Root, Buttler star as England wins series 3-0

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Joe Root (93 of 106 balls) and Jos Buttler (70 off 45 balls) starred in England’s rousing 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final One-Day International in Cardiff on Saturday (July 2). The duo’s 109-run partnership for the fifth wicket helped the home side make 324 for 7. It was a total that proved beyond Sri Lanka’s reach as it was bowled out for 202 with more than 7.2 overs to spare. The result meant England achieved a 3-0 series win, with one tie and one no result. A green-tinged pitch convinced Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, to bowl first after winning the toss. Jason Roy, who won the Man of the Series for his two… Read More →

ICC Annual Conference concludes in Edinburgh

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ICC Media Release The 2016 ICC Annual Conference concluded on Saturday in Edinburgh with the ICC, IDI and IBC Board meetings, which were held under the chairmanship of Mr Shashank Manohar. Among the discussions held, decisions made and reports received were: Significant progress made in the ongoing review of the ICC’s governance structure The Board noted with satisfaction that significant and positive progress had been made by the working group established to oversee a complete review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes. The Board was informed that a draft of a new constitution will be prepared in the coming weeks for consideration by the Board at its October meetings. ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We have undertaken the responsibility… Read More →

Rampant Roy blasts England to series triumph

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Jason Roy’s magnificent 162 off 118 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes, helped England canter to a six-wicket win on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the fourth One-Day International at The Oval against Sri Lanka and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday (June 29). The opener batted like a man possessed as he hammered the second highest individual one-day score by an England batsman. The match was reduced to 42-overs-per-side due to rain, but the gloom of the South London skies was lifted by Roy’s strokeplay. His second hundred in three ODIs helped England hunt down the revised victory target of 308 in just 40.1 overs. It was the home side’s second highest successful one-day… Read More →

England stays ahead after rain ruins third ODI

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England remained 1-0 up against Sri Lanka with two matches left to play after rain meant the third One-Day International in their five-match series ended in a no-result in Bristol on Sunday (June 26). Chasing 249 for victory, England was 16 for 1 from four overs when rain stopped play for good. A minimum of 20 overs was needed in the second innings for a result to be declared under the Duckworth-Lewis method. But the players were off the field when the umpires abandoned the match at 5.30pm local time. On Friday, Sri Lanka had 34.1 overs in the field without any success as England won the second ODI at Edgbaston by ten wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series… Read More →

Sri Lanka in UK injury update

Thirimanne returns – replaced by Dikwella. Hamstring niggles for both Captain and Vice-Captain. Mahroof sporting a fractured finger, but will continue. Sri Lanka’s top order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has returned to Colombo with a lower back strain sustained on 23rd of June. Thirimanne has been replaced by Niroshan Dikwella, who was immediately available in UK with the A-Team. Meanwhile, hamstring soreness that saw Captain Angelo Matthews sit out the bowling attack for the 2nd ODI, and the subsequent hamstring niggle sustained by Vice-Captain Dinesh Chandimal are being carefully monitored, with the most recent updates as at 14.30 SL time today (26th) indicate that both players will be available in the 3rd ODI due to get underway shortly. Allrounder Farveez Maharoof,… Read More →

Record-breaking Hales, Roy power England to victory

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Jason Roy and Alex Hales both hit unbeaten centuries as England powered to a 10-wicket in in just 34.1 overs against Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International on Friday (June 24). England now leads the five-match series 1-0 after the first match had ended in a tie at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. Opting to bat at Edgbaston in Birmingham, Sri Lanka put up 254 for 7. But England’s openers ensured a comfortable win. Both men recorded their highest ODI scores, Roy finishing on 112 not out off 95 balls and Hales ending with an unbeaten 133 off just 110 balls. Roy was named Man of the Match, after also effecting two run outs. Hales and Roy surpassed the 250… Read More →

Sri Lanka name Under 19 squads against South Africa

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Sri Lanka Under 19 3 Day Team for the Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Bilateral series 2016 for the Gamini Dissanayaka Challenge Trophy. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following team for the above tournament. 1. Avishka Fernando – Captain 2. Vishva Chathuranga 3. Shammu Ashan 4. Vishad Randhika 5. Pathum Nissanka 6. Navindu Nirmal 7. Sanjula Abeywickreme 8. Ashen Bandara 9. Wanitha Wanninayaka 10. Thisaru Rashmika 11. Thilan Prasan 12. Thilanga Udeshana 13. Damitha Silva 14. Hasitha Boyagoda 15. P. Jayawickrama   Sri Lanka Under 19 ODI Team for the Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Bilateral series 2016 for the Gamini Dissanayaka Challenge Trophy. 1. Avishka Fernando – Captain 2. Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan 3. Shammu Ashan 4. Vishad… Read More →

Team Departure – Sri Lanka ‘A’ Tour of England 2016

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  The Sri Lanka A Team led by Ashan Priyanjan left the island today, for their month long tour of England . Sri Lanka A tour of UK 2016 – Itinerary Date Match Venue 26-29 June SL A 4-day v Durham Emirates ICG, Durham 3-6 July PAK A v SL A – Test 1 Grace Rd, Leicester 10-13 July PAK A v SL A – Test 2 New Rd, Worcester 15 July SL A 1-Day v Derbyshire (D/N) Derby 18 July PAK A v SL A Cheltenham 19 July ENG Lions v PAK A Cheltenham 21 July ENG Lions v SL A (D/N) Northampton 22 July PAK A v SL A (D/N) Northampton 24 July ENG Lions v PAK A Canterbury 25… Read More →

Plunkett six secures dramatic tie

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Liam Plunkett smashed Nuwan Pradeep for a massive six over long-off off the final delivery of the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge to help England secure a dramatic tie on Tuesday (June 21). This was the 33rd instance of a tie in ODIs. After Angelo Mathews’ 73 and Seekkuge Prasanna’s 59 had powered Sri Lanka to 286 for 9 from 50 overs, England stuttered to 82 for 6 with hopes of a comeback all but dashed. But a 138-run between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler revived its chances, and eventually it was Plunkett who took it to the line with his unbeaten 22 as England reached 286 for 8 from 50 overs. Woakes finished on an… Read More →