Monday, 30 December 2013 00:11
Charith Jayampathi spearheaded Sinhalese Sports Club’s (SSC) defence of a formidable total against Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC), taking four wickets to secure the Premier Limited Over Tournament title at the Premadasa Stadium.
Defending 278, Jayampathi knocked over NCC’s openers inside seven overs and then dismissed Sandun Weerakkudy to reduce them to 44 for 3. Jehan Mubarak steadied the chase with a half-century but he was run-out soon after the debutant Lahiru Udara was dismissed for 42, leaving NCC on 128 for 5.
The lower order could not stage a fightback and NCC were dismissed for 224 in 45.1 overs. Jayampathi finished with figures of 4 for 49 in 10 overs.
SSC’s match-winning total of 278 for 9 had been set up by a steady first-wicket stand of 69 and Chamara Kapugedera’s 70 at No. 4. Debutant opener Vishva Wijeratne was the second highest contributor with 49. SSC, however, had slipped to 224 for 6 in the 44th over when Kaushal Lokuarachchi was out obstructing the field, before Dhammika Prasad’s 26 off 22 balls provided a brisk finish.
Chief Scores: Sinhalese Sports Club 278 for 9 (Kapugedera 70, Maharoof 3-38) beat Nondescripts Cricket Club 224 (Mubarak 55, Jayampathi 4-49) by 54 runs