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

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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 →

U-23 WOMEN’S: Kandy in first innings win over Dambulla; Colombo vs. Galle a draw

SLC U-23 WOMEN’S SUPER PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT 2018 Kandy registered a first innings win over Dambulla while Colombo and Galle drew their match with rain intervening in the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) conducted Under-23 Women’s Super Provincial Tournament 2018 matches played this week. Both matches were played at the Aaron grounds, Horana on April 3 and 4 respectively. Kandy batting first in the fourth match of the tournament posted 126 for 9 wickets. Sayani Oshadi top scored with a fine 46 in putting Kandy on top. The other main run getters were Kavindi Parami 19 and Nimesha Thimeshini unbeaten on 19. The pick of the bowlers for Dambulla was Shashini Fernando who claimed 3 wickets for 29. Dambulla in their turn… Read More →

Dambulla beat Colombo, Galle beat Kandy on first innings

SLC U-23 WOMEN’S SUPER PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Under-23 Women’s Super-Provincial Tournament 2018 aimed at further fine tuning young domestic talent to meet international requirements, took off yesterday. The fixtures covering two innings in a day’s duration yielded results on the first innings. In the first match, Dambulla registered a first innings win against Colombo while Galle too chalked up a first innings win against Kandy. At the Aarons grounds in Horana, Colombo batting first were all out for 81. Dambulla replied with 102 for 5 when stumps were drawn. When Colombo batted Jinanjali Wijenayake was spot on with the ball for Dambulla running through the opposition batting finishing with superb figures of 5 wickets for 13…. Read More →

SLC Super Provincial Tournament: High scoring draws

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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 →

Sri Lankan lasses grind Pakistan counterparts in facile 7-wicket triumph

Sri Lanka Women’s Team produced a brilliant performance to register a comprehensive 7-wicket triumph over the Pakistan Women’s Team in the second T20 International played at the NCC grounds on Friday. The home team made light of the match in stopping a high riding Pakistan who were bundled out for 72 in 18.4 overs. The hero was former captain Shashikala Siriwardene who produced a remarkable bowling performance claiming 4 wickets for 9 runs in a spell of 3.4 overs after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. It was Sri Lanka’s first home win over Pakistan and biggest win in respect of balls remaining amounting to 34. Sri Lanka Women’s Team batters got their act together in full steam… 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

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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 →

Super Provincial Tournament aimed at bridging the gap between domestic and international cricket – SLC President

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala stressed yesterday that prioritizing the Super Provincial Tournament dividing the cream of the country’s domestic cricketing talent was the culmination to uplifting the domestic structure to reach desirable international standards. Addressing the media at the launching of the tournament at JAIC Hilton’s Ballroom Auditorium, the SLC President observed that much accentuation had been made on giving a facelift to domestic cricket in the fruition of providing a competition platform to bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket. Accordingly it was a happy and laudable occasion for provincial cricket that had been introduced in 2003. The tournament would be worked out from March 30 to April 24. Others at the head table were… 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 →

Pakistan Women’s Team win third 50-Over match by 108 runs against SL Women’s Team

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The Pakistan Women’s Team won the third 50-Over International match against the Sri Lanka Women’s Team by 108 runs at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium on Saturday. With this win, the Pakistan Women’s Team won the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifying Series 3-0. Having batted first, Pakistan lasses scored 215 for 9 in 50 overs at 4.3 an over with Nahida Khan top scoring with 46 off 76 balls. She struck 5 boundaries in sharing in a 62-run alliance for the second wicket with Javeria Khan who made 30 off 45 balls containing 4 boundaries. Skipper Bismah Maroof chipped in with 26 off 34 deliveries hitting 2 boundaries. Sri Lanka Women’s Team was all out for107 in 41.3 overs with opening… 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 second game by 94

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Pakistan Women’s Team beat the Sri Lanka Women’s Team by 94 runs for a 2-0 lead to clinch the 3-match 50-Over International Series at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium today. In the ICC world cup qualifying series, the Pakistan lasses totaled 250 for 6 wickets in 50 overs with skipper Bismah Maroof top scoring with a run a ball 89 inclusive of 9 boundaries and a six. The Sri Lankan lasses were all out for 156 in 37 overs with Sripali Weerakkody top scoring with 29 off 28 balls with 5 boundaries. Winning the toss and batting first Pakistan maintained a run rate of 5.0 an over with skipper Maroof leading the way. Nida Dar made the next highest of 38… Read More →