Kanrich Finance, which is ranked 10th in the league, created a huge upset when they eliminated the third-ranked John Keells in the 25th Singer-MCA Premier League Knockout Tournament 2018 qualifier played at De Soysa Park, Moratuwa on 19 October.
Out of the four qualifying matches played on the same day, this was the only game that ended with a result. The other three games - LB Finance vs. Hayleys, HNB vs. DIMO and Teejay Lanka vs. Sampath Bank - were ruined by rain.
LB Finance (league No. 4) HNB (League No. 5) and Teejay Lanka (League No. 6) advanced to the second round by holding the higher position in the league points table.
At MCA - LB Finance vs. Hayleys Group – no result. LB Finance advanced to the second round by virtue of them holding the higher position in the league table.
Match commenced late, reduced to a 28 overs a side: Hayleys - 114 (26.2) (L. Lakshan 26, C. Ruwansiri 21, C. Sudharaka 4/39, Angelo Perera 3/20, R. Weerasinghe 2/20); LBF – 113/3 in 14 overs when rain halted play (Isuru Udana 80)
At Colts – HNB vs. DIMO – No Result HNB advanced to the second round by virtue of them holding the higher position in the league table.
Match commenced late, reduced to 38 overs a side. DIMO - 188/8 (38) (A. Dinudu 66, Nipun Karunanayake 25, Buddhi Perera 2/28, Sajeewa Weerakoon 2/38)
HNB - 103/5 in 19 overs when rain halted play (R. Nirmal 35, Sameera Soyza 32, P. Hettiwatta 2/31)
At BRC – Teejay Lanka vs. Sampath Bank – No result Teejay Lanka advanced to the second round by their virtue of holding a higher position in the league table.
Match commenced late, reduced to 42 overs a side. Sampath Bank – 252/8 (42) (R. Buddhika 70, Avishka Fernando 26, D. Wickramanayake 26, Lakshan Sandakan 2/49, K. Madusanka 2/17)
Teejay Lanka - 102 for 2 in 18 overs when rain halted play (T. Gimhana 34 not out, Kithruwan Vithanage 34, D. JAyalal 26, Hasantha Fernando 2/8).
At De Soysa Park /Moratuwa – Kanrich Finance beat John Keells by 06 wickets on the DLS method.
JK – 157 (36.1) (Dimuth Karunaratne 36, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 31, M. Pushpakumara 3/10, R. Anuruddha 2/16, K. Kulasekera 2/32).
Kanrich Finance - 153/4 in 33.3 overs when rain halted play (Oshada Fernando 62 not out, K. Vidura 25, P. Nishanka 23, M. Liyanapathirana 3/23).