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SLC Inter-Provincial limited overs cricket tournament:

WC discard Jayasuriya blasts fluent 97

CRICKET: World Cup discard Sanath Jayasuriya hammered a rapid 97 to spearhead Ruhuna Province to a morale boosting 95 run victory on the Duckworth and Lewis scoring method over Uva Province in their SLC Inter Provincial limited overs cricket tournament match worked off at the SSC ground in Maitland Place yesterday.

The dashing left hand opening batsman who was named Player of the Series at the 1996 World Cup missed out a century by just three runs as Ruhuna hit up an impressive 285 for 8 from their 50 overs after been put into bat.

In reply Uva finished on 131 for 7 after their victory target was revised to 227 runs from 30 overs following an interruption for bad weather during the innings break.

Jayasuriya playing in his second match of this tournament got his act together well and hammered the Uva bowlers to all parts of the ground stroking ten boundaries.

In the first outing of the tournament he made 29 with five boundaries and captured two wickets for 31 during a vain effort as Ruhuna went down to Kandurata by 96 runs on the Duckworth and Lewis scoring method.

But this time he was more determined and came out with a splendid batting performance after the early dismissal of his opening partner Upul Tharanga. Thereafter Jayasuriya began to dominate the bowling and put on 53 runs for the second wicket along with Gihan Rupasinghe.

He took complete control of the situation from their onwards and added a further 115 runs for the third wicket together with Kaushal Silva who made a useful contribution of 42 runs.

Uva in reply had the task of scoring 227 runs from 30 overs after their target was revised due to bad weather. Opener Mahela Udawatte kept their hopes alive to a certain extent with a 63 ball half century inclusive of one six and five boundaries.

But thereafter Uva lost wickets at regular intervals and fell behind the required run rate against some accurate bowling from Suranga Lakmal, Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Sachithra Serasinghe.

The tournament will be continued today with Kandurata taking on the defending champions Wayamba in another encounter at the same venue.

Ruhuna: 285 for 8 in 50 overs (S. Jayasuriya 97, G. Rupasinghe 26, K. Silva 42, C. Silva 31, J. Mendis 37, C. Jayasinghe 22, M. Bandara 4 for 50).

Uva: 131 for 7 in 30 overs (M. Udawatte 50, T. Kandamby 24, C. Jayasinghe 2 for 30, S. Lakmal 2 for 34, S. Serasinghe 2 for 31)


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