Lankem Ceylon PLC and Vallibal Finance advanced to the final of the Sierra IT Trophy, MCA “F” division 25-over League Tournament.
Lankem Ceylon snatched a 5 wickets win with two deliveries to spare over Hirdaramani Group; while Vallibal Finance cruised to a 6 wickets win over Toll Global Forwarding in the semi-finals played over the weekend.
Hirdaramani’s sent into bat put up a challenging total of 162 for 9 in 25 overs via two solid knocks from Sameera Ratnayake (47 in 25 balls inclusive of 5 sixes and 2 fours) and Gayan Manohara (45 in 48 balls, inclusive of a six and 4 fours).
The Hirdaramani total would have been much higher if not for the splendid bowling performance of Udara Lakmal (5- 35-5) for Lankem.
Lankem in their run chase needing 163 runs in 25 overs with an asking rate of 6.52 rpo, reached their target in the nick of time, with the help of a gusty innings from Buddhika Madusanka (57 in 58 balls with a six and 8 fours), who was associated in a valuable 45 runs stand for the fourth wicket with Dinesh Alawathugoda (40 in 25 balls with 2 sixes and 4 fours)
A notable double by Adeesha Nanayakkara (5-28-3 & 36 not out in 37 balls with 2 sixes & 2 fours) spear headed Vallibal Finance to a fine six wickets win over Toll Global Forwarding.
After restricting Toll Global to 142 for 9 in 25 overs, Nanayakkara was associated in 65 runs partnership for the fourth wicket with Sagara Upuldeniya (41 in 29 balls, with 3 sixes and 3 fours), thus taking them over the line in the 24th over.
At MCA: Lankem Ceylon beat Hirdaramani Group by 5 wickets
Hirdaramani Group: 162/9 in 25 overs (Sameen Ratnayake 47, Gayan Manohara 45, Udara Lakmal 5/35, M. Aslam 2/25)
Lankem: 163/5 in 24.4 overs (Buddhika Madusanka 57, Dinesh Alawathugoda 40)
At MCA: Vallibal Finance beat Toll Global Forwarding by 6 wickets.
Toll Global: 142/9 in 25 overs (Mahesh Perera 50, Thilina Madusanka 32, Adeesha Nanayakkara 3/28, Dilshan Ratnayake 2/15)
Vallibal Finance: 148/4 in 23.5 overs (Sagara Upuldeniya 41, Adeesha Nanayakkara 36 n.o.)
The final between Lankem Ceylon PLC and Vallibal Finance will take place on 11th July at the MCA grounds. (LW)