Chilaw Marians CC Super 8 champs, Moors SC take the Plate, and Negombo CC the Tier B title

Chilaw Marians CC Clinch Major League Tier A title

Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) accentuation on further developing the country’s cricket at the grassroots was showcased with an outstation team – Chilaw Marians CC emerging worthy champions of the 2017- ’18 Major League Super 8 Tournament. On an aggregate of 118.925 points Chilaw Marians took the plum from six outright wins and a tie from seven fixtures. The champs had a clear over 15 points lead over runners-up SSC’s 93.260 points from 4 outright wins, one first innings win having lost one outright and one on the first innings. Sri Lanka Ports Authority SC was third with 82.130 points from four outright wins and three outright losses. The rest of the placings were BRC (74.060) from three outright wins, a… Read More →

Asela Gunaratne ruled out of Hero Nidhahas Trophy squad

Asela Gunaratne

Media Release 22nd February, 2018 Asela Gunaratne, who sustained an injury in his right arm, while diving during one of the fielding drills and getting his arm caught in an awkward position during the Bangladesh tour will miss the upcoming ‘Hero Nidahas Trophy 2018,’ a T20 Tri-Series. The status of his injury is diagnosed as a ‘’Grade II rotator cuff strain with contusion’’. Gunratne is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the High Performance Center of the SLC.

Ticket Counters at SLC and RPICS will be opened for Nidahas Trophy Tickets

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Media Release  21st February, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will open its ticket counters starting from tomorrow (22nd February, 2018) to issue tickets for the upcoming Hero Nidahas Trophy, a T20 tournament set to start on the 06th March, 2018. Accordingly, fans can purchase tickets from the counters set in the SLC headquarters and R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPCIS). Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh will play in the tournament while the fixture will consist of seven matches, including the final. All the matches will be played at the RPICs. Tickets are sold under 5 categories, ranging from Rs. 300 to Rs. 5000 and can be purchased for all the matches of the tri-series, except for the finals. For purchasing… Read More →

Fixing batsmen’s mind set key to success over Bangladesh – Batting coach, Thilan Samaraweera

Thilan Samaraweera

Batting coach, Thilan Samaraweera believes that Sri Lanka is on the right track to getting the ideal batting combinations blending in all three formats of the game in the near future. Particularly in view of the 2019 Cricket World Cup players are being further fine-tuned so as to importantly having a surplus of potential player resources to draw from. (Q). The batsmen did click as a unit during the Bangladesh tour in all formats. Your comments? (A). I believe we have made good ground in a short time. The Bangladesh tour has proved it. I must stress that the head coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe’s input made my job easy. During the successful Bangladesh tour, head coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe and I accentuated… Read More →

Shehan Madushanka suffers hamstring injury

Sri Lanka cricketer Shehan Madushanka (2R) celebrates after the dismissal of the Bangladesh cricketer Mohammad Mithun during the second Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Media Release 20th February, 2018 Fast bowler Shehan Madushanka suffered a hamstring injury during the 2nd T20 match, Sri Lanka played against Bangladesh in the concluded series. The extent of his injury will only be ascertained following a MRI scan, which Madushanka is expected to undergo this Wednesday. At this stage, his availability for the Hero Nidahas Trophy is in doubt.

I do have a dream to get up there among the top ten batsmen in world cricket – Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis poses for a photos with the Man of The Match and the Man of the Series trophies following the presentation ceremony during the end the second Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

The defining slogan, ‘born with a silver spoon in the mouth’ does befit Sri Lanka’s latest batting star, 23-year old Kusal Mendis whose natural flair has propelled the lad from Moratuwa from a bad patch back to his element. Blessed with a willow work from his childhood days when he swished a bat as a 7-year old at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Mendis does certainly air about business with the bat when he says, “I do have a dream of achieving the targeted goal of becoming among the top ten batsmen in world cricket.” Fresh from his batting exploits in Sri Lanka’s clean sweep of Bangladesh, Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis, hailing from Rawathawatte, Moratuwa, in an interview on Monday,… Read More →

ලෝකයම ගරු කරන අපේ ක්‍රිකට් අනන්‍යතාවය දැන් නැවත දකින්න පුළුවන් – ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති

Sri Lanka Team back from Bangladesh

“ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ටම ආවේණික වූ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩා විලාශයක් අතීතයේ සිටම අපසතුයි.  ලොව අපට ගරු කරන්නේ මේ ක්‍රීඩා රටාවටයි.  වත්මන් ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම මේ තත්ත්වයට ළගාවි සිටීම සතුටට කරුණකැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි.  සුමතිපාල මහතා එසේ පැවසුවේ බංග්ලාදේශයේ ක්‍රිකට් සංචාරය සාර්ථකව නිම කර ආපසු සියරට පැමිණි ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම පිළිගැනීම සඳහා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ පැවැති උත්සව සභාව අමතමිනි.” “ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ සිතටත් ගතටත් ඉතාම සමීප සැවොම ළැදි ක්‍රීඩාවක්.  මහජනතාවගේ අපේක්ෂාව වූයේ සම්පූර්ණ ප්‍රතිසංවිධානයකින් ක්‍රීඩකයන්ගේ සහජ දක්ෂතා ඔපමට්ටම් කරගෙන දක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක් බිහිවනවා දැකීමයි.   මේ සඳහා පසුගිය දිනවල අපගත් ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයන්හි ප්‍රතිඵල දැන් ඵල ගැන්වෙනවා.  චන්දික හතුරුසිංහ, තිලාන් සමරවීර හා රුමේෂ් රත්නායක පුහුණුකරුවන් ලෙස පත්කිරීමෙන් පසු කණ්ඩායම අද විශාල ප්‍රගතියක් ලබා ඇතැයි ද සුමතිපාල මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.” රංගන හේරත්ට ලොව… Read More →

Chilaw Marians CC, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, BRC and NCC win

MAJOR LEAGUE SUPER 8 TOURNAMENT: Chilaw Marians CC, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, BRC and NCC won their matches in the final round of Major League Super 8 Tournament played last week. At the CCC grounds, Chilaw Marians CC registered a massive 264-run win over SSC.  Put into bat, Chilaw Marians set about in typical rollercoaster fashion with both openers Shehan Jayasuriya and Ashen Silva hammering centuries. The duo shared in a record 245-run alliance with Jayasuriya striking 146 off 159 balls inclusive of 19 boundaries and Silva 105 off 227 balls containing 15 boundaries in a total of 372. SSC was bowled out for 232 with Jayasuriya capping a superb all-round performance claiming 4 wickets for 48 and going on… Read More →

Man of the Match Kusal Mendis parties with big 70 as Lankans bash Bangladesh in clean sweep

Sri Lanka cricketers pose with the tournament trophy following the presentation ceremony during the end the second Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Twenty three-year old Kusal Mendis, earmarked as Sri Lanka’s little prince of batting on the blocks, bludgeoned 70 off 42 balls to steer his side to a-75 run triumph over   Bangladesh in the final T 20 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. It was the perfect Sunday best scripting the Lankans yearned for as Mendis set the tone reeling 6 boundaries and 3 sixes in a total of 210 for 4 wickets after being put into bat. Sri Lanka maintained a run rate of 10.5 an over. Mendis  put on 98 for the first wicket in 11 overs with Dhanushka Gunathilaka who clobbered 42 off 37 inclusive of 3 boundaries and 2 six. Mendis, who progressively reached his element from… Read More →

SLC delighted to announce its aspiration to launch a T20 League

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Media Release 16th February, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket is delighted to announce its aspiration to launch a T20 League with the participation of Sri Lankan and International players. ‘’The tournament will be known as “Lankan Premier League (LPL)’’, and will be played from 18th August to 10th September, 2018’’, said the CEO of the SLC, Mr. Ashley De Silva. SLC is planning to include 6 teams in the fixture, while each will team will play 10 first round matches. Each team to play two matches with every other team. During this period, Sri Lanka will be free of international commitments.

ප්‍රථම 20-20 තරගයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ඓතිහාසික ජයග්‍රහණයක්

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis (R) plays a shot as the Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (L) looks on during the first Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

මීර්පූර් හි පැවැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා-බංග්ලාදේශ ප්‍රථම 20-20 තරගයේ දී බංග්ලාදේශය ඕවර 20 ක දී සිය ක්‍රිකට් ඉතිහාසයේ ලබාගත් වැඩිම ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව වූ ලකුණු 193 (කඩුලු පහකට) හඹාගිය ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තමන්ගේ ක්‍රිකට් ඉතිහාසයේ දී වැඩිම ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව හඹා ගොස් (කඩුලු 4ට 194යි) ජයගත්තේ තවත් පන්දු විස්සක් (ඕවර 3.2ක්) ඉතිරිව තිබියදී ඉතාමත් පහසු ආකාරයෙනි. ලකුණු 194 ජයග්‍රාහී ඉලක්කය කරා යාමට පැමිණි ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් සියලුදෙනා ම පාහේ දැඩි ආක්‍රමණශීලී පිළිවෙතක් අනුගමනය කරමින් ලකුණු රැස් කළේ ඕවරයකට සාමාන්‍ය ලකුණු 11.64ක් ලබාගනිමිනි. මෙහිදී ආරම්භක පිතිකරුවන් වූ කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස් පන්දු 27ක දී හතරේ 08ක් හයේ 02ක් සමඟ ලකුණු 53ක් ද, ධනුෂ්ක ගුණතිලක පන්දු 15ක දී හතරේ 06ක් සමඟ ලකුණු 30ක් ද ලබා මුල් විකට්ටුවට ඕවර 4.5ක දී ලකුණු 53ක් රැස්කර ඉතා හොඳ ආරම්භයක් ලබාගත්හ.  උපුල්… Read More →

Lankans savage Bangladesh in facile 6-wicket triumph

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis plays a shot during the first Twenty20 cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

It was fireworks all the way in a sixes laden display by the Sri Lankan batters in scripting a sweet savaging of Bangladesh in a whirlwind batting performance in fashioning out a facile 6-wicket annihilation of the hosts. Sri Lanka made 194 for 4 wickets in sweeping past what was Bangladesh’s highest T20 international total of  193 for 5 wickets in the first of the 2-match T 20 series today at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. The magnitude of the triumph was best illustrated by the fact that the Lankans found no terrors in chasing down the record target set by the host team. Sri Lanka’s openers Kusal Mendis and Dhanushka Gunathilaka fanned the Bangladesh bowling attack to… Read More →

Asela Gunaratne ruled out of Bangladesh T20I series

Asela Gunaratne

Media Release 15th February, 2018 Asela Gunaratne, who is in the 15 member squad ready to take on Bangladesh in the two T20 games, starting this evening, is injured and will not play in both games. He has sustained an injury in his right arm, while diving during one of the fielding drills and getting his arm caught in an awkward position. Gunaratne returns to Colombo this afternoon and will attend for a MRI scan and start the rehabilitation process. No replacement will be sent.

Sri Lanka Cricket Awards Domestic Cricket Contracts for 104 Players

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Media Release 14th February, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket today handed over annual domestic contracts for 104 players, a move to encourage talented cricketers to continue playing the game thus ensuring that the domestic cricketing structure remains strong. Accordingly, players who took part in the Major Tournament 2016/2017 and the Under 19 players, who represented Sri Lanka in the concluded Asia Cup and the World Cup were handed over contracts, during a special ceremony, held at the Duncan White Auditorium of the Ministry of Sports, with the Minister of Sports Honorable Dayasiri Jayasekera, taking part as the Chief Guest, while Honorable Thilanga Sumathipala, President of SLC was present during the occasion. 20 first class players who performed at the highest level… Read More →

Seekkuge Prasanna stars with bat and ball in Army’s 2-wicket win over CCC

TIER B PLATE TOURNAMENT THIRD WEEK Seekkuge Prasanna stars with bat and ball in Army’s 2-wicket win over CCC: Badureliya vs. Moors & Bloomfield vs.Tamil Union drawn Seekuge Prasanna starred with bat and ball hitting a match winning 63 and claiming 5 wickets for 45 in bowling out CCC for 120 in the second innings in reversing fortunes for Army for a 2 wicket win after conceding a 68-rn first innings lead at BRC grounds. Batting first, CCC scored 333 with L. Abeyratne scoring 109 off 142 balls inclusive of 9 boundaries and 3 sixes. K.D.V. Vimukthi claimed 5 for 66. Army replied with 265 on a top score of 62 by D.D. de Soysa and Prasanna 39. Sachith Pathirana… Read More →