Australian expertise a boost to Sri Lankan coaches

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A cricket workshop for national and club coaches to impart knowledge to local cricketers on the finer points in fast bowling and spin bowling was conducted  with Australian expertise last week at the indoor complex of the R. Premadasa Stadium at Khettarama.  Performance Psychologist Dr Phil Jauncey, spin bowling coach Peter Sleep fast and bowling consultant Tim McCaskil conducted the program. Dr. Jauncey, one of Australia’s foremost Performance Psychologist’s dealt on the importance of acting on a positive mind set, and Peter Sleep on the finer points of spin bowling bordering on delivery and variation while McCaskil elaborated on the fine art of fast bowling. The trio demonstrated and used video footages to drive home their message to the local… Read More →

I’m absolutely confident of overwhelming reelection of my team at SLC AGM – incumbent President, Thilanga Sumathipala

EGM May 2018 - Thilanga Sumathipala and the ExCo

Sri Lanka Cricket President, Thilanga Sumathipala, addressing the media to announce the outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at the SSC Special Marquee on Saturday, expressed absolute confidence of his team being reelected at the forthcoming SLC annual general meeting scheduled to be held on May 31. “I have no whatsoever doubt as to the victory of my team at the upcoming AGM and can say that it will be a resounding triumph,” Sumathipala said while announcing that except for the current SLC Secretary, Roshan Biyanwala, all other ex-co members would be seeking reelection at the AGM.  He further stated that ‘we have been involved in cricket administration for a considerable period of time. There are 84 cricket clubs… Read More →

Decisive matches rained off

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SUPER FOUR PROVINCIAL ONE-DAY TOURNAMENT Rain put a spoke to both the decisive Super Four Provincial Tournament matches between Colombo and Galle and Kandy and Dambulla which were abandoned on Thursday. Galle having elected to take first lease after winning the toss were 155 for 2 wickets in 30 overs when rain set in at the R. Premadasa Stadium. BHANUKA-SADEERA RUN TEMPO Opening batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa set the run tempo for Galle scoring 59 off 56 balls inclusive of 5 boundaries and 3 sixes sharing in a 123-run alliance for the second wicket off 128 balls. Sadeera Samarawickrema was unbeaten on 72 off 94 containing 8 boundaries. Rajapaksa set the tempo going on the offensive by his penchant to go… Read More →

Super Provincial One-Day Tournament a boon for domestic cricket – SLC Vice President, Mohan de Silva

SLC Vice President Mohan De Silva with Super Provincial Captains

Vice President, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Mohan de Silva, addressing the media at the Captains’ Brief of the Super Provincial One-Day tournament at the Galadairi Hotel on Thursday, while appreciating the role of the media in giving publicity to this novel concept, said, “We are happy that we got this Super Provincial concept of domestic cricket off to a good start and hope to strengthen this format in the years to come.” He stated that Sri Lanka Cricket’s wholesome initiative at strengthening the super provincial concept at the one-day level had cost Rs.40 million and happily the first matches of the tournament this year had brought out some good individual performances. Particularly the batsmen had excelled and it was a… Read More →

Lankan Premier League launch this year will reap success in 3 years – SLC President

Thilanga Sumathipala addressing the SLC staff

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), President Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala is confident of making the upcoming Lankan Premier League (LPL ) a commercial success within three years of the launch.  “Enormous as the task is we will definitely see that the LPL takes off this year in implementing the IPL concept that has caught on in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa. Sri Lanka had to get moving with it and put the framework in place for it to catch on,” said Sumathipala addressing SLC employees in the annual post-Avurudu speech. He stressed that the LPL would in the long run nourish the game in raising player and domestic standards as well as commercially for players too. He went on… Read More →

Sachithra Serasinghe steals limelight with fine ton for Dambulla; Rain a spoiler in drawn matches

Sri Lanka Pink Ball Test

SLC SUPER PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT Rain was a damper to this week’s two Super Provincial Tournament matches between Dambulla and Galle and Kandy and Galle respectively. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) matches played with the pink ball inevitably ended in no decisions. However, this high profile tournament that pitted the cream of talent in four-day fixtures aimed at raising domestic talent to international standards did produce a century making hero with the bat in Dambulla’s all-rounder Sachithra Serasinghe. The 30-year old Colts CC player who has made quite an impact with the bat and ball as a medium paceman, certainly raised his stock with a typical knock befitting a four-day encounter at Dambulla. Despite the vagaries of the rain interruptions, Serasinghe… Read More →

Kandy emerge SLC U23 Women’s Super-Provincial Champs; Galle the runners-up

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Kandy emerged champions in the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Under-23 Super Provincial Tournament which was concluded on Wednesday. The runners-up were Galle. Kandy received the champions trophy and cash award of Rs.100, 000/= and Galle the runners-up trophy and cash award of Rs.75, 000/=. Malsha Shehani of Kandy was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. Sathya Sandeepani of Galle won the Best Batswoman award and Sayani Oshadi of Kandy the Best Bowler respectively. The tournament concluded the same day with the Kandy lasses continuing their good run in the tournament defeating Colombo on the first innings by 23 runs at Bandaragama. Meanwhile, Galle beat Dambulla by one wicket scoring 88 for 9 wickets after bowling out Dambulla for 87 play… Read More →

SLC Super Provincial Tournament: High scoring draws

SLC Super Provincial

SLC SUPER PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Super Provincial Tournament matches pitting the cream of talent between Galle and Colombo and Dambulla and Kandy ended in testing draws. In both encounters batsmen called the tune with a double centurion in Roshen Silva and five centurions in Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella, Sachithra Senanayake and Mahela Udawatte. At the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Suriyawewa, Galle posted an imposing 476 spearheaded by a mammoth unbeaten 231 by Roshen Silva in 392 balls packed with 16 boundaries supported by 95 by Dasun Shanaka off 157 with 8 hits to the ropes. Colombo replied with 333 on the back of a timely unbeaten 125 by Lahiru Thirimanne off 258 balls containing… Read More →

Pakistan Women’s Team wins T20 series 2-1

Pakistan Womens Cricket Team

The Pakistan Women’s Team defeated the Sri Lanka Women’s Team by 38 runs in the decisive final T20 match of the 3-match series at e SSC grounds on Saturday. Put into bat the Pakistani lasses totaled 113 for 6 wickets in 20 overs at a run rate of 5.65 an over.  The Sri Lanka Women’s Team replied with75 for 8 off 20 overs at a run rate of 3.75. The Sri Lankan lasses, who went into the decisive match with their morale high having comprehensively won the second game, however failed to maintain the same tempo. The decision not to bat first on the luck of the coin might well be a factor the Lankan Skipper Chamari Atapattu would have… Read More →

Important to improve viewership in women’s cricket to make it commercially more viable

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Addressing a luncheon gathering of the Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket Team and the visiting Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team at the JAIC Hilton Thursday, the President, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipala stressed that it is important to enhance the viewership of women’s cricket to make it commercially viable. “We need to increase the crowds to gain sponsorships. Although women’s cricket does not enjoy the same lucrative scope commercially as in men’s cricket, live coverage of matches could add luster in terms of viewership and listenership,” he said. Sumathipala went on to state that ‘we can’t afford to spend much on women’s cricket like in men’s cricket. SLC already has spent about two million dollars in support of women’s cricket although… Read More →

Sri Lanka Women’s team stretch Pakistani counterparts to the wire

Pakistan Women

The Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket Team came up with a praiseworthy performance stretching their Pakistani counterparts down to the wire with the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team winning by one wicket in the penultimate ball at the SSC grounds yesterday. Chasing 130 to win it took No. 11 debutant Ghulam Fatima to hit the winning run a boundary. Incidentally it was Pakistan’s highest T20 chase. At one stage Pakistan were on 5 for 96 off 13.4 overs as Sri Lanka fought back. Eventually it was to the credit of the Pakistani lasses holding on to their nerves in a tightrope like walk to victory. All in all, the Sri Lankan lasses put up a fine all-round performance that took off with… Read More →

SSC emerge champs beating NCC by 4 wickets on Gunathilaka ton

SLC INTER-CLUB 50-OVER TOURNEY FINAL SSC emerged champions of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier Inter-Club  50-Over Championship defeating NCC by 4 wickets in an intense final on their home grounds today. Chasing 237 to win SSC was spot on with Sri Lanka player Dhanushka Gunathilaka setting the tone with a superb 119 off 122 in notching successive tons in the wake of his match winning semi-final century versus Chilaw Marians on Friday. Apart from Gunathilaka’s match winning knock, SSC’s hero with the ball was former Sri Lanka paceman Dhammika Prasad who had fine figures of 3 for 42 off 9.2 overs. It was a fitting final with the game producing a centurion from both teams with NCC’s Dineh Chandimal,… Read More →

SSC and NCC set up final on Sunday

SLC PREMIER INTER-CLUB 50-OVER TOURNAMENT SSC and NCC will meet in the final of the Sri Lanka Cricket Premier Inter-Club 50-Over Tournament on Sunday following semi-final wins over Chilaw Marians CC and Saracens SC respectively on Friday. Both were cakewalk wins with SSC beating Chilaw Marians by 8 wickets and NCC ousting Saracens by 89 runs. At the Colts Grounds, SSC enjoyed a stroll in the park with a 8-wicket win over Chilaw Marians CC. SSC continued in the same rollercoaster fashion that fetched a quarter final triumph by a similar margin over Ragama CC. Having shot out the strong Chilaw Marians for 138 in 41.1 overs, SSC finished it off on 140 for 2 wickets off 23.5 overs. Sri… Read More →

Pakistan Women’s Team win first ODI by 69 runs

Pakistan Womens Cricket Team

The Pakistan Women’s team defeated the Sri Lanka Women’s team by 69 runs in the first of three 50-over internationals at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium today. Pakistan Women totaled 250 off 50 overs and dismissed their Sri Lankan counterparts for 181 off 45.2    overs. A highlight of the match was an unbeaten 113 by Javeria Khan off 142 balls containing 15 boundaries. Chasing 251 for victory at a run rate of 5.09 Sri Lanka recovered from 1 for 0 on a 51-run second wicket alliance between skipper Chamari Atapattu and Nipuni Hansika who was next out for 18 off 25 deliveries with 3 boundaries. Atapattu went on to top score with 46 off 57 deliveries hitting 6 boundaries and a… Read More →

Dinesh Karthik bravado 29 off 8 with last ball six gives India title win over Bangladesh

India wins Nodahas Trophy 2018

HERO NIDAHAS TROPHY FINAL Dinesh Karthik (29, 8b, 2×4, 3×6) rode a trail of bravery bludgeoning 34 off the last two overs to take India to a spectacular last ball win over Bangladesh reaching 168 for 6 off 20 overs in the final to lift the Hero Nidahas Trophy at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday night. Needing 12 off the last over bowled by Soumya Sarkar the first was a wide followed by a dot ball and 1, 4, 1 and the wicket of Vijay Shankar in the fifth ball and the total was 162 for 6. With 5 needed off the last delivery Karthik, who had crossed over, smashed the last ball to mid-off for 6. The penultimate… Read More →