Munaweera ton hands Bloomfield first win
A round-up of the fourth round of matches of the Premier Limited Overs tournament
Ragama Cricket Club
's attack delivered a five-wicket
victory over Panadura Sports Club
, as they secured the top position in the group, with four wins in as many matches. Having asked Panadura to bat, Ragama's opening bowlers took a cheap wicket each, before spinners Alankara Silva and Sajeewa Weerakoon
wreaked havoc in the middle order. Panadura succumbed for 134 in the 43rd over, as Weerakoon took 3 for 33, before seam bowler Lahiru Jayaratne
returned later in the innings to complete a three-wicket haul himself.
Panadura's bowlers were more spirited than their batsmen, and had given hope to the team when they had Ragama at 89 for 5. Chanaka Wijesinghe ensured Ragama would slip no further, however, and was unbeaten on 43 when his team chased down the meagre score.
's 4 for 43 and half-centuries to Roshen Silva
and captain Dilruwan Perera
pushed Colts Cricket Club
to victory, with three balls to spare and four wickets
in hand, against Air Force Sports Club
. Dananjaya struck twice in the middle overs, as Air Force sought to consolidate a good position, before returning after the 40th over to stall Air Force's final charge. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sajith Kalumpriya was the only Air Force player to hit a fifty, but No. 10 Sahan Jayawardene's run-a-ball 36 was also instrumental, as they hit 208 for 9 from their 50 overs.
Colts stumbled against the opening pace-pair of Jayawardene and Lasanda Rukmal, but Silva helped arrest the slide, which had reached its nadir at 79 for 5, and put on 69 alongside Perera. Air Force were still in the hunt when Silva departed, but Ishan Jayaratne provided competent support for his captain, and that pair's 66-run partnership secured Colts' fourth straight win in the tournament.
Colombo Cricket Club
broke Army Sports Club
's winning streak with a 62-run
triumph at CCC's home ground, in a low-scorer. 102 of CCC's 178 had come from Nos. 7, 8 and 9, after they had stumbled to 101 for 7 against Army's pace attack. Army did not have ace spinners in Ajantha Mendis and Seekkuge Prasanna, who have departed for the UAE with the Sri Lanka side.
CCC captain Hasantha Fernando
then tore out Army's middle order, taking 5 for 21, as the visitors failed to capitalise on an opening partnership worth 63. No batsman beyond the top four reached double figures, and Army were all out for 116 in the 37th over.
Dilshan Munaweera's 124-ball 142 led Bloomfield
to a 124-run win against Moors Sports Club
at the Premadasa Stadium
. Bloomfield had had a disappointing start to the season, having lost both games, but an opening stand worth 187 after being sent in to bat went some way to jump-starting their tournament, as they eventually reached 282 for 5.
Moors had a poor start in response, stumbling to 32 for 4 in the eighth over, and despite mild resistance from opener Isham Ghouse, Bloomfield's seam-bowling trio Nuwan Pradeep
, Imran Khan
and Vishwa Fernando
, shared six scalps between them. Suraj Randiv
arrived later to take two wickets of his own, and Moors were all out in the 38th over.
Tamil Union Cricket Club
sneaked home by 8 runs
against Nondescripts Cricket Club
, via the Duckworth-Lewis method, after bad light stopped their chase four overs short, at the P Sara Oval. Chasing 243, Tamil Union had 25 to get from four overs with four wickets in hand, when play was called off. In the end TN Sampath
's rapid 61 had been enough to propel them past mathematical parity, despite the efforts of NCC's Chaminda Vidanapathirana
, who took 3 wickets for 51.
Sampath had earlier opened the bowling for Tamil Union with his offspin, and reaped two top-order wickets for 24, before fast bowler Nisala Gamage dented NCC's middle order, with 4 for 48. NCC had tottered to 155 for 6 in the 37th over, but a 77-run stand between Kosala Kulasekara
- who hit 74 - and Tharindu Kaushal, ensured the visitors climbed to a competitive total. The start provided by Ashen Silva
's 54 and Sampath's mid-innings salvo, however, earned Tamil Union their first victory of the season, and inflicted NCC's first loss.
Sinhalese Sports Club
's bowlers demolished Chilaw Marians
to set up a nine-wicket
win that was achieved in the 16th over - the most one-sided result in the tournament so far. No Chilaw batsman crossed 25, as SSC's four seam bowlers shared nine wickets between them at their home ground. Chilaw were all out for 90 after 26 overs.
hit a brisk, unbeaten fifty in the chase, as he prepares for the Test series in the UAE at the end of the month.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here