In a weekend that was severely hampered by rain, opening batsman, M.K. Rathnajeewa carried his bat out, scoring a quickfire century (112 not out in 74 balls, inclusive of 7 sixes and 7 fours) for South Asia Gateway Terminal, steer them to a 69 runs win over Coats Thread Lanka, in the ongoing MCA “F” division 25 over League tournament.
Out of card of 16 matches, seven were completely washed out, six were played with curtailed overs, while only three went the full distance.
Highest Team Total: 265-9 (25) by Heshan Flexe Vs Elastomeric The rest of the batting honours went to Sudath Sanjeewa from Akbar Brothers (87 not out vs. Nippon Paint), Dulanga Lakmal from HSBC “C” (80 vs. Bharti Airtel), Adeesha Nanayakkara from Vallibal Finance (73 not out vs. Cautaulds Clothing), Kanishka Perera from Heshan Flexe (68 vs. Elastomeric), Heshan de Silva from Nippon Paint (62 vs. Akbar Bros), R. Urendran from Akbar Bros (61 vs. Nippon Paint), Nalinda Ranatunga from Cautaulds Clothing (61 vs. Vallibal Finance), Buddhika Prasad from Heshan Flexe (60 vs. Elastomeric), B. Marickkar from HSBC “C” (56 vs. Bharti Airtel), WADC Perera from Nation Lanka Finance (53 not out vs. Asiri Hospitals) and Dilshan Perumal from MAC Holdings (50 vs. Oral Corp)
Akbar Bros registered back to back wins, beating new comer, QP Employment by four wickets with five balls to spare and Nippon Paint comfortably by 65 runs. MAC Holdings snatched a thrilling three wickets win with a ball to spare over newcomer Oral Corporation.
HSBC registered their second successive win beating Bharti Airtel.
The seven matches that were washed out are: Tin Pack vs. Heshan Flexe; Copal amba vs. Bharti Airtel; Toll Global vs. Coats Thread Lanka; Amana Bank vs. United Tractors; Gummi Lanka vs. Lankem; CIC vs. Hirdaramani’s and EB Creasey vs. Janashakthi “B”
The nine matches that were spared by rain are:
- De Mazanod: Akbar Bros beat QP employment by 6 wickets.
QPE: 139/9 (19), Akbar Bros: 140/4 (18.1)
- Shalika: Amana Bank beat Ceyline Holdings by 9 wickets.
Ceyline: 57/8 (10), Amana: 58/1 (4.5)
- Mattegoda: MAC Holdings beat Oral Corporation by 3 wickets.
Oral Corp: 116/8 (16); MAC Holdings: 117/7 (15.5)
- Mattegoda: South Asia Gateway Terminal beat Coats Thread Lanka by 69 runs.
SAGT: 183/6 (25); Coats: 114 (18.1)
- Wesley: Nation Lanka Finance beat Asiri Hospitals by 10 wickets.
Asiri: 84/7 (12); NLF: 90/0 (7.3)
- Wesley: Vallibal Finance beat Cautaulds Clothing by 5 wickets.
Coutaulds: 172/5 (20); Vallibal: 173/5 (19)
- Nalanda: Akbar Bros beat Nippon Paint by 65 runs.
Akbar Bros: 200/2 (18); Nippon Paint: 135/9 (18)
- Moratuwa: Heshan Flexe beat Elastomeric by 196 runs.
Heshan Flexe: 265/9 (25); Elastomeric: 69(13.5)
- Moratuwa: HSBC “C” beat Bharti Airtel by 65 runs.
HSBC “C”: 219/9 (25); Airtel: 154 (22.3)The tournament will be continued this weekend with a card of 18 matches. [LW]