaten on 60 off 65 balls (3 fours) and Hasaranga the dominant partner an aggressive 48 not out off 27 balls inclusive of three sixes.

SSC who were also in the running for the title going into the final weekend on second place with 1.3 points separating them from CCC suffered a shock defeat at the hands of last year’s champs Chilaw Marians CC who chased down a challenging target of 366 thanks largely to a match-winning 206-run stand between Risith Upamal (112 not out) and Nimesh Vimukthi (120) who scored his maiden first-class hundred. Their partnership lifted Chilaw Marians from a position of defeat at 92-5. The win enabled Chilaw Marians end in third place pushing SSC to fifth.

SSC’s defeat meant that Saracens SC who were placed fourth going into the final weekend finished as runner-up when they took first innings points off Tamil Union piling up a massive 574-9 declared after dismissing their opponents for 330. Saracens SC were without their captain Milinda Siriwardana and Kasun Rajitha for this match – both on national duty in South Africa with the Sri Lanka team.

Saracens hopes of pulling off an outright were thwarted by Tamil Union captain and former Sri Lanka Test opener Tharanga Paranvithana and Sachitra Serasinghe who figured in a massive stand of 283 for the third wicket.

Paranavithana went onto score 175 off 225 balls (20 fours, 1 six) and Serasinghe 124 n.o. off 199 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes).

* At Colts. CCC won by 5 wickets. NCC: 411 in 104.3 overs (Mahela Udawatte 162, Pathum Nissanka 119, Lahiru Udara 35, Chaturanga de Silva 25, Wanidu Hasaranga 4/63 Ashan Priyanjan 2/52, Lahiru Madushanka 2/52) and 305 (243/4 o/n) in 73.4 overs (Chaturanga De Silva 114, Pethum Nissanka 70, Saranga Rajaguru 59 n.o., Lahiru Udara 50, Wanindu Hasaranga 6/80, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/78) CCC: 427 in 98.3 overs (Ron Chandraguptha 118, Minod Bhanuka 104, Ashan Priyanjan 51, Wanindu Hasaranga 40, Lasith Abeyratne 26, Madhawa Warnapura 20, Chaturanga de Silva 4/103, Asitha Fernando 2/65) and 290/5 in 57.3 overs (Minod Bhanuka 85, Ashan Priyanjan 60 n.o., Madhawa Warnapura 56, Wanindu Hasaranga 48 n.o., Saranga Rajaguru 4/58)

* At NCC. Match drawn. Tamil Union: 330 in 101.4 overs (Manoj Sarathchandra 68, Sithara Gimhan 52, Tharanga Paranavitana 50, Kamindu Mendis 41, Ramith Rambukwella 40, Sachithra Serasinghe 34, Saliya Saman 3/40, Gamindu Kanishka 3/74) and 345/3 in 83.2 overs (Tharanga Paranavithana 175, Sachithra Serasinghe 124 n.o., Gamindu Kanishka 2/47) Saracens SC: 574/9 (264/4 o/n) in 166.4 overs (Pramod Madhuwantha 212, Nipun Karunanayake 149, Ashen Bandara 94, Andy Solomans 77, Ramith Rambukwella 4/96, Rangana Herath 2/73)

* At R. Premadasa International Cricket stadium. Colts CC won by 10 wickets. Colts: 574/9 decl. in 148 overs (Dhananjaya Lakshan 141, Priyamal Perera 127, Vishad Randika 106, Avishka Fernando 75, Nisala Tharaka 55, Jehan Daniel 29, Asela Gunaratne 2/40, Nuwan Liyanapathirana 2/67, Buddika Madushanka 2/91, Danushika Bandara 2/124) and 41/0 in 9 overs (Priyamal Perera 29 n.o.) Army SC: 168 in 48.5 overs (Himasha Liyanage 46, Dhanushika Bandara 26, Nalin Priyadarshana 4/32, Nisala Tharaka 3/43, Jehan Daniel 2/33) and 446 (210/3 o/n) in 108 overs (Dilshan De Zoysa 139, Asela Gunaratne 123, Himasha Liyanage 48, Seekkuge Prasanna 44, Dushan Vimukthi 40, Kaveesh Kumara 23,Nisala Tharaka 3/74, Priyamal Perera 2/14, Jehan Daniel 2/58, Praveen Jayawickrame 2/104)

* At P. Sara Oval. Chilaw Marians CC won by 3 wickets. SSC: 374 in 101 overs (Sachithra Senanayake 89, Sammu Ashan 79, Akash Senarathna 56, Nipun Dananjaya 46, Dasun Shanaka 34, Himesh Ramanayake 22, Sagar Paresh 4/138, Pulina Tharanga 3/58) and 265/9 decl. in 69 overs (Kavindu Kulasekara 71, Dasun Shanaka 68, Nipun Dhananjaya 61, Tharindu Ratnayake 27 n.o., Sagar Paresh 5/107, Pulina Tharanga 3/42) Chilaw Marians CC: 274 in 73.3 overs (Thikshila de Silva 72, Pulina Tharanga 51, Nimesh Vimukthi 40, Irosh Fernando 30 n.o., Risith Upamal 29, Sachithra Senanayake 6/73) and 368/7 (57/2 o/n) in 98 overs (Nimesh Vimukthi 120, Risith Upamal 112 n.o., Yashodha Lanka 26, Irosh Fernando 25 n.o., Dasun Senevirathne 23, Sachithra Senanayake 3/100, Himesh Ramanayake 3/39) 


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