Chris Dhambarage, in Daily News, 27 May 2011
Tamil Union all rounder Jeewan Mendis was selected as the Player of the Tournament after the conclusion of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) three day Premier League Tier ‘A’ championship which concluded recently. Mendis scored 667 runs with a top score of 205 at an average of 55.58 inclusive of two centuries and three half centuries. He also had an excellent tournament with the ball claiming 42 wickets with an economy rate of 3.25. Mendis captured five wickets in an innings on four occasions and returned best figures of six wickets for 37.
Meanwhile Dinesh Chandimal of the NCC was picked as the Best Batsman of the tournament for his tally of 1013 runs. Chandimal struck four centuries and six fifties including a top score of 142 not out at an average of 84.41. Sajeewa Weerakoon of Colts CC won the Best Bowlers award for claiming 62 wickets in the tournament. He claimed a match bag of ten wickets on two occasions and took five wickets in an innings on six occasions. Weerakoon completed the tournament with an economy rate of 2.91 and returned best figures of seven wickets for 49.
Meanwhile Panadura SC all rounder Amila Perera was named Player of the Tournament in the SLC Premier League Tier ‘B’ championship. He scored 407 runs at an average of 31.30 inclusive of three half centuries. In addition he captured 62 wickets at an excellent economy rate of 2.46. He also took ten wickets in an innings twice and claimed five, five wicket hauls while returning best figures of eight wickets for 43.
Tharanga Indika of Sri Lanka Police SC was the Best Batsman in the Tier ‘B’ tournament for his tally of 711 runs. He scored three centuries and struck two fifties at an average of 50.78 and had a top score of 158 runs. Dulanjana Mendis of Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club was picked as the Best Bowler in the Tier ‘B’ tournament with a haul of 69 wickets.He captured ten wickets in an innings twice and five wickets in an innings on six occasions. Mendis had an economy rate of 3.46 during the tournament and returned best figures of eight wickets for 45.