A sparkling knock by Vajira Wijegunawardena who a sparkling122 not out in 92 balls including 8 fours and 7 sixes helped Lanka Cavaliers beat Legends of Richmond by a convincing 103 runs in a Masters 30 overs league Cricket encounter, played for the Coconut Miracle Trophy at the Bloomfield ground, Reid Avenue, Colombo- 07 on Saturday.
Lanka Cavaliers led by Nalliah Devarajan taking first lease of the wicket, openers Punyakantha Abeygunasekera and Vajira Wijegunawardena were associated in an opening stand of 40 runs, with the dismissal of Punyakantha and the second wicket falling at 72 Captain Nalliah Devarajan and Vajira Wijegunawardena, steadied the innings with a valuable 64 runs partnership. The dismissal of Nalliah Devarajan at 136 runs and 4 more wickets falling at regular intervals, Lanka Cavaliers at this stage were 7 wickets down for 184 runs. but Vajira Wijegunawardena, and Thusitha Karunaratne, took them to a sound position at the end of the 30th over. Prasanna Ramanayake, Asoka Sirimanne and Thushan Jayawardena capturing 2 wickets apiece for Legends of Richmond.
Legends of Richmond led by Thushan Jayawardena in reply, lost an early wicket at 2 runs on board. Wickets falling at regular intervals, Legends of Richmond at one stage were reeling at 7 wickets down for 53 runs With useful contributions from P.A. Gunawardena on 19 not out and Upul Yatawara on 10 not out, Legends of Richmond managed to reach 93 runs in the30th over. A fine spell by Ravi Subasinghe, capturing 3 early vital wickets guided Lanka Cavaliers to clinch the Coconut Miracle Trophy by a convincing103 runs.
Lanka Cavaliers – 193/7 in 30 overs Punyakantha Abeygunasekera 12, Nalliah Devarajan 17, Vajira Wijegunawardena 122 not out, Prasanna Ramanayake 2/22, Asoka Sirimanne 2/39, Thushan Jayawardena 2/25, Nishantha Mendis 1/31
Legends of Richmond – 90/7 in 30 overs Dilshan Amarasinghe 13, Prasanna Ramanayake 13, P.A. Gunawardena 19 not out, Upul Yatawara 10 not out, Ravi Subasinghe 3/13, Renuka Nonis 1/21, Niranjan Dabare 1/9, Krishan Dharmasena 1/15
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