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Udana hat trick seals victory for Wayamba

Isuru Udana picked up a stunning hat trick to help the Wayamba Elevens cruise to a comprehensive 74 run victory over the Central Stags to record their first victory in this years tournament.

The defeat leaves the Stags bottom of Group A having lost all four of their games but the manner of today’s debacle with leave Stags skipper Jamie How very disappointed.

Faced with a relatively low run chase the Stags got off to a bad start losing inform opening batsman Jamie How (10) after he was trapped LBW trying to sweep Ajantha Mendis to leave the Kiwis 13-1 after just 1.4 overs.

With their leading run scorer gone the pressure was on the rest of the Stags top order to perform but they suffered a nightmare time against Isuru Udana who picked up a hat trick in the 3rd over to leave the Stags in disarray.

Brad Patton (1) was the first to go after he was caught by Kushal Janith Perera being the stumps. Udana made it two wickets in two deliveries when Matthew Sinclair (0) was stumped off a wide delivery before George Worker (0) was bowled to complete his hat trick.

Amazingly this got worst for the Stags at the start of the next over when Peter Ingram was trapped LBW by Mendis to leave the Kiwis 16-5 after losing 4 wickets in the space of 5 deliveries.

Kieran Noema-Barnett and Brendon Diamanti offered some resistant’s but their partnership of 20 was soon ended when Noema-Barnett (10) was caught by Jeevantha Kulatunga at deep midwicket after mistiming a delivery from Rangana Herath.

Diamanti (12) added another 20 run swith Bevan Griggs before he became Herath’s second victim 5 overs later to leave the Stags 56-7 and on the verge of a heavy defeat.

Bevan Griggs (19) quickly followed thanks to a spectacular catch by Wayamba skipper Mubarak in the covers who flung himself at a cover drive by Griggs plucking the ball out the air one handed much to the delight of Kaushal Lokuarachchi who picked up his first wicket.

With victory in sight Mendis struck again to remove new batsman Michael Mason (0) who was trapped LBW before Mitchell McClenaghan (7) was bowled by Thisara Perera at the start of the 16th over to complete a simple win.

Having won the toss Wayamba got off to an encouraging start despite the early lose of 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 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.

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