Chaminda and Shafeek steer Colombo Masters to a five wicket win
Batting first, Richmond legends lost three early wickets for 13 runs, but Ex National Cricketer, Champaka Ramanayake with a gallant batting performance of 31 runs together with Nishantha Mendis put up a solid stand of 68 runs for the 4th wicket and with Colombo Masters Skipper Rohan Raj Perera coming into the attack, captured these two prize wickets also Amal Karunaratne claiming 3 and, Pujitha Gunawardena two wickets bundled them out for 130 runs in just 33 overs.
Colombo Masters, chasing this modest total got off to a good start with their openers Palitha Liyanage 22 and Suranjith Dharmasena 23, former Tamil Union Cricketer, put them in a commanding position and with the dismissal of these two batsman, three more wickets falling at regular intervals, placed them at 5 down at 75 runs, but Chaminda Rajapakse with a gutty 38 not out ( 4 x 3 ), ( 6 x 2 ) and Shafeek Raheem 15 not out ( 4 X 2 ) the pair adding 56 runs for the 6th wicket took Colombo Masters to a comfortable win with 10 overs to spare.
Richmond Legends – 130 all out in 33 overs
Champaka Ramanayake 31, Nishantha Mendis 41, C.K.Hewamanna 13, Prasaj Abeysundara 13, Amal Karunaratne 3/23, Rohan Raj Perera 2/14, Pujitha Gunawardena 2/23, Chaminda Rajapakse 1/13, Riyad Mahmood 1/19
Colombo Masters – 131/5 in 25 overs Palitha Liyanage 22, Suranjith Dharmasena 23, Thusitha Ilangamage 11,
Chaminda Rajapkse 38 not out, Shafeek Raheem 15 not out, Champaka Ramanayake 1/30, Nishantha Mendis 2/10, Lasantha de Silva 1/09, Thushan Jayawardena 1/29