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Bloomfield C&AC recorded their first win in their second match of the Premier Limited Over Tournament 2000 by beating Moors SC by 50 runs in Colombo today.
The match was reduced to 36 overs after the start of play was delayed due to heavy overnight rain. Moors won the toss and, unsurprisingly, decided to bowl first, in an effort to exploit the moist conditions.
Sanath Jayasuriya gave a boost to Bloomfield SC with his return to the side after his exploits in Sharjah but disappointed when Rangana Herath caught him in the covers off the bowling of Rasika Priyadharshana for just 8 runs.
Pubudu Dassanayake followed soon after to leave Bloomfield in trouble on 24/2. Bloomfield skipper, Kumar Dharmasena, and T.M. Dilshan then batted cautiously to start with before taking the attack to the Moors bowlers. Until the 26th over the pair were content to work the ball into the gaps for singles and twos. However, Dilshan then took control to unleash his full array of strokes.
The pair added 152 runs off just 161 balls for the third wicket before Dilshan was stumped for 88 off 77 balls. His knock included 11 fours and 2 huge sixes. Dharmasena scored 60 off 82 deliveries before Rangana Herath caught him on the boundary.
Bloomfield finished with 222/4 in their allotted 36 overs. The only economical bowler was R. Priyadharshana who took one wicket for 20 in his six overs.
In reply, Moors SC made just 172 for the loss of 9 wickets in 36 overs. Heshan Thilakarathna (38) and Rasika Priyadharshana were the only pair who managed to put on a decent partnership. They compiled 64 for the second wicket. When they were dismissed Moors SC's hopes quickly evaporated as Sanath Jayasuriya picked up three wickets.