Maduka ton keeps Amer­sham un­beaten

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CHESS VAL­LEY SUN­DAY LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE Che­sham 188-8 Amer­sham 189-6 Amer­sham won by four wick­ets SRI LANKAN all-rounder Maduka Liyana­p­athi­ran­age smashed and stroked his way to a su­perb cen­tury as Amer­sham made it two wins from two in the Chess Val­ley League on Sun­day.

It was a first cen­tury for Amer­sham for the for­mer Sri Lanka U19 and U23 in­ter­na­tional, who fin­ished un­beaten on 133 as Amer­sham beat neigh­bours Che­sham by four wick­ets.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting first, Che­sham raced to 75-0, and there was ev­ery chance of them mak­ing 200 plus from their 45 overs un­til spells from Liyana­p­athi­ran­age (1-32) and Rob­bie Marsh (2-50) gave Amer­sham the break­through and kept the runs to a min­i­mum.

Jack Rogers’ sec­ond spell was one of im­pec­ca­ble con­sis­tency and gave his side added mo­men­tum, leav­ing him with fig­ures of 4-31 and Che­sham on 188, mean­ing it was Amer­sham’s to win.

Their run chase hinged on a sim­ply phe­nom­e­nal in­di­vid­ual bat­ting ef­fort from Liyana­p­athi­ran­age, af­ter los­ing both openers left them stranded on 40-2.

The over­seas star launched a bat­ting of­fen­sive on the Che­sham bowl­ing, go­ing through his full cat­a­logue of shots, in­clud­ing the left-handed spec­tac­u­lar, mak­ing the field­ers vir­tual spec­ta­tors as bound­aries were scored in all ar­eas of the pitch.

A sin­gle to bring up his first ton for the club was bet­tered only by a six over long-on to win the match, his 133 from 107 balls see­ing Amer­sham to vic­tory with seven overs to spare.

UN­BEATEN CEN­TURY: All rounder Maduka Liyana­p­athi­ran­age

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