Vallibel Finance, who started playing Mercantile cricket only three years ago, made a giant leap when they lifted the glittering “Sierra IT” Trophy with a resounding 83 runs win over Lankem Ceylon PLC, in the 2nd Sierra Information Technologies Ltd., sponsored MCA “F” division 25 Over League Tournament final, concluded at the MCA grounds last Saturday.
Vallibel Finance sent into bat put up a challenging total of 182 for 9 in 25 overs via two notable batting performances by Hashan Lakmal (50 in 35 balls, inclusive of 3 sixes and 4 fours) and skipper, Sagara Upuldeniya (40 in 42 balls inclusive of a six and 4 fours).
Skipper Sagara Upuldeniya (3/34) and his deputy Adeesha Nanayakkara (3/19) bowled menacingly to skittle out Lankem for a paltry 99 runs in 18.1 overs.
Match Referee, Basil Perera picked Hashan Lakmal from Vallibel Finance as his Man of the Match.
The other three special awards, based on performances up to the knock-out stage, went to Udara Lakmal from Lankem Ceylon, Best Bowler (09 matches, 40 overs 217 runs, 28 wickets, inclusive of three 5 wickets hauls); T.S. Irudeen from QP Employment, Best Batsman (9 innings, 498 runs, 3 not outs, best 153 and 3 half centuries ); Adeesha Nanayakkara from Valibel Finance, Man of the Tournament, (295 runs and 15 wickets).
Head of Electrical, Sierra Information Technologies Ltd., Pathum Jayawardena was the chief guest at the Post Tournament Awards presentation. He along with Niran Mahawatte Senior VP, Rohana Dissanayake, General Secretary and Sujeewa de Silva, Secretary Tournament Committee, all from MCA, gave away the awards.
Vallibel Finance: 182 for 9 in 25.0 overs (Hashan Lakmal 50, Sagara Upuldeniya 40, Dhanushka Attigala 2/35)
Lankem: 99 in 18.1 overs (M. Aslam 25, Adeesha Nanayakkara 3/19, Sagara Upuldeniya 3/34)