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 →

Sri Lanka U19 take series with 62-run win

Sri Lanka Under 19 Team won the 5 ODI series against Bangladesh Under 19

Sri Lanka completed a series victory over Bangladesh by beating them by 62 runs in the fifth and final game of the series in Mirpur. It was an impressive turnaround for the young visitors, after they were down 2-1 after the third game. Sri Lanka Under-19s 185 (Anurudhda 50, Rifat 3-29) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 123 (Mehedy 37, Mendis 3-24) by 62 runs. Click here for Series scorecards. Series Stats:

SLC UK Committee Donates Cricket Balls to 134 Schools

(from left) Mr. Asitha Jayaweera, Chairman, Sri Lanka UK Committee, Hon. Bandula Gunawardena (Education Minister), Mr. Ashley de Silva CEO Sri Lanka Cricket

Cricket balls, donated by Sri Lanka Cricket’s UK committee were distributed amongst 134 schools playing division one, two and three at a ceremony held at the Kettarama Stadium under the patronage of the Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena on Monday 8th April 2013. Representing Sri Lanka Cricket UK Committee, Ajith Dandeniya (Secretary) and the Deepal Ahangama (Committee Member) were also available to participate in the occasion. The need for such a worthwhile donation to contribute to developing the “Cradle of Cricket” at School Level was born by the fact that a significant number of schools in the outstations found that they did not have cricket balls that were suitable to play 2-day cricket. Therefore with the help SLC, the UK committee… Read More →

Kusal leads Sri Lanka to Twenty20 win

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Opener Kusal Perera hit an explosive maiden half-century off 44 balls to steer Sri Lanka to a 17-run win over Bangladesh in a one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Sunday. Sri Lanka, put into bat, rattled up 198 for five wickets with Perera hitting five fours and four sixes in his 64. Bangladesh finished on 181 for seven. Jeevan Mendis (37) and Thisara Perera (22 not out) provided the final flourish to the Lankan innings. Mendis and Angelo Mathews (30 not out) shared a stand of 66 off 35 balls to establish a new fifth-wicket record for Sri Lanka. Mohammad Ashraful provided Bangladesh with a solid start, racing to 43 off 27 balls including two sixes and four fours before… Read More →

Dilshan century in vain as Bangladesh seize victory

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Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 17th one-day century proved in vain on Thursday as Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by three wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis rain rule to win the third and final one-day international and share the series one-all. Sri Lanka looked to be in control when they ran up an impressive 302 for nine after choosing to bat first. But Bangladesh whose run chase was interrupted in the 14th over when they were 78-1, were then set a revised target of 183 to win off 27 overs. They were given a splendid start by Anamul Haque (40) and Mohammad Ashraful (29) who posted 77 at a run-a-ball. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals Bangladesh were taken over the line with an over… Read More →

Dilshan stars in Sri Lanka win

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Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his 15th one-day international hundred to guide Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket win with 32 balls to spare in the first match of the series against Bangladesh on Saturday. The home team triumphed via the Duckworth-Lewis method after being set a revised target of 238 in 41 overs when a power failure delayed the start of their innings by 40 minutes. Dilshan won the man of the match award for cracking an unbeaten 113 off 108 balls with 11 fours, eclipsing the hundred made earlier by Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh, who were put into bat, racked up 259 for eight in 50 overs with Tamim making 112. Dilshan, 36, and Kusal Perera then gave Sri Lanka… Read More →

Sri Lanka ease to second Test victory

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Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara struck half centuries as Sri Lanka coasted to a seven-wicket series-clinching victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second and final test on Tuesday. The win had been set up by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who celebrated his 35th birthday with career-best figures of seven for 89 and his 200th test wicket as Bangladesh were earlier bowled out for 265 in their second innings. Dilshan hit a brisk 57 off 73 balls that included six fours and Sangakkara continued his amazing form in the series to score 55 from 85 balls with eight fours. It was the first time in four innings that Sangakkara had been dismissed below 100. He was named man… Read More →