Under 19: Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2014 – Press Conferece

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The Australia Under-19 team led by Patrick McKenna will play five one-day matches and one three-day game during their three-week tour of Sri Lanka. Royal College captain Chamika Karunaratne will lead the Sri Lanka Under-19 team against the Australian Juniors. The former England Test cricketer Graeme Hick is the coach of the Australian juniors with former Australian skipper Greg Chappell as the manager. Former Sri Lanka spinner Roger Wijesuriya is the coach of the Sri Lanka Under-19 team. Australia U19 tour to Sri Lanka schedule 25 September – 1st One Day match, Sinhalese Sports Club 27 September – 2nd One Day match, R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium 29 September – 3rd One Day match, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic CC 1… Read More →

Photos: Sri Lanka Men’s Cricket team departure – 17th Asian Games

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The Sri Lanka Men’s cricket team led by Lahiru Thirimanne left the country today to participate in the 17th Asian Games T20 cricket tournament to be held in Incheon, South Korea from 19th September. The men’s T20 tournament will start on September 27th with qualifiers where Sri Lanka will play in the quarterfinals on September 30th. The countries are divided in three groups – Group A, Group B and Seeds. Group A comprises of Malaysia, China, South Korea; Group B comprises of Nepal, Kuwait, Maldives and seeds are Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong. Match Schedule

Air Force Women’s A team won the Division II tournament

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Sri Lanka Air Force SC Women’s ‘A’ team pulled off a 3-wicket win over Sri Lanka Army Women’s A team in the SLC conducted Division II 40-over tournament final played at MCA Grounds, Colombo 7 today. Brief Score: Army SC “A” – 120 for 9 in 40 overs (Kirishanthi Sandamali 20 runs, Shakila Kumari 3 for 21, Harshani Maduwanthi 3 for 24) v Air Force SC “A” – 124 for 7 in 36.1 overs (Dharshani Dharmasiri 29, Saduni Abeyawickrema 26, Prabashini Ihalage 2 for 10 runs) Air Force SC “A” won by 03 wickets Full Scorecard

Zahira College Kalmunai creates golden history: Under 17

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Under 17 division III final 2014 Najath Maulana produced a fine double with the bat and the ball as Zahira College, Kalmunai created history as they beat Central College, Jaffna by 4 wickets in the under 17 division III final match played at Central College grounds. Maulana captured 4 wickets to restrict the hosts to 173 runs while he scored a gritty unbeaten 58 runs to anchor the chase as the Zahira boys became champions. Yoharashan Kirupakaran scored a half-ton for the Central College team.  This Match was played for the first time in the Northern area in coloured clothing, black sight screens and with white balls. Chief Scores: Central College, Jaffna – 173 all out in 48.4 overs: Yoharashan… Read More →

Photos: Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team departure – 17th Asian Games

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The Sri Lanka women’s cricket team led by Chamari Atapattu left the country yesterday to participate in the 17th Asian Games T20 cricket tournament to be held in Incheon, South Korea from 19th September. The women’s T20 tournament will start on September 20th with qualifiers where Sri Lanka will play in the quarterfinals on September 23rd. Squad : Chamari Atapattu (captain), Yashodha Mendis , Lasanthi Madushani, Eshani Lokusuriya, Dilani Manodara, Chamari Polgampola, Sripali Weerakody, Udeshika Probodani (VC), Shashikala Siriwardana, Maduri Samuddhika, Inoka Ranaweera, Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi Silva, Chandima Gunarathne, Inoshi Fernando, Roshan Iddamalgoda(Manager), Jeevantha Kulatunga (Head Coach), Abdultayeb Hassanally Tasneem (Physiotherapist)

Match Report: Q5 – Southern Express V Lahore Lions

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The Lahore Lions gave themselves a good chance of progressing to the main draw of the Oppo CLT20 2014 after they defeated Southern Express by 55 runs in the fifth qualifying stage match. The result, which improved the Lahore Lions’ net run rate significantly, means the champions of Pakistan’s domestic T20 competition climb up to second in the standings and will go through to the tournament proper if the Northern Knights defeat the Mumbai Indians later in the evening. After being put in to bat, the Lahore Lions rode on skipper Mohammad Hafeez’s calculated effort to post 164 for 6. Coming in to bat at 51 for 2, the 33-year old took time to warm up, crawling to 15 from… Read More →

Match Report: Q4 – Mumbai Indians v Southern Express

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Powered by a rollicking century stand between openers Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons, the Mumbai Indians registered a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Southern Express in the fourth qualifying stage match of the Oppo CLT20 2014. Asked to chase 162, the Mumbai Indians got past the finish line in the 17th over. There must have been significant pressure on the Mumbai Indians openers after their bowlers and fielders were found wanting in the closing stages of the Southern Express innings. However, the experienced Hussey, in the company of Simmons, ensured there was no panic early on. Both batsmen were aided by the lack of discipline from the Southern Express bowlers (who bowled as many as eight wides on the day) and… Read More →

Match Report: Q1– Northern Knights v Southern Express

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The Northern Knights from New Zealand trounced the Southern Express from Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the opening match of the Oppo CLT20 2014 Qualifiers. After mid-afternoon showers forced start of the match to be delayed and the contest to be rescheduled to a 10-overs affair, the Northern Knights, put their opponents in after their captain won the toss, restricted them to 92 for 5 and then chased down the runs with three balls remaining in the final over. Needing to chase at just over nine runs an over, the Northern Knights were quick off the blocks, racing to 41 in three overs. Kane Williamson got stuck into Danushka Gunatilake in the third over of the run-chase, hitting two… Read More →

Photos: Southern Express Team departure – Champions League T20 2014

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The Southern Express cricket team led by Jehan Mubarak left for India last night (9th September) to participate in the Champions League T20 2014 tournament. The tournament commence from September 13 and will end on October 4 with all the Qualifying Stage matches are to be played in Raipur from September 13 to 16 with 12 teams. The Group stage matches will see the number of teams reduce to 10 teams battling out from September 17. Southern Express is placed in qualifying group along with Mumbai Indians (India), Lahore Lions (Pakistan) and Northern Knights (New Zealand).

Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014 – Winners List

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DIALOG Cricketer of the Year 2014 Winner: Angelo Mathews Nominations: Kumar Sangakkara, Rangana Herath DIALOG People’s Player of the Year 2014 Kumar Sangakkara Mens T20Is Awards Best Batsman Winner: Kushal Janith Perera Nominations: Mahela Jayawardene, Tissara Perera Best Bowler Winner: Lasith Malinga Nominations: Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath Mens ODI Awards Best Batsman Winner: Angelo Mathews Nominations: Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanna Best Bowler Winner: Lasith Malinga Nominations: Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake Best All-rounder ODI Winner: Angelo Mathews Nominations: T M Dilshan, Tissara Perera Emerging Cricketer of the Year Niroshan Dickwella Mens TEST Awards Best Batsman Winner: Kumar Sangakkara & Angelo Mathews Nomination s: Mahela Jayawardene, Kaushal Silva Best Bowler Winner: Rangana Herath Nominations: Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga Womens ODI Awards Best… Read More →

Sri Lanka clinches series after big win

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Thisara Perera produced a superb spell of right-arm medium pace bowling, while Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten half-century, as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the deciding third and final One-Day International to clinch the series 2-1in Dambulla on Saturday (August 30). Perera returned figures of 4 for 34 in eight overs, and was instrumental in the home side ensuring Pakistan was bundled out for only 102, its lowest total in Sri Lanka. A brief rain interruption when Pakistan was 81 for 8 meant the match was reduced to 48-overs-a-side. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 101, and chased it down in just 18.2 overs. Dhammika Prasad did the initial damage for Sri Lanka, removing Ahmed… Read More →

Sri Lanka unchanged for final ODI

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Media Release The National Selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday named an unchanged 15-man squad for the third and final One-Day International against Pakistan in Dambulla on Saturday (August 30). Angelo Mathews – Captain T.M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Lahiru Thirimanne – Vice Captain Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Dhammika Prasad Rangana Herath Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randev Thisara Perera This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Perera helps Sri Lanka draw level

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Thisara Perera’s fine allround show, a 36-ball 65 and 3 for 19, helped Sri Lanka trounce Pakistan by 77 runs in the second One-Day International in Hambantota on Tuesday (August 26) to level the three-match series 1-1. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka was reduced to 194 for 6 but recovered well to post 310 for 9 in its 50 overs, before it bowled Pakistan out for 233 all out in 43.5 overs. Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan (11) early but Ahmed Shehzad (56) and Mohammad Hafeez (62) added 96 for the second wicket to lift the team to 114 for 1. However, Pakistan lost its nine wickets for 119 runs from there on. Hafeez, who struck 11 boundaries, was dismissed by Seekkuge… Read More →

Pakistan clinches victory off penultimate ball

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Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam’s sixth-wicket stand of 147 was instrumental in Pakistan overcoming a top-order collapse to post a thrilling four-wicket win in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Saturday (August 23). Pakistan’s chase of a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 275 in 50 overs received a major jolt as it was reduced to 106 for 5. But Maqsood’s temperament stood out. The 27-year old showed little to suggest he was playing in only his 15th ODI, as he rode the storm to finish unbeaten on 89 off just 73 balls when Shahid Afridi smashed the winning runs off Nuwan Kulasekara with one ball to spare. That Pakistan fought back from nowhere was also due to the efforts of… Read More →

Sachithra Senanayake returns from Perth

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Media Release SLC is pleased to inform the Media the arrival of the Sri Lankan Off Spinner Sachithra Senanayake from Perth, Australia. Sachithra was working on remodeling of his bowling action at the University of Western Australia with the aid of the University consultant coach on corrective suspect bowling actions Darryl Foster. Darryl, together with the University Bio Mechanist conducted 10 days of remedial work to remodel Sachithra’s action. SLC will be presenting Sachithra to the ICC accredited Cardiff University for clearance testing subjected to the pending report from Perth. This report is expected to reach SLC within the next fortnight. Sachithra was accompanied and assisted during this tour by SLC’s Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne.