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Trinity, St. Peter’s hog the limelight

March 22, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Trinity College and St. Peter’s College stole the limelight while recording impressive victories in the Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fourth week of matches worked off during the weekend.

The Peterites put up a stunning performance to beat the high riding Isipathana College team 32-15 at Bambalapitiya while the Trinitians defeated S. Thomas’ College 29-14 at Longden Place.

Trinity also had the satisfaction of regaining the Canon R. S. De Saram Shield as they pulled off their fourth successive victory to remain unbeaten in the tournament.

The Trinitians certainly lived upto expectations as the favourites as they outplayed their rivals while collecting their points from two goals and three tries and conceding just two tries to the home side.

Trinity of course made their intentions clear and got off to a fabulous start as they dominated the proceedings and went on to build up a commanding 19-0 lead at the half way mark.

They never looked back from there onwards and consolidated their position in the second half with two more tries before adding the finishing touches in a spectacular manner.

The Thomians of course suffered a huge blow midway in the first half as their Skipper and star player Naveen Heenakankanamge was forced to leave the field with an injury.

Even then, this was a pretty ordinary performance from S. Thomas’ and they looked quite demoralized after their shock defeat at the hands of Wesley College during the previous week.

However, there was a brief comeback from the Thomians in the second half as they managed to penetrate the Trinity defence twice while playing under tremendous pressure.

But the Trinitians were not prepared to surrender the game to their opponents after having done all the hard work as they held on to their lead with a determined performance until the final whistle.

St. Joseph’s vs Dharmaraja

St. Joseph’s College powered their way to an emphatic 44-10 victory over Dharmaraja College in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match played at Longden Place.

This victory will be a great relief for the Josephians as they have performed extremely well but without success in the previous two outings which were both close encounters.

But this time they made certain that they would triumph quite convincingly with a splendid all-round performance as they collected their points from four goals, two tries and two penalties.

The Rajans after making a promising start just could not keep the same momentum throughout the game as they surrendered quite meekly while scoring only a solitary goal and a penalty.

Even then, this will be a huge morale booster for St. Joseph’s who have already made their presence felt after having gone down fighting against two heavyweights in schools rugby Royal College (22-28) and Isipathana College (32-39) respectively.

Wesley vs Science College

Wesley College cruised to their third victory this season when they outplayed Science College Mount Lavinia 36-10 in another Singer Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture worked off at Longden Place.

The Wesleyites produced another clinical performance to mesmerize their opponents as they dominated the game from the kick-off and collected their points from three goals and three tries.

Science College of course struggled to get their act together well against a more organised team as they managed to score only a solitary goal and a penalty.

This victory has also lifted Wesley into the second place of the points table which is a remarkable achievement for a side which suffered a heavy defeat in their opening fixture of the tournament.

But since that early setback they have turned things around magnificently to topple a couple of more fancied teams and they seem to be heading in the right direction as they look for more glory in the current season.

D. S. Senanayake vs Royal

Royal College proved too strong for D. S. Senanayake College as the team from Reid Avenue pulled off a smashing 47-7 victory in their Singer Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Welisara.

Royal may have not played their best game of rugby this season but yet they had enough firepower to overcome a rather inexperienced D. S. Senanayake outfit in this scrappy encounter.

Royal had raced to a commanding 28-7 lead at the half way mark and they went on to add the finishing touches quite convincingly while collecting their points from six goals and one try.

Despite missing out a number of scoring opportunities, Royal will be quite pleased with their effort considering the fact that their line was crossed only once by their opponents.

In addition the place kicking of George Goonawardena was really outstanding as he was able to add the extra points to six of their seven tries.

The victory was also a huge morale booster for Royal ahead of their vital fixture against the defending champions Isipathana College on Saturday.

Zahira vs Prince of Wales

Zahira College proved their growing reputation as one of the most promising teams this season when they trounced Prince of Wales College 64-12 in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match played at Maradana.

The Zahirians who have already left a lasting impression in the tournament having dished out some superlative rugby went on the rampage and planted as many as ten tries and converted seven of them to complete a rousing victory.

The Cambrians were always up against it and they never looked like making a match of it as they responded with just four penalties.

Unbeaten Trinity trounce Thomians to reclaim de Saram Trophy

March 21, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Shannon Nicholas

High-flying Trinity College reclaimed the Canon R. S. de Saram Shield when they beat S. Thomas’ College by 29 points to 14 in their Singer Schools Rugby League 2017 fixture played at the CR & FC Grounds on Monday.

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The ‘Lions’, who had a comfortable 19-00 lead at lemons, collected their points through two goals and three unconverted tries while the Thomians were only able to collect two goals. The win saw the Trinitians extend their unbeaten run to four matches, while retaining the top spot in Group B.

The game was expected to be thriller but the first-half proved to be a one-sided affair in which last year’s runners-up S. Thomas’ were stunned by the lads from Kandy. With just 15 minutes on the clock, Trinity drew first blood when Fullback Amit Kulathunga touched down after collecting the ball from Bandara Senevirathne, through a fast-paced counter-attack. Fly-half Lashan Wijesuriya added the extras with ease and the scores read 07-00.

The Thomians looked threatening but a perfectly executed team play was squandered within inches of the try line a few moments later. Avishka Sheik extended the Trinity lead ten minutes later when the Centre managed to dodge past three Thomian players to plant a try. With the conversion being successful, the scores were amended to 14-00.

The Trinity outfit was at their attack once again and was dominating possession, although some errors were seen. The nifty Scrum-half Anuka Boyagoda was influential throughout the game and his pass close to the touchline was collected by Wijesuriya, who dived over to score the third try for the Trinitians.

Trinity almost scored their fourth try on the verge of half-time but Diluksha Dange’s try was disallowed for a foul prior to it. The Trinitians failed to take advantage of the resulting ruck however, and the scores stood at 19 – 0 when Referee Rohan Fernando blew for half-time.

The Thomians looked rejuvenated when play was resumed and showed signs of bouncing back into the game. Hans Walpola put up the first points for the ‘Blue and Blacks’, when the outside-half was quick to take the ball over the line in front of the posts with just three minutes into the second-half. Dion Dias bisected the posts at the conversion and the scores were amended to 19-07.

The Trinitians struck back minutes later when skipper Nathan Yee managed to get the better of the Thomian backline to touch down and record their fifth try of the evening.

Trinity were reduced to 14-men ten minutes later when Akith Sakalasuriya was sin binned for an improper tackle in front of the posts. The Trinitians however were strong enough to cancel out the Thomian attack from the resulting ruck.

The Thomians scored their second try when Fullback Mayon Jayawardena broke through the Trinity defense to touch down. Dias added the extras from a difficult angle and the scores were set to 24-14.

The Trinitians had the last laugh however when Sakalasuriya was able to make up for his yellow card, scoring the sixth try of the evening. The conversion was missed and the scores were amended to 29-14 when the Referee blew for full-time.

Trinity will next face Prince of Wales at Pallekele on the 25th while the Thomians are set to take on Science College at CR & FC on the same day.

Rousing game on the cards

March 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Trinity’s unbeaten record this season will be under major threat when they take on arch rivals S. Thomas’ College in a crucial Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture for the Canon R. S. de Saram Shield at Longden Place on Monday (20).

The Trinitians are currently riding on a crest of a wave after they had notched up three successive victories over Wesley College (64-24), Science College Mount Lavinia (52-7) and Zahira College (34-26) respectively.

In contrast, the Thomians of course will be still recovering following last week’s shock 19-23 defeat at the hands of Wesley College at this same venue as they surrendered the Oliver Gunathilake Shield to their opponents for the first time.

However, they have the potential and the ingredients to make a comeback and stretch their opponents to the maximum as they look to retain the Shield for the second successive year.

In fact, last year also the two teams figured in a thrilling encounter with the Thomians making a strong second half rally to win the game 23-20 and regain the Shield after a lapse of three years under the leadership of Pandula de Silva at Pallekele.

This time both teams studded with a number of Sri Lanka youth players are well set for another rousing battle as they look to clinch the top spot in the Segment IIA points table.

Trinity are currently on top of the points table after their early dominance in the league and they also have the credit of scoring the most number of tries (23) in the tournament.

This is of course mainly because they had the opportunity of piling up over 50 points twice this season against Wesley and Science College in two one sided encounters.

However, Trinity experienced some anxious moments in their next game and were put under tremendous pressure by a fighting Zahira outfit before emerging victorious in a close game at Maradana.

This time they are certain to face even a tough challenge as the Thomians will be determined to get back into winning ways following last week’s setback.

The outcome of the game will no doubt be decided in the manner how well the three quarters handle the situation as both teams possess some outstanding back division players.

The dynamic centre three quarter Diluksha Dange who is one of the top try scorers this season will be the key player for Trinity along with scrum half Anuka Boyagoda.

S. Thomas’ will look for another good performance from the more experienced winger Naveen Henakankanamge who will carry their hopes in this game along with Sharith Nananyakkara.

Thomians make it four-in-a-row

March 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

S. Thomas’ College retained the Mustangs Trophy for the fourth successive year when they edged-out the traditional rivals Royal College by 11 runs in their annual Inter-School limited over cricket encounter played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Saturday (18).

The Thomians who were put into bat, piled up a formidable 258 for seven from their 50 overs and then produced an outstanding performance on the field to restrict their rivals to 247 for nine in 50 overs.

The S. Thomas’ innings was built around two magnificent half centuries from opener Ravindu Kodituwakku and Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma who were also associated in a match winning third-wicket stand of 73 runs.

Kodituwakku was rather unfortunate to have missed out on a century by just five runs as he played the sheet anchor role to spearhead S. Thomas’ to a commanding position.

Kodituwakku also dominated an opening stand of 59 runs with Dulith Gunaratna before Nallapperuma opened out during the latter stages to add the finishing touches along with Ishen Perera.

Royal of course made a sedate start to their run chase against some accurate bowling and were well behind the required run-rate at the beginning of the innings.

However, they picked up after the initial setback and were well on course towards their target at one stage with opener Lakindu Nanayakkara leading from the front.

Even then, S. Thomas’ were able to apply pressure on their opponents by capturing wickets at regular intervals with Pavith Ratnayake causing the early damage.

Thevindu Senaratna kept Royal’s hopes alive almost until the end as he compiled a fighting half century while batting under tremendous pressure.

But after his dismissal, Royal completely fell apart and could not maintain the same momentum and eventually fell short by 11 runs.

In contrast, S. Thomas’ held their nerves during the vital last few overs of the game with Kalana Perera claiming two important wickets to add the finishing touches in style.

S. Thomas’: 258/7 in 50 overs (Ravindu Kodituwakku 95, Romesh Nallapperuma 53, Ishen Perera 36 n.o, Helitha Vithanage 4/42, Ganith Sandeepa 2/47)

Royal: 247/9 in 50 overs (Lakindu Nanayakkara 44, Helitha Vithanage 33, Thevindu Senaratna 71, Pavith Ratnayake 3/37, Kalana Perera 2/47).

Petes end Pathana’s unbeaten streak

March 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

St. Peter’s College delivered a stunning blow as they brought down the high riding Isipathana College outfit 32-15 in a high profile Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Bambalapitiya on Saturday (18).

The Peterites who went into the game as the underdogs came out with a stupendous performance as they went on to seal a memorable triumph while collecting their points from three goals, one try and two penalties after the scores were 15 all at half time.

Isipathana of course had a very poor outing with a number of unforced errors especially in the second half as they suffered their first defeat in the current season having responded with just three unconverted tries.

The Peterites’ victory also had a great amount of significance as they were able to record their first win over Isipathana since 2010 where they triumph under the captaincy of Keith Gurusingha.

This time it was the dynamic full back Diyath Fernando who masterminded a historic victory for St. Peter’s with a tremendous performance which completely surprised their opponents.

In fact, St. Peter’s made their intentions clear from the kick-off and were able to completely rattle the visitors while scoring twice inside the opening 20 minutes of play.

However, the Peterites could not consolidate their position from there onwards and Isipathana simply came back into the game with three successive tries to level the scores 15-15.

The Peterites looked a completely different outfit in the second half as they created a number of scoring opportunities and also held on determinedly to frustrate their opponents through some excellent defensive work.

Dashing centre three quarter Theekshana Dissanayake was undoubtedly the most outstanding player for St. Peter’s as he had the satisfaction of scoring a hat-trick of tries

Even then, it was their reliable fly half Stephen Sivaraj who actually controlled the game for the Peterites from the base with his booming kicks to touch and through some intelligent play.

Sivaraj was able to gain valuable territorial advantage for his team and also successfully cleared the defence on many occasions when the side was under tremendous pressure.

He also inspired his team by converting three of their four tries in addition to putting over two vital penalties which turned out to be quite decisive in the end.

Isipathana were never allowed to play their natural game in the second half and were deprived of several scoring opportunities as the gallant Peterites fought magnificently until the final whistle.

Richmond takes honours in Lovers’ Quarrel

March 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Richmond College recovered from an early setback to take major honours in their 112th Lovers’ Quarrel Inter-School Big Match against the traditional rivals Mahinda College which concluded at the Galle Stadium on Saturday (18).

After they were bowled out for a modest 184 runs, Richmond came back strongly to snatch a four-run first innings lead following some inspired bowling from the spinners.

Mahinda of course took the initiative as they dominated the opening day with a fine all-round performance and at one stage they were well set to build up a good first innings lead.

However, Richmond came back into the game strongly on the second day with their bowlers performing quite magnificently to bundle out the opposition for 180 runs in the first innings.

Middle order batsman Vinura Hiranjith played a lone innings for Mahinda but he did not have enough support to carry on as Sandun Mendis and Avindu Theekshana shared seven wickets between them.

In addition, the manner in which Mahinda batted in the first innings was quite disappointing as they maintained a pathetic scoring-rate of just under two runs per over.

In fact Richmond gave a fine exhibition of batting in their second innings while racing to 205 for one wicket from just 33 overs with the openers Dhananjaya Lakshan and Kamindu Mendis making amends for their first innings failure.

Mendis of course missed out on a hundred by just eight runs but Lakshan really took advantage of the situation and went on to hit an unbeaten 101.

Richmond: 184 (Avindu Theekshana 38, Kamindu Mendis 32, Dhananjaya Lakshan 30, Kavisha Abishek 37, Adithya Siriwardena 26, Kalindu Edirisinghe 2/19, Nipun Malinga 2/50, Kavindu Ediriweera 2/24) and 205/1 (Dhananjaya Lakshan 101 n.o, Kamindu Mendis 92)

Mahinda: 180 (Vinura Hiranjith 57, Navod Paranavithana 20, Kavindu Ediriweera 27, Sandun Mendis 3/47, Avindu Theekshana 4/59).

Live updates: Trinity College Vs St. Anthony’s College – Annual limited overs encounter

March 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Results: Trinity won by 47 runs

17:43 – St. Anthony’s 153 all out in 45.1 overs

17:39 – St. Anthony’s 151/9 in 44 overs

Sadaruwan 6*, Alawi 1*

17:30 – St. Anthony’s 149/8 in 42 overs

Sadaruwan 3*, Virajitha 1*

17:04 – Anthony’s 115/6 in 32 overs

Satheesh Hirandika 9*, Janidu Nimsara 25

16:44 – Anthony’s 105/5 in 28 overs

Satheesh 0*, Janidu 25*

16:34 – Anthony’s 87/4 in 26 overs

Alfer 29*, Janidu 16*

15:38 – St. Anthony’s 41/2 in 11.2 overs

Sunera Jayasinghe 3* Dion Stouter 23*

15:26 – St. Anthony’s 25/2 in 8.2 overs

Sunera Jayasinghe 1*, Dion Stouter 11*

15:06 – St. Anthony’s19/0 in 4.3 overs

Mohamed Absar 11*, Dion Stouter 6*

14:42 – St. Anthony’s 14/0 in 3.3 overs

Mohamed Absar 9*, Dion Stouter 4*

14:40 – St. Anthony’s 9/0 in 3 overs

Mohamed Absar 2*, Dion Stouter 1*

13:55 – Trinity 200 allout in 49.3 overs

Thisaru Dilshan 49*, Hasitha Boyagoda 29, Thiyagaraja Banugoban 33, Kalana De Soyza 24, Virajitha Jayasinghe 3 for 18

13:09 – Trinity 137/7 in 37 overs

Hasith Boyagoda 29, Kalana de Soyza 24, Virajitha Jayasinghe 3 for 18

11:19 – Trinity 55/2 in 16 overs

Hasitha Boyagoda 27*, Kalana de Sozya 11

10:49 – Trinity 34/2 in 9 overs

Hasitha Boyagoda 15*, Kalana de Sozya 0*

10:06 – St. Anthony’s​ College won the toss and elected to field first

Mahinda end on a high note at Galle

March 17, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Mahinda College considered the weaker side at the 112th Lovers Quarrel performed beyond expectation to end the day on a high note at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

They restricted the strong Richmondites to a first innings score of 184 and doggedly batted out 46 overs to score 96/3 at stumps. Lady luck favored Mahinda College at the toss as Richmond skipper Kamindu Mendis called wrongly and was invited to take first lease of the wicket.

Skipper Kamindu Mendis and Dhanajaya Lakshan who opened the batting for Richmond gave the innings a solid start with a 55-run partnership for the first wicket before Kalindu Ediriweera made the crucial breakthrough.

Mahinda used eight bowlers and did well to restrict the Richmond first innings to 184 runs a few minutes before tea. Richmonds number five batsman Avindu Theekshan topped the scorecard with 38 runs scored off 43 balls with three hits to the ropes.

The highest partnership in the Richmond innings was between Avindu and Thaveesha Abhishek (37) who put on 67 runs for the fourth wicket before Avindu was ruled leg before to Kavidu Ediriweera in the last over before lunch with the score at 132/4.

The only other batsman to pass the twenty run mark was Adithya Siriwardena who scored a patient 26 off 58 balls with a solitary boundary. Kalindu Edirisinghe, Nipun Malinga and Kavindu Ediriweera captured two wickets each.

The Mahinda batsmen batted out 46 overs to end the day at 96/3. Sandun Mendis captured two wickets while Ravishka Wijesiri captured one wicket. The nightwatchmen were wicket keeper Venura Dulsara unbeaten on 25 and Kavindu Ediriweera on 07. An exciting finish is on the cards when play resumes tomorrow.

Live updates: Under 20 schools rugby tournament – Science College vs Wesley College

March 17, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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17:50 – At full time. Wesley College 36. Science College 10.

17:49 – Science College scores a consolation try. 10-36.

17:42 – Wesley College reduced to 13 players.

17:34 – Wesley College continue their dominance with another converted try to lead 36-3.

17:19 – Wesley College score their fifth try to lead 29-3.

17:09 – Second half underway.

17:04 – At half time. Wesley College 24. Science College 3.

17:03 – Wesley College scores again to lead 24-3.

16:57 – Yellow card for a Science College player.

16:48 – Science College score their first points with a penalty. 3-17.

16:45 – Wesley College plant their third try to make it 17-0.

16:36 – Wesley College extend lead with another unconverted try. 10-0.

16:33 – Wesley open scoring with an unconverted try. 5-0.

16:29 – Game kicks off

Live update: 112th Lovers’ Quarrel Big Match – Richmond College vs Mahinda College

March 17, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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17:50 – Richmond College 2nd innings 205/1 in 32 overs at close

17:10 – Richmond College 2nd innings 168/1 in 28 overs.

D. Lakshan 101 n.o, K. Mendis 92. Result: Match drawn.

15:26 – Richmond College 2nd innings 42/0 in 8 overs K. Mendis 21 n.o.

14:45 – Richmond College 2nd innings 20/0 in 5 overs

14:07 – Mahinda College 1st innings 180 all out in 103 overs

N. Paranavithana 20, K. Ediriweera 27, S. Mendis 3/44, A. Theekshana 3/57

13:14 – Mahinda College 1st innings 158/6 in 89 overs

V. Hiranjith 51 n.o, K. Ediriweera 27, S. Mendis 3/43.

 

11:08 – Mahinda College 1st innings 132/4 in 69 overs

V. Hiranjith 37 n.o, S. Mendis 2/27.

10:36 – Mahinda College 1st innings 120/3 in 60 overs

K. Ediriweera 20 n.o.

10:08 – Mahinda College 1st innings 105/3 in 50 overs

V. Hiranjith 25 n.o, N. Paranavithana 20, S. Mendis 2/27.

Day two

17:45 – Mahinda College 1st innings 96/3 in 46 overs at close

V. Hiranjith 25 n.o, S. Mendis 2/27.

16:33 – Mahinda College 1st innings 68/2 in 27 overs

S. Mendis 2/15.

14:19 – Richmond College 1st innings 184 all out in 47.1 overs

A. Siriwardena 26, N. Malinga 2/50.

14:22 – Richmond College 1st innings 182/6 in 46 overs

A. Siriwardena 26 n.o, K. Edirisinghe 2/15.

13:33 – Richmond College 1st innings 160/6 in 38 overs

A. Theekshana 38, K. Edirisinghe 2/15.

11.32 – Richmond College 1st innings 92/3 in 19 overs.

D. Lakshan 30, K. Edirisinghe 2/15.

11.11 – Richmond College 1st innings 67/3 in 13 overs.

K.Mendis 32.

10:24 - Richmond College 1st innings 36/0 in 7 overs.

10:07 - Mahinda College won the toss and elected to field vs Richmond College.

Live update: U19 schools cricket tournament – Ananda College vs Maris Stella

March 17, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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15:25 – Ananda College 2nd innings 148/4 in 31 overs

S. Ashan 55, S. Suraweera 45, R. Fernando 3/32.

14:26 – Ananda College 2nd innings 93/2 in 20 overs

S. Suraweera 45, S. Ashan 27 n.o.

12:17 – Maris Stella College 1st innings 230 all out in 62.3 overs

R. Fernando 40, K. Anjula 4/45.

11.22 – Maris Stella College 1st innings 211/7, in 55 overs.

S.Colombage 36*, K. Anjula3/34.

Day 2 – Maris Stella College 1st innings 180/7  in 46 overs.

K. Perera 67, R. Fernando 40, K.Anjula3/26

Maris Stella College 1st innings 131/3 in 34 overs at close

K. Perera 40 n.o, R. Fernando 40.

16:31 – Maris Stella College 1st innings 61/2 in 13 overs

L. Croospulle 38.

15:58 – Ananda College 1st innings 236 all out in 60.2 overs

K. Nirmal 60, K. Gimhan 45, P. Colombage 2/33, P. Ushetti 2/34.

15:15 – Ananda College 1st innings 218/7 in 53 overs

K. Nirmal 48 n.o, L. Hiranya 28, L. Croospulle 3/20.

14:25 – Ananda College 1st innings 192/6 in 43 overs

N. Nirmal 35 n.o, L. Hiranya 28, T. Preethma 2/47.

13:46 – Ananda College 1st innings 165/5 in 38 overs.

S. Ashan 58, L. Hiranya 22 n.o, T. Preethma 2/47.

12:45 – Ananda College 1st innings 136/5 in 28 overs.

S. Ashan 58, K. Gimhan 45, T. Preethma 2/47.

12:06 – Ananda College 1st innings 128/3 in 23 overs

S. Ashan 58 n.o, K. Gimhan 45, T. Preethma 2/47.

11:43 – Ananda College 1st innings 96/2 in 18 overs

S. Ashan 50 n.o, K. Gimhan 40 n.o, T. Preethma 2/38.

11:08 – Ananda College 1st innings 46/2 in 11 overs

S. Ashan 23 n.o, T. Preethma 2/23.

10:40 – Ananda College 1st innings 17/2 in 5 overs

Maris Stella College won the toss and elected to field vs Ananda College

Review: Wesley in stunning win over S. Thomas’

March 16, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Wesley College have created the first major upset in the current Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament.

Last week, they produced a stunning performance to beat the favourites S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia 23-19 in a thrilling encounter worked off at Longden Place.

The Wesleyites who started the game at the backdrop of some uncertainty dished out some fantastic rugby to edge-out their opponents while collecting their points from four tries and one penalty.

The Thomians of course made a promising start to the game as they built up a crucial 19-13 lead at half time but could not add any points to their tally in the second half as they responded with two goals and one try.

Wesley were also able to avenged their last year’s defeat as they went on to regain the Sir Oliver Gunathilake Shield while recording their second victory in the current season.

No doubt the return of their six suspended players back into the side certainly made a huge difference for the Wesleyites as they dominated the second half and turned the game in their favour.

Even then, it were the Thomians who drew first blood as they opened scoring shortly after the kick-off before Wesley came back with a penalty and a try to snatch the lead 8-5.

However, S. Thomas’ took control from there onwards and scored two converted tries as they extended their lead to a commanding 19-18 shortly before half time.

Wesley hit back with their second try of the match a couple of minutes before the interval as they reduced the deficit to 13-19 at that stage.

The Wesleyites played with more cohesive in the second half as they managed to retain possession for a longer period which helped them to touch down twice and seal the game.

Dharmaraja vs Royal

Royal College recovered from an early setback to beat Dharmaraja College 18-15 in another exciting Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match played at the Nittawela Stadium in Kandy.

Skipper Ovin Askey emerged as the match winner for Royal as he fired across a last minute drop goal to seal the game after the scores had been level 15-15 for quite some time.

Royal were under tremendous pressure after having conceded a 10-15 lead to their opponents but as they have performed in the past they staged a remarkable comeback to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Rajans were of course heading towards a memorable triumph at one stage after they had dominated the first half where they scored twice through their speedy three quarters.

But in a most dramatic turn of events Royal went on to have the final laugh as their Skipper Askey dropped a peach of a drop goal from 20 metres out to dash Dharmaraja’s hopes.

Zahira vs Trinity

Trinity College managed to maintain their unbeaten record with a hard fought 34-26 victory over Zahira College in a vital Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match played at Maradana.

The Trinitiansnever had things easy against this fighting Zahira outfit under wet conditions and they certainly had to put up their best performance to clear this tough hurdle.

They had to use all their experience and the skills to master their opponents and it was after scoring six tries that they were able to bring down the opposition and register their third successive victory in the tournament.

This was another close encounter for Zahira who have already made a lasting impression having made their entry into top division rugby after a lapse of many years.

They were able to topple the more fancied Science College outfit 19-13 in their opening match of the tournament and last week they nearly brought down S. Thomas’ College at this same venue.

However, Zahira will need to learn the art of winning matches if they are to stay among the top contenders for the title this season.

They have been outstanding and overenthusiastic at times but likewise they need to be consistent and be able to add the finishing touches as well.

Isipathana vs St. Anthony’s

Isipathana College survived a fierce second half rally to beat St. Anthony’s College 43-35 in a high scoring Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Havelock Park.

The match will be of great significance for the number of tries scored with Isipathana going over on seven occasions and converting four of them while the Antonians responded with six tries and converting just one in addition to putting over a penalty.

Even then, Isipathana were heading towards a more convincing victory at one stage after having built up a commanding 24-13 lead at half time.

The Antonians came back into the game with four tries in the second half as they nearly created a major upset but their reliable place kicker Samuel Maduwantha was completely off colour making just a solitary conversion.

D. S. Senanayake vs St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s College had the satisfaction of recording a comfortable 36-5 win over D. S. Senanayake College in their Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match played at Welisara.

The Peterites after their setback in the previous outing had the opportunity of making some amends as they went on to score six tries and converted four of them in addition to a penalty.

D. S. Senanayake of course started off very promisingly but they were unable to maintain the same momentum and managed to score just a solitary try.

Star-studded Richmond set for the kill

March 16, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

The star-studded Richmond College Team will start favourites when they confront the traditional rivals Mahinda College in the 112th Lovers’ Quarrel Inter-Schools Big Match which will be worked off on March 17 and 18 at the Galle Stadium.

Richmond led by Sri Lanka youth player Kamindu Mendis have enjoyed a splendid season this year where they were able to secure the top position in Group ‘A’ while competing in the Inter-Schools Under-19 Division One Tournament.

In addition, Richmond have reached the semi-finals of the Under-19 Division One Limited Over Tournament and also the quarter-finals of the Division One 2-day Tournament.

In contrast, Mahinda have struggled throughout the season to put up a decent performance and they are also still searching for their first victory of the current season.

However, there seem to be some hope for Mahinda in the Big Match considering the fact that they were able to produce an excellent batting performance during their last three outings of the tournament.

The Mahindians after going through a pretty ordinary season picked up their batting form during the latter stages and went on to make scores of over 300 runs in the last four outings.

This was no doubt an encouraging performance from Mahinda considering the fact that it also lifted their morale and the confidence needed to face their more fancied opponents.

In fact, Richmond will once again look to maintain their dominance over their rivals with another fine all-round performance in this Big Match.

They underlined their superiority in almost every outing this year and were able to record four outright victories in the most comprehensive manner.

The outstanding performance of Skipper Mendis has certainly given Richmond the edge over their rivals and they will be looking to conclude the season on a high note.

The only obstacle for Richmond in this Big Match seems to be the bad weather which has quite often played spoil sportduring the current Inter-Schools season.

Even then, Mahindahave always faced the Big Match with a lot of determination and on many occasions they have come out with a spirited performance despite going in as the underdogs.

Richmond College (from): Kamindu Mendis (Captain), Chamikara Hewage (Vice-Captain),Thilanga Udeeshana, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Avindu Theekshana, Sathsara Kumara, Duveen Kalansooriya, Vinuja Kiriella, Ravishkam Wijesiri, Thisara Divan, Adhithya Siriwardena, Kasun Tharaka, Thaveesha Abhishek, Sandun Mendis and Vishmitha Wijesiri

Mahinda College (from): Hansika Welihinda (Captain), Roshan Kavinda (Vice Captain), Venura Dulsara, Navod Paranavithana, Ashan Kandambi, Pasindu Hettiarachchi, Kasitha Sankesh, Kalindu Shresara, Kavindu Ediriweera, Aveska Kalupahana, Prameeth Thevarapperuma, Nupun Malinga, Pasan Pethiyagoda, K.K. Kevin, Thilina Nisansala, Prageeth Gunathilake and Chamara Sandaruwan.

Live updates: U20 schools rugby tournament – Trinity College vs Zahira College

March 13, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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17:54 – Trinity score again and consolidate their lead. 34-26

17:34 – Trinity regain the lead with a try. 29-26

17:26 – Zahira take the lead against Trinity. 26-24.

16:59 – A third try for Trinity, which is converted. Trinity 19, Zahira 12

16:55 – Zahira score to equalise again. 12-12

16:36 – Zahira equalise with a try of their own. Trinity College 07, Zahira College 07

16:27 – Trinity College take the lead with a converted try. Trinity College 07, Zahira 00

Live updates: Under 20 Schools rugby tournament – St. Anthony’s College Vs Isipathana College; Wesley College Vs S. Thomas’ College

March 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Full time: At full time. Wesley College 23. S. Thomas’ College 19.  Isipathana 43, St. Anthony’s 35

17:41 – Wesley College scores an unconverted try to reduce the lead. 18-19.

17:37 – Isipathana 43, St. Anthony’s 30

17:23 – Isipathana 43, St. Anthony’s 20

17:06 – Half time between Isipathana and St. Anthony’s. Isipathana 24, St Anthony’s 13

16:53 – Score remains the same after 15 minutes of play between S. Thomas College and Wesley

16:51 – Isipathana 24
St. Anthony’s 13

16:46 – Wesley puts over a penalty to reduce the margin. 3-5.

16:39 – Isipathana extend their lead again with another unconverted try. Isipathana 17, St. Anthony’s College 05

16:36 – S. Thomas’ College take the lead with an unconverted try. 5-0.

16:33 – Match underway at Longden Place.

16: 21 – St. Anthony’s hit back with an unconverted try. Isipathana 12, St. Anthony’s 05

16:29 – Isipathana extend the lead with a converted try. Isipathana 12, St. Anthony’s 00

16:23 – Isipathana College on the board early on with an uncoverted try

Live updates: Battle of the Golds Limited Over encounter

March 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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16:14 – St. Sebastian’s College 154/4 in 33.1 overs when spectators invaded the field. M. Peiris 62 n.o, S. Peiris 3/21. Result: St. Sebastian’s College won by 62 runs (D/L method).

15:58 – St. Sebastian’s College 134/3 in 25 overs

M. Peiris 46 n.o. S. Peiris 2/9.

15:05 – St. Sebastian’s College (target 160) 119/2 in 19 overs

A. Fernando 56, M. Peiris 41 n.o.

14:38 – St. Sebastian’s College 99/0 in 13 overs

M. Peiris 39 n.o, A. Fernando 45 n.o.

14:18 – St. Sebastian’s College 53/0 in 8 overs

A. Fernando 20 n.o.

13:52 – St. Sebastian’s College (target 160) 24/0 in 3 overs.

12:53 – Prince of Wales College 159 all out in 43.4 overs

A. Fernando 21, S. Fernando 18, T. Perera 4/55, N. Bandara 3/19.

12:30 – Prince of Wales College 120/7 in 29 overs

N. Bandara 2/6, T. Perera 2/19.

11:58 – Prince of Wales College 118/7 in 29 overs

A. Fernando 21, T. Perera 2/19.

11:24 – Prince of Wales College 95/5 in 20 overs

V. Chaturanga 26

11:08 – Prince of Wales College 72/2 in 12 overs

V. Chaturanga 26

10:39 – Prince of Wales College 59/2 in 9 overs.

10:17 – Prince of Wales 33/0 in 5 overs.

Prince of Wales won the toss and elected to bat vs St. Sebastian’s College

Manchester City cruise into FA Cup semi-finals

March 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday as Pep Guardiola showed he is taking the competition seriously.

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Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero were scant reward for City as they easily out-classed Middlesbrough, who must have feared such an outcome when they witnessed the team named by Guardiola.

Ominously for Middlesbrough, languishing in the relegation zone after failing to win any of their last 10 Premier League games, all City’s world-class players were involved, despite the fact they face Monaco in a decisive Champions League last 16 second leg on Wednesday.

“We’re so happy to be through because to reach the semi-finals of this competition is so complicated,” Guardiola said.

“We produced a good performance today. We were there from the first minute. The first goal was important but it was down to how we approached the game.

“Now we recover good to play another big game on Wednesday.”

City’s extra class soon surfaced as three of Guardiola’s big guns combined to open the scoring in the third minute.

Yaya Toure’s angled pass was headed back across goal by Pablo Zabaleta and any one of three players could have put the ball beyond the goalkeeper Brad Guzan, with Silva applying the finishing touch.

It was a goal destined to further erode the fragile confidence of a Middlesbrough team that struggled to find an immediate response apart from two dreadful tackles, one that earned a caution for Antonio Barragan and another that should have brought the same punishment for Grant Leadbitter.

Leadbitter, whose inevitable booking eventually came at the end of the half, was employed more impressively when Middlesbrough finally troubled City midway through the half.

The midfielder’s corner was met by Rudy Gestede, whose header was parried by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo before Zabaleta completed the clearance on the line.

Another header from Gestede drifted over the bar a minute later in his final contribution before an injury forced him off to be replaced by the former City forward Alvaro Negredo.

Negredo spent the rest of the opening half watching from a distance as his current team came under constant pressure, notably from Leroy Sane, who failed to take advantage of a cross from Raheem Sterling before almost creating a goal at the end of an electrifying run.

Middlesbrough did threaten again when Cristhian Stuani directed a 37th minute header too close to Bravo, but City remained firmly in control of the tie and Toure almost extended their lead with a header shortly before the interval.

Remarkably, the opening stages of the second-half almost brought a replica of City’s goal.

This time, Kevin de Bruyne redirected identical Toure’s pass across the goal where Silva was waiting again, but this time he wastefully drove his shot over the bar.

City appeared in the mood to finish off Middlesbrough as Guzan was forced to make four fine saves in the space of 10 minutes, twice from Sane and also from Silva and Aguero, who finally found a way past the keeper in the 67th minute when he turned in Sane’s excellent cross for the second goal.

The remaining quarter of the match was all about Guzan as he saved superbly from Silva and Aguero, while Sterling had a goal disallowed for offside.

When Middlesbrough did create a rare chance for Fabio, it was cleared off the line by John Stones.

Battle of the Golds ends in draw

March 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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The 67th Battle of the Golds Inter-Schools Big Match between traditional rivals St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales College also ended in a tame draw at the Moratuwa Stadium on Saturday (11).

Even then, the Cambrians had the satisfaction of snatching a close first innings lead over their opponents following some exceptional bowling by Kaumal Nanayakkara and Tharuka Fernando.

The pair shared eight wickets between them as the Sebastianites were bowled out for 221 despite a fighting half century from Mishen Silva (77).

Earlier, the Cambrians were rescued by a superb knock from Vishwa Chaturanga (88) who played the sheet anchor role after they had had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Rain-affected centenary match ends in draw

March 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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The Centenary Battle of the Blues Inter-Schools Big Match between traditional rivals Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College was also severely affected by bad weather at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy.

Even then, Trinity were able to take major honours in this rain-curtailed encounter as they piled up a formidable 270 for five in their first innings and then had the opposition struggling at 99 for six in reply.

Trinity’s first innings total was built around two superb innings from Hasitha Boyagoda (90) and Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan (83) who took the Antonian bowling apart with some aggressive batting.

In fact, the Trinitians could have easily scored over 300 runs but with bad weather curtailing play they decided to close the first innings at 270 for five.

The Antonians in reply were in deep trouble when the match was called off eventually with V. Nethumal and T. Dilshan threatening to run through the innings.

Bad weather stalls S. Thomas’ in Battle of the Blues

March 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

S. Thomas’ College missed out on a great chance of pulling off an outright victory as bad weather intervened to their 138th Battle of the Blues Inter-Schools Big Match against the traditional rivals Royal College which ended in a draw at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Saturday (11).

Even then, the Thomians will be really disappointed with the final result as they were within a chance of forcing a result and were well set to avenge their last year’s Big Match defeat at the same venue.

In fact, Royal were struggling at 154 for eight in their second innings when bad light halted play early with an overall lead of just 52 runs and two wickets in hand.

Royal’s hero in the second innings was their middle order batsman Thevindu Senaratne who held the batting together after they had collapsed to 61 for five at one stage.

Senaratne together with Ahan Sachintha frustrated the Thomian bowlers with some stubborn batting as the pair rescued Royal from disaster while adding a valuable 68 runs for the sixth wicket.

Trevin Eriyagama did the early damage while claiming three quick wickets but the Thomians were not able to add the finishing touches as the Royal tailenders held on determinedly to force a draw.

Earlier, S. Thomas’ took their first innings total past the 350-run mark following some splendid batting from their top order.

Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma (92) and opening batsman Ravindu Kodituwakku (98) both missed out on scoring Big Match hundreds while wicket-keeper batsman Sithara Hapuhinna(59) smashed a half century to extend their lead.

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