LOCAL SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF: Sri Lanka secure back-to-back SABA Championship wins
After a major upset against the Nepalis, Sri Lanka Women’s bounced back strong, to defend their title beating the host nation, the Maldives, by 72-59 at the second South Asia Basketball Association (SABA) Women’s Championship 2022 on Wednesday (28).
Leading up to the game, Maldives were oozing confidence after beating both Nepal and Bhutan. The Lankan women were hit hard by their previous game’s defeat to Nepal, but they were back on the court to prove their worth. After missing a couple of shots in the first quarter, Lubna Morseth opened the scorecard for the Lankans.
Compared to the previous game, Sri Lanka’s execution of their strategies were much better, which helped them control the points flow of their opponents. After the first quarter, Sri Lanka were in a comfortable position at 23-11.
In the second quarter, Sri Lanka managed to completely dominate possession. In no time, Sri Lanka were running away with the game with points while at the other end, their defence was tight to not allow Maldives to sneak back into the game. Epciba Washington and Taniya Perera ran riot in the third quarter with Washington doing the bulk of the scoring.
However, Maldives were not going to go down without a fight. They managed to control the points flow of the Lankans and managed to cut down the deficit at the other end. Despite all the efforts from the hosts, Sri Lanka’s early lead paved the way for the defending champions to finish a successful title defence.
Epciba Washington – 21 points
Sasanthi Samarasinghe – 13 points
Keyasha Siriwardena – 11 points
United Southern Sports Club lift Governor’s Trophy
United Southern Sports Club beat Leo Cricket Club by five wickets to become champions of the Governor’s Trophy One-Day Tournament on Wednesday (28) at the De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa.
Leo Cricket Club’s Skipper Gihan de Soyza won the toss and decided to bat first. The opening pair of Nethmal Saheera and Ralf Fernando were dismissed cheaply but Primash Obris and Hansaja Viswajith steadied the ship adding a 50-run stand for the third wicket. However, the United Southern Sports bowlers came back strong and kept taking wickets in short intervals to restrict Leo Cricket Club to just 169 runs. Ruchira Silva and Atthula Senaratne picked up three wickets each for United Southern Sports Club.
After losing opening batter Rusiru Rajapaksha cheaply, Woshitha Amarasinghe and No. 3 batter Pathum Mendis added a match-defining 91 runs for the second wicket. Despite losing a couple more wickets, United Southern Sports Club got over the line in the 42nd over with five wickets in hand. Mendis top-scored with 61 runs while Amarasinghe contributed with a knock of 52.
Leos Cricket Club 169 (46.1)
(Gihan de Soyza 31, Hansaja Viswajith 27, Primash Obris 25, Rasindu Fernando 22, Nishan Jayamal 21; Ruchira Silva 3/17, Atthula Senarathne 3/30, Rusiru Rajapaksha 2/29)
United Southern Sports Club 170/5 (41.1)
(Pathum Mendis 61, Woshitha Amarasinghe 52, Tharinda Nirmal 31*; Hansaja Viswajith 2/30)
United Southern SC won by five wickets