Unbeaten Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka Finance, along with Asia Asset Finance, Deutsche Bank AG & Brandix Essentials “B” advanced to the semi-finals of the 5th Stafford Motor Co. Sponsored, “Honda” Trophy, MCA “G” division 25 over League Tournament, continued last Saturday.

Asia Asset Finance scored a comfortable 39 runs win over Jetwing Travels; MBSL Finance scored a fighting 4 wickets win over debutants UB Finance by 4 wickets; Deutsche Bank scored a narrow 11 runs win over giant killers Nor-Lanka & Brandix Essentials “B” romped to comprehensive 7 wickets win over unbeaten SriLankan Airlines in the quarter-finals.

In the first Quarter Final, Sucharitha Pussegolla (41) and Dennis Rodrigo (52 in 38 balls with 08 fours) came up with two sterling batting performances to give them a commanding total of 217 for 7 in 25 overs (RR 8.68).

Jetwing Travels stood up to the challenge via a 120 runs stand between D. Peiris (54) and S. Nugawela (69) for the second wicket, but they gobbled up almost 18 overs in the process to fall well short of the target.

The second quarter–final between the two Financiers was good as a final. MBSL was up against a well balanced, youthful, UBF side who had the highest team total in the tournament – 329 for 3 in 25 overs.

UBF put up a challenging 172 for 6 in 25 overs (RR 6.88), but fell short of their target of 200 runs as MBSL spinners Ershad Rashmishad (2/35) and Sameera Abeyratne (2/15) put the brakes on their quest for quick runs in the last five overs.

MBSL in reply took the bull by the horns, as Prabath Kariyapperuma kept the score board ticking with a belligerent 40 runs while “Mr. Reliable” the left hander, Dhanushka Kandegama played the anchor role, stroking a stylish, unbeaten 67 in 53 balls inclusive of 4 sixes and 7 fours to take them home in the 24th over.

Kandegama was well supported by Asantha Perera (18) and Dhanushka Shamal (16 not out in 6 balls).

3rd Quarter-final – Dogged innings by Thivanka de S. Wijeratne (42) and C. Dumbarage (35 not out) and a devastating spell of fast bowling by Praveen Fernando (3/16 in 5 overs) helped Deutsche Bank to a hard fought 11 runs win over the Nor-Lanka; who entered the scene, beating the unbeaten Stafford Motors in the pre-quarter finals.

4th Quarter-final – Unbeaten SriLankan Airlines after eight straight wins, crash landed losing to Brandix “B”, tamely by 7 wickets.

The SriLankans shot out for 103 runs in 21.3 overs due to the on the spot, intelligent bowling by R. Fernando (2/17), T. Silva (2/15), S.Yapa (2/25), J. Prasanna (2/15) and T. de Silva (2/19), Brandix “B” broke little sweat on reaching the target in just 16.1 overs.

Results – (quarter-finals)
n MCA: Asia Asset Finance beat Jetwing Travels by 39 runs.
AAF: 217 for 7 in 25.0 overs. (N. Fernando 30, S. Pussegolla 41, Dennis Rodrigo 52, N. Perera 30, S. Mudalige 28, M. de Silva 22, R. Fernando 2/38, N. Rajitha 2/44)

Jetwing: 178 for 4 in 25.0 overs. (D. Peiris 54, S. Nugawela 69, A. Wijeratne 29 n.o. N. Fernando 2/32)

n MCA: Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka Finance beat UB Finance by 4 wickets.

UBF: 172 for 6 in 25.0 overs. (M. Fernando 26, P. Madusanka 26, N. Gamage 35, B. Samarawickrama 21, B. Jayamanne 26 n.o. E. Rasmishad 2/35, S. Abeyratne 2/15)

MBSL Finance: 173 for 6 in 23.2 overs (Prabath Kariapperuma 40, Dhanushka Kandegama 67 n.o. B. Jayamanne 3/34, N. Gamage 2/20)

n Thurstan: Deutsche Bank AG beat Nor-Lanka by 11 runs.
Deutsche Bank: 160 for 5 in 25.0 overs (G. Ratnayake 26, T. de S. Wijeratne 42, C. Dumbarage 35 n.o. J. de Silva 27 n.o. S. Fernando 2/16)

Nor-Lanka: 149 for 9 in 25 overs. (C. Silva 20, U. Munasinghe 25, R. Anusha 37, Praveen Fernando 3/16, R. Tissera 2/35)
n Thurstan: Brandix Essentials “B” beat SriLankan Airlines by 7 wickets.

SriLankan: 103 all out in 21.5 overs. (R. Kandeepan 50, R. Jayasuriya 21, R. Fernando 2/17, T. Silva 2/15, S. Yapa 2/25, J. Prasanna 2/15, T. de Silva 2/19)

Brandix “B”: 104 for 3 in 16.1 overs ( S. Karunaratne 45 n.o. R. Fernando 20, M. Ratnayake 25)

The semi-finals will be worked off as follows:
Saturday, 8th August at MCA, Asia Asset Finance Vs. Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka Finance (afternoon session kept as a reserve)
Sunday, 9th August at MCA: Deutsche Bank AG Vs. Brandix Essentials “B” (afternoon session kept as a reserve). (LW)