SSC Open Tennis Championship action – The Island
Several young players are earning match-winning reputations with their big shot and yesterday it was Nuwanidu Fernando’s turn as he hit a hundred 82 balls to help Colombo to a massive 107-point victory in the encounter of a National Super League matchday in Pallekele.
The 22-year-old from San Sebastian was at bat at number four and broke seven fours and four sixes on his whirlwind hit. All of the bowlers, including his older brother Vishwa Fernando, were on the receiving end. The Sri Lankan quickly conceded 53 runs in eight overs and failed to clinch a wicket.
Nuwanidu’s thrilling kick eclipsed wicketkeeper Sithara Gimhan’s century. The opening batsman’s 110 came out of 104 deliveries with 13 fours and three sixes. Gimhan shared a stand of 129 for the first wicket with Nipun Dananjaya (47).
After the good start, Gimhan added 62 runs for the second wicket with Nuwanidu. Dambulla bounced back to claim a few quick wickets but Nuwanidu was a thorn in their flesh. He was eventually dismissed in the penultimate to end an 86-point stand for fifth on just 57 deliveries with Ashen Bandara (24).
Dambulla’s miserable run in the competition continued as they were downed for 210 carries in 49 overs. The half-centuries of Lasith Abeyratne and Sameera Sadamal were some consolation, but Dambulla demanded much more. After six games, Dambulla are yet to register a win and they are last in the points table.
Kalana Perera and Lahiru Madushanka with three wickets each impressed.
Meanwhile, Kandy secured top spot in the points table, pushing Jaffna into second place with a five-wicket win at Dambulla in what turned out to be a one-sided game.
After being batted, Jaffna got off to a strong start hitting 42 for none in the seventh-over but then crumbled in dramatic style to be brought down for 107. Ashian Daniel, a 20-year-old off-spinner from St Joseph’s triggered the collapse and finished with a five-wicket carry.
Niroshan Dickwella spearheaded the chase with 45 runs. Kandy hit the target in 27 overs with five wickets in hand.
Colombo beat Dambulla by 107 points
317 for six in 50 overs (Sithara Gimhan 110, Nuwanidu Fernando 100, Nipun Dananjaya 47, Lahiru Samarakoon 2/41)
210 all out in 48.3 overs (Lasith Abeyratne 57, Sameera Sadamal 57, Kalana Perera 3/30, Lahiru Madushanka 3/50)
Kandy beat Jaffna by five wickets
109 all out in 30.2 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrama 31, Ashian Daniel 5/27)
110 for five in 27 overs (Niroshan Dickwella 45, Sahan Arachchige 20, Nuwan Pradeep 2/19)