Maduka ton keeps Amersham unbeaten
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