Masters Cricket

By M.H.Yakeem 
Lanka Cavaliers win by 6 wickets 
Lanka Cavaliers clinched the Jayalath Aponso Memorial Trophy by beating Moratuwa Masters by 6 wickets in their Masters 25 overs Cricket encounter played at the Tyrone Fernando Stadium Moratuwa on the 30 April
Moratuwa Masters taking first lease of the wicket,  Nilantha Bopage and Asela Fernando coming as the opening pair,  could not survive too long with the fine bowling performance of Ravi Subasinghe capturing the first wicket and Chaminda Rajapaksha the second   made the score board reading at 2 wickets down for 15 runs,  but Ravi Subasinghe continuing his spell grabbed 2 more vital wickets to send them reeling at 4  down for 67 runs.   Nisal Fernando  who came as the one down batsmen at the crease and Chandana Mahesh joining,  the pair got the score moving and with the dismal of Nisal Fernando for 33 runs,  Chandana Mahesh taking the challenge stroked an intelligent knock till the close of the innings to score a well  compiled 55 not out to get them to a reasonable target.
The game which was also a farewell to  Rupanath Wickramaratne and Daya Sirisena, where Rupanath Wickramaratne had to retire scoring 4 runs and Daya Sirisena was out for 2 runs of the bowling of Carman Mapatuna. but Daya Sirisena managed to capture a wicket in his last game.
Lanka Cavaliers chasing this target also lost an early wicket at 24 runs and the second at 46 runs,  Carman Mapatuna joining opener Varuna Waragoda,  the pair added a valuable 68 runs for the third wicket and Varuna Waragoda playing a magnificent innings was finally run out for 54 runs and Carman Mapatuna with a splendid knock of 29 not out and Sampath Wickramarachchi supporting his team mate reached the required target in 22.4  overs to give Lanka Cavaliers a deserving win.
Moratuwa Masters       – 130 / 8 in 25 overs
Nisal Fernando 33, Chandana Mahesh 55 not out,  Ravi Subasinghe 3 / 13, Carman Mapatuna  2/ 07
Lanka Cavaliers    –    133 / 4 in 22.5 overs
Varuna Waragoda  54, P.K  Abeygunasekera 10, 10, Suranjith Dharmasena 10, Carman Mapatuna  29 not out
Lanka Cavaliers Skipper Nalliah Devarajan receiving the Jayalath Aponso Memorial Trophy.