Hales the hero in England’s victory charge

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Alex Hales scored the first Twenty20 International century of his career to power England to a strong win against Sri Lanka, chasing down a daunting target of 190 with six wickets and four balls to spare. Set the stiffest of targets, England’s chase got off to the worst possible start, as Nuwan Kulasekara calmly sent down a double-wicket maiden. Michael Lumb charged down the pitch and flailed as the ball clattered into the stumps and Moeen Ali nicked his first ball to second slip, where Sachitra Senanayake made no mistake. Hales and Eoin Morgan, England’s best pair in this format, had plenty of room to give themselves a chance of pulling off a historic chase. Hales provided the muscle and… Read More →

Saracens wins the SLC Emerging Trophy 2014

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Saracens Sports Club in their march to the title beat Kalutara PCC, Sebastiantes, Kurunegala YCC, BRC, Lankan CC and Kalutara TC outright. Galle CC ended runners-up. Members of the champion Saracens Sports Club who won the Emerging Trophy pose for a ceremonial picture. Standing from left: Sachith Dias, Gamindu Kanishka, Amila Mendis, Deeshan Vimukthi, Sachin Peiris, Aravinda de Silva, Duleeka Thisakuttige, Vimukthi Ranasinghe, Ishan Nilaksha(wk), Chandana Jayasanka, Dimuth Warapitiya, Tharindu Madusanka, Mohamed Aslam and Tharushan Iddamalgoda. Seated from left: Pradeep Nishantha (fielding coach), Rohana Fernando (physio), Chanaka Ruwansiri (captain), A.S Vilcassim (secretary), Nuzki Mohamed (president), Dinesh Weerasinghe (coach), Tharanga Indika (vice captain) and Isuru Sampath (manager).

Sri Lanka announce Squads for 17th Asian Games

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Sri Lanka Cricket has named a 25-man provisional squad for the 17th Asian Games, scheduled to be held from 19th September to 04th October 2014 in Incheon,Korea. National Selection Committee has nominated the following squad:  17th Asian Games Squad – Incheon, Korea  1.       Dimuth Karunaratne 2.       Upul Tharanga 3.       Udara Jayasundara 4.       Niroshan Dickwella 5.       Ashan Priyanjan 6.       Kithruwan Vithanage 7.       Angelo Perera 8.       Jehan Mubarak 9.       Romesh Buddhika 10.   Mahela Udawatte 11.   Asela Gunaratne 12.   Bhanuka Rajapaksha 13.   Chathuranga De Silva 14.   Seekuge Prasanna 15.   Dilruwan Perera 16.   Ramith Rambukwella 17.   Akila Dhanjaya 18.   Suraj Randiv 19.   Shaminda Eranga 20.   Vishawa Fernando 21.   Chaminda Bandara 22.   Ashan Jayaratne 23.   Dushmantha Chameera 24.   Charith Jayampathy 25.   Sachith Pathirana  

Sri Lanka Squads for the England and Ireland tour 2014

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Sri Lanka Cricket has named 26-man National squad and 24-man A Team preparation squads for the Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland in May 2014. National team tour will consist of 1 T20I, 5 ODIs & 2 Test matches. National Squad for the Ireland / UK Tour (2nd May – 24th June 2014) 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kaushal Silva 3. Dimuth Karunaratne 4. Lahiru Thirimanne 5. T.M Dilshan 6. Kumar Sangakkara 7. Mahela Jayawardena 8. Angelo Mathews 9. Dinesh Chandimal 10. Prasanna Jayawardena 11. Ashan Priyanjan 12. Kithruwan Vithanage 13. Chathuranga De Silva 14. Seekuge Prasanna 15. Dilruwan Perera 16. Rangana Herath 17. Sachithra Senanayake 18. Ajantha Mendis 19. Thisara Perera 20. Nuwan Kulasekara 21. Lasith Malinga 22…. Read More →

Sri Lanka Women beats under-par India Women by 22 runs

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The fans cheered, the music blared, but the excitement was really only artificial as Sri Lanka overwhelmed India by 22 runs in the Group B opener at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Monday night (March 24). It was a contest between two familiar sides ready to battle all over again after having completed a bilateral series just a month ago. Sri Lanka was marginally better then, but the side that turned up on a balmy evening in Sylhet raised its game by several notches to win quite comfortably in the end. The win was set up after Chamari Atapattu and Eshani Kaushalya played contrasting knocks to help Sri Lanka to a challenging total… Read More →

Sri Lanka brings the Netherlands down to earth

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Match Report After the adrenaline high of dumping both Zimbabwe and Ireland out of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in one of the most emphatic batting displays seen in this version of the game, the Netherlands crashed and burned to 39 all out on Monday (March 24) against a Sri Lankan team that looks destined to make the final four. This was the lowest total in T20I history, comfortably less than the 56 that Kenya was bowled out for against Afghanistan in Sharjah in September last year. The Netherlands score was also the second lowest in all competitive T20 cricket, marginally bettering the 30 that Tripura was bowled out for against Jharkhand in 2009 in the Indian domestic competition. Timm… Read More →

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 – Tour Itinerary

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the National Team of South Africa be in Sri Lanka for a 3 ODI and 2 Test Series in July 2014. The Protea’s will arrive on the 30th of June 2014 and will play a 50 over Warm Up match on the 3rd of July 2014. The series will begin with the 1st ODI which will be played on the 06th of July at R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium followed by the 2nd ODI at Pallekelle on the 09th of July. The 3rd ODI will be in Hambanthota on the 12th of July. The 2 Test Series will begin on the 16th of July and the 1st Test will be in Galle followed by the 2nd Test at the SSC on… Read More →

Kusal Perera shines in five-run victory

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Match Report Sri Lanka showed why it is a firm favourite in its group, following an adventurous batting performance with a skillful display with the ball in its ICC World Twenty20 2014 game against South Africa on Saturday (March 22). South Africa had many chances to shut the door on its opponent, but each time the game appeared to be slipping away, Sri Lanka found a way back. On the back of Kusal Perera’s bright 61 at the top of the order, Sri Lanka posted 165, which proved five runs too many for South Africa. South Africa felt the full force of Sri Lanka’s pocket rocket, Kusal, on a pitch where the ball skidded through and came on to the… Read More →

ICC World T20 on Giant Screen – LIVE

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Sri Lanka Cricket together with its Local National Team Sponsor Dialog, has made all preparation to broadcast the World T20 now being played in Bangladesh on Giant Screen in several location in the country for the benefit of the cricket loving public. Finalized locations for Rata Wata promo below, South Africa v Sri Lanka - Sat Mar 22 – 3.30pm Negombo – Beach Park Monaragala – TC Ground Uragaha – Public Ground Sri Lanka v Netherlands - Mon Mar 24 – 7.30pm Matara – Beach Park Ratnapura – New Town Ground Kalutara – Public Ground England v Sri Lanka - Thu Mar 27 – 7.30pm Trinco – Sri Koneshwaran Hindi College Medirigiriya – Diyasenpura Grounds Nawalapitiya – Bus Stand ground Jaffna – Public Ground New… Read More →

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – March 2014

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The SLC Executive Committee met yesterday (20th March 2014) and the following decisions were taken. Under 23 (YOUTH) – 2014/15 season From the season 2014/15 Under 23 tournaments will be renamed to SLC YOUTH tournament. Composition of a Youth team will be 2 Players from U19, 2 under 21 players, and the rest will be players below the age of 23 years in the playing XI. This will be made mandatory.  Special Grant to Pre Test Players through the Cricketers’ Benefit Fund The ExCo approved to grant a special monetary assistance to the cricketers of the pre test era who are now aged and who may be in need of assistance for their medical and other expenses. The last honorarium… Read More →

Sri Lanka brush Ireland aside

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Fifties from Shashikala Siriwardene, the captain, and Deepika Rasangika helped Sri Lanka Women beat Ireland Women by 49 runs in its second warm-up match before the Women’s World Twenty20 2014, at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 4 Ground in Savar on Thursday (March 20). Put into bat, Sri Lanka batted steadily to post 170 for 5 in its 20 overs, and then Chandima Gunaratne and Inoka Ranaweera picked up two wickets each to restrict Ireland to 121 for 9. Sri Lanka lost Yasoda Mendis in the second over when she was lbw to Elena Tice. After that, Chamari Atapattu and Rasangika set the platform with a 50-run stand. Atapattu retired after making 17, one of three players to do so as… Read More →

Bravo, Narine take West Indies to victory

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An all-round effort from Dwayne Bravo and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine helped the West Indies win its second warm-up game in the ICC World Twenty20 2014. In a rematch of the 2012 final the West Indies faced Sri Lanka, and won by 33 runs in Dhaka on Wednesday (March 19). Darren Sammy’s late 30-run blitz took the West Indies to 172 for 5 in its allocated 20 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Losing wickets at regular intervals, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset to fall well short, being bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. Defending 173, the West Indies illustrated why it is such a formidable side in the 20-over format, making early inroads to dismiss… Read More →

Saracens SC emerged as league winners: Emerging Tournament

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Sri Lanka Cricket Emerging tournament was played for the first time in place of Premier Tier B Tournament with 10 teams in participation. Following teams participated in this tournament: Saracens SC,  Galle CC , Navy SC BRC, Sebastianite C, Kurunegala YCC Kalutara PCC, Lankan CC, Police SC, Kalutara TC The tournament was concluded successfully and Sarecens SC emerged as league winners of the SLC Emerging tournament. Subsequently, they will meet the last team of the Premier Plate tournament in a promotion game to decide the promotion to the Premier Tournament.   Team Mats WO WF LO LF Points 1    Saracens SC 8 6 1 0 1 114.175 2    Navy SC 8 6 1 0 1 111.980 3    Galle CC 8 4 3 1 0 106.490 4… Read More →

Malinga shines in narrow Sri Lanka win in warm-up tie

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Sri Lanka continued with its recent run of super form in Bangladesh with a five-run win over India in the first warm-up game for both teams ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday (March 17). After it was asked to bat, Sri Lanka rode on a late blitz from Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara to reach 153 for 6 in their 20 overs. In reply, India was thwarted by Lasith Malinga, who picked up four wickets, to be bowled out for 148, the innings ending on the last ball of their 20 overs. Sri Lanka got off to a steady start and though Varun Aaron dismissed Kusal Perera after a 15-ball 21, Mahela… Read More →