Union Assurance, led by Mahesh de Alwis, regained the MCA Senior Citizens cricket title when they beat John Keells in the final of the Annual MCA Over-40 Cricket Sixes which concluded at the MCA grounds last Sunday.
Fading light and signs of rain forced the final to be reduced to a 3-balls per over per side contest. John Keells batted first and scored 30 for no loss in their allotted five overs with P.K. Abeygunasekera scoring 25 not out.
In reply Union Assurance scored 31 for one wicket in 11 balls and regained the title.
John Keells: 30 for no loss in 5 overs (P.K. Abeygunasekera 25 n.o.)
Union Assurance: 31 for 1 in 3.2 overs (Eric Upashantha 15 n.o. Susantha de Mel 15 n.o.)
Last year’s winners Singer Sri Lanka lost to Union Assurance in one semi-final at MCA. Union Assurance scored 73 for no loss in 5 overs and Singer fell short by 6 runs (67 for 3).
In the other semi-final played at the Wesley College grounds, John Keells beat Commercial Bank. John Keells scored 59 for 1 in 5 overs and restricted Commercial Bank to 40 for 3 in 5 overs.
The Special Awards
Best Bowler – Ravi Subasinghe from John Keells. Best Batsman & Most Number of Sixes – Sanjaya Attanayake from Union Assurance (116 runs, 8 sixes). Man of the Final – Eric Upashantha from Union Assurance. Most Senior Player – Anura de Silva from Sri Lanka Telecom, (58 years).
Union Assurance team comprised Mahesh de Alwis (Captain), Eric Upashantha, Sanjaya Attanayake, Sanjaya Siriwardena, Susantha de Mel, Anil Fonseka, Priyankara Abeyratne and Priyanka Jayanama.
Tournament was sponsored by Ceylon Cold Stores PLC and was played for the “Elephant House Lemonade” Trophy.