SLC’s Centre of Excellence at Pallekelle a boon to national cricket: Three more to be set up

  The mooting of Sri Lanka Cricket’s Centre of Excellence project, a far sighted vision during the presidency of Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala, is viewed as a big leap forward in the furtherance of the country’s cricket. The ambitious project envisaging the setting up of four centers of excellence in Sri Lanka found fruition with the first of its kind being established at Pallekelle in Kandy. It has been a boon to cricketers in further fine honing their skills. Under this project, steps have been taken to set up centers of excellence in Dambulla, Galle and Colombo as well in the near future as earmarked by Mr. Sumathipala during his tenure as SLC president. A centre of excellence is an indoor… Read More →

Thirimanne’s forceful comeback raises new hope

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As Sri Lanka prepares for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, the forceful comeback of the experienced Lahiru Thirimanne has raised new hope. Thirimanne played his last ODI on December 13, 2017 against India at Mohali, and his return to the fold after over one year and four months from a form slump with glimpses of his former best is therefore significant. It is more the so in view of the fact that the 29-year old Cambrian and Ragama CC did figure in the last world cup in 2015. The high point of his performance in that tournament was the magnificent 139 he reeled off in steering Sri Lanka to a comprehensive 9 wicket triumph over England.  In a high… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad in grueling two-week workout ahead of World Cup

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Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign kicks off with the 15- member squad getting into the rhythm of preparing for cricket’s showpiece event that will get underway from May 30 to July 14 in England. With the squad due to take wing on May 7 a two phase workout is envisaged with a grueling seven day physical training course centering on optimum player fitness while this will be followed by an indoor training sessions for a further one week duration at Pallekelle. Sri Lanka will meet New Zealand in their opening match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on June 1 at 3.00 P.M. Sri Lanka time in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in what will be the third match of… Read More →

Selectors place faith in new look squad for World Cup

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The dice are cast with the much looked to 15-member Sri Lanka World Cup squad announced on Thursday in what interestingly takes on a rehashed outlook. In an apparent new draught of air infused by the national selectors right at the top in opting for virtual new look captaincy material in anointing left hand opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne to wear the leadership mantle, several players such as Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeewan Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay and Milinda Siriwardana have replaced regular campaigners such as wicket-keeper batsmen Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, and Upul Tharanga, Dhanushka Gunathilaka and Akila Dananjaya. Placing faith on Karunaratne’s  to lead carries the double edged success of bringing down the South Africans in the recent Test tour… Read More →

Appointment of Dimuth Karunaratne as ODI captain for World Cup a significant move

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The appointment of Dimuth Karunaratne as the Sri Lanka ODI captain for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England marks a significant turnaround as the country looks to change its one-day fortunes in the game’s showpiece event. The appointment, ratified by the Minister of Sports Harin Fernando, while signifying the need for new pastures opted by the national selectors headed by Chairman of Selectors, Asantha de Mel in giving the nod to Sri Lanka’s most consistent run getter in test cricket has also been influenced by Karunaratne’s magnificent leadership in registering a historic first ever 2-nil series triumph over South Africa in their own backyard. That apart, on a personal note it marks a new chapter in the career… Read More →

SL World Cup Squad to be named sooner, Kusal Janith declares fit and ready

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SL World Cup Squad to be named on April 18; Kusal Janith declares fit and ready With the dust settled down on the local big stage performance platform for prospective stakeholders and Sri Lanka’s World Cup countdown reaching a climax with the days closing in on the squad to be announced to the players and a nation in anticipation, the Chairman of Selectors, Asantha de Mel has given notice that it would be named on April 18. The ICC deadline is April 23 for member countries to officially announce the respective squads that would compete in cricket’s greatest of spectacles to be staged in England from May 30 to June 14. Given the tough guessing game of whom the national… Read More →

SL World Cup selection hype heats up for places

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The sky high hype for world cup selections has left the national selectors with the taxing task of penciling out the best mix following the completion of the Super Provincial Tournament that was looked to by the Sri Lanka Cricket think tanks as the final platform to earmark the contenders for the ICC’s 2019 showpiece event. On the batting front, veteran Angelo Mathews carrying loads of captaincy experience in the limited overs and Test cricket came good with the bat with consistent scores of 101, 78 and 47 while Dhananjaya de Silva powered his way to top contention with the most impressive all-round performance striking 89, 34 and 32 and a match haul of 3 for 57. Similarly, good batting… Read More →

Galle and Colombo Joint Champs in rain hit final

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Thirimanne 115, Hasaranga de Silva 87 in Galle’337/7 Lahiru Thirimanne reeled off a brilliant century 115 off 128 balls in what was literally the innings of his life while Hasaranga de Silva struck a whirlwind 87 off 53 in Galle’s mammoth total of 337 for 7 against Colombo in the rain marred final of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Tournament 2019 that ended in a no result at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Thursday. Both sides were accordingly declared joint champions and shared an equal quantum of the prize money. The day particularly belonged to the left handed Thirimanne for his stroke filled defining century in staking a strong claim for a berth in Sri Lanka’s World Cup… Read More →

Angelo Mathews 101, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 95 as Dambulla thrash Kandy

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Skipper Angelo Mathews struck a timely century 101 off 106 balls and Bhanuka Rajapaksa a quick fire 95 off 87 balls sharing in a 150-run alliance for the fourth wicket as Dambulla posted a massive 325 for 5 wickets off 50 overs to crush Kandy by 94 runs in the third place play off of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Limited Over Tournament 2019 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Wednesday. Mathews’ knock was studded with 9 boundaries and 2 sixes signaling his preparedness for the world cup while Rajapaksa hit 11 boundaries and 2 sixes in displaying the type of form that made him a schoolboy batting sensation at Royal College. Having come together with Dambulla reduced… Read More →

High stakes Galle vs. Colombo final tomorrow

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MOMENTUM FOR WORLD CUP PLACES HOTS UP As the countdown to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup reaches its climax with the Sri Lanka squad to be shortly finalised, the battle of the heavyweights between Galle and Colombo in the final of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Limited Over Tournament 2019 that gets underway tomorrow Thursday April 11 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium will generate tremendous interest. It will be more the so as the second round match between the two sides having been rained off as a no result last Monday at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. The four cornered mega tournament of the country’s cream of talent has seen Galle and Colombo emerge as the… Read More →

Bruce Yardley – His contribution to the game will endure him to posterity

Bruce Yardley, the former Australian spin bowler, coach and commentator, who departed this world on March 27 this year after a long illness at the age of 71, was an affable, large hearted character. Yardley, who played against Sri Lanka in two test matches and an ODI series in 1983, went on to coach the Sri Lankan team having replaced compatriot Dav Whatmore in 1997. In fact Yardley carried many fond memories of Sri Lanka. He brought down the curtain on his Test and ODI career in Sri Lanka in 1983. He played his last Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy from April 22 to 26 in 1983 as well as his last ODI versus Sri Lanka on April 30… Read More →

Galle vs. Colombo no result as bad weather intervenes

Akila Dananjaya catches Milanda Siriwardana off his own bowling for 8 runs

The much looked to Galle versus Colombo game between the two frontrunners in the ongoing Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Limited Over Tournament 2019 was soured by bad weather with the game ending as a no result at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium on Monday. When stumps were drawn Colombo were on 55 for no loss off 7.1 overs in reply to Galle’s 258 for 9 wickets off 50 overs. Galle’s innings revolved around a top score of 56 by Hasaranga de Silva off 60 balls inclusive of 6 hits to the ropes while L.D. Madushanka struck a late order next best score of 42 not out off 33 balls inclusive of 2 sixes and boundaries apiece. Other notable contributions… Read More →

Karunaratne (86) leads from the front in Kandy’s 7-wicket win over Dambulla

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  Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne led from the front with a superb innings of 86 off 74 balls packed with 9 boundaries in taking Kandy to an emphatic 7-wicketwin over Dambulla in the sixth match of the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Limited Over Tournament played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium on Monday. This pivotal knock by Karunaratne in the wake of scores of 35 and 44 signified his consistency with the bat in the tournament while insulating the left hander’s standings in the wake of his tremendous success as a captain in having led Sri Lanka to a historic first ever series win on South African soil by the recent 2-nil triumph. After dismissing Dambulla for 198 in… Read More →

Galle lead points table, Colombo a close second

SLC 2019 SUPER PROVINCIAL ONE-DAY TOURNAMENT Galle, with 10 points in the bag with two comprehensive wins, is leading the Sri Lanka Cricket Super Four Provincial Limited Over Tournament 2019 while Colombo is a close second with 9 points from two wins after the completion of  four matches in the mega tournament. Galle has taken the lead by virtue of a better net run rate of 2.32 as against Colombo’s 0.955. Galle chalked up facile wins against Kandy and Dambulla while Colombo beat Dambulla and Kandy. Meanwhile, Dambulla and Kandy are placed third and fourth respectively on the net run rate of -1.58 and -1.787 respectively having lost both matches. The action in the super tournament has generated tremendous heat… Read More →

Galle romp to 76-run win over Dambulla

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Galle romped to their second successive win beating Dambulla by 76 runs in the third match of the Sri Lanka Cricket 50-Over Super Provincial Tournament played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Saturday. In a tournament considered the prelude to selections for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Galle continued the impregnable dominance from the routing of Kandy last Thursday with the top order batsmen flogging the Dambulla bowlers in amassing 345 for 8 wickets in 50 overs. Leading the run charge upfront was Lahiru Thirimanne opening the batting striking a composed 82 off 96 balls studded with 6 boundaries and a six. Thirimanne shared in a 65-run alliance for the first wicket with Sadun Weerakkody who stroked… Read More →