Premier Limited Over Tournament 2011-12

Nondescripts clinch Premier Tier A limited-overs title

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

December 18, 2011

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Farveez Maharoof goes on the offensive during his 52, Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club, Premier Limited Over Tournament Tier A, Final, P Sara Oval, December 17, 2011
Farveez Maharoof finished as the tournament's leading run-scorer © Manoj Ridimahaliyadda
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Nondescripts CC, led by Sri Lanka opening batsman Upul Tharanga, regained the Premier limited-overs Tier A title after five years when they defeated arch rivals Sinhalese SC by 32 runs in the final at the P Sara Oval on Saturday.

The former champions, who last won the title in 2006/07, put up a commendable batting performance to run up 268 after being asked to bat first and then defended the total successfully dismissing SSC for 236 in the 48th over.

At one stage SSC were struggling at 54 for 4 but the captain Thilina Kandamby (64) and Kaushal Lokuarachchi (52) helped them recover with a 109-run stand that put them on track once again. But NCC held their nerve to chip away at the SSC wickets to eventually bowl them out.

NCC's innings revolved around two half-centuries from former Sri Lanka allrounder Farveez Maharoof (52) who in this tournament promoted himself to open the batting and ended up as the top run-getter with 219 runs (avg. 43.80) and, another Sri Lanka one-day batsman Chamara Kapugedera (64) who has taken over a new role as wicketkeeper during the tournament. Angelo Perera chipped in with an entertaining knock of 41 off 36 balls to help NCC rattle off 63 off the last six overs. Offspinner Sachitra Senanayake was the pick of the SSC bowlers taking three wickets and finishing as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 16.

However the most pleasing performance came from the former Sri Lanka Under-19 World Cup allrounder Charith Jayampathi who took the wickets of Tharanga, Perera and Thilan Thushara for 48 runs and then kept SSC in the hunt during their run chase with courageous 31 off 25 balls before being eventually run out.

Tier B

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) won a tense final against Sri Lanka Navy by three wickets with 11 balls to spare to clinch the Premier limited-over Tier B title at the P Sara Oval on Friday.

Navy squandered a great start of 114 by their openers Dhanushka Gurusinghe (65) and Dilan Chandima (82) to be bowled out for a disappointing 206. They however fought back strongly to reduce Ports Authority to 85 for 6 before a fine rearguard action from Dinusha Fernando and Ranesh Perera saw them come back from the dead to stage a remarkable victory.

Fast bowling allrounder Fernando who played two Tests against England in 2003, hit an unbeaten 81 off 114 balls to steer his team home. He put on 120 for the seventh wicket with Perera, who contributed 54 off 70 balls.

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Posted by asirigamage on (December 19, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

MAHAROOF SHOULD IN THE ODI TEAM VS SOUTH AFRICA & AUSTRALIA. HE IS NEED BAT IN 6 OR 7 SOME TIMES AT NO 5 TOO. HE HAS THE ABILITY AND THE TALENT TO BUILD PARTNERSHIPS

Posted by MDCP on (December 19, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

maharoof is a total write off in the field... it wil b tough for him to giv a comeback to the SL side and compete wit N.Kule and Thisara. yeah i think kapugedara shud be given another go probably at no.4 in the national team. Angelo is such a fine hitter and a finisher and very consistent in domestic games so is sachithra need to b given a chance soon. SELECTORS, get some EXCITING YOUNGSTERS IN

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

why did not talk about leading run getter and wicket taker for B group.leading run getter is M.FESAL from army.avg is 60.25

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

i totyalyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy agreee with u PREMAs..they should give them chance..then only thr having a compition among seniors..and also we should give ARS SIlVA a chance.he did enough in club cricket..if not this young lads also facing what sajeewa weerakon faced.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

Our Test team is no different to Bangladesh or WI team. We cannot compete with great teams like Aus, SA etc because we don't have strike bowlers in our Test team. So test should used to give some experience to young players Like Banuka, Maharoof ,Kapugadar, T Perera etc that way we can build a strong ODI & T20 team. What we see in the past in ODI some seniors scores lot of runs against weaker teams and on flat pitches and these young player comes to bat too late and have to throw their wickets. When we play against good teams when seniors struggle and we put these plays under lot of pressure and they don't play their natural game. In sri lanka there is no rotation policy our seniors want to play every game and some of them are not suitable for T20 at all. When it come to T20 big hitter like Maharoof , Kapugadara, Mathew, Banuka,T Perara etc should be in the team first seniors have to fight for their places not the other way round.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

Maharoof or Kandamby should be selected to the SA ODI series

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 3:34 GMT)

Has sachthra senanayake cleared his action.As far as i know he was called during the SL A tour of England.If so he will be a gr8 prospect.i agree maharoof ,kapugedara should also get a chance.

Posted by PKosgoda on (December 18, 2011, 21:47 GMT)

Bhanuka(the Best Sch'lboy Crickter 2010 & 2011, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave.52 , one of the top 5 batsmen in the Youth WC 2010)Umesh Karunarathne (the Best Sch'lboy Crickter 2008, a Leading Wicket Taker in Pre.Div.2009/10 & U23 Matches 2010&2011, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave. 34 +1st Cl.Bo. Ave. 17+ ) & Sachithra Senanayake the most consistent Domestic bowler whose 1st Cl.Bo. Ave. 20+ are born to play for the Country, but not to sit & watch risky stroke play of seniors.

Posted by PKosgoda on (December 18, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

There are far better all-rounders & batsmen in the Country at the moment than Maharoof & Kapugedara. Only batsman in this present NCC side to go straight into the National side is Angelo Perera though he hasn't been allowed to bat at the top throughout the tournament.The ignorance of Selectors to allow greedy seniors to continue with the Game, till they die on the field would ruin the future of Country's Cricket. Youngsters who maintain consistency at Domestic level should be given their due place in the National Side when their confidence at its peak and performing well.The youngsters the class of Chandimal (the Best Sch'lboy Crickter 2009, Leading runs scorer in Pre.Div. Matches 2010/11, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave. 59),Angelo Perera (the Best Sch'lboy Batsman 2009,Leading runs scorer in U23 Matches 2010/11, 1st Cl.Ba. Ave.40 batting at very low down in the batting order for his Club) (to be continued)

Posted by Dhakshika on (December 18, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

I also agree to select farveez Maharoof & Chamara Kapugedara for the south African one day series. Both of them are performing well in the Domestic tournament.also their maind are very fresh.so it will be a big plus for sri lanka cricket. I am very happy to give maharoof as a opening batsmen.but I am so much confused with kapugedara use as a wicket keeper.??? Kapugedara play asa a no 04 batsmen in the team.Normally any team in cricket 04 batsmen is the best batsmen in the team. Also he can bowl .can u remember he got wicket in Australia????..also he is the best fielder in the team…superb at backward point…why such a talented all round player use as a wicket keeper.?????unbeliveble…..???????????????good luck sri lanka cricket………………………….

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