Ragama CC and Saracens advance
An unbroken partnership of 114 runs between Kaushalya Weeraratne who made an unbeaten 76 from 40 balls with three boundaries and five sixes and Ranesh Perera (35) saw Ragama CC coasting to an easy six wicket win over Tamil Union in their inter-club Twenty20 semi final encounter played at the CCC grounds.
Ragama were back to the wall on 35 for 4 in the seventh over till Kaushalya and Ranesh took control and saw them through to the final. Ragama will meet Saracens in the final to be played at the Colts grounds today from 11.00 a.m. onwards.
Tamil Union 148 for 9 in 20 overs (Lanka de Silva 37, Sajith Fernando 28, Nimesh Perera 16, Nandika Ranjith 25 n.o.; Saliya Saman 2 for 17, Duminda Perera 2 for 19)
Ragama CC 149 for 4 in 18.3 overs (Kaushalya Weeraratne 76 n.o., Ranesh Perera 39 n.o.; Muditha Maduwantha 2 for 26)
Ruchira 65 in 26 balls
An entertaining knock of 65 in just 26 balls which included two boundaries and eight sixes by skipper Ruchira Palliyaguruge helped Saracens to record a two wicket win over Chilaw Marians in the match played at Reid Avenue to advance to the finals of the inter-club Twenty20 cricket tournament.
Saracens chasing a score of 168 were struggling on 88 for 7 in the 13th over before Palliyaguruge came and smothered the Marians to all corners of the field.
Chilaw Marians 167 for 7 in 20 overs 9 (Hasantha Fernando 40, Manjula Priyantha 33, Janaka Gunaratne 19.; Pradeep Nishantha 2 for 12, Neil Priyantha 2 for 15)
Saracens 170 for 8 in 18.1 overs (Ruchira Palliyaguruge 65, Thilina Masmulla 40, Neil Priyantha 25 n.o.; Gayan Wijekoon 4 for 24, Hasantha Fernando 2 for 39) - MSA