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 →

Colombo beat Kandy by 3 runs on D/L

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Colombo beat Kandy by 3 runs on the Duckworth & Lewis method after bad light put a premature end to the fourth encounter of the SLC 50-Over Super Provincial Tournament with Kandy on 205 for 5 wickets off 39 overs chasing a target of 290 for victory at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Electing to bat, Colombo totaled 289 for 6 wickets in 50 overs with Shehan Jayasuriya top scoring with 115 off 133 balls inclusive of 9 boundaries and 2 sixes. He shared in a 138-run fourth wicket partnership with Angelo Perera who struck a fluent 84 off 82 balls with 9 boundaries and a six. Both batsmen ran themselves out. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal made a run… Read More →

Lasith Malinga rekindles former brilliance and new hope

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The reemergence of Lasith Malinga from hibernation when the slinger’s career looked good as over has been meteoric. Recalled for the 2018 Asia Cup, although lacking the old fire that made him a sensation for his firecracker side arm action and wicket taking ability, Malinga did make two early strikes in the game against Afghanistan, but lacked support with dropped catches off his bowling adding to the woes as Sri Lanka made an early exit from the tournament. During Sri Lanka’s lost ODI tour exchanges in the lead up to the IPL, Malinga did make the early breakthroughs, but once again sadly lacked the necessary backup support. Therein the sudden turnaround with the unorthodox slinger with the firecracker sidearm action… Read More →

Hi-tech Brain Centre a major facilitator of SL player performances

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Of all spheres of development work in the recent past in developing cricket in the country, the brain center or intelligence unit was major to Sri Lanka Cricket of all projects. This far reaching hi-tech modern player facilitator regarded as a focal feeding input based on the modern science analysis of video footage of the action in the middle was introduced to Sri Lanka due to the untiring efforts of Thilanga Sumathipala during his tenure as president of SLC in the last two years. Importantly, the brain centre or intelligence unit is regarded as ‘the’ symbolic strategy making nerve centre on which major cricket playing countries evolve their game plans. It  is a very specially centered base collecting data benefiting… Read More →

Colombo beat Dambulla by 82

Chamika Karunaratne of Colombo

Colombo beat Dambulla by 82 runs in the opening match of the 50-Over Super Provincial Tournament played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Thursday. Batting first Colombo totaled 238 for 9 wickets in 50 overs with Avishka Fernando, the 20-year old former Sri Lanka Under-19 opening batsman Avishka Fernando scoring upfront with a polished 54 off 52 balls studded with 7 boundaries and a six. It was an innings that boosted the former St. Sebastians College, Moratuwa all-rounder’s prospects as the selectors look for the ideal world cup squad. Chamika Karunaratne top scored with 57 off 53 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries and 2 sixes while skipper Dinesh Chandimal struck 42 off 66 with 4 boundaries  enhancing his prospects… Read More →

Slinger Malinga 7/49 as Galle rout Kandy by 156

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SLC 2019 SUPER PROVINCIAL TOURNEY Skipper Lasith Malinga wrought havoc with the ball claiming 7 wickets for 49 runs routing Kandy by a massive 156 runs in the second Super Provincial 50-over match played at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. The 35-year old veteran slinger could not have asked for a better stage than the mega domestic tournament which is regarded as a selection guideline of the world cup squad in a spell of fury of 9.5 overs as Kandy boasting of several frontline national players in it ranks was shot out for 99 in just 18.5 overs. This was in reply to Galle’s imposing 255 all out in 50 overs. The only semblance of resistance came from… Read More →

Gamata Cricket was a boon to the village sector

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The ‘Gamata Cricket’ project can be identified as the most significant development action plan of all development projects implemented by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during the past two years of the Thilanga Sumathipala administration. Importantly, playgrounds, pavilions and side wickets were constructed island-wide in all districts during a 2-year period. These projects proved to be a boon towards the uplift of rural cricket largely. As of now 300 side wickets have been constructed under the action plan to set up 600 side wickets throughout Sri Lanka. However, due to an unprecedented number of playgrounds coming under the ambit this programme could not be implemented hundred per cent with the current SLC administration set to address the issue in the immediate… Read More →

Galle emerge champs – SLC Women’s U23 Super Provincial

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SLC WOMEN’S U23 SUPER PROVINCIAL TOURNEY 2019  Galle emerged champions of the Sri Lanka Cricket Women’s Under-23 Super Provincial Tournament 2019. They headed the points table with  28.60 points having chalked up 2 first innings wins of their 3 matches played and drawn one. Runners-up Dambulla totaled 23.90 points with one first innings win and two draws while third placed Colombo had 14.00 points with two draws and one loss. Fourth placed Kandy totaled 12.10 points with a draw having lost two matches. Meanwhile, Kandy’s Lihini Apsara was adjudged the Best Batter having aggregated 193 runs in 5 innings from the three matches. Galle’s Sulesha Sathsarani was adjudged best bowler having claimed 12 wickets conceding 87 runs off 37 overs… Read More →

Super Provincial Tourney ideal platform for players to get selected for World Cup – SLC Secretary, Mohan de Silva

SLC Secretary Mr. Mohan De Silva speaking at the launch

In a cricket hype as never before as Sri Lanka prepares for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and an entire nation buzzing in anticipation Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) met on Monday evening with the cream of talent to announce the launch of the Super Provincial 50-over One-Day Tournament 2019 starting on April 4 that would be a a lead up to selecting the squad for the extravaganza in England from May 30 to June 14. The Honorary Secretary of SLC, Mohan de Silva, chairing a packed press briefing on behalf of SLC’s Executive Committee at the Jaic Hilton, Colombo Ball Room, while regretting that the well laid out world cup programmes during the previous administration that was to be… Read More →

Super Provincial One-Day Tournament kicks off on April 4

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By Srian Obeyesekere The Super Provincial One-Day Tournament featuring Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Dambulla will kick off on April 4. The mega local tournament is expected to be a guiding light to the national selectors to selecting the squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup that unfolds in England on May 30. The matches will be worked out at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium and Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. Colombo will be skippered by Dinesh Chandimal, Kandy by Dimuth Karunaratne, Galle by Lasith Malinga and Dambulla by Angelo Mathews respectively as the cream of island-wide talent pad up. The tournament is expected to generate intense competition being the final window for the selectors to have a close look at… Read More →

Countdown to World Cup – Lets Rally Behind Our Lions

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By Srian Obeyesekere It is the countdown to the 2019 Cricket World Cup, come May 30. It is the awakening reality of the enormity of the game’s greatest spectacle on earth to unfold. It is the time that brings together an entire 21 million nation of Sri Lankans to whom cricket is like religion. It is the moment when this cricket passionate nation rallies behind our cricketers, our Lions under the slogan One Team, One Nation. The magnitude of the showpiece showdown event, the stage where the fittest reign supreme is the clarion call for Sri Lanka to showcase the cream of talent in the fling for the high stakes trophy glitter and prize money  – winner US$ 4,800,000 and… Read More →

St. Anne’s pip Maliyadeva by 6 runs in 24th One-Day Big Match

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St. Anne’s College beat arch rivals Maliyadeva College by 6 runs in their 24th One-Day Big Match played at the Welagedera Stadium, Kurunegela during the week-end. Having batted first, St. Anne’s were all out for 168 in 49.4 overs. The low scoring contest saw Maliyadeva dismissed for 162 in 49.2 overs with Kavindu Ekanayake turning out to be the match winner with a haul of 4 wickets for 36 runs. When the Annites batted Pasindu Tennekoon top scored with 45 followed by Kavindu Ekanayeka 32 and Pivithu Fernando 29. Maduranga Naveen claimed 3 for 41 and Jayamin Muthukumarane 2 for 24. Maduranga Naveen was the main wicket taker for Maliyadeva with 3 for 41. The chief run getters for Maliyadeva… Read More →

35th Battle of the Rocks – St. Anne’s take honours in drawn encounter

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St. Anne’s, College Kurunegela took the honours in the 35th Battle of the Rocks Big Match against arch rivals Maliyadeva College, Kurunegela played at the Welagedera Stadium on March 22 and 23. Having dismissed Maliyadeva College for 172 in 53 overs, St. Anne’s batsmen went on a run spree posting a formidable 278 for 9 wickets declared in 94.2 overs. Kavindu Ranasinghe led the run charge for the Annites top scoring with a fluent 64 followed by Lasith Warnakulasuriya who made 55. The total was also bolstered by Pivithu Fernando (36), Creshantha Piyathilaka (35) and Kavindu Ekanayake (31) as St. Anne’s took a 106-run first innings lead. Maliyadeva’s Brian Karunanayake took 2 for 30 and Vidath Batepola 2 for 45…. Read More →