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Singer Inter-Schools rugby Isipatana, Science and STC in the forefront
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 10:22 AM SL Time

Although the 2016 Singer inter-schools rugby league is only four weeks old, it is likely that the contention for the top notch has come to be limited to three schools, namely Isipathana, Science and S. Thomas . This is not only because these three are the only unbeaten teams left in the league after four weeks, but also for the brand of rugby they have been playing. They have been able to send out signals loud and clear to other schools that they are the forces to reckon with this season.

For the statistics, Isipathana in four outings have scored a staggering 193 points against 58 by their opponents. Science, while accumulating 160 points for themselves have conceded 50. S. Thomas , on the other hand, with a less impressive statistical outlook have 116 points for and 44 against them on the slate. However, it has to be mentioned that most of the oppositions both Isipathana and Science had faced so far had been weak sides. The only formidable resistance both these teams received was from St. Peter s. In a thriller Science beat the Peterites 13-10, while Patana outplayed them more convincingly 36-21, last Friday.
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Kaushal cleared to resume training after suffering a mild concussion
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 - 10:57 AM SL Time

Kaushal Silva has been discharged from hospital in Colombo after being issued a clean bill of health by medical experts, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Tuesday.

Specialists attending to him had confirmed that he had suffered a mild concussion , the statement said.

He has now been completely cleared to resume physical activity after being kept under strict observation for 36 hours.

Silva was airlifted to Colombo on Sunday (24) after being hit on the head by a ball whilst fielding at short leg during a practice match at the Pallakelle International Cricket Stadium, where the Sri Lanka team were in a residential practice and training camp in preparation for their tour to England.
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Sanga hits 171 for Surrey
Monday, 25 April 2016 - 10:40 AM SL Time

Kumar Sangakkara is in good nick having complied a flawless 171 for Surrey against Somerset at The Oval in a County Championship Division I match yesterday.

With the national cricket team going through many struggles, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be tempted to ask their former captain Kumar Sangakkara to come out of retirement after he compiled an unblemished century for his country Surrey against Somerset in a Division I County Championship game at The Oval yesterday.
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Malinga s knee hurt needs rest, says doctor
Friday, 22 April 2016 - 11:03 AM SL Time

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga is suffering from a knee stress reaction due to his bowling style and therefore should take a rest for the betterment of both himself and the country, said Dr. Harindu Wijesinghe, the chairman of the SLC Medical Committee today. Malinga appeared before expert doctors for a medical examination at a private hospital in Colombo today. Dr. Wijesinghe said if more pressure was put on his knee, the condition could develop into a stress fracture, a condition which needs surgical intervention. Malinga s knee bone had got infected resulting in the stress reaction. If the pressure on his knee continues, he may need surgery. Therefore, it is advisable that he take better rest, he said. He said Malinga had had the same condition in 2009 and abstained from playing for a long period due to this. He said they would give physiotherapy treatment to Malinga plus other treatments, while observing his condition and take a scan following the treatment to decide if he had recovered. We cannot determine an exact time frame for the recovery, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Tania and Chathurya clinches Under-12 titles 119th Bandarawela Open Tennis 2-16
Friday, 22 April 2016 - 10:58 AM SL Time

Tania Doloswala got the better of top-seed Tharani Alexander, after being set-all, at the Girls Under-12 Singles final of the 119th Bandarawela Open Ranking Tennis Tournament, being held at the Bandarawela Tennis Club clay courts this week.

Meanwhile Chathurya Nilaweera won the corresponding boys title beating Apna Perera in the final.

The event is set to be over this week.

RESULTS

Girls Under-12 Singles:

Final: Tania Doloswala (Seed 4) bt Tharani Alexander (1) 6-2, 5-7, 11-9
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Herath - Cricket s most loyal servant
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - 10:49 AM SL Time

Without much fanfare left-arm spinner Rangana Herath announced his retirement from shorter formats of the game earlier this week. The announcement was typical of the man. During the World T-20 in India, media pushed him to confirm that he will quit the shorter formats of the game soon, but Herath remained tight lipped and did it through the proper channels with his employer Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) making the announcement.
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England propose points system for SL series
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 10:49 AM SL Time

England has attempted a minor shake-up of the largely conventional world of test cricket by offering to use a points-based system to determine the winner of their home series against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Mohan de Silva confirmed receiving the proposals covering the three tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International set to be played between the teams from May 19 to July 5. `We have received the proposals but we haven`t decided yet,` De Silva told Reuters by telephone. `We`ll discuss it in our next board meeting and announce our decision in a week or two,` said the official, declining to elaborate, saying he had not gone though the details yet. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) introduced the points-based scoring for the women`s Ashes in 2013, awarding six points for every test victory, while two points were on offer for a one-day or Twenty20 International victory. For the women`s Ashes last year, ECB and Cricket Australia (CA) decided test wins were worth four points, while a draw earned the teams two each. The points-based system is aimed at injecting more excitement into the tour and add context to matches that otherwise maybe of merely academic interests. The ECB, according to British media, might consider employing it for the subsequent home series against Pakistan and the points-based system has also piqued interest in Australia. `We`ve noted the trial and we will see how it plays out before considering any changes to our current system, whether it be at home or in away series,` CA`s team performance manager Pat Howard was quoted as saying by www.espncricinfo.com. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Malinga joins Mumbai Indians squad
Sunday, 17 April 2016 - 7:52 AM SL Time

In a big boost for the defending champions, Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga has joined the Mumbai Indians squad on Friday (April 15). However, there`s no clarity on his fitness or when he is likely to start playing. The pacer has recently grappled with fitness issues, his absence having its repercussions on Sri Lanka`s defence of the recently-concluded Asia Cup and ICC World T20. Malinga featured in just the first game against the UAE in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, before returning home due to an injury. He relinquished his captaincy and even travelled to India for the World T20, but couldn`t regain fitness and returned home after playing in two warm-up fixtures. Earlier, there were reports that Sri Lanka Cricket was reluctant to give the pacer a No Objection Certificate (NOC). `He can`t go without our permission. If he defies us and goes, he can only return after sitting on the bench,` Tilanga Sumathipala, the SLC chief, had said. Ricky Ponting, the head coach of Mumbai Indians, had acknowledged that the pacer will join the squad after the first two games but will miss the first half of the tournament. `I believe he will be joining us after the first couple of games to have his fitness assessed,` Ponting. `Right now it`s unlikely he will take part in the first half of the tournament anyway.` Malinga has played 98 matches in the Indian Premier League picking up 143 wickets at an average of 17.80. He has played seven seasons so far for Mumbai Indians after missing the first season due to an injury. (Cricbuzz) Full Story     Post Reply To This


Yasitha de Silva, king of the hills
Saturday, 16 April 2016 - 9:39 PM SL Time

This year s seasonal Hill Club Tennis at Nuwara Eliya added yet another feather in the cap of Yasitha de Silva, who is fresh from his debut participation in the country s premier event, the Davis Cup, as he won the Men s Open Singles beating Delwar Hossain 6-1, 6-3.

De Silva didn t lose a set on his way to the title win beating Vibuda Wijebandara, Michael Siyaguna, Duminda Dilum and Hossain respectively.

The tournament, a traditional upcountry sporting event held for many years, was conducted by the Hill Club on its clay courts from April 9 to 14 to coincide with the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival.
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That s Incredible It s a tie
Monday, 11 April 2016 - 6:13 PM SL Time

The three day Division Two final between St. Mary s Kegalle and Wesley ended shortly after lunch at Pallekele. The result a tie was a fitting end to a game where there wasn t much difference between the teams - collapses and recoveries were plentiful, too.

The Mairans made 194 and Wesley 77-7 at one stage reached 120. After being 29 for 5 at one stage, St. Mary s battled through to 194, setting a victory target of 195.

Wesley 71 for 4 overnight, reached 156 for 8 and seemed heading for defeat. Yet a defiant Haritha Perera and his partner added 38 for the ninth wicket and almost pulled them through. Senadheera and Udage picked up three wickets each, while Supun Kumara had two.
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Favourites Petes meet giant killers St. Aloysius
Friday, 8 April 2016 - 9:59 AM SL Time

It is a familiar scenario for St. Peter s who have frequented finals of many a cricket tourney. But for St. Aloysius , Galle it is the first time that they are in a final of an Under-19 cricket tournament. The team captained by Gihan Niroshan will be eager to conclude the season with the prefix giant killers intact when they meet favourites Petes in the Under-19 Twenty 20 cricket final in Galle today.

The Petes, captained by Vinu Mohotty, have also reached the final of the premier Under-19 tournament (innings format) and are waiting till the other finalists are decided from the bottom half.
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Ground honour for West Indies captain Sammy
Thursday, 7 April 2016 - 10:25 AM SL Time

West Indies captain Darren Sammy poses with a pair of trophies as he celebrates after victory in the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on April 3, 2016. ARINDAM DEY / AFP

Darren Sammy`s success in captaining the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title has been recognised by his native St Lucia after it was announced that the island`s main cricket ground would be renamed in his honour.
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How Dharmasena saved the day for West Indies
Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 1:05 PM SL Time

On Sunday, the West Indies stunned the cricketing world with their come from behind victory against England in the finals of the ICC World T-20 at Eden Gardens in Calcutta. Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite and Jamaican Marlon Samuels were the stars in West Indies win.

However, victory wouldn t have been possible for West Indies if not for Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

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Trinity take sweet revenge Under-19 Twenty 20 Quarter-Finals
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 11:55 AM SL Time

Nushan Weerasinghe and Shanmuganathan Shanogeeth played vital roles as Trinity registered an eight-wicket victory over St. Sebastian s, Moratuwa in the Under-19 Twenty 20 tournament quarter-final played at the D.S. Senanayake College ground, Colombo on Monday.

Trinity were the runners up to St. Sebastian s in the Limited Overs Tournament.

Weerasinghe scored an unbeaten 60 as Trinity chased down a target of 125 runs with 27 balls to spare. He scored two sixes and two fours in his knock.

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