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Madushan pilots David Pieris Group to victory

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The Marketing Manager of Ceylon Biscuits Ltd Romesh Jayatilleke, (third from left) is handing over the Munchee Trophy – to the Captain of David Pieris Group of Companies Manjula Gannile (second from left). Also in the picture are from (left to right). Tarindra Kaluperuma, General Secretary “ MCA ( extreme left) . Nalin Wickramasinghe, President MCA, ( second from right) and . Mahesh De Alwis Senior Vice President MCA (extreme right).
Picture by Herbert Perera

Opening batsman, Madushan Fernando with a sterling batting performance (89 runs in 69 balls, inclusive of 2 sixes and 11 fours) steered David Pieris Group of Companies to a thrilling two wicket win over Airport and Aviation Services in the third Ceylon Biscuits Ltd sponsored Munchee Trophy MCA ‘D’ Division 40 Over League Tournament 2023 final,concluded on Sunday 8th January at MCA Grounds.

Airport & Aviation Services, sent into bat, posted a challenging total of 206 all out in 39.4 overs, helped by the 5th wicket partnership of 96 runs in 83 balls between, Captain, Tharaka Dushantha (73 in 77 balls, inclusive of 3 sixes and 4 fours) and Kalpa Umayanga (50 in 49 balls, inclusive of 1 six and 5 fours)

Captain, Manjula Gannile 7.4 overs 5 wickets for 35 runs ) and Akila Elabodage (8 overs 3 wickets for 34 runs) bowled their hearts out for DPGC.

In reply, DPGC was in a spot of bother, after the departure of Madushan Fernando, with the score board reading 150 for 5 wickets in 24.5 overs.

Late order batsman, Captain, Manjula Gannile (26) and Akila Elabodage (21 not out) grimly held the fort and took DPGC past the finishing line, 211 for 8 wickets in 37.4 overs, Chinthaka Karunaratne (8 overs 2 wickets for 31 runs ) and Nuwan Sameera Yapa (8 overs 3 wickets for 31 runs) were the pick of the bowlers for Airport and Aviation Services.

Match Referee, Tyrone H.Wijeyawardena picked DPGCs Madushan Fernando as the Man of the Match.

The other three special awards, based on performances up to the Semi Finals.

Best Bowler and Man of the Series, Nimesh Malinda Perera from Melwire Rolling (Pvt) Ltd (performance 40.4 overs, 21 wickets for 107 runs, Avg. 5.10, Economy 2.63, best 6.2 overs 3 maidens, 7 wickets for 14 runs Vs. Hemas Group)

Best Batsman :Madushan Fernando from DPGC (performance, 6 innings, 281 runs best 143 runs in 102 balls inclusive of 10 sixes and 10 fours Vs. Trelleborg Lanka in the quarter finals. )

Chief Scores:

Airport and Aviation Services 206 all out in 39.4 overs (C.Dilhara 21, Nuwan Yapa 15, Tharaka Dushantha 73, Kalpa Umayanga 50, Manjula Gannile 5 for 35, Akila Elabodage 3 for 34)

DPGC – 211 runs for 8 wickets in 37.4 overs (Madushan Fernando 89, S. Roshen 18, Manjula Gannile 26, Akila Elabodage 21 not out, Chinthaka Karunaratne 2 for 31, Nuwan Yapa 3 for 31)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – 01:00

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