Central Province emerged champions of the SLC Under 23 Inter Provincial 2 day tournament conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket by beating. Western Province (North) on the first innings in the final at CCC grounds yesterday.
Western Province (North) won the toss and elected to field. Central Province scored 293 runs in 76 overs. Nimesha Gunasinghe scored 80 runs in 137 balls with 9 boundaries and a six and Nuwanindu Fernando scored 76 runs in 78 balls with 5 boundaries and 5 sixes. Lahiru Samarakoon (38),
Lakshan Fernando (35) and Ravin Sayer (32) made useful contributions. Binura Fernando took 4 wickets for 39 runs and Duvindu Thilakarathne took 4 wickets for 98 runs.
Western Province (North) were bolwed out for176 runs in 45.2 overs in their first inning. Sammu Ashan scored 33 runs and Sahan Arachchige made32 runs.
Charana Nanayakkara scored 32 runs and skpper Binura Fernando scored 24 runs. Right hand batsman Mohommed Shiraz took 4 wickets for 45 runs and Charith Sudharaka took 2 wickets for 18 runs.
Western Province (North) scored 208 runs for 4wickets in 51.2 overs in their second innings at close. Opener Salinda Ushan scored 87 runs in 141 deliveries with 5 boundaries and a six. Sammu Ashan scored 60 runs in 107 balls with 5 boundaries. Salinda Ushan and Sammu Ashan put on 128 runs for the 3rd wicket Sandaken Pathirana (WP South) was picked man of the tournament and Dineth
Hewathanthri (North Central) was adjudged best batsman of the tournament. Tharindu Rathnayake (North Western) was adjudicated best bowler of the tournament.
Nimesha Gunasinghe (Central) was adjudicated man of the final.
Central Province: 293 in 76 overs (Nimesha Gunasinghe 80, Nuwanindu Fernando 76, Lahiru Samarakoon 38, Lakshan Fernando 35, Ravin Sayer 32, Wanindu Hasaranga 14, Binura Fernando 4/39, Duvindu Thilakarathna 4/98)
Western Province (North) 176 (16/1 o/n) in 45.2 overs (Sammu Ashan 33, Sahan Arachchige 32, Charana Nanayakkara 32, Binura Fernando 24, Pethum Nisshanka 16, Salinda Ushan 14, Mohommed Shiraz 4/45, Charith Sudharaka 2/18) and 208/4 in 51.2 overs (Salinda Ushan 87, Sammu Ashan 60, Pethum Nisshanka 25, Kaveen Bandara 16, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/42)