Inter-Provincial Limited-Over Tournament January 9, 2008

Unbeaten Kandurata qualify for final

Kandurata, led by Sri Lanka's vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara, qualified for a place in Sunday's final when they recorded their third straight win in the competition, defeating Hirdaramani Ruhuna by 43 runs under the Duckworth- Lewis method in a night match played at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Kandurata made their third total in excess of 250 through half-centuries from Thilan Samaraweera (71 off 96 balls) and Chamara Kapugedera (63 off 65 balls). The innings was given a late boost by Thilan Thushara who slammed a breezy 47 off 27 balls with four sixes and a four.

Ruhuna could not sustain an adjusted target of 282 from 47 overs despite fifties from Upul Tharanga and Indika de Saram and were dismissed for 238 in the 44th over, with Thushara once again being the stumbling block taking 3 for 29.

Basnahira South, captained by Tillakaratne Dilshan, registered their first win by beating Basnahira North by six wickets, again under the Duckworth-Lewis method, at the SSC grounds. Put into bat, Basnahira North could manage only 207 for 9 in 50 overs, their batsmen being restricted by young left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardene who took 6 for 40 off 10 overs.

Basnahira South's run chase was curtailed by rain and their revised target saw them set 175 for victory off 36 overs. Ian Daniel with 74 off 75 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes) led the way to victory which was achieved with eight overs to spare.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Kandurata 3 3 0 0 0 13 +1.685 851/145.2 613/147.0
Wayamba 3 2 1 0 0 10 +0.541 594/122.0 528/122.0
Basnahira North 4 2 2 0 0 10 -0.194 680/164.2 771/178.0
Basnahira South 3 1 2 0 0 5 -0.750 572/128.0 701/134.2
Ruhuna 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.694 444/119.0 528/97.2

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