Seven-star Herath sets up Sri Lankan sweep

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Rangana Herath, the veteran left-arm spinner, took 7 for 64 as Sri Lanka completed a dominant 163-run win over Australia in the third and final Test on Wednesday (August 17), knocking Steve Smith’s men off the top of the ICC Test rankings chart after a 3-0 clean sweep. Australia was set a target of 324 for a consolation win on the final day at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club after Sri Lanka declared its second innings closed at 347 for 8, but crumbled after a bright start to be bowled out before tea for 160. Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, picked up two wickets while Moises Henriques was run out as Sri Lanka’s spinners continued to maintain their stranglehold over the Australian… Read More →

Silva century opens up 288-run lead for Sri Lanka

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A battling century from Kaushal Silva gave Sri Lanka a 288-run second innings lead on the fourth day of the third and final Test of the series against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Tuesday (August 16). Sri Lanka, which is looking at a rare series whitewash after winning the first two Tests, was 312 for 8 with only one day left in the game. Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored a century in the first innings, was unbeaten on 44 with Suranga Lakmal on naught at close of play. The day belonged to Silva, who had six stitches on the webbing of the little finger of his left hand after injuring himself while fielding on Monday. Silva, 30,… Read More →

Herath scalps six to restrict Australian lead

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Centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith finally gave Australia hope of victory in the final Test against Sri Lanka on Monday (August 15) but its plans of taking a big first-innings lead were thwarted by Rangana Herath. Smith and Marsh put on 246 runs for the second wicket as Australia fought gamely after restricting Sri Lanka to 355 in its first innings, but Herath then took charge of proceedings with a six-wicket haul at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Australia was eventually bowled out for 379, a 24-run lead that was reduced to just two by the end of Day 3 as Sri Lanka reached 22, having lost Dilruwan Perera along the way, trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc for eight…. Read More →

Australia hits back with Marsh, Smith fifties

Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Battling half-centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith helped Australia’s fightback against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third and final Test at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday (August 14). Following David Warner’s dismissal for 11, Smith joined Marsh at the crease and the two stitched together an unbeaten 120-run stand, rallying Australia to a commanding 141 for 1 at close in response to Sri Lanka’s 355. Dhananjaya de Silva, resuming on 116, was dismissed early on Sunday for 129, but Dinesh Chandimal, who started the day at 64, held fort and went on to bring up a century for himself, thus furthering Sri Lanka’s recovery after it had been reduced to 26 for 5 on… Read More →

Demise of H. Premasiri former President of the Galle DCA

It is with deep sorrow we announce the sudden demise of Mr. Halambage Premasiri, former President of the Galle District Cricket Association. Mr. Premasiri was an outstanding school boy cricketer who represented Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda. Thereafter he represented Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club and Sinha Sports Club, Ambalangoda in the premier divisions of Sri Lanka Cricket. He has also represented the Sri Lanka “A” Cricket Team. As a keen cricket administrator he has served in the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and as a member of the Southern Province Cricket Association for a number of years. May he attain “Nibbana”

Fernando, Ashan lead SL to series-clinching victory

The Winning team after the match

Sri Lanka U-19s 318 for 9 (Fernando 117, Ashan 77*) beat England U-19s 315 for 8 (Hankins 98, Bartlett 85, Moores 70, Kumara 4-56) by one wicket.  Sri Lanka held their nerve and made history to claim the Royal London Under-19 one-day series with one match to spare after a tense finish in Chelmsford. The Sri Lankans, who had won the first match of the series comfortably in Wormsley last Wednesday, seemed to be cruising again at 229 for three in the 36th over, after England had posted 315 for 8. But the dismissal of their opener Avishka Fernando for an excellent 117, breathed fresh life into the contest and leaving Sri Lanka nine wickets down and still needing two to win at… Read More →

De Silva, Chandimal lead Sri Lanka recovery

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A fighting maiden Test century from Dhananjaya de Silva and an equally stubborn half-century from Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka recover from deep trouble on the first day of the third and final Test against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday (August 13). Sri Lanka was reduced to 26 for 5 within 17 overs, and was in danger of being shot out cheaply, but the sixth wicket pair of de Silva (116 not out) and Chandimal (64 not out) fought back with a stunning unbroken 188-run stand to take their side to 214 for 5 from 90 overs. Sri Lanka opted to bat first after winning the toss, but it was Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon who… Read More →

Sri Lanka Walk the Talk – Thrash Aussies

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Coming out of the woods from a recent holocaust of series losses including away in England, in cleaning up the world No. 1 Test nation Australia in the first two tests, the second at Galle in a record two and a half days by a mammoth 229 runs, has signaled Sri Lanka walking the talk. Indeed, for the Sri Lankan cricket hierarchy headed by incumbent President, Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka beginning to sing in an ominous stroll to already clinching the 3-Test series against Australia is a reflection of the goods delivered in a short time. The selection policy courtesy chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya in mainly a mixture of youth with a few available experienced players like skipper Angelo Mathews,… Read More →

Charith Asalanka leads Sri Lanka U-19 to easy victory

SL U19 team after the 1 ODI win

Sri Lanka U-19 257 for 7 (Asalanka 70, Ashan 60*) beat England U-19 149 (Holden 40, Silva 3-28) by 108 runs  England’s Under-19s received another blow from Sri Lanka youth as they were beaten by 108 runs in the first match of the Royal London One-Day Series at Wormsley. England were dismissed for 149 after restricting the tourists to 257 for 7, losing their last eight wickets for 53 – seven of them shared by Sri Lanka’s three spinners. Sri Lanka’s captain Charith Asalanka picked up where he had left off in Northampton, striking 70 from 96 balls with eight fours. England suffered two early setbacks in their reply when George Hankins and George Bartlett, were undone by seamer Thilan Prasan. But the loss of… Read More →

Introduction to Nic Pothas – Sri Lanka National Team Fielding Coach

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Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowler Chaminda Vaas will be back with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Coaching Staff, revealed SLC President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala today. Vaas will be Sri Lanka Cricket’s Lead Fast Bowling Coach. President stated that, Vaas will be handed the responsibilities of training Sri Lanka’s fast bowling squad which will comprise fast bowlers coming through District, Provincial and Developments Squads. “We have requested Vaas to start working with us from the end of this month” said President of SLC.