Samuels ton in vain as Sri Lanka completes 3-0 series win

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Sri Lanka swept the three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies 3-0 with a 19-run win by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the third and final game at the Palllekele International Stadium on Saturday (November 7). Marlon Samuels’s fighting century went in vain as Sri Lanka, chasing 191 in the allotted 36 overs in a rain-curtailed game, reached 180 for 5 in 32.3 overs before rain again brought an end to proceedings. Sri Lanka’s chase was built on useful contributions from the top and middle order. It got off to a brisk start for the third consecutive time in the series courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan (21) and Kusal Perera (50), who added 40 runs in 5.3 overs. Dilshan was gifted a… Read More →

A Sensational Series win for New Zealand Women

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In record-breaking style, the New Zealand White Ferns have crushed Sri Lanka Women by 188 runs today to claim the trophy in their historic inaugural five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, with two games in hand — thanks to a New Zealand record opening stand that featured Rachel Priest’s second ODI century in just three games. Thirty-year-old Priest, who came into the series never having scored a ton for the White Ferns belted four consecutive fours off Inoka Ranaweera to go to 98*, then breezed past the three figure mark as she stormed on to an explosive partnership of 196 with captain Suzie Bates, who had elected to bat on a sunny Bert Sutcliffe Oval. When Bates fell on 80… Read More →

10 Wicket win for New Zealand Women in ICC Women’s Championship

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The New Zealand White Ferns have swept to third place on the ICC Women’s Championship table courtesy of an emphatic victory in the second One-Day International in Lincoln. The win also carries New Zealand Women to a 2-0 Series lead, with one ICC Women’s Championship game to come in the inaugural five-ODI series between the teams. Video scorecard Captain Suzie Bates enjoyed a strong allround day with 3-27 off her 10 overs and an unbeaten 44-ball 70 as fellow opener Rachel Priest backed up her maiden century in the first game with an unbeaten 51. Sri Lanka was dismissed for 126 in 46.5 overs after being sent in, while Sophie Devine picked up her 50th ODI wicket. The third ODI is at the… Read More →

Permanency in employment for SLC staff members

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Media Release The Hon. Minister of Sports, Dayasiri Jayasekara, at a recent meeting held with the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket requested the Interim Committee to consider making permanent the current contracted staff members of SLC. Most of these staff members have been on contract for many years with their contracts being extended on a regular basis. The Interim Committee considered the request of the Hon. Minister Dayasiri Jaysekera and decided at its recent meeting to make permanent all of the office and administrative staff of Sri Lanka Cricket. In pursuance of this decision, the letters to staff members were issued today at a very simple ceremony at SLC. The effective date of commencement of permanent employment is 16th… Read More →

Sri Lanka Squad for T20 Series against Windies

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Media Release Given below is the Sri Lanka T 20 Squad selected by the National Selectors for the above tour. The Squad has been approved by the Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara. Lasith Malinga TM Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Shehan Jayasuriya Angelo Mathews Milinda Siriwardene Chamara Kapugedara Dinesh Chandimal Kithuruwan Vithanage Dushmantha Chameera Nuwan Kulasekera Sachithra Senanayake Jeffrey Vandersay Binura Fernando Thisara Perera

Perera, Thirimanne shake off rain to take Sri Lanka to series win

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A fine 156-run stand between Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne helped Sri Lanka seal the three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies 2-0. The home side eased to an eight-wicket win by the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit second ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (November 4). Perera narrowly missed out on a century, but his collaboration for the second wicket with Thirimanne (81) over 26.1 overs was a match-winning one in Sri Lanka’s chase of a revised target of 225 in a game reduced to 38 overs a side. At one stage in the match, the West Indies was in a decent position at 149 for 4 in 27 overs. When play resumed after… Read More →

ICC allows Marlon Samuels to bowl in second ODI

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has advised that Marlon Samuels will be allowed to bowl in the second One-Day international currently in progress in Colombo. Samuels was reported for a suspect bowling action on 19 October and was required to undergo an assessment within 14 days to be eligible to continue to bowl in international cricket. Following his decision to not to undergo assessment by the 1 November cut-off date, he was automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket effective from 2 November. Prior to the second ODI, the West Indies team was incorrectly advised by the ICC that he was eligible to bowl in this match and then selected their team based on this information. After tonight’s match, Samuels… Read More →

West Indies fined for slow over-rate in Colombo

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ICC Media Release West Indies has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Colombo which concluded on Sunday, with Jason Holder also receiving a one match suspension for the offence. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine and suspension after Holder’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted… Read More →

Priest’s century guides White Ferns to comfortable ODI win over Sri Lanka

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A long-awaited maiden century for opening batsman Rachel Priest put the icing on the cake for New Zealand’s WHITE FERNS as a powerhouse top order set up an 96-run win at Lincoln’s Bert Sutcliffe Oval in the first ODI of their maiden bilateral contest with Sri Lanka. Scorecard Priest had come into the game with a best of 96 not out, which she had recorded in a win against England last summer. As the hard-hitting Wellingtonian equalled that score, she also posted her 1000th career run in One-Day Internationals. Shortly afterwards, tapping a single to mid on to bring up her hundred, the 30-year-old veteran of 59 ODIs and 53 T20 Internationals hunched down in a moment of relief and… Read More →

Mendis the hero as Sri Lanka squeaks home

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West Indies’ bowlers fought hard to make a match of it, but Sri Lanka held its nerve to cross the line with seven balls remaining in a thrilling truncated first One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (November 1). Asked to bat, West Indies rode on a 58-run partnership between Andre Russell (41) and Darren Bravo (38), and a late blitz of 36 off 13 balls from Jason Holder, the captain, to post 159 for 8 after rain forced the match to be reduced to 26 overs-a-side. Set a revised target of 163, Sri Lanka began superbly, Tillakaratne Dilshan laying the platform with 59 off 32 balls. But West Indies bounced back, reducing Sri Lanka from… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket appoints wOw.lk as its online ticket service provider

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wOw.lk, Sri Lanka’s premier ecommerce site, entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka Cricket to exclusively manage and operate an online ticketing portal for all international cricket matches hosted in the Sri Lanka. From 9th of October onwards, all tickets for matches in Sri Lanka, will be available online on www.srilankacricket.lk and www.wow.lk/srilankacricket. WoW.lk is owned and operated by Digital Commerce Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, the principle sponsor of Sri Lanka Cricket. Commenting on this agreement, Ashley De Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket Opined “Providing convenient and digital access mediums for the local base of fans has always been in the road map for us. We are very pleased to… Read More →

New Zealand and Sri Lanka set sights on third place in ICC Women’s Championship

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New Zealand and Sri Lanka have the chance to move as high as third in the ICC Women’s Championship table if it can sweep the series when they go head to head in round four of the ICC Women’s Championship, which starts in Lincoln on Tuesday. A 3-0 series victory would elevate Suzie Bates’ side, which currently lies in sixth position on eight points, towards the top of the table and two points behind Australia and the West Indies. A 2-1 win would also improve the White Ferns’ position to third, four points behind the joint leaders. In the event of a 3-0 away victory for seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, it would join third-placed South Africa on 11 points, while a 2-1 victory would… Read More →

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2015-16 – Itinerary

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DECEMBER 2015 Thurs 03 – Sat 05 – Warm up match v President’s XI at Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown Thurs 10 – Mon 14 – 1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin at 10.30am Fri 18 – Tues 22 – 2nd Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton at 10.30am Sat 26 – 1st ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 11.00am Mon 28 – 2nd ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 11.00am Thurs 31 – 3rd ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson at 11.00am JANUARY 2016 Sat 02 – 4th ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson at 11.00am Tues 05 – 5th ODI at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui at 11.00am Thurs 07 – 1st T20 at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui at 3.00pm Sun 10 –… Read More →

Laying of Foundation Stone for Indoor Cricket Building in Dambulla

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The foundation stone laying ceremony of the Indoor Cricket building in Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, was held today. Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayake – Secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Sidath Wettimuny Chairman – SLC Interim Committee, Rohana Dissanayake – President Matale District Cricket Association, Indika Aruna Kumara – President Anuradhapura DCA , Gamini Nanayakkara – Secretary Polonnaruwa DCA, Ranjith Madurusinghe – Secretary Kurunegala DCA , Ashley de Silva CEO – SLC and Carlton Bernardus Head of Cricket Operations of SLC were present at the ceremony.

Sri Lanka and West Indies aim to earn crucial points

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ICC Media Release With eight sides confirmed for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the race to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 begins in Colombo on Sunday when Sri Lanka hosts the West Indies in a three-match series. Sri Lanka currently sits in fifth position on 103 points, while the West Indies is ranked eighth on 88 points. Each One-Day International (ODI) played over the next 23 months will count as the top eight sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, while the bottom four sides, along with the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC World Cricket League, will head to the ICC Cricket World Cup… Read More →