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Dec 29, 2010

Jayasuriya lasts three balls, but Bloomfield win

Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya failed to score but his club Bloomfield managed to beat Ragama CC by 15 runs in the Premier Limited Over tournament Tier A match played at Bloomfield Grounds in Colombo today.

The 41 year old cricket star turned politician who is now a government member of parliament did not do much good for his widely publicized cause to secure a place in Sri Lanka’s squad for next year’s World Cup when he lasted just three balls before being adjudged lbw to medium pacer Kaushalya Weeraratne in the fifth ball of the first over of the Bloomfield innings.

However Sri Lanka player Chamara Silva smashed an unbeaten 81 in 98 balls with one six and five boundaries to guide the home side to victory on Duckworth Lewis method, ably aided by Sri Lanka team discard Chinthaka Jayasinghe who blasted seven sixes and three fours in making a hurricane 94 off 86 balls. Silva and Jayasinghe added 148 for the sixth wicket before Jayasinghe was dismissed, but Silva and Sanjaya Gangodawila ensured Bloomfield victory when they reached 267 for 6 in 46.1 overs in reply to 285 for nine made by Ragama.
Opener Ian Daniel who clobbered 99 in 106 balls with three sixes and six boundaries put on 140 for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne who made 78 in 105 balls with six fours to lay the foundation for Ragama’s challenging total.

Jayasuriya captured 1 for 37 in nine overs with his left arm spin.

Ragama CC 285 for 9 (Michael Vandort 20, Ian Daniel 99, Lahiru Thirimanne 78, Indika de Saram 10, Malinga Bandara 28, Suraj Randiv 3 for 68)

Bloomfield 267 for 6 in 46.1 overs (Dilshan Munaweera 30, Saman Jayantha 10, Chamara Silva 81 n.o., Chinthaka Jayasinghe 94, Sanjaya Gangodawila 24 n.o., Kaushalya Weeraratne 3 for 43, Madura Lakmal 2 for 48)

Source - Daily Mirror

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