Rain delays first day’s proceedings - Under 23 Cricket

Heavy rains the previous day delayed the start of the four matches in the Under 23 cricket tournament that were to be played yesterday. Apart from the match between Panadura and Seeduwa/Raddoluwa CC at the Panadura Esplanade which got off at 11.00 a.m. the other three matches got going only after 12.00 noon.

Buddhi cracks unbeaten ton

An unbeaten 101 with seven boundaries and two sixes by Buddhi Samarawickrema along with half tons from Indika Massalage and Lakshitha de Silva were the highlights of the Under 23 encounter between Panadura and Seeduwa/Raddoluwa CC which began at the Panadura Esplanade yesterday.

Seeduwa/Raddoluwa CC taking first lease of the wicket ended the day making a formidable 304 for 4. Buddhi was also involved in a 118 runs partnership for the fourth wicket with Geeth Kumara.

Seeduwa/Raddoluwa CC 304 for 4 in 85 overs (Geeth Kumara 48, Indika Massalage 56, Lakshitha de Silva 50, Sharm Fernando 29, Buddhi Samarawickrema 101 n.o.) vs Panadura
Moratuwa SC 278

Half tons by Sanka Peiris and Dhanushka Gurusinghe helped Moratuwa SC make 278 against Kurunegala YCC in the match played at the Welagedera Stadium in Kurunegala. The match got off only at 12.45 p.m.

Moratuwa SC 278 in 78.4 overs (Sanka Peiris 67, Dhanushka Gurusinghe 62, Pubudu Asanka 45, Kasun Fernando 33: Duminda Dassanayake 3 for 39, Chamikara Edirisinghe 2 for 68) vs Kurunegala YCC

Ragama CC 224, NCC 28/0
NCC were 28 for no loss in reply to Ragama CC’s 224 on day one of their Under 23 match played at the Thurstan ground in Reid Avenue.

Ragama CC 224 in 61 overs (Chamila Soysa 50, Gihan Dilruk 46, Nisham Mazahir 39, Lahiru Peiris 28: Roshan Laksiri 4 for 52, Prabath Priyankara 2 for 35, Roshan Wijenayake 2 for 39)
NCC 28 for no loss in 4 overs (Anuk Silva 19 n.o.)

Colts fight back
Colts fought back after being bowled out for 140 to capture four Bloomfield wickets for 53 at the end of the first day’s play in the match played at Reid Avenue.

Colts 140 in 61.2 overs (Nipun Chamara 28, Tharaka Cooray 20, Dilanka Auwardt 38 n.o.: Amal Atapattu 3 for 13, Dilshan Munaweera 3 for 46) Bloomfield 53 for 4 in 12 overs (Dilshan Munaweera 15, Anoj Katepearachchi 16 n.o.: Dilanka Auwardt 3 for 12) -MSA
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