Farveez Maharoof came up with a super double to steer MAS Unichela to victory over champions MAS Active as his team won by ten runs in a Singer-MCA Premier League Championship fixture played at NCC grounds Maitland Place last week.
Maharoof scored a quickfire 74 off 59 deliveries inclusive of four sixes and eight fours and later captured three wickets for 74 runs to see his side coast to an exciting victory.
Dhanushka Gunatillake top scored with 90 runs with a six and eight fours. He put on 135 runs for the second wicket with Maharoof. Skipper Chamara Silva contributed with 60 runs.
However, MAS Active were figured in a spirited chase with Dananjaya de Silva and skipper Jehan Mubarak scoring fifties. Dilshan Munaweera scored 45 runs.
Maharoof, Dilruwan Perera and Malinga Bandara captured three wickets apiece to restrict the run chase.
MAS Unichela: 318 for 9 in 50 overs (Dhanushka Gunatillake 90, Farveez Maharoof 74, Chamara Silva 60, Dilruwan Perera 34, Dilhara Fernando 4/68)
MAS Active: 308 all out in 48.5 overs (Dhananjaya de Silva 58, Dilshan Munaweera 45, Udara Jayasundera 38, T.M. Sampath 34, Jehan Mubarak 52, Sachith Pathirana 41, Farveez Maharoof 3/74, Dilruwan Perera 3/57, Malinga Bandara 3/53)
Chamika match winner
Chamika Karunaratne (4/29) who bagged the vital wickets of Upul Tharanga (62), Imesh Udayanga, Chamara Kapugedera and Lahiru Madushanka (38), spearheaded Sampath Bank to a fine 47 runs win over Commercial Credit & Finance.
Sri Lanka Test Opener, Kaushal Silva played the anchor role for the Bankers with a patient 66 in 80 balls, inclusive of 5 boundaries.
At P. Sara Oval
Sampath Bank: 256 for 9 in 50 overs (Sameen Kandanarachchi 28, Primosh Perera 35, Kaushal Silva 66, Romesh Buddhika 27, Hasantha Fernando 25, Chamika Karunaratne 34 n.o. Lahiru Gamage 2/77, Chathuranga de Silva 2/53, Ashan Priyanjan 2/14)
Commercial Credit: 209 all out in 42 overs (Upul Tharanga 62, Ashan Priyanjan 40, Lahiru Madushanka 38, Kasun Rajitha 3/50, Chamika Karunaratne 4/29, Jeevan Mendis 2/44).
Bhanuka makes solid 90
Skipper, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hit a belligerent 90 in 54 balls inclusive of six sixes and 10 fours, together with Akshu Fernando, who remained unbeaten with a solid 50, helped John Keells beat DIMO by 54 runs with over six overs to spare.
John Keells: 335 for 9 in 50 overs (Lahiru Milantha 44, Dimuth Karunaratne 19, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 90, Roshene Silva 22, Sandun Weerakkody 31, Janaka Gunaratne 38, Akshu Fernando 50 n.o. Matheesha Perera 2/39)
DIMO: 281 all out in 43.5 overs (Jason Perera 37, Lasith Abeyratne 48, Nipun Karunaratne 22, Thikshila de Silva 45, Nisala Tharaka 61, Vikum Bandara 2/22, Ishan Jayaratne 3/46, Upul Indrasiri 2/66).
Textured Jersey win
The new entrants to big League Textured Jersey (TJ) recorded their historic win in routing HNB by 122 runs.
Minod Bhanuka (88 in 108 balls) and Lahiru Kumara (5/38) were responsible for this win.
Textured Jersey: 278 for 9 in 50 overs. (Minod Bhanuka 88, Nilusha Nonis 25, D. Jayalath 23, Charith Asalanka 51, M. Siriwardena 24, C. de Silva 25, Vimukthi Perera 4/54, B. Perera 2/49)
HNB: 156 in 33.1 overs (S. Jayawardena 33, Y. Fernando 32, Vimukthi Perera 28, Lahiru Kumara 5/38, C. de Silva 2/49)