New Zealand sweeps T20I series after Munro, Guptill turn it on

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New Zealand sped to a nine-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Auckland on Sunday (January 10) after a whirlwind batting display from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. Munro brought up the winning runs with a six to remain unbeaten on 50 from 14 balls, the second fastest T20I half-century behind Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball spree against England in 2007. Munro’s blitz also meant that the New Zealand record for the fastest T20I fifty, set by Guptill, who took 19 balls to get there at the top of the innings, lasted only 20 minutes. Guptill was the only wicket to fall, out for 63 off 25 balls with six fours and five sixes, while Munro clouted seven sixes… Read More →

Sri Lanka seeks to keep status as No.1 T20I team intact

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Sri Lanka has to win the second and last Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday (January 10) to not only level the series, but also ensure that it holds on to the No.1 ranking in the format, failing which it will slip to third behind West Indies and Australia. That Sri Lanka lost the first game was largely because of a superb bowling display by Matt Henry and Trent Boult, both of whom picked up three wickets each. Chasing 183, Sri Lanka needed 35 runs in the last four overs with four wickets in hand. Milinda Siriwardana was hitting the ball well and had raced off to 42 in 29 balls. That is when… Read More →

President of SLC, Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala assumes duties as the President of the Asian Cricket Council

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Media Release Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, who was recently elected as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also taken over the top position in the Asian Cricket Council meeting held in Dubai today. A name associated with cricket for over two decades, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala is no stranger to the game or the management of cricket in this country. He has also served as the President of the ACC during the year 1997-1998. A man committed to developing the game in Sri Lanka, Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala is all set to take the country’s most popular sport to the next level. His vision and passion for cricket makes him the ideal personality to head the cricket council in the region for… Read More →

Boult, openers star in thrilling New Zealand win

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A thriller ensued at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui as New Zealand kept Sri Lanka at bay in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday(January 7) by three runs in a veritable thriller. Backed by half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, New Zealand posted 182 for 4. In its chase, Sri Lanka was on the rails when reduced to 42 for 4, but Danushka Gunathilaka and Milinda Siriwardana resurrected the innings to make for an enticing finale. However, the visiting side failed to cross the line, the three-wicket hauls from Matt Henry and Trent Boult restricting it to 179 for 9. Sri Lanka now needs to win the second and final game in Auckland on Sunday, failing which it will slip from… Read More →

Sri Lanka needs to win one match against New Zealand to retain its number-one ranking

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ICC World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka goes head to head with host New Zealand in a two-match Twenty20 International series on Thursday, 7 January, in Mount Maunganui fully aware that it needs to either draw or win the series to retain its number-one position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings. Sri Lanka (125) leads eighth-ranked New Zealand (108) by 17 points, which means it is expected to win the series comfortably. This, in turn, means if the series ends in a draw, the difference will reduce to 14 points, but more importantly, Sri Lanka will retain its number-one position. In contrast, if New Zealand wins both the matches, then Sri Lanka will join the West Indies and Australia on 118 points… Read More →

SLC provides Cricket Gear to Schools

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The distribution ceremony of Cricket Balls and Mattings to cricket playing Schools identified by Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association was held at the Ministry of Sports premises today, with the participation of  Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports together with Hony. Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket  Mr. Mohan de Silva. 35 Schools  were recipients of Cricket Mattings and 4000 Grays Cricket Balls were distributed to 178 Schools in the Under 19 – Division 1, 2 and 3 Speaking at the event,  Hony. Secretary of SLC Mr. Mohan de Silva stated that “Due to numerous requests from Clubs and Schools in the country to construct Side Wickets in their respective areas, SLC has taken a decision to re-evaluate all requests in… Read More →

Guptill, Henry seal series for New Zealand

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A century from Martin Guptill and a five-wicket haul from Matt Henry took New Zealand to a 36-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday (January 5), giving it a 3-1 series victory over Sri Lanka. Put in, New Zealand posted 294 for 5, Guptill helped along by fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, seemed set to take it down to the wire with a steady 95, but his side lost the last five wickets for only 35 runs, folding for 258 in the 48th over. That Sri Lanka got that far from a precarious 33 for 3 – Henry accounting for two of those wickets – was courtesy… Read More →

Preparations for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016 to continue

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ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council today said it will continue to prepare for this month’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh despite Australia withdrawing its team from the event and expressing its concerns about the safety and security of its squad and management. The ICC explained that its own security manager and an independent security agency had been working very closely with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Bangladesh security agencies, and that the planned security arrangements satisfactorily mitigate the risks identified such that it remains appropriate for the event to continue as planned. The ICC further announced that it has invited Ireland, as the runner-up in the qualifying event in Kuala Lumpur in October, to… Read More →

Inaugural Meeting of the newly appointed Executive Committee

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Inaugural Meeting of the newly appointed Executive Committee of SLC took place today. The key issues discussed at today’s meeting were: The appointment of the Management Committee consisting of all Office Bearers. 6 Strategic areas under the business plan of SLC were highlighted at today’s meeting and the following Office Bearers  were appointed to overlook the respective areas. Development – Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala International Cricket – Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa Domestic Cricket –  Mr. K . Mathivanan Administration – Mr. Mohan de Silva Finance – Mr. Shammi Silva Corporate Communications – Mr. Ravin Wickramaratne & Mr. Lalith Rambukwella The establishment of a Financial Advisory Committee which will consist of 5 members as follows – 1.     SLC to nominate a member with… Read More →

Office Bearers of Sri Lanka Cricket – 2016

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the following were elected as the new Office Bearers of SLC. President – Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala Vice Presidents – Jayantha Dharmadasa & K. Mathivanan Secretary – Mohan De Silva Assistant Secretary – Ravin Wickramaratne Treasurer – Shammi Silva Assistant Treasurer – Lalith Rambukwella ExCo Members: Bandula Dissanayake – Chairman Tournament Committee Rupanath Wickramaratne – Chairman Umpires Committee Channa Weerakody R. S. Biyanwila Aruna De Silva Sunil Mohotti Sujeewa Godaliyadda Chrishantha Kapuwatta Samantha Dodanwela Priyantha Algama Jayantha Jayaweera Kapila Wijegoonawardene – Chairman Selection Committee Tournament Committee: Bandula Dissanayake Aruna Silva Shammi Gunasekara Marlon Fernandopulle Kasun Fernando Umpire Committee: Rupanath Wickramaratne Wasanthalal Fernando Abu Siddhik Deepal Maddurappruma Ashley Rathnayake Sponsorship Committee: Matheesha Dharmasiri Suresh Murugesar… Read More →

Nelson ODI washed out

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The fourth One-Day International match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday (January 2) was washed out after only nine overs of play was possible. The toss took place at 3.13pm local time, close to five hours behind schedule, and the game was reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair. Put in, New Zealand was 75 for 3 when rain intervened again and play was called off. With Sri Lanka 1-2 down in the series, it now has to win the final game in Mount Maunganui on January 5 to draw level. Aware that the Duckworth-Lewis formula would play a major role in the game, New Zealand’s opening pair started off on an aggressive note…. Read More →

Gunathilaka carries Sri Lanka to eight-wicket win

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Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne and Danushka Gunathilaka made half-centuries to help Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the third One-Day International at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday (December 31). After having restricted New Zealand to 276 for 8, Sri Lanka started its chase on a positive note through an opening partnership of 98 runs between Gunathilaka and Dilshan. Playing his fourth ODI, Gunathilaka was aggressive in scoring 65 off 45 balls – his maiden ODI half-century. He hit seven fours and four sixes, and was particularly severe on Adam Milne, whom he hit for 28 runs in 16 balls. Gunathilaka was dismissed in the 13th over when Mitchell McClenaghan had him caught by Ross Taylor in the slips…. Read More →

Zone A clinched Womens Zonal Championship

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Zone A became the champions of  Women’s Zonal T20 Tournament 2015/16 after a dominant bowling performance followed by Chamari Athapattu’s unbeaten 59 steered them to a comfortable nine-wicket win. Brief Score Zone B – 97-6 in 20 overs (Hasini Perera 38, Shashikala Siriwaradena 23, Prasadini Weerakkody 17, Chamari Polgampola 3/15, Maduri Samuddika 3/16) v Zone A – 100-1 in 15.4 overs (Chamari Athapattu 59*, Nipuni Hansika 18*)