By M. Shamil Amit
A quick-fire 107 in 111 balls inclusive of nine boundaries and four sixes by Skipper Angelo Perera helped NCC reach a formidable 487 in their first innings on the opening day of their SLC Premier Tier ‘A’ Super Eight Inter-Club Cricket Tournament encounter against Colts CC which began at the CCC Grounds in Maitland Crescent on Tuesday (25).
Angelo was involved in two fruitful partnerships after the NCC openers, Lahiru Udara and Niroshan Dickwella had added 102.
Angelo added 82 for the fourth wicket with Chathuranga de Silva put on 69 for the fifth wicket with Sahan Arachchige. Kamil Mishara had a dream debut for NCC when he made an unbeaten 72.
Meanwhile, Chilaw Marians CC ended day one at 83 for two in reply to CCC’s first innings score of 287 in their match played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place.
The highlight of the match was a five-wicket haul by Chilaw Marians CC spinner Nimesh Vimukthi.
Udara Jayasundara and Lahiru Thirimanne slammed centuries and figured in a massive 305-run stand for the second wicket as Ragama CC ended day one at 309 for two in their match against BRC at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.
Dinesh Chandimal’s century helped Army SC end the first day’s play with a score of 344 for five in their match against Saracens SC played at the FTZ Grounds in Katunayake.
At CCC Grounds
NCC: 458 (Angelo Perera 107, Lahiru Udara 66, Niroshan Dickwella 57, Sahan Arachchige 44, Chathuranga de Silva 41, Dushantha Chameera 28, Kamil Mishara 72 n.o, Prabath Jayasuriya 4/117, Dilruwan Perera 4/119) vs Colts CC.
At SSC Grounds
CCC: 287 (Lasith Abeyratne 68, Lahiru Madusanka 45, Ashan Priyanjan 35, Lakshan Sandakan 35, Wanidu Hasaranga 23, Nimesh Vimukthi 5/59, Asitha Fernando 3/75)
Chilaw Marians CC: 83/2 (Lasith Croospulle 50, Oshada Fernando 25 n.o).
At P. Sara Oval
Ragama CC: 309/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 140, Udara Jayasundara 154 n.o) vs BRC.
At FTZ Katunayake
Army SC: 344/5 (Pathum Dilshan 67, Ashan Randika 63, Lakshan Edirisinghe 45, Dinesh Chandimal 136 n.o, Saliya Saman 2/59, Mohamed Dilshad 2/82) vs Saracens SC.