Rain hampers opening day’s play of Sri Lanka Premier League cricket season
A heavy shower in the morning hampered the opening day’s play of the new Premier League cricket season as seven of the 11 matches that were scheduled to get underway was washed out without a ball being bowled.
The matches that were affected were five in the tier ‘A’ category, namely, CCC vs SSC, Moors vs Tamil Union, NCC vs Badureliya CC, Bloomfield vs Saracens SC and Army vs Chilaw Marians and two in the tier ‘B category, namely, Moratuwa SC vs Police and Air Force vs Panadura whilst the four matches that commenced play got off to a late start.
Ragama CC were struggling against Colts in the only tier ‘A’ match that was played at the Colts. Grounds. Ragama CC being invited by Colts skipper Dhanuka Pathirana to take first lease of the wicket was badly placed at 107 for 7 from 54 overs. Colts tasted success in the second over when right arm pacie Harvir Baidwan making his debut gave an early breakthrough dismissing Ian Daniel for a duck with Ragama score on four.
They lost three more quick wickets and slid to 35 for 4 in the 14th over. A 37 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Lahiru Thirimanne and skipper Duminda Perera saw Ragama CC raise their head, only to falter again losing two more wickets for the addition of 21 runs.