India marches into final after comprehensive win

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(Courtesy: International Cricket Council) India’s relentless march in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013  continued as Sri Lanka was outplayed by eight wickets. This set up the India-England final at Birmingham on Sunday (June 23), the two strongest teams of the tournament making it to the business end. On a grey yet eventful day, nothing could break India’s superb rhythm – not cold winds, not Sri Lanka’s best batting or bowling, not protestors running onto the ground more than once – as it embraced unusually bowler friendly conditions to restrict Sri Lanka to only 181 for 8 and then knocked off the runs with no fuss. To be fair to Sri Lanka, this was a good toss to win, and when Mahendra Singh… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Women’s ‘Level 1′ Cricket Coaching Course 2013

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The SLC ’Coach Education Unit’ of the ‘National Coaching Department’ conducted an Level 1 Cricket Coaching Course for the current ‘Women’s Cricket ‘ development Squad players, Provincial Players & also a few ex National Players who are engaged in the Coaching fraternity in Sri Lanka. The course was conducted from the 11th to 14th June 2013 at the Max Cricket Academy, Kettarama. The recent performances in the World Cup by our Women Cricketers has been noteworthy with their special performances against England & India where Sri Lanka ended up victorious. This Course was specially designed & conducted for Womens’s Cricket with the intention of developing our future players & Coaches to have an better understanding of the basic principles of playing & Coaching.

Sri Lanka overcomes Australia to reach semifinal

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Sri Lanka joins England as Group A semifinalists, will face India in Cardiff This match had enough permutations and combinations to keep a mathematics student more than happy. At halfway, Australia knew that it would have to reach the target of 254 in 29.1 overs or less to qualify. For Sri Lanka, a win was enough, though restricting Australia to less than 164 would have ensured top spot in the group and an Oval semifinal against South Africa. Australia went for glory, and Sri Lanka won by 20 runs, but the margin was not enough to avoid India – newly anointed the tournament favourite – in the Cardiff semifinal on Thursday (June 20). That Australia was going to tilt at the windmill… Read More →

Highlights of the Fundraising event organized by SLC UK Committee in London

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Cricket Ball 2013 SLC together with SLC UK Committee organized a fundraising event  to honour the Sri Lanka Cricket Team and raise funds for the development of Schools and District Cricket in Sri Lanka. The function was held at the prestigious five star Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on Saturday 15th June 2013. The money raised from the function will be dedicated to the development of School and District Cricket in Sri Lanka.

Sangakkara keeps Sri Lanka in the hunt

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Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket win over England means all four teams in Group A are still in with a chance of making the semifinals A magnificent unbeaten 135-ball 134 from Kumar Sangakkara and three stroke-filled contributions, including an audacious 30-ball half-century from Nuwan Kulasekara, led Sri Lanka to an emphatic seven-wicket win against England at The Oval on Thursday (June 13). Needing 294, Sri Lanka won with 17 balls to spare, a result that ensured that semifinal places from the group would only be decided after the final round of matches on June 16 and 17. For half the innings, England bowled relatively tightly and fielded brilliantly. Then, as Sri Lanka’s two most experienced batsmen piled on the pressure, they fell apart. Kulasekara merely… Read More →

New Zealand scrapes home in thriller

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After super bowling and mediocre batting by both teams, Sri Lanka goes down by one wicket in nail-biting finish New Zealand bowled and fielded brilliantly, went to lunch with not a care and then came back to find the bottom falling out of its innings in its ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Sunday (June 9). Needing just 139 to win, it squeaked home with just a wicket to spare. The climax was farcical, with Tillakaratne Dilshan bowling a wide down the leg side even as Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee hared back and forth with two needed for the win. Sri Lanka had the outstanding batting and bowling performers in the match – Kumar Sangakkara… Read More →

Level 1 Coach Educator Course for Provincial & District Coaches

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Media Release The Coach Education Unit of SLC will be conducting a ‘Level 1 Coach Educator’ Course for selected Provincial & District Coaches from the 11th to 13th June at the ‘Max Academy’ located at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The whole purpose of this exercise is to cater to the growing demand throughout the Country for many who would like to join the Cricket Coaching Industry by enhancing their knowledge & obtaining a qualification by following the SLC Level 1 Cricket Coaching Course which is endorsed by the ‘International Cricket Council’. While currently the ‘Coach Education Unit’ of SLC only conducts such Courses at present it is the belief of the National Coaching Department that building a bench strength of Coach Educators for the future… Read More →

SLC Talent Search goes to North Central Province

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North Central Province – Talent Search/Coach Education/MIC Program Conducted  Talent Search Program (age group) SLC National Coaching Department on 28th May 2013 conducted an Cricket ‘Talent Search’ program at the Dambulla International Cricket  Stadium. The main objective of this exercise was to search for young talent at age group level. The training program was attended by (148) Cricketers from the ages of (14) to (19) years old. The Cricketers represented the districts of Kurunegala/Matale/Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa. Cricketers who attended the program were from various Schools in the North Central Province, Cricketers identified with talent will continue to work closely with the respective District & Provincial Coach, while any Cricketers identified with extreme talent will be drafted to the National age group squads… Read More →

All-round West Indies wins by 17 runs

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West Indies warmed up for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with a nervy 17-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second and final practice match at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday (June 4). The victory was fashioned by Johnson Charles (58) and Darren Bravo (71) who laid the foundation for an imposing 297 for 6. Faced with a daunting target, Sri Lanka’s top-order couldn’t quite replicate its batting performance against India, as the team was reduced to 132 for 5 at one stage before the lower order chipped in. In the end, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 280 in 47 overs. Earlier, the West Indies openers made Sri Lanka rue its decision to field first. It isn’t often that Chris Gayle… Read More →

Our main objective is to get to the semifinals: Mathews

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We’ve got to try and adapt to the situations and the conditions as soon as possible, says the Sri Lankan skipper. What kind of shape and form is your side in at the moment?   Well, we had some good preparation in the past couple of months I would say, and most of the boys were in India, and the boys were in Sri Lanka, they had some good preparation through playing some practice games, as well. We are all professionals, and there has been a little bit of doubt; people kept saying that the boys are in India and they haven’t had good preparation, but I want to write it off because we are professionals and we need to… Read More →

SLC Talent Search/Coach Education/MIC Program Conducted in Southern Province – Galle

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Talent Search Program (age group) SLC National Coaching Department on the 21st of May 2013 conducted an Cricket ’Talent Search’ program at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. The main objective of this exercise was to search for young talent at age group level. The training program was attended by over (70) Cricketers from the ages of (14) to (19) years old. The Cricketers represented districts such as Galle, Matara & Hambantota. SLC over the years have had many Cricketers from the Southern Province who have represented the Country & still to date SLC keeps a close watchful eye in this part of the Country from where Cricketers show great promise & eventually the most talented go on to don the National cap one day. Cricketers who attended the program were from… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Presidents Trophy Triangular – Final

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Sri Lanka Cricket Presidents Trophy, Final: Rest of Sri Lanka v Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI at Pallekele. Rest of Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. Rest of Sri Lanka 205 all out (48.5 ov) – T Kandamby 65*, L Thirimanne 51, D Chandimal 31 – D Gunathilake 4/30, D Lokuhettige 2/30. SLC Comb XI 129 all out (32.5 ov) (Chathuranga de Silva 35, R Herath 3/16, D Perera 3/36, V Perera 2/34) Rest of Sri Lanka won by 76 runs.                       Final Scorecard Rest of Sri Lanka innings (50 overs maximum) R B 6s 6s  SR K Mendis c †Silva b Perera 7 10 1 0 70.00… Read More →

SLC Talent Search / Coach Education Programs Conducted in Northern Province – Jaffna

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Sri Lanka Cricket National Coaching Department conducted a two day program on the 8th & 9th of May at St, John College , Jaffna in the Northern part of the Country with regard to searching for young talent at age group level & educating Cricket Coaches from districts such as ‘Jaffna /Mulative /Vavunia /Kilinochchi / Manner’ On the first day the talent search program was attended by (110) young Cricketers from the age group of U.14 to U.19, the Cricketers were from various Schools & represented their Districts in the Northern Provincial program. Cricketers identified with talent will continue to work under a close eye of the respective District Coach, while any Cricketers identified with extreme talent will be drafted to the National age group squads which are managed… Read More →