Cook ton hands South Africa control

South African batsman Stephen Cook (R) raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates after scoring a century (100 Runs) during the second day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 28, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth stadium, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Stephen Cook’s century led a combined batting effort to hand South Africa control of the opening Test against Sri Lanka on the third day at St George’s Park on Wednesday (December 28). Cook’s 117, his third century in only seven Tests, guided his side to 351 for 5 at stumps. That gave South Africa a lead of 432 after Vernon Philander’s 5 for 45 earlier in the day saw Sri Lanka dismissed in its first innings for 205, having conceded a lead of 81. No team has successfully chased more than 271 in the fourth innings at this ground. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock were batting at 41 and 42 at the close, having added a brisk 74 off 92… Read More →

De Silva firm but South Africa pacers reign

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 27, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Dhananjaya de Silva’s dogged innings kept Sri Lanka afloat on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (December 27). De Silva hit 43 not out as Sri Lanka managed 181 for 7 – trailing South Africa’s first-innings total by 105 runs – before bad light brought an end to the day’s play Reducing Sri Lanka to 22 for 3, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott, the South Africa pacemen, put the visiting batsmen under the pump early on in seam-friendly conditions. Angelo Mathews helped the side avoid a collapse with a steady 39 before de Silva strode out at No. 7 and played a gritty innings, with good support… Read More →

Lakmal four-for keeps South Africa to 267/6

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Hashim Amla (R) during the first day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 26, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth stadium, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Suranga Lakmal took four wickets and Rangana Herath chipped in with two to give Sri Lanka a slight advantage on the first day of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Monday (December 26). Lakmal took 4 for 62 in 23 overs, while Herath had 2 for 48 in 20 overs as South Africa reached 267 for 6 at the end of a day on which it failed to capitalise on a big opening partnership between Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar and a half-century from JP Duminy. Lakmal stopped the South African run by taking the first three wickets – of the openers and that of Hashim Amla – and later dismissed… Read More →

Rangana Herath Makes it to the ICC Leaderboard, included in the ICC Test Team of the Year

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Sri Lanka’s very own Rangana Herath has been included in the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test Team of the Year. The ICC Test and ODI teams were selected by Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, who made the selection based on the players’ performances during the period 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. Herath’s selection along with some of the best players in the world makes it a proud moment for Sri Lanka Cricket. England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Herath, currently ranked No. 3 in… Read More →

Sri Lanka take on India at the Finals of Youth Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka

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The final match of the ACC Youth Asia Cup 2016 Sri Lanka is scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The Day/Night match will be played between India and Sri Lanka as the two top teams in the tournament exert their maximum skills to emerge as the triumphant winner of the ACC Youth Asia Cup 2016. The matches leading up to the final day have been hard fought, with spectators being treated to some engaging cricketing moments since the tournament began. The Sri Lanka Cricket Team consists of Kamindu Mendis (Captain), Ashen Bandara, Ravindu Sanjana, Hareen Buddhila, Jehan Daniel, Revan Kelly, Hasitha Boyagoda, Thisaru Rashmika Dilshan, Praveen Jayawickrema, Vishva Chathuranga, Lasith Croospulle, Wanitha Wanninayake, Thilan… Read More →

Rangana Herath named in ICC Test team of the year

ICC Test Team of the Year 2016

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year. Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the sides based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. This is the third time Cook has been appointed captain of the Test side, while it the eighth time in nine years that Dale Steyn has been selected. Joe Root, David Warner and Kane Williamson have been chosen for the third successive… Read More →

Dialog National Cricket Awards 2016

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Women’s Cricket (Division II) – Best Batsman – Hansima Karunarathne (Navy SC) (Division II) – Best Bowler – Sudeepa Athukorala (Air Force SC) (Division II) – Best All Rounder – Priyani Adikari (Navy SC) (Division II) – Runners Up – Navy Sports Club (B) (Division II) – Winner – Air Force Sports Club (B) (Division I) – Best Batsman – Shashikala Siriwardena (Navy SC) (Division I) – Best Bowler – Oshadi Ranasinghe (Navy SC) (Division I) – Best All Rounder – Shashikala Siriwardena (Navy SC) (Division I) – Runners Up – Air Force Sports Club (Division I) – Winner – Navy Sports Club Under 23 Cricket (Division III) – Runners Up – Hambanthotha Cricket Club (Division III) – Winner –… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket EGM – 18th December 2016

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At an Emergency General Meeting of the membership of Sri Lanka Cricket held on Sunday (18) at the SLC Headquarters in Colombo 7. At the said EGM which was attended by over 60 member clubs, the membership unanimously ratified the proposed changes to the constitution of SLC which was adopted in 2003. The membership also considered and adopted the Audited Financial Statements for the period ending December 31st 2015. The meeting was attended by representation from 61 of 83 member Associations and Clubs counting for a 73% turnout of the membership. Resolution No.1 which was unanimously adopted by the membership.

Dialog National Cricket Awards 2016 (2015)

The Dialog National Cricket Awards which recognizes the performances and achievement of players of the domestic tournaments of 2015/2016 season will be held at the Taj Samudra Colombo on Monday the 19th December 2016. Performances of the 2015/16 season which include the Premier League, the Premier Limited Over & T20 Tournaments, the Emerging League and T20 Tournaments, the P. Saravanamuttu Tournament, the Donovan Andree Tournament, the All Island Division III Daily News Trophy Tournament, the Under 23 Tournaments and the Women’s Tournaments will be awarded at the gala event that is to be held under the patronage of the Minister of Sport – Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara MP. The categories of awards to be handed out tomorrow include: 1.) Women’s Cricket… Read More →

Going for Gold – youth plan to feed national grid managed by Hemal Mendis

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Touching gold is the ultimate in cricket be it the big stage performers or the establishment, and it is an ambitious five-year plan by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to drive youth cricket at grass roots level island wide from the cradle of junior cricket to the national mainstream that has raised great expectations for Sri Lanka. A vision of incumbent President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Thilanga Sumathipala, and directed by Hemal Mendis, the Manager in charge of District and Provincial coaching, this initiative is expected to unearth and garner the cream of youth talent from under 15, 17 in a concentrated overhaul of the existing national coaching system involving 48 district and provincial coaches. It would be a lead up… Read More →

ICC Chief Executive to visit on the invitation of the ACC and SLC

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that ICC Chief Executive David Richardson will be visiting SLC on 15th December 2016 for a comprehensive briefing on the ‘SLC Way Forward’ which outlines its short, mid and long terms plans. Mr. Richardson will be spending time with the Senior Management of SLC and will be briefed on the impending changes to the constitution as well as to the organizational structure of SLC, and will conduct an interactive session with Heads of Departments of SLC. Commenting on the visit of the ICC CEO, President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala stated; “We are pleased that the ICC has recognized the vast strides we have been able to take toward placing Sri Lanka firmly back… Read More →

2nd Week Top Performers – SLC Major Tournament 2016/17

Premier League Tournament 2016/17 2nd Week Top Performers Batting Tier “A” Sithara Gimhan (Tamil Union)            127    vs      Galle CC Ron Chandragupta (CCC)                    116    vs      Army SC Sandun Weerakkody (NCC)                113    vs      Chilaw Marians Udara Jayasundara (Ragama CC)       112    vs      Moors SC Irosh Samarasuriya (Saracens SC)     110    vs      BRC Nipun Karunanayake (Bloomfield)      108    vs      Baduraliya SC   Tier “B” Nipuna Gamage (Kalutara TC)            148*  vs      Panadura SC Kusal Edusuriya (Navy SC)                 145    vs      Police SC Tillakaratna Sampath (BRC)                100*  vs      Saracens SC   Bowling Tier “A” Sahan Nanayakkara (Ragama CC)      6 for 55       vs      Moors SC Tharindu Kaushal (NCC)                     6 for 78       vs      Chilaw Marians Malith De Silva (Bloomfield)               5 for 41      … Read More →

1st Week Top Performers – SLC Major Tournament 2016/17

Batting Tier “A” Niroshan Dickwella (NCC) 183 vs Bloomfield C&AC Asela Gunaratne (SL Army) 158 vs BRC Dimuth Karunaratne (SSC) 149 vs Tamil Union Kithruwan Vithanage (Tamil Union) 125 vs SSC Nipun Karunanayake (Bloomfield) 124 vs NCC Dhanushka Gunatillake (SSC) 117 vs Tamil Union Tier “B” Dhanushka Dharmasiri (Kurunegala Y) 134 vs SL Navy Madura Madhushanka (SL Navy) 120 vs Kurunegala Y Hashan Prabath (Kurunegala Y) 109* vs SL Navy Tharindu Siriwardena (Kalutara TC) 107 vs Kalutara PCC Sameera Sandamal (SL Navy) 105* vs Kurunegala Y Bowling Tier “A” Maduka Liyanapathirana (Chilaw M) 6 for 36 vs Baduraliya CC Malinda Pushpakumara (Chilaw M) 6 for 41 vs Baduraliya CC Kasun Rajitha (Saracens SC) 6 for 59 vs CCC Sanjaya Bandara… Read More →