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Fitness is key to success for Tony Opatha

May 18, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

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By Shehan Daniel

Whether it was opening the bowling against some of the greatest batsmen to play the game or constructively calling out the cricket board, Tony Opatha has never been one to shy away.

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A confident and cocky cricketer, Opatha’s international playing career was brought to an end prematurely in 1983 after he and a group of Sri Lanka players undertook a rebel tour to South Africa, banned from international cricket at the time because of the apartheid regime. Opatha was crucified for eternity for that decision, being singled out as the person who led that tour, and he spent almost three decades away from the country plying his trade as a coach in the Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa and Bangladesh.

Opatha speaking to the Daily Mirror in an exclusive interview elaborated on his involvement in that tour, also sharing his views about where the current national team stands.

Q: You played at a time when cricket was not as lucrative as it is now. Did you plan out your career and was life after playing something that was always on your mind?

I never planned my cricketing life. I took it the way it came and I worked hard at it, and as time went by I developed myself in how everything has to be done. I worked myself to the future but not by making plans. It came naturally over time, and if you want to develop yourself as a cricketer you have to sacrifice a lot — the way you train, the way you apply yourself, the amount of concentration, the amount of confidence, all those things come as a package, and I worked at that. As I used to say, there are a lot of cricketers behind you, to fight for your place, so if you want to be the best there is a lot of hard work to outbid all the bowlers who want to take my place. I was always full of confidence that I can achieve that because I knew that the first thing I needed to do was to be 100 per cent physically fit. Concentration, performance, success — everything is based on fitness. I gave my life to that, killed my body. We didn’t have gyms those days — my gym was chopping wood to strengthen my arms, running at the beach, on the road at 5.30 in the morning. I also never had a coach — today there are more coaches than players when they tour. It’s unnecessary. If you have a weakness you develop yourself, take two three extra hours to work on your skills.

I had to retire to be honest. Going on that tour of South Africa, forced me to retire. After that tour I was told that I couldn’t work here, so then I got a break in Holland, to coach one of the top clubs in their domestic league, and I did very well there, winning the championship several times. I ended up spending 21 years there and coached nine clubs, and then helped the national team, also serving as manager of the World Cup team. I was also involved with their ladies’ team, taking them to four European Cups and two World Cups. I then spent a year in Ireland, and then two years in South Africa before going to Bangladesh for a year. And then I came back to Sri Lanka and carried on, also focussing on my charity work.

Q: What was it like playing for Sri Lanka at that time? And do you see parallels between the game now and the game then?

I think the only thing we lacked was the Test status which we should have got about 10-15 years before. We had some excellent cricketers. I don’t think even Arjuna Ranatunga was good enough to get into the team when we were playing, although he was a good cricketer. That side was tremendous. We beat teams; we beat India in the World Cup, we lost to Australia by 18 runs, with Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee.

If I was to look at today’s cricket and the cricket we played I think we played top cricketers. The quality was such that teams had depth in quality. Everybody could bat or bowl. Today you have to find ‘a’ batsman or ‘a’ bowler. That was not the case when we played. I used to go in at seven or eight, and get fifties.

I also think T20 cricket is more circus cricket than actually cricket. It’s great to pull in crowds and to entertain them, but don’t take that as cricket. With T20 and 50 over cricket, Test cricket died, which I am sad about. (When I played) Test cricket was where the quality of cricket was but today it’s not as popular.
Whenever we played, we played hard, and we had a battle between bat and ball. But after the game we’re best of friends. That friendship through sportsmanship was there, which is not so evident today. That’s poor. You play the game in the middle, but away from the pitch we’re just friends.

Q: About that tour to South Africa in 1983, the rebel tour, you were painted as a key figure in planning that tour. What was your involvement with it?

I can only say that I am partly responsible, but it was not Tony Opatha alone. There was a committee, like Duleep Mendis was the main man selecting the team, Roy Dias, Lalith Kalluperuma and they selected the team, because I was not in the country, I was in Holland. Of course I arranged the team and the tour and they gave me the backing — they told me to — and we went to South Africa.

Everything came on me, while all these other people were also involved, and they thought I did all the damage which is not true. I got contracts of these guys who signed to go to South Africa and they signed the contracts before they went on the tour to India, where Duleep got two hundreds after getting zeroes, and when they came back he was offered the captaincy over Bandula Warnapura and they (Mendis and Dias) crossed over. Even before the tour of India they had signed contracts. But they got the whole team signed and confirmed and later put the blame on me. That was my reason to retire.

There was an incident before the first test, they had a trial, and in this trial I got the first four wickets and I was 47* and they stopped me from batting. After that when they selected the team I was not in the 25. So I was a bit sad, and when this South Africa tour came up, with the backing of my other friends, I thought (I would take it). There was no cricket at that time, because of the war, and hardly any teams came to Sri Lanka, so we were getting just old and there was no money with us, so when this opportunity came we went to South Africa. I feel sorry, because it was the wrong decision I made. (Actually) With two days to go, I refused to go, but the team mates said since I was partly responsible not to back out. I was 29 at the time, so I wasn’t young, and I took that decision because there was no cricket. That was the reason for me to do that.

Q: Did you regret undertaking that tour?

When I saw the apartheid there and how the poor people were treated, I understood the gravity of it and I wondered why I went on that tour. But we all make mistakes, and I apologized for that. They made me look like the biggest mafia murderer, and I didn’t do anything like that. I just went and sold my talent and earned some money. And at that time the country was doing business with South Africa, so South Africa was good trade but not for cricket. The punishment — a 25 year ban — was too harsh. When I returned there were numerous death threats made to me and I was fortunate to have had police protection. It was sort of a political punishment rather than a cricket punishment, but I didn’t want to go into any type of argument. Even today the cricket board thinks I should be punished.

Q: You have always been outspoken about the national team. Where do you assess the team being at the moment?

If I take the Sri Lankan cricket team now, I think we’ve got a good cricket team. They lack experience and confidence, they lack physical fitness but in another couple of years our national team will be ready to face world cricket. We’ll still be at a handicap, where we are lacking good pace bowlers, a good spinner — we’ve got only Rangana Herath and now he’s on his way out. Then we have Angelo Mathews who has had loads of injuries who is not fit. We’ve also got aging cricketers, like Upul Tharanga. Have we got replacements for these players? No. What is the fault? It’s because the Sri Lankan cricket board is not looking into the youth enough. We should have an Under 21 tournament, to compliment the Under 23 tournament. This is our nursery. This is where we have to jump and get proper coaches, who will look for talent, take their names, put them into a squad, and from there we can build them — our future Test cricketers, future match-winners. We are lacking in that area. I urge the cricket board to open their eyes and not make this mistake, this very big mistake (of neglecting the youth) for Sri Lanka cricket.

Bringing Wasim Akram for a week is a joke. Bringing Allan Donald in for two months, is a joke. We have cricketers like Champaka Ramanayake, Chaminda Vaas, Pramodya (Wickremasinghe), and other good local coaches. If you’re bringing in these types of coaches from abroad, then (you’re saying that) these coaches are not good enough. I also believe that our selectors have been too quick in dropping players. How do you make a team when you do that? How are you going to build a team? If they are good, and are selected on merit, give them five or six chances. Fitness is also an area where we are lacking. Consistency, concentration, dedication, results — all that comes in through fitness. Players these days train in comfort, in Air Conditioned gyms and when you put them out in the sun, they can’t bowl more than five overs without getting tired.

Something else we do wrong – and this is a sad story – is that every new president who comes in, brings in all the people who supported him, who are not qualified enough, into important posts. There is a lack of professionalism. And it’s a fault of all the cricket boards than have come into power.

Q: Administration was one area where you were never involved. Was it something you actively avoided?

They took that South African tour so bitterly, and they still are. Honestly, they will never get people who are pushy and know the game. They know I am capable and that I can contribute to this cricket board, but they know that I will only get people who are capable. Our cricket administration style is wrong. There are wrong people at the positions that are important for development. They don’t have the experience or the knowledge and background to produce what is required.

Q: You played at a time when cricket was blessed with big characters and personalities. Any particular players you liked bowling to?

I always liked to bowl to good cricketers. It was a battle bowling to batsmen like Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Alvin Kallicharran, Roy Fredericks or Sunil Gavashkar. (I always said) Getting a good batsman is easy, getting a bad one is difficult. So I enjoyed every game I played because I liked to perform and give my team and country the best. I always said you play for your team and your country, and (so you need to) perform. I enjoyed my cricket, and I was a cocky man.

Q: You have been outspoken about coaching as well. Do you think teams have too many coaches involved in their set-up?

Today you have about 12 coaches, more than the players. You don’t need to be teaching players the basics at this level but that is what modern cricket has become. I’m not against this. (But in Sri Lanka) There is no place for our own players. Look at Mahela (Jayawardene) — he wasn’t given a place so he went to England. They didn’t utilise Kumar Sangakkara, so he also went to England. (Chandika) Hathurusinghe, they didn’t give him a place, he went to Bangladesh. Sri Lanka have had a complex problem (they don’t see local coaches as being good enough). They take the foreign coach’s word as gospel. That is a country, it’s in our culture. This is evident even recently, when they brought Wasim Akram and Allan Donald (demoralising local coaches).

Q: What defines a good coach, in your opinion?

A good coach produces results. Produces match-winning players. You’ve got to be in front of the players, not in between. As a coach you have to have to distance yourself from the players and have that respect. That is why the board made a mistake in making Marvan Atapattu the national coach. It was too early for him. Half of the team played with him. He’s a good coach but he was appointed at the wrong time.

Q: What was the experience of coaching in a country like the Netherlands where cricket was not as popular as Sri Lanka, like?

If you see, Holland played in three world cups and in my time there I produced about 18 national players, who I coached from a young age. It’s the way those guys work at it, and come for training. They are not fanatic cricketers, but when they play they are fanatic. Our cricketers are not fanatic enough, they’ve become easy going and lazy. The character of our players is a big problem. When we played, if you are lazy you’re starving (because you’re not getting paid). Today cricketers have everything, even if you don’t win matches you get your money.

Avindu, Sandun lead Richmond’s fight back

May 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit 

Avindu Theekshana whose bowling was instrumental in Southern Province lifting the Super U19 inter- provincial title on Sunday put in another dazzling performance but this time with the bat, as he along with Sandun Mendis led Richmond College’s fight back to end day one on a formidable score of 306 for 8 against Ananda College in the Singer U19 two-day league tournament final played at the Thurstan ground.

Avindu Theekshana

The Ananda bowlers had Richmond in a spot of bother after skipper Kamindu Mendis won the toss and elected to take first lease of the wicket as they lost their openers skipper Kamindu and Dhananjaya Lakshan with the scoreboard reading 19.

Richmond fell into deeper trouble as they lost two more quick wickets for the addition of three runs and were struggling on 22 for 4 in the 13th over. It seemed that the Ananda bowlers were going to have a field day with their bowlers being on top.

But it was not to be as Avindu came to their rescue as he was involved in three crucial and valuable partnerships. The first was with another player from the champion Southern Province team Thaveesha Abhishek, with whom he put on 76 runs for the fifth-wicket before Thaveesha was dismissed having made a dogged innings of 46 in 81 balls inclusive of five boundaries and two sixes.

The second partnership was for the sixth wicket, a brief 36 runs with Ravishka Wijesiri, which followed by a 68 runs for the seventh wicket with Kasun Tharaka.

Avindu’s heroic innings of 81 in 160 balls that included ten boundaries came to an end along with Tharaka’s dismissal as Richmond lost two quick wickets at the same score of 202.

But that was all that the Ananda bowlers could achieve as Sandun Mendis who made an unbeaten 64 with nine boundaries and a six along with Duveen Kalansuriya who remained unbeaten on 36 frustrated them associating in an unbroken 105-run stand for the ninth-wicket helping Richmond end the day with a healthy and challenging score.

Richmond 306 for 8 (Avindu Theekshana 80, Thaveesha Abhishek 46, Kasun Tharaka 25, Ravishka Wijesiri 21, Sandun Mendis 64 n.o., Duveen Kalansuriya 36 n.o.: Supun Waragoda 4 for 91, Dileepa Jayalath 2 for 80) vs Ananda

Avindu, Hansika steer Southern Province to title

May 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

A five wicket haul by left spinner Avindu Theekshana laid the foundation for Southern Province to record a win by 26 runs on the Duckworth /Lewis method over Western Province in the final of the Super U19 limited tournament played at R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday to emerge champions.

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Western Province South skipper Nipuna Deshan winning the toss and electing to take first lease of the wicket helped by a knock of 68 by Kamal Mishara who put on a valuable 90 runs for the sixth wicket with Kavindu Umayage made a modest score of 189.

Southern Province in their run chase making steady progress saw opener Hansika Welihinda who made an unbeaten 58 runs inclusive of ten boundaries and Thaveesha Abishek who chipped in with a 28 associating in a 62 runs stand for the fourth wicket before bad light stopped play which saw them coasting to a victory.

Welihinda was adjudged the man of the final while Kamal Mishara was adjudged the the best batsman and Avindu Theekshana the best bowler of the final.

Western Province South 189 in 49.1 overs (Kamil Mishara 68, Kavindu Umayanga 38, Avindu Fernando 28, Avindu Theekshana 5 for 41, Dhananjaya Lakshan 2 for 20, Thisara Dilshan 2 for 23)

Southern Province 139 for 4 in 34 overs (Thaveesha Abishek 28, Hansika Welihinda 58 n.o.: Inshaka Maduvinda 2 for31)

Skipper Chandimal steers Colombo to title

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By M. Shamil Amit

An unbeaten 113 off just 117 balls from captain Dinesh Chandimal helped Colombo record an emphatic 137-run win over Galle in the final of the SLC Super Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament 2017, played at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.

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Pic courtesy Sri Lanka Cricket

Chandimal’s innings included 11 boundaries and three sixes.

Galle chasing an imposing target of 308 runs were nowhere close, having been crippled to 59 for four in the 12th over.

Three wickets from all-rounder Thisara Perera later put the skids on the Galle team, with the bowler claiming the wickets of Chathuranga de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna  and Sammu Ashan to have them struggling on 127 for 8 in the 26th over.

An inevitable win for Colombo was only delayed by Akila Dhananjaya and Malinda Paushpakumara who together added 43 runs for the ninth wicket and with Suranga Lakmal failing to turn up at the crease saw Colombo coming out victorious.

Earlier Colombo skipper Chandimal won the toss and electing to take first lease of the wicket, his team were given a sedate start of 42 runs by openers Dilshan Munaweera and Leo Fransisco.

Fransisco did not last long as he was dismissed six runs later before Kithruwan Vithanage and skipper Chandimal put on a brief stand of 46 runs for the third wicket and Angelo Jayasinghe lasted only four balls with Colombo at this stage on 96 for 4 in the 23rd over.

From there on Chandimal joined by Shehan Jayasuriya steadied the innings and Jayasuriya in particular paid scant respect to the Galle bowlers. The pair frustrated the Galle bowlers and then posted their 100-run partnership in the 41st over.

The duo was separated having added another 39 runs for a partnership of 139 runs for the fifth wicket with spinner Akila Dhananjaya making the breakthrough with the wicket of Jayasuriya who made a breezy 77 in only 74 balls which had eight boundaries and a six.

Colombo left with under five overs to negotiate lost three wickets in the process but succeeded to past the 300 runs mark to end with a formidable score of 307 for 8.

Scoreboard
Colombo innings
Dilshan Munaweera c Shanaka b de Silva 27
Leo Fransisco st Samarawickrama b Dhananjaya 16
Kithruwan Vithanage c Samarawickrama b Pushpakumara 25
Dinesh Chandimal not out 113
Angelo Jayasinghe c Tharanga b Pushpakumara 02
Shehan Jayasuriya c Bhanuka b Dhananjaya 77
Thisara Perera c Prasanna b Shanaka 18
Sachithra Senanayake st Samarawickrama b de Silva 11
Wanindu Hasaranga c Pushpakumara b Shanaka 12
Extras (lb1, b2, w3) 06
Total (8 wickets: 50 overs) 307
Fall of wickets – 1-42, 2-48, 3-94, 4-96, 5-235, 6-267, 7-286, 8-299.
Bowling – Suranga Lakmal 6-0-36-0, Dasun Shanaka 6-0-63-2, Chathuranga de Silva 6-0-53-2, Seekkuge Prasanna 9-0-23-0, Akila Dhananjaya 9-056-2, Sammu Ashan 6-0-42=0, Malinda Pushpakumara 10-1-33-1.

Galle innings
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Perera b Chameera 29
Upul Tharanga lbw b Senananayake 10
Dimuth Karunaratne b Chameera 09
Minod Bhanuka c Perera b Jayasuriya 09
Sammu Ashan lbw b Perera 34
Chathuranga de Silva c Jayasinghe b Perera 34
Dasun Shanaka c Fransisco b Perera 00
Seekkuge Prasanna c Fransisco b Perera 02
Akila Dhananjaya c Jayasuriya b Senanayake 24
Malinda Pushpakumara not out 15
Suranga Lakmal absent
Extras (4b, 2lb, w1) 07
Total (all out: 30.3 overs) 170
Fall of wickets – 1-11, 2-34, 3-53, 59, 4-59, 5-112, 6-118, 7-126, 8-127, 9-170.
Bowling – Sachithra Senanayake 7.3-2-34-2, Vishwa Fernando 4-0-24-0, Dushmantha Chameera 7-0-40-2, Shehan Jayasuriya 5-0-19-1, Thisara Perera 6-0-41-4, Wanindu Hasaranga 1-0-5-0.

Colombo, Galle in Inter-Provincial limited over tournament final today

April 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

The curtains of the Super Provincial limited over tournament will come down with the final clash between Colombo and Galle scheduled to be played under floodlights at the R. Premadasa Stadium today.

Both teams have played each other on two occasions earlier in the first and second round matches and have a win each.

The two teams also possess the cream of first class players comprising of the past, present and future stars of Sri Lanka which will make the clash much more interesting and challenging.

Colombo led by Dinesh Chandimal has had fluctuated fortunes in the run up to today’s final. They started the campaign with a tied match against Dambulla before going down to Galle and came back to beat Kandy in the last first round match.

They had a successful second round outing, where they won all three matches against Galle, Dambulla and Kandy whom they defeated for the second time in their last second round encounter which ensured them the final berth.

Galle led by Upul Tharanga on the other hand lost two matches in the first round stage against Kandy in the first match and Dambulla with a win in between against Colombo.

They began the second round stage with a loss to Colombo but bounced back to record back to back wins against Kandy and Dambulla where match they posted a mammoth 362 runs to qualify to the final.

Looking at the performances of the players in the two teams, for Colombo skipper Chandimal has been consistent and is the only centurion of the side, having cracked an unbeaten 116 against Dambulla. He also has two half tons under his belt.

The other successful batsman of the side is opener Dilshan Munaweera who has made three half tons and all these knocks have been calypso type. Wanindu Hasaranga and Angelo Jayasinghe are the other two batsmen who have been in the runs.

Apart from these four batsmen, the Colombo side have big hitters in the likes of Angelo Perera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Shehan Jayasuriya and Thisara Perera.

Galle on the hand have three centurions in the side in Sadeera Samarawickrama who has cracked two centuries–109 against Kandy and 120 in the crucial match against Dambulla, Dasun Shanaka and skipper Tharanga.

Dimuth Karunaratne has had a successful stint with three half tons while others to impress in the earlier matches were Chathuranga de Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva and Sammu Ashan.

So the Galle side will pin their hopes in these players and will be looking for support from Minod Bhanuka and Seekkuge Prasanna who both have not been able to make any useful contributions and their support will be expected in this crucial game.

The Teams:

Colombo - Dinesh Chandimal (Captain),  Lahiru Thirimanne, Dilshan Munaweera,  Kithruwan Vithanage,  Ashan Priyanjan, Angelo Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya,  Wanindu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera,  Kasun Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera,  Vishva Fernando,  Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandasay,  Alankara  Asanka.

Galle – Upul Tharanga (Captain),  Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva,  Sammu Ashan,  Yasoda Lanka, Minod Banuka, Malinda Pushpakumara, Chathuranga de Silva,  Seekuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Vikum Sanjaya, Dasun Shanaka,  Akila Dananjaya, Chamika Karunaratne.

 

Sadeera steers Galle into final

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By M. Shamil Amit

A sparkling 120 in 104 balls inclusive of ten boundaries and two sixes from opener Sadeera Samarawickrama helped Galle crush Dambulla by 121 runs in their SLC Super Provincial Limited Overs Cricket Tournament final second-round match played under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

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Galle also entered the final of the tournament.

Sadeera who has been in terrific form throughout this tournament took things under control after Galle Skipper Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to take first lease of the wicket.

Sadeera was also involved in three valuable partnerships. He put on 55 for the second wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne which was followed by a 60-run stand for the third wicket with Minod Bhanuka.

He then added 70 runs for the fourth-wicket with Sammu Ashan.

Later Sammu (who made a valuable contribution of 52 in 48 balls that included two boundaries and three sixes) was associated in a 53-run stand for the seventh wicket with Seekkuge Prasanna as Galle ended their innings with a formidable score of 362 for seven.

Dambulla in reply, lost two quick wickets with the score on 27 in the fifth over and they never recovered from that setback as they lost wickets at regular intervals and were struggling at 80 for five in the 16th over.

A brief 43-run partnership between Ashan Priyanjan and Binura Fernando delayed an early win for Galle and the only consolation was the unbeaten half century made by Priyanjan.

Galle will now meet Colombo on April 30 in the final to be played under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

Galle: 362/7 in 50 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrema 120, Sammu Ashan 52, Seekkuge Prasanna 36, Minod Bhanuka 25, Dimuth Karunaratne 22, Dasun Shanaka 49 n.o, Asitha Fernando 4/62)

Dambulla: 141 in 31.3 overs (Kusal Mendis 23, Ashan Priyanjan 60 n.o, Chathuranga de Silva 3/20, Akila Dhananjaya 2/23, Dasun Shanaka 2/24).

Pic by Damith Wickremasinghe

Star-studded Richmond set for the kill

March 16, 2017 by · 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.

Battle of the Golds ends in draw

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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

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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.

Himesh, Ganith help Royal recovery act

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

The first day’s proceedings of the 138th Battle of the Blues between traditional rivals Royal College and S. Thomas’ College played at the SSC ground saw the Thomians end the day on 33 for no loss.

Royal, who were bowled out for 255, were helped by dropped catches by the Thomian fielders at crucial stages which saw Himesh Ramanayake and Ganith Sandeepa taking advantage as the pair added a valuable 83 runs for the eighth wicket.

The bowling effort put in by left arm pacie Kalana Perera who ended with impressive bowling returns of 5 for 47 proved to be vain as Royal made a good recovery being 172 for 7 at one stage.

Kalana Perera took 5 for 47.
Kalana Perera took 5 for 47.

The morning session saw Royal lose their first wicket at 16 but a 69-run stand for the second wicket between Ronuka Jayawardena and Pasindu Sooriyandara saw them coming back into the game.

But soon after the separation of the pair with the score on 85 they lost another wicket before reaching 100 runs with Kalana doing the damage. The two freshers Kavindu Madarasinghe and Ahan Sanchitha took Royal through to the lunch break on 108 for 3.

The post lunch session saw Royal losing two wickets for the addition of 33 runs, that of Sanchitha and Madarasinghe. Skipper Vithanage and Thevindu Senaratne added 24 runs for the sixth wicket before the former was dismissed with Royal on 165 and Senaratne did not last long as he perished after scoring seven runs.

Himesh Ramanayake was dropped by Dulith Gunaratne off Kalana Perera’s before he opened his account and that proved to be crucial as Ramanayake and Ganith Sandeepa slowly but surely took Royal out of the woods as Royal went into the tea break on 198 for 7.

The duo batting with caution went on to post their 50-run partnership and in the process Royal reached the 250-run mark. Five runs later they were separated with Sandeepa running himself out and Royal lost their remaining two wickets without any addition being bowled out for 255.

S. Thomas’s in their turn saw the openers Ravindu Kodituwakku and Dulith Gunaratne negotiating 10.3 overs before bad light put a stoppage to proceedings with the Thomians score of 23 for 0.

Scoreboard
Royal 1st innings
Yuvin Herath lbw b K. Perera 06
Ronuka Jayawardena b K. Perera 32
Pasindu Sooriyabandara c Wijeratne b K. Perera 35
Kavindu Madarasinghe lbw b Ratnayake 38
Ahan Sanchitha hit wicket b Ratnayake 06
Helitha Vithanage c Wijeratne b K. Perera 10
Thevindu Senaratne c Kodituwakku b Eriyagama 19
Himesh Ramanayake c Peiris b Gunaratne 41
Ganith Sandeepa run out 42
Abhishek Perera b K. Perera 00
Manula Perera not out 00
Extras (b5, nb5, w16) 26
Total (all out: 71.3 overs) 255
Fall of wickets – 1-16, 2-85, 3-93, 4-116, 5-141, 6-165, 7-172, 8-255, 9-255, 10-255.
Bowling – Kalana Perera 19.3-2-47-5, Dinura Gunawardena 3-0-8-0, Thevin Eriyagama 10-01-55-1, Pavith Ratnayake 19-1-69-2, Dulith Gunaratne 4-2-4-1, Dellon Peiris 15-3-59-0, Ravindu Kodituwakku 1-0-8-0.

S. Thomas’ 1st innings
Ravindu Kodituwakku not 23
Dulith Gunaratne not out 10
Extras 00
Total (0 wicket: 10.3 overs) 33
Bowling – Himesh Ramanayake 4-2-12-0, Helitha Vithanage 2-0-8-0, Yuvin Herath 3-0-9-0, Ganith Sandeepa 1.3-0-4-0.

Unbeaten Thomians fancied over Royal

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By Chris Dhambarage

S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia with an unbeaten record in the current season will start favourites when they take on the traditional rivals Royal College in their 138th annual Inter-Schools Battle of the Blues Big Match which begins at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Thursday (9).

Thomian captain Romesh Nallaperuma and Royal captain Helitha Vithanage
Thomian captain Romesh Nallaperuma and Royal captain Helitha Vithanage

The Thomians have certainly dished out some outstanding all-round cricket in the current season and are confident of putting up a solid performance having notched up five outright victories.

The secret behind their success this season is because all their senior players have performed with equal brilliance and have given one hundred per cent on the field in all departments of the game.

Royal of course have rallied around through their senior players and will be hoping to produce an improved performance in this vital encounter.

They are yet to register an outright victory which could be a worrying factor for the team and their preparations for the Big Match also took a backseat when they suffered a morale shattering defeat at the hands of Prince of Wales College on their home grounds at Reid Avenue.

However, despite this setback Royal still have confidence of their team and are banking heavily on their five coloursmen and the rest of the senior players to deliver the goods.

Royal will also have a psychological advantage going into the Big Match having won last year’s encounter at the same venue.

Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ suffered a major blow ahead of their Big Match as Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma was hit on the head by a delivery during a practice session and is now doubtful for the three-day encounter.

Even then, S. Thomas’ can be proud of their batting as they have with them three top batsmen who have compiled over 500 runs in the current season and two others who are nearing the 500-run mark.

Vice-Captain Ravindu Kodituwakku is their highest run-getter this year with over 750 run to his credit inclusive of one hundred and four half centuries.

The manner in which he has accumulated those runs has been really outstanding as he has been able to maintain a strike-rate of just under 100 runs which is a fantastic effort.

The Royal batting has been spearheaded by Skipper Helitha Vithanage who has scored over 1,000 runs in the current season.

Vithanage has been quite consistent throughout the season having struck three centuries and eight half centuries while Madarasinghe has one hundred and four fifties to his credit.

Even then, Royal’s bowling attack has lacked more penetration and variation with only their Vice-Captain and paceman Himesh Ramanayake striking form with over 40 wickets to his credit.

Ramanayake has taken up the responsibility and done the bulk of the bowling and also had a five wicket haul in the game against Prince of Wales College.

The Thomian bowling department is spearheaded by the left-arm spinner Pavith Ratnayakewho has captured over 80 wickets with a best effort of seven for 47 against Dharmapala Pannipitiya.

Ratnayake of course has lived up to expectations as the main strike bowler and has done the bulk of the bowling while claiming five wickets in an innings on seven occasions.

Meanwhile, Dellon Peiris has claimed 54 wickets with a best performance of six for 13 against Moratu MV and has two five-wicket hauls to his credit.

The Thomian bowling attack has plenty of variation as well with the left-arm pacemen Kalana Perera, Tehan Schaffeter and Dinura Gunawardena providing the back-up support.

In fact, Schaffter returned his best bowling figures when he captured five for 37 in the match against Mahinda College.

Royal College (from): Helitha Vithanage (Captain), Himesh Ramanayake (Vice-Captain), Ganith Heshan Sandeepa, Pasindu Sooriyabandara, Kavidu Madarasinghe, Chamaka Edirisinghe, Thevindu Senarathne, Abishek Perera, Gothama Ranasinghe, Ronuka Jayawardane, Madara Thalduwa, Charuka Hathurasinghe, Hasanga Themal, Yuvin Herath, Kawshan Kulasuriuya and Mathisha Amarasinghe.

S. Thomas’ (from):Romesh Nallaperuma (Captain), Ravindu Kodituwakku, Dinura Gunawardena, Bhathiya Dissanayake, Anuka Bulankulama, Dulip Gunaratne, Ishen Perera, Manthila Wijeratne, Sithara Hapuhinna, Kalana Perera, Trevin Iriyagama, Tehan Schaffter, Mohamed Ishaq, Shalin de Mel, Dellon Peiris, Pavith Ratnayake and, Dineth Kannangara.

Whatmore wants better pitches to harness young talent

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By Shehan Daniel

Few coaches are remembered as fondly by Sri Lankan cricket fans as Davenell Whatmore, the Sri Lankan-born Australian coach, who in rags-to-riches fashion took a group of gritty cricketers to World Cup glory – an achievement that remains Sri Lanka’s greatest moment in its cricketing history.

Dav Whatmore

Whatmore, whose most recent international full-time coaching stint was in Zimbabwe, studied at Royal College Colombo before emigrating to Australia and, in a strange sort of irony, is coaching their traditional rivals ahead of their 138th Battle of the Blues next month.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Whatmore elaborated on his coaching role at S. Thomas’ College, the team playing this year’s big match, and what a young cricketer can learn from modern great Virat Kohli.

Q: You have a special place in Sri Lanka’s cricketing lore. How does it feel to come back and coach boys who could be the next generation of cricketers and World Cup winners?

It’s always fantastic to come back here. I have to say I haven’t been back too many times, in the last ten years or so but whenever I do it’s an absolute pleasure to come back to this little paradise of an island. Specifically this time I am doing a little work with the S. Thomas’ College and it’s been a wonderful experience, I’ve had terrific support from the Head Coach, the Assistant Coach, and the Warden. In fact everybody around this area has been wonderful to me, so it’s been a wonderful experience.

Q: What exactly is your role with S. Thomas’ College and have you had to adapt the way you coach, since you’re more familiar with handling international cricketers?

Basically I’m between full-time jobs. I finished my last assignment in Africa and I had a number of months at home in a very cold Melbourne winter, doing a lot of gardening and I recuperated well. I recharged the batteries and then I returned to a T20 competition in Bangladesh, and after that I had a bit of spare time came here, worked with a couple of academies on and off. And then one of the sessions was to come along to S. Thomas’ and spend (some time conducting) a training session. And that’s how it started. I was very pleased to see the facilities and I was happy to work with the first XI and the second XI and it grew from there. So the head-coach asked me what my plans were, and I said ‘I’m free in January, how about I come and spend a bit more time’ and he sought the permission of the warden and the committee and that’s how it came about. So I’m here more or less for five to six weeks, culminating in the big match.

I’m very much hands on (in the consultancy role), with the players as well as the coaches. We’ve also had a theory session on the importance of thinking as a cricketer, and interaction with other junior coaches in the school as well as a lot of discussion with the senior coach Dinesh and his support, Dilshan. So it’s been good.

(Had to change the approach) A little bit. But the beauty at this level is that you’re always working with the future. It’s always the future of the sport. Even though we’re playing against other opposition schools, every now and again we’re able to chat to opposition kids because they are still part of the future for the country. So, that’s been wonderful, but not without its frustrations — because it’s very difficult to put an old head on young shoulders. Lots of mistakes, keep being repeated, but you’ve just got to strive to ensure that they improve and performances increase.

Q: You said your time with the team culminates with the big match. What do you think of the team this year and do you think they will be able to regain the shield after ten years?

It’s a young team. Pretty much a difficult job for them to come up and play in a very big match, like the Royal-Thomian. It had a very special place in the history of cricket, and it comes with a lot of pressure. The boys this season have begun poorly but they’ve increased their performance and they’ve improved so much. The one thing this team does not lack, and that’s a real self-belief, to win the challenge. And there have been plenty of challenges along the way even in my short time.

Q: There have been some rumours that some of the players that are in the team are there not on merit but because of influence.

I’ve heard some very naughty things being written and said about these boys who are selected in the XI. And I’ve only been here for almost, on and off, for two and a half to three months. So I can categorically tell everybody, there is the least biasness I’ve ever seen in selection. And we all know that from time to time there’s a real push for reasons other than cricket. But in this situation, nothing other than merit, nothing other than performance, is the basis around which teams are selected and I am very happy to see that. And still there are one or two spots that we are looking to fill, so opportunities will be given to players to showcase and tell us that ‘you are the one’ that should be picked for this big match.

Q: Sri Lanka has a strong school cricketing system. How important is that to developing international cricketers and do you see a strong cricketing system at S. Thomas’ College?

It’s (S. Thomas’) a very traditional school. Lots of other schools are also very traditional and the amount of cricket that’s played here is wonderful to see and that’s how you get development. You can practise all you like but you need to continue to play your competition. And there is plenty of competition here at the school, and with other schools. So school cricket in Sri Lanka is in good shape. Some surfaces they play on can always be improved, but the competitiveness and the talent, is very much obvious to me, and the challenge there of course for the Schools’ Association and Sri Lanka Cricket is to develop that talent.

Q: You had two stints as Sri Lanka coach. Where do you see Sri Lanka Cricket at the moment, and how do you view the progress since you left in 2003?

My comments are as an outsider looking in and I’m not privy to lots of information. But clearly they are in a rebuilding phase, and it’s not easy to cover two great players that have left the game. (They’ve been) Without the services of a Lasith Malinga, who has been injured also for a lengthy period of time. It’s not easy. It’s a rebuilding phase but I can see obvious talent there, so we just need to be a little careful about the criticisms that come their way and we need to be more objective, keep providing more opportunities and support.

Q: Last year was 20 years since Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup. What kind of relationship do you maintain with those players, from the 1996 team?

I was part of a celebration (of the World Cup win) in Sydney. I wasn’t able to attend the function in Melbourne, where I live. But certainly I met them all in Sydney and had an absolute ball, reminiscing and reuniting with them all. There were only three players who couldn’t make it for other reason, but it was great. We played a T20 game, I fielded for 20 overs, took Arjuna’s place, and had a sore back. Aravinda made one of the best fifties you’ll ever want to to see. It’s almost like he never retired. He’s just a wonderful, wonderful player of skill and technique, it just wound the clock back.

Q: Your exit as coach after you first stint was somewhat premature. Do you regret how that ended and do you feel you had more to give Sri Lanka cricket at that time?

Absolutely. That’s going back a long way, 20 years or so. I don’t know. I left early, I got out of my contract early because the situation at the time was, let’s just say, was not conducive for me to stay. It’s a very sad part to be honest, but that’s in the past, I’ve got over that, that’s for sure. I hold no grudges. I really enjoyed my time for a year and a half and then came back for another four years in 1999.

Q: Would you come back and coach the Sri Lankan team if you were presented with the opportunity?

I’m about to swing into a more development side of things. I can never say never I guess, with full member countries or associate countries, but I think development now gives me a real kick; a buzz. So I’m looking to spend a bit more time in India with the Sri Ramachandra University where we’re hoping to develop a number of camps and programmes there that will offer some real good advice to boys not just in Chennai or India but also in the region, and anywhere in the world. It’s a new initiative, I’m thoroughly excited, and it looks like kicking off in April.

Q: You came close to returning as the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team coach last year. Are you disappointed that that fell through and you missed that opportunity?

Well you can’t have everything I guess. It’ll always be nice to be able to return and have some inputs into development here in the younger ones. As I said, never say never, but you never know what happens in the future.

Q: There is a perception that the modern cricketer is over-coached, with a team having any number of coaches. Do you think, as a coach yourself, there is this danger?

There is a danger, because the more coaches you have in the group, there is a tendency for those coaches to justify their positions and grab the players and say ‘I’ve got you now this is my specialised area and I’m going to give everything I’ve got’ — if everyone has that attitude the poor old individual will have no energy for his competition. So it’s a balance. Head coaches now have a little bit more of coordinating and (they have to ensure) that there is right amount of information in the overall set up for the individuals to play. But it’s nice to have support coaches, to have a head coach who has the confidence to work with his little team within the main group, and to ensure that everyone is on the same page, the communication is up to scratch and the whole machine moves with a well oiled effort.

Q: You coached Virat Kohli as a youngster when you were the India Under 19 coach. You’ve seen his remarkable ascent to the top of the game. How proud are you of what he has achieved so far, and what lesson can a young cricketer learn from him?

Virat came to the NCA when I was there a few weeks before the (2008 Under 19) World Cup. I was fortunate enough to be given the job of coaching that team; we won it. He was always skillful, he was always physical in his approach to training as well as competition. He was always positive and confident, but the thing to me that changed him was when he lost weight and that’s not an easy thing to do — when you decide ‘that’s it, I’m going to lose a number of kilogrammes to ensure my body is in better shape so that I can bat longer, and that my concentration level is going to be lengthened.’ When a player can do that he’s got real discipline. That was to me the turning point and it does not surprise me to see that he reached so many milestones in his young career so far.

That discipline (is an important lesson). That will to do well, to win the game. The will to perform, when it’s tough, you’ve got to have that mental strength. Lot of people have the hardware, not many have the software and he’s got it in abundance.

Richmond cruise to innings win

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

Richmond College cruised through to an innings and 29-run win over Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda in the Under 19 inter-school cricket encounter concluded at the Surrey Village ground in Maggona on Friday.

The second day’s play saw Dharmasoka MV batting the second time with a deficit of 131 runs to erase being unable to achieve it as they were able to muster a score of only 102 runs.

A knock of 127 by Gajitha Kotuwegoda and a half ton by Thimira Supun on day two helped St. Mary’s Kegalle chalk a comfortable innings and 77-run win over St. Thomas’ Matale in the match which ended at Matale.

Jaffna Central thanks to a blistering knock of 167 by S. Kartheepan recorded a massive innings and 196-run win against Hindu Kokuvil in the match concluded at Jaffna yesterday.

At Maggona
Richmond 255 (Dhananjaya Lakshan 40, Sandun Mendis 40, Avindhu Theekshana 37, Kasun Tharaka 32, Ravishka Wijesiri 30: Kavindu Nadeeshan 4 for 61, Lohan De Soysa 2 for 43, Ushan Imantha 2 for 61)
Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda 124 (Kaveesh Kumara 37, Harshajith Rushantha 30: Ravishka Wijesiri 4 for 24, Avindu Theekshana 3 for 19, Thilanga Udeeshana 2 for 24) and 102 (Kaveesh Kumara 37, Dinuka Dilshan 25:Dhananjaya Lakshan 3 for 13, Sandun Mendis 3 for 18, Thilanga Udeeshan 2 for 12, Ravishka Wijesiri 2 for 20)

At Matale
St. Thomas’ Matale 124 (Sajith De Silva 47, Bhawantha Samitharanga 19: Lasitha Udage 4 for 31, Daminda Gayan 2 for 24, Thimira Supun 2 for 24) and 184 (Lihaja Jayasundara 94, Sajith de Silva 71: Lasitha Udage 4 for 84, Thimira Supun 2 for 14, Mass Rahim 2 for 19)
St. Mary’s Kegalle (196/5 overnight) 385 for 9 declared (Gajitha Kotuwegoda 127, Thimira Supun 50, Mass Rahim 48, Sajeewa Ranjith 46, Lasitha Udage 43: Sasika Bandara 3 for 42, Deemantha Senanayake 2 for 71, Mohamed Ismail 2 for 77)

At Jaffna
Hindu Kokkuvil 90 (K. Thushyanthan 32: S. Thasopan 4 for 13, T. Sajeepan 3 for 21, S. Mathushan 2 for 29) and 143 (K. Bhanujan 56: S. Thushanthan 6 for 31, S. Thasopan 4 for 52)
Jaffna Central (295/6 overnight) 429 (S. Kartheepan 167, A. Jaroshan 52, U. Priyaluhan 40, K. Nixon 34: R. Nithsuhan 3 for 67, S. Nishanth 2 for 78, U. Nimalathas 2 for 89)

Ragama CC, Colts CC end campaign on winning note

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

Ragama CC and Colts CC ended the Premier League campaign on a winning note when they recorded outright wins against Chilaw Marians and Tamil Union in the Super Eight encounters concluded at the Colts and Army ground in Panagoda on Friday.

Ragama CC coasted to a comfortable seven-wicket victory and the final day’s play saw them, resuming from their overnight score of 114 for 1 in pursuit of 188, racing to victory on the back of a half ton by Lahiru Milantha.

Colts CC coasted to a massive 182-run win as Tamil Union resuming from their overnight score of 203 for 4 was bundled out for 279 runs after having been set a mammoth target of 462 runs by Colts CC.

Results:
At Colts
Chilaw Marians CC 168 and 295
Ragama CC 276 and (114/1 overnight) 191 for 3 (Lahiru Milantha 62, Samindu Fernando 44, Janith Liyanage 23, Akshu Fernando 38 n.o., Sameera de Zoysa 16 n.o.: Maduka Liyanapathiranage 2 for 61)
At Panagoda

Colts CC 218 and 411
Tamil Union 168 and (203/4 overnight) 279 (Sithara Gimhan 85, Manoj Sarathchandra 59, Dineth Thimodya 37, Ramith Rambukwella 32: Akila Dhananjaya 5 for 103, Ishan Jayaratne 3 for 76)

Live updates: St. Joseph’s College vs St. Benedict’s College

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Result: Match drawn

17:36 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 364/8 in 88 overs

J. Fernandopulle 72, P. Perera 59, R. Kavishka 3/84

16:21 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 314/6 in 81 overs

J. Fernandopulle 46*, P. Perera 41*

15:45 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 275/6 in 71 overs

P. Perera 31, R. Kanishja 2/50

14:43 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 240/6 in 59 overs

N. Sumanasinghe 114

13:27 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 175/3 in 43 overs

N. Sumanasinghe 85, D. Madurawela 49.

12:23 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 109/2 in 30 overs

N. Sumanasinghe 48 n.o, D. Madurawela 28 n.o.

11:26 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 75/2 in 25 overs

N. Sumanasinghe 27 n.o.  

10:27 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 38/1 in 10 overs

Day two 

17:22 – St. Joseph’s College 1st innings 3/0 in 2 overs at close

16:59 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 282 all out in 91.4 overs 

D. Basnayake 64, C. Sankalpa 30, N. Sumanasinghe 4/32

15:07 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 163/5 in 66 overs

M. Theekshana 21 n.o, R. Ekanayake 2/21.

14:11 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 128/4 in 52 overs

S. Fernando 51, D. Chathuranga 42, R. Ekanayake 2/21

13:06 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 112/2 in 41 overs

S. Fernando 47 n.o, D. Chaturanga 38 n.o. 

11:33 – St. Benedict’s College 1st innings 67/2 in 26 overs.

10:31 – St. Benedict’s 1st innings 34/1 in 11 overs 

10:07 – St. Joseph’s won the toss and elected to field first

Trinity College vs S. Thomas’ College – S. Thomas’ College won by one wicket

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Result: S, Thomas’ won by one wicket

17:10 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 124/9 in 40.5 overs 

Romesh Warnaperuma 35*, Vimukthi Netumal 3/45

16:22 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 108/9 in 34 overs

Romesh Warnaperuma 19*

14:57 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 44/2 in 11 overs

R. Kodithuwakku 24*, D. Peiris 111*

14:11 – S. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 122) 13/2 in 3 overs

R. Kodithuwakku 8*, Sithara Hapuhinna 0*

Trinity 2nd innings 76 all out 

M. Suhaib 1*

13:07 – Trinity 2nd innings 48/6 in 13 overs

Tisaru Dilshan 13*, Badugoban 0*, Kevin Iriyagama 2 for 13

12:12 – Trinity 2nd innings 17/2 in 6 overs

Sanoogith Sanmuganadan 9*

S. Thomas 1st innings 179/9 dec in 52 overs

Sitara Hapuhinna 76, Vimukthi Netumal 5 for 63

10:40 – S. Thomas 1st innings 145/8 in 41 overs

Senan Peries 9*, Harin Ratnayaka 0*, Dimukthi Netumal 4 for 37

Day two 

17:41 – S. Thomas 1st innings 123/3 in 27 overs at close 

Mantila Wijeratne 27*, Sithara Hapuhinna 71*

17:11 – S. Thomas’ College 1st innings 92/3 in 20 overs

Mantila Wijeratne 16*, Sithara Hapihinna 51*

16:09 – S. Thomas’ College 1st innings 20/2 in 6 overs

Dinura Gunawardana 9*, Tisara Hapuhinna 6*

Trinity 1st innings 224 all out in 64.5 overs

Himanga Suriyampola 36, Hasintha Jayasuriya 26, Sanogith Sanmuganadan 35, C Ratnayake 5 for 54

15:12 – Trinity College 1st innings 219/8 in 61 overs 

M. Sohib 2*, T. Banugoban 24*

14:22 – Trinity College 1st innings 210/7 in 56 overs 

Thisaru Dilshan 8*, T. Banugoban 20*, K. Ratnayake 3/36

13:23 – Trinity 1st innings 167/6 in 40 overs

Purna Wanasinghe 12* T Banugoban 0*, K Ratnayake 3 for 32

12:06 – Trinity 1st innings 141/4 in 29 overs at lunch

Hasitha Boyagoda 20*

10:35 – Trinity 1st innings 48/1 in 10.3 overs

Himanga Suriyampola 18*, Sanogeeth Sanmuganadan 2*, Hasintha Jayasuriya out 26

Trinity College won the toss and elected to bat first 

Richmond College vs Dharmasoka College – Richmond College won by innings and 29 runs

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Result: Richmond College won by innings and 29 runs 

13:06 – Dharmasoka College 2nd innings 102 all out in 32.5 overs

D. Dilshan 25, S. Mendis 3/18, D. Lakshan 3/13

11:30 – Dharmasoka College 2nd innings 78/4 in 23 overs

K. Kumara 37, D. Lakshan 3/13

10:33 – Dharmasoka College 2nd innings (following on) 16/3 in 8 overs.  

Day two 

17:30 – Dharmasoka college 1st innings 124 all out in 36.5 overs at close

R. Wijesiri 4/24, A. Theekshana 3/19

17:14 – Dharmasoka College 1st innings 93/4 in 30 overs 

H. Rushantha 30, R. Wijesiri 2/4

16:32 – Dharmasoka College 1st innings 51/2 in 17 overs 

13:28 – Richmond College 1st inning 177/7 in 43 overs 

A. Theekshana 37, K. Tharaka 32, L. de Soysa 2/20

12:15 – Richmond College 1st innings 105/5 in 27 overs 

D. Lakshan 40, K. Nadeeshan 2/14

11:14 – Richmond College 1st innings 69/2 in 18 overs

D. Lakshan 34 n.o.

Richmond College 1st innings 23/0 in 6 overs

Dharmasoka College won the toss and elected to field vs Richmond College

Spinners Sachithra, Jeffery guide SSC to win

February 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

SSC’s spin duo Sachithra Senanayake who ended with a match bag of eight wickets and Jeffery Vandersay combined to guide SSC to record an outright win by 84 runs with two day’s to spare in a low scoring match of the Premier Super Eight cricket tournament concluded at R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Ragama CC took a first inning lead over Chilaw Marians in another match of the same tournament played at the Colts ground.

Twin half tons by skipper Angelo Perera was the highlight of the match between NCC and Army SC as NCC dominated proceedings when play ended on day two at the FTZ ground in Katunayake.

Colts CC held the upper hand against Tamil Union at the end of the second day’s play in the match played at the Army ground in Panagoda.

At R. Premadasa Stadium
SSC 147 (Kaushal Silva 47, Minod Bhanuka 24, Kavindu Kulasekera 43 n.o.: Wanidnu Hasaranga 5 for 15, Ranitha Liyanaarachchi 2 for 35) and 155 (Kaushal Silva 43, Oshada Fernando 32, Ramesh Mendis 29: Ashan Priyanjan 4 for 14, Wanidu Hasaranga 3 for 49)
CCC (89/6 overnight) 101 (Roshan Anuruddha 27, Wanidu Hasaranga 18, Akila Jayasundara 16: Sachithra Senanayake 4 for 15, Dilshan Abeysinghe 3 for 44, Jeffery Vandersay 2 for 11) and 117 (Lasith Abeyratne 27, Ashan Priyanjan 16, Lahiru Madusanka 35 n.o.: Sachithra Senanayake 4 for 30, Jefferey Vandersay 4 for 46)

At Colts
Chilaw Marians 168 (Mahela Udawatte 41, Raveen Yasas 18, Sachithra Serasinghe 17, Rukshan Fernando 16 n.o.: Nilanka Premaratne 5 for 41, Sahan Nanayakkara 2 for 18) and 116 for 2 (Ashen Silva 29, Mahela Udawatte 52 n.o., Sachithra Serasinghe 23 n.o.)
Ragama CC (86/2 overnight) 276 (Samminda Fernando 93, Koshan Dhanush 50, Sameera de Zoysa 27, Akshu Fernando 26, Nayana Fernando 19, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 16: Arosh Janoda 5 for 45, Shehan Jayasuriya 3 for 50)

At FTZ Katunayake
NCC 268 (Angelo Perera 53, Thimira Jayasinghe 53, Chathuranga de Silva 42, Lahiru Udara 35, Anuk Fernando 16: Yasoda Mendis 4 for 65, Dushan Vimukthi 3 for 64, Janith Silva 2 for 41) and 139 for 4 (Dinesh Chandimal 41, Jehan Mubarak 17, Angelo Perera 55 n.o., Chathuranga de Silva 20 n.o.: Dushan Vimukthi 2 for 39)
Army SC (23/0 overnight) 227 (Lakshitha Madushan 54, Ashan Randika 38, Dilshan de Soysa 38, Janith Silva 32, Navod Ilukwatte 27: Sachintha Peiris 4 for 43, Chathuranga dew Silva 4 for 63)

At Panagoda
Colts CC 218 (Sadeera Samarawickrama 52, Priyamal Perera 47, Pasindu Lakshanka 23, Akila Dhananjaya 52 n.o.: Dulanjana Mendis 5 for 71, Ramith Rambukwella 4 for 75) and 248 for 3 (Sadeera Samarawickrama 93, Angelo Jayasinghe 76 n.o., Vishad Randika 60 n.o.: Pramdo Madushan 2 for 56)
Tamil Union (117/6 overnight) 168 (Sithara Gimhan 43, Kithruwan Vithanage 26, Charith Jayampathi 24, Pulina Tharanga 21: Ishan Jayaratne 5 for 40, Ali Khan 2 for 55, Akila Dhananjaya 2 for 64)

Ravindu steers S. Thomas’

February 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

Ravindu Kodituwakku scored a 129-ball 119 that included 16 boundaries and three sixes to help S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia reach 318 for seven declared against St. Sylvester’s College in their Under-19 cricket encounter played at Panadura.

At Panadura
S. Thomas’: 318/7 declared (Ravindu Kodituwakku 119, Sithara Hapuhinna 56, Romesh Nallaperuma 36, Manuja Perera 3/51)
St. Sylvester’s: 67/3

At Bambalapitiya
St. Peter’s: 282/6 declared (Vinul Gunawardena 61, Santhush Gunatileke 53, Shalitha Fernando 52, Anishka Perera 39, Manelker de Silva 31 n.o)
St. Anthony’s: 8/0

At Kurunegala
Maliyadeva: 181 (Damitha Silva 86, Dilshan Kollure 70, Naveen Gunawardena 5/55)
Thurstan: 141/4 (Yeshan Wickramarachchi 44, Imesh Virange 37)

At Matara
President’s Kotte: 112 (Sachintha Liyanage 41, Kesara Nuwantha 5/26, Isuru Udayanga 3/13)
St. Servatius’ Matara: 122/8 (Sasika Dulshan 51, Thilan Prashan 35)

At Uyanwatte
Rahula Matara: 185/5 (Ruwan Maduranga 68 n.o, Lakindu Chamodiya 54 n.o) vs Siri Piyarathana MMV Padukka

At Rathgama
Devapathiraja MMV Rathgama: 185 (Nimesh Chathuranga 52, Thisaru Dilshan 39, Sudeera Weeraratne 34, Tharindu Lakshan 4/47)
Revatha MMV Balapitiya: 35/1

At Matale
St. Thomas’ Matale: 121/1 (Vihaja Jayasundara 76 n.o) vs Royal Panadura

At Sandalankawa
Sandalanka Central: 165 (Thisaru Dilshan 39, Sudeera Weeraratne 34, Nimesh Chathuranga 51 n.o, Tharindu Lakshan 3/40)
Zahira MMV Akurana: 205 (Mohamed Althaf 54, Shivakumar Subakumar 30, Mohamed Shahik 30, Binod Chathuranga 6/60)

At Kirindiwela
Henegama Central: 352 (Sisakalum Lochana 109, Kaveesha Pinimuthu 104)
Kirindiwela Central: 39/2

At Galagedera
Bandarawela MMV: 86 (Uditha Bandara 33, Rusiru Senaratne 6/34) and 182/8 (Hesham Ratnayake 77, Lakshan Chaminda 31 n.o)
Nugawela Central: 179 (Viraj Ekanayake 35, Uditha Bandara 4/65)

At Polgahawela
Dudley Senanayake MMV Tholangamuwa: 187 (Pulasthi Galdeniya 32, Maduranga Jagoda 4/53)
Sir John Kotelawala MMV Kurunegala: 42/5 (Prasad Gunasekera 3/9)

Army SC vs NCC – NCC won by 176 runs

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Result: NCC won by 176 runs

15:24 - Army SC 2nd innings 131 all out in 34 overs

J. Silva 24, L. Embuldeniya 4/42

14:25 – Army SC 2nd innings 109/7 in 26 overs 

L. Madushan 39, D. Vimukthi 31, L. Embuldeniya 2/26

13:35 – Army SC 2nd innings (target 308) 24/3

12:19 – NCC 2nd innings 266 all out in 65.4 overs

A. Perera 106, D. Bandara 3/44

11:41 – NCC 2nd innings 252/7 in 59 overs

A. Perera 101*, S. Fernando 34, D. de Soysa 2/30

10:41 – NCC 2nd innings 200/6 in 46 overs

A. Perera 71 n.o, C. de Silva 48.

Day three

17:22 – NCC 2nd innings 139/4 in 33 overs at close

D. Chandimal 41, A. Perera 55*, C. de Silva 20*, D. Vimukthi 2/39

15:51 – NCC 2nd innings 38/3 in 12 overs

14:42 – Army SC 1st innings 227 all out in 70.3 overs

D. de Soysa 38, J. Silva 32, S. Peiris 4/43, C. de Silva 4/63.

13:36 – Army SC 1st innings 179/6 in 57 overs

D. de Soysa 27 n.o, S. Peiris 2/25, C. de Silva 2/44.

12:18 – Army SC 1st innings 144/4 in 42 overs

L. Madushan 54, N. Ilukwatta 27.

11:26 – Army SC 1st innings 118/2 in 30 overs

L. Madushan 50 n.o, N. Ilukwatta 20 n.o.

10:50 – Army SC 1st innings 83/1 in 16 overs

N. Randhika 38.

Day two

18:32 – Army SC 1st innings 23/0 in 5 overs at close

16:26 – NCC 1st innings 268 all out in 68.2 overs

T. Jayasinghe 53, Y. Mendis 4/65. D. Vimukthi 3/64

15:27 – NCC 1st innings 247/7 in 63 overs

T. Jayasinghe 40, D. Vimukthi 3/64

14:34 – NCC 1st innings 217/7 in 53 overs 

A. Perera 53, C. de Silva 42, D. Vimukthi 3/54

13:31 – NCC 1st innings 161/4 in 39 overs

J. Mubarak 39, A. Perera 46 n.o.

12:40 – NCC 1st innings 96/3 in 27 overs

J. Mubarak 28 n.o, A. Perera 20 n.o, D. Vimukthi 2/25.

11:26 – NCC 1st innings 54/3 in 17 overs

L. Udara 35, D. Vimukthi 2/19.

10:45 – NCC 1st innings 19/1 in 8 overs

NCC won the toss and elected to bat first

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