Sri Lanka cruise to victory in Durham

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Impressive Sri Lanka levelled the Royal London One-Day International Series with a comprehensive 157-run win over England at the Emirates Durham ICG. Having been asked to bat under typically overcast skies, the tourists forewent their usual brand of attacking strokeplay in favour of a controlled approach. It paid dividends, too, as Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 88 secured a total of 256 for eight on a surface that consistently offered a smattering of assistance to seam. England were left to rue a lacklustre display in the field, too, with 15 wides and a couple of dropped catches proving costly. Even so, hopes were high of chasing a total that appeared par until Nuwan Kulasekara rocked England’s top order with three quick wickets. But… Read More →

All-round Jordan stars in rain-hit ODI win

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England cruised to a comfortable victory between the showers at The Oval on Thursday (May 22), the winning margin of 81 runs not flattering it, as Man of the Match Chris Jordan’s aggression with both bat and ball and Gary Ballance’s composed innings giving England’s new management a successful start in 50-over cricket, with Sri Lanka clearly playing in unfamiliar and unfavourable conditions. Alastair Cook, back on home territory for England, was comforted to receive respectful applause walking to the crease, having lost the toss and been invited to bat by Angelo Mathews. He was soon feeling even more comforted, having offered a sharp chance to Tillakaratne Dilshan at backward point, the Sri Lanka veteran springing well to his right,… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Super Fours Tournament commences in June’14

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21st May’14, Colombo: In a media briefing held this evening, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the launch of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Fours 2014 Tournament for the second consecutive time. The tournament will be played from 27th June – 02nd July, 2014 at the SSC grounds. Ajit Jayasekera – Director, Sri Lanka Premier League who is also heading the Super Fours organizing committee, highlighting the importance of the tournament said, “This is a tournament which will have 4 provincial teams where the T20 world champion team players will participate, while giving an opportunity for the up and coming cricketers to play and interact with them.” Also, he further invited all partners involved, including the media and the sponsors to… Read More →

England, Sri Lanka in with a chance to claim No.1 spot in ODI rankings

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England and Sri Lanka will go head-to-head in a five-ODI series from Thursday in London with the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings all set to change. With 21 ratings points separating number-one ranked Australia from eighth-ranked West Indies, irrespective of the outcome of the series, both third-ranked Sri Lanka and fourth-ranked England will make a move on the rankings table. Amongst other scenarios, there is a possibility of either side topping the table. But to make that happen, England or Sri Lanka will have to sweep the series. While the side that wins all five matches will finish on top of the tree, the side on the receiving end will end up in fifth position. So tight is the situation in the… Read More →

Thisara Perera, Malinga set up Sri Lanka’s nine-run win over England

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Sri Lanka got their international campaign against England off to a winning start with a nine-run victory in the lone Twenty20 at The Oval on Tuesday. After losing the toss, World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka made 183 for seven thanks mainly to all-rounder Thisara Perera’s quickfire 49. England could only manage 174 for seven, opener Alex Hales making 66 in an innings where Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga took three for 28. The teams return to The Oval for the start of a five-match one-day series on Thursday. (Courtesy: AFP)

Sri Lanka seal series with washout

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Heavy rain which left the surrounds of the square saturated meant that no play was possible despite the best efforts of the local groundstaff. Umpires Richard Kettleborough, Richard Smith and match referee Chris Broad officially abandoned the game following a ground inspection at 2:20pm. The abandonment means Sri Lanka take the series 1-0 following their 79-run win over Ireland on Tuesday. (Courtesy: Cricket Ireland)

Disappointment for Ireland as Mendis turns screw

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Ireland have suffered a 79-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the first of the RSA ODI Series in Clontarf thanks to a masterful bowling display from the  mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. Ireland went into the break in the ascendancy after restricting the visitors to 219-8 off their 50 overs. Tim Murtagh was the pick of the Irish attack, the seam bowler finishing with the miserly figures of 2 for 21 after his 10 overs. The Sri Lankan innings never got going despite good starts from Chandimal, Mathews and Priyanjan who all made 30’s before departing. A couple of lusty blows be Nuwan Kulasekara saw him step up the pace towards the later end of the innings –… Read More →

Photos: Team Departure – Sri Lanka Tour of Ireland and England 2014

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Sri Lanka National team left the island for Ireland this morning for a tour which will get underway on Tuesday (06). The team is to play two one-day matches in Ireland and team will play 1 T20, 5 ODI and 2 Test matches in England. **Further to today’s departure of the National Team for the Ireland & England Tour, SLC wishes to confirm that 3 players will be traveling on the early hours on 3rd May on Etihad flight EY041 via ABU DHABI INTL to DUBLIN The 3 player are UPUL THARANGA, DHAMMIKA PRASAD and NIROSHAN DICKWELLA. Upul Tharanga, Dammika Prasad and Niroshan Dickwella will not be traveling to London and will not be a part of the UK team…. Read More →

Hussain resists Sri Lanka Under-17 victory bid

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England U17 who were 377 behind on the first innings in their final fixture of the tour, three-day game against their Sri Lankan counterparts at Colts Ground forced a draw when they finished the third and final day at 280 for 6. M Hussain who scored an unbeaten 136 with 17 fours in the second innings of the English innings deprived Sri Lanka of a certain victory. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka U17 - 456 for 4 declared in 111 overs (Avishka Fernando 134, Malinga Amarasinghe 107*, Wanidu Hasaranga 102*, Kaveen Bandara 76, Jared Warner 2/63) England U17 - 79 all out in 60.2 overs (Hameed Hussain 35, Malinga Amarasinghe 3/10, Manelka De Silva 3/10, Damith Silva 2/21) & 280 for 6 in 106… Read More →

56th Annual General Meeting of Sri Lanka Cricket

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The 56th Annual General Meeting of SLC was held on the 23rd of April 2014 at the Head Office of SLC, chaired by Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa. The meeting began with the Hony. Secretary Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga welcoming the invitees for the meeting and a minutes silence was observed in respect of the members who passed away during the past year. The Secretary went on to thank the National Team and the Support Staff together with the National Selectors for the excellent performance to win the Asia Cup and the ICC World T20, and he thanked the Sponsors for being part of this great achievement. He also went on to thank the Media for the wide coverage given to SLC during… Read More →

Captain and Vice Captain of the National ODI and T20 Teams

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held , the National Selectors selected the following players as the Captain and the Vice Captain of the National ODI and T20 teams Angelo Mathews has been appointed as the Captain of the National ODI Team while Lahiru Thirimanne has been appointed as the Vice Captain of same until March 2015. Lasith Malinga has been appointed as the Captain of the National T20 Team while Lahiru Thirimanne has been appointed as the Vice Captain of same until March 2015. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne have also been appointed as the Captain and Vice Captain of the National Test Team until March 2015. This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.

English here to take on Sri Lankan Lion Cubs

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After last year’s successful Sri Lanka U-17 tour of England in August under the captaincy of this year’s Royal College captain Chamika Karunaratne, this year the young lads from the United Kingdom are in the island of the Indian ocean to play a series of 3 ODI’s and a 3- day match,  17th – 27th April 2014. Mr. Carlton Bernadus the Head of Cricket operation SLC thanked the ECB  for providing the youngsters an opportunity to not only improve their skills on the field but, for also providing a stage for the players to interact and make friends which could a long way in the future. He said it will  ‘bond countries together and  also become the force and the… Read More →