Bowlers lead Sri Lanka fight back after Elgar ton

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Dean Elgar scored a fine century to hand South Africa the initiative on the opening day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers fought back admirably to restrict it to 268 for 5 by stumps on Wednesday (July 16). After Hashim Amla opted to bat in his first Test as captain, Elgar scored a 187-ball 103, including 11 boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught behind off Suranga Lakmal. Elgar first put on a quick 70 for the opening wicket with Alviro Petersen – their partnership came off 101 balls – as South Africa got off to a decent start. Petersen then fell to Dilruwan Perera’s off-spin, trapped leg before for 34, but… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Test Cricket

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Mahela Jayawardene has tendered his resignation from Test cricket. Addressing a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of SLC Mr. Ashley De Silva, Mahela Jayawardene has stated that he would like to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming Test series against South Africa and Pakistan. Mahela Jayawardene has stated that    ” It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years, but I believe this is the right time”. The former Captain of Sri Lanka reiterated that he is fully committed to playing ODI cricket for Sri Lanka.

Ashan Priyanjan to lead Sri Lanka A in England and Ireland

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Ashan Priyanjan named as Captain of the Sri Lanka A team for the tour of England and Ireland, replacing Upul  Tharanga who will be part of the National squad for the upcoming South Africa Test series. Kusal Janith Perera appointed as the Vice-Captain of the team. This tour will begin on the 14th of July and go on till the 25th August 2014. Squad: Ashan Priyanjana (Captain), Kusal Janith (Vice.Captain), Lahiru Jayaratne, Mahela Udawatte,  Banuka Rajapakshe, Ishan Jayaratne, Danushka Gunethilake, Niroshan Dickwella, Chathuranga De Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Ramith Rambukwella, Seekuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Priyamal Perera

South Africa win series after de Kock, de Villiers tons

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Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper, and AB de Villiers, the captain, hit aggressive hundreds to carry South Africa to an 82-run win over Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International on Saturday (July 12). The win gave South Africa a 2-1 series win, its first in an ODI series on Sri Lankan soil. De Kock smashed 128 off 127 balls, while de Villiers was even more aggressive, taking only 71 balls for his 108. De Villiers reached his hundred off only 66 balls as South Africa posted 339 for 5 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, its highest total against Sri Lanka. The home side was restricted to just 257 all out in 44.3 overs, while attempting what… Read More →

SLC Grants Cash rewards to Schools who won Championships

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that for the first time in its history made a Cash Reward to the Schools who performed extremely well during the cricket season. This was done considering the amount of work the School Coaches and authorities put it into a cricket season and grooming the young talent. Also due consideration will be given to certain schools that win Championships with less facilities and grounds. Under -19 Tournament-Prize Giving Division I (League) Champion Richmond College Galle LKR 1,000,000.00 Runner Up Trinity College Kandy LKR 750,000.00 Limited Over Champion Thurstan College Colombo LKR 500,000.00 Runner Up S Thomas’ College Mt.Lavinia LKR 250,000.00 Division II (League) Champion Anuradhapura MMV LKR 750,000.00 Runner Up Carey College Colombo LKR… Read More →

Dilshan, Malinga help Sri Lanka pull level

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Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka crushed South Africa by 87 runs in the second One-Day International between the two teams on Wednesday (July 9) to bring the three-match series level at 1-1. Dilshan scored 86 off 90 balls first and then took 3 for 40 to play the lead, While Lasith Malinga also played a big part with two early wickets on the way to figures of 4 for 24 as South Africa was bowled out for 180 off 38.1 overs while chasing 267. Hashim Amla fought hard, making a 102-ball 101, but failed to find support from the other batsmen. Malinga gave Sri Lanka crucial breakthroughs when he sent back Quinton de Kock and… Read More →

Amla, de Villiers secure 75-run win

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Hashim Amla scored a composed century to take South Africa to a formidable 304 for 5 before Ryan McLaren took two wickets in three balls to restrict Sri Lanka to 229 all out in 40.3 overs in the first One Day International on Sunday (July 6). Amla struck eight boundaries and a six en route to a 130-ball 109 after AB de Villiers, the South Africa captain, elected to bat first at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Amla first put on 58 for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock to get South Africa off to a steady start, after which it lost two quick wickets. De Kock was the first to fall, when he was castled by Angelo… Read More →

ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour

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Colombo, 4th July 2014: Sri Lanka has the honour of being the first stopover on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour. The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, which is making its way around the world, was received at the airport today by Sri Lanka Cricket team’s current captain and vice-captain. Fans will have a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse and even get up close to the much coveted World Cup trophy at a special unveiling event at Galle Face Green on Saturday, 5th July.  The 2015 World Cup trophy will be unveiled amidst well known cricketing names and fans will also be able to take a picture with the trophy. A papare band and various games are… Read More →

Southern Express take Super Fours title

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Southern Express clinch the UltraTech Cement Super Fours T20 title when they defeated the Udarata Rulers by four runs in the final played in a day game at the SSC grounds today. Southern Express 161 for 8 wickets (20) (Niroshan Dickwella 26, Dilruwan Perera 28, Yasoda Lanka 24, Jehan Mubarak 34, Danushka Gunathilaka 12n.o, Sachith Pathirana 10n.o, Asela Gunaratne 3/19, Ajantha Mendis 3/27) vs Udarata Rulers Udarata Rulers 157 for 9 wickets (20) (Shehan Jayasuriya 51, Upul Tharanga 62, Kumar Sangakkara 16, Chamara Silva 17, Sachith Pathirana 3/27) Player of the Final: Sachith Pathirana Best Bowler of the Tournament: Asela Gunaratne Best Batsman of the Tournament: Upul Tharanga Player of the Tournament: Seekkuge Prasanna

Photos: Western Troopers v Udarata Rulers – UltraTech Super Fours

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Udarata Rulers 174 for 5 in 20 overs ( Shehan Jayasuriya 37, U Tharanga 36, C Silva 26, M Liyanapathiranage 2 for 26, S Lakmal 2 for 31) Western Troopers 119 in 18.2 overs (I Udana 20, B rajapaksha 19: A Mendis 3 for 28, Dilhara Lokuhettige 2 for 16, M siriwardena 2 for 14, A Gunaratne 2 for 28) Udarata Rulers won by 55 runs! Full Scorecard MoM: Shehan Jayasuriya