Stags set victory target of 146 by Wayamba
The Central Stags hold the advantage after being set a victory target of just 145 against the Wayamba Elevens at St George’s Park with both teams looking to end the tournament with a victory.
Having won the toss Wayamba got off to an encouraging start despite the early lose of Jeevantha Kulatunga (6) who was dismissed by Michael Mason at the start of the 3rd over.
With support from Mahela Udawatte, former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene punished some ragged bowling by the Stags as the pair built a 2nd wicket partnership of 25 in blustery conditions at St George Park.
Looking set at the crease for another impressive innings Jayawardene (20) picked out Brendon Diamanti at mid-on to give Mitchell McClenaghan his first wicket of the night after another tame dismissal by Wayamba who were now 42-2.
Udawatte was joined at the crease by Wayamba skipper Jehan Mubarak with just two balls left of the power play overs in an evenly fought contest between two teams still looking to record their first victory in this years tournament.
With a new batsman at the crease the Stags brought their spinners into the attack and with the pace taken off the ball and the strong wind blowing across the pitch Udawatte and Mubarak found it hard to score.
Despite building a partnership of 43 runs the pair struggled taking 47 deliveries before Udawatte (23) was dismissed by How in the 14th over; Mubarak (30) followed an over later to leave the Sri Lankan Twenty20 champions 98-4.
New batsman Kaushal Lokuarachchi (12) tried to up the tempo dispatching George Worker with a six over third man before edging a delivery past the keeper for a lucky boundary to give Wayamba some much needed momentum.
The flow of runs was ended quickly though thanks to Worker who picked up the wicket of Lokuarachchi after he was caught by Brad Patton out on the long off boundary at the end of the 17th over.
With 5 wickets down Kushal Janith Perera came to the crease but he only lasted 7 deliveries in the difficult conditions scoring just one before he was dismissed by Mason who picked up his 2nd with of the night.
After keeping Wayamba in check for most of the game the Stags bowlers struggled during the final two overs conceding 29 runs which included 20 runs off Seth Rance in the 19th over to help Wayamba record a total of 144-6.