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Royal face Peterite challenge
Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 10:58 AM SL Time

The defending champions Royal College will be desperate to beat St. Peter s College, Bambalapitiya when they battle it out in their second round match of the inter-school league rugby tournament which is scheduled to be held at Royal Complex in Reid Avenue today.

Royal led by flanker Nikhila Gunadheera though lost the second leg of 72nd Bradby Shield a couple of weeks ago managed to secure a draw and retain the Shield on aggregate. Thus far they had a better season than the Peterites.
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Cold, windy conditions to test Sri Lanka again
Friday, 27 May 2016 - 9:13 AM SL Time

A daunting task await Sri Lankans in the second Test match against England starting today with conditions expected to be cold and windy throughout the five days. Temperature here at Chester-le-Street will not rise more than 15 degrees celsius throughout the five days. The tourists will also have to put up with strong winds and these conditions will test Angelo Mathews side who need to win the game to keep the series alive.

Sri Lanka were thrashed by an innings and 88 runs in the first Test inside three days in similar conditions and the setting here is tailor made for England s seam attack of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. All-rounder Ben Strokes has been ruled out with injury
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After being thrown into deep end, Mendis enjoys challenge
Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 8:55 AM SL Time

The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman from Prince of Wales College has been the in form batsman this summer so far. Mendis hit half-centuries in Sri Lanka`s warm-up games against Leicestershire and Essex and came up with the only noteworthy contribution in the first Test at Leeds making a half-century.

Former great Kumar Sangakkara occupied the crucial number three slot of the national cricket team for a decade and a half. People would have expected a senior player to take up the mantle in the post Sangakkara era, but the selectors have backed a rookie with just 20 First Class games to do that job. Kusal Mendis like his namesake, the legendary Duleep hails from Moratuwa.
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Chandimal gutted with mode of dismissal
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 10:05 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal was confident that his team will bounce back after the humiliating innings defeat that they suffered in the first Test against England at Leeds last week. Sri Lanka lost the opening Test inside three days after being shot out for 91 runs in the first innings and following on managed only 119 in their second essay.

Chandimal was gutted with his own performance. While Sri Lanka s batsmen struggled against the swinging delivery with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn all using helpful conditions to good effect, Chandimal was dismissed by part-time spinner Moeen Ali in the second innings.
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Innings defeat embarrassing
Monday, 23 May 2016 - 10:17 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews called his side s innings and 88 run defeat in the first Test against England at Leeds as embarrassing. It was Sri Lanka s second worst defeat against England. The tourists were bowled out for 91 and 119 to lose inside three days on Saturday.

`It was quite an embarrassing defeat. One or two of our guys need to raise our hands and put up a good score, particularly in the first innings. We failed to do that in the first innings, and once again in the second innings, so that s a pretty obvious reason for our defeat,` Mathews told journalists.
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Hales and Bairstow keep Sri Lanka at bay
Friday, 20 May 2016 - 11:18 AM SL Time

Alex Hales and Jonathan Bairstow frustrated Sri Lanka after debutant all-rounder Dasun Shanaka sparked a top-order collapse on the first day of the first Test at Headingley on Thursday.

England, who had slumped to 83 for five, were 171 for five at tea, with rain threatening to stop a prompt resumption of a fascinating day s play.

Opening batsman Hales, under pressure for his place after a modest return in England s series win in South Africa, was a Test-best 71 not out with Bairstow, on his Yorkshire home ground, unbeaten on 54.
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Sri Lanka in search of more Headingley heroics
Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 10:28 AM SL Time

Kaushal Silva has urged Sri Lanka to fill the void left by Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara when they return to the scene of one their greatest triumphs for the first Test against England at Headingley on Thursday.

Two years ago, Yorkshire`s headquarters ground was the stage where Sri Lanka clinched a dramatic victory off the penultimate ball to secure their first Test series win in England.

But their first tour of England since that campaign sees them without Sangakkara and Jayawardene, both now retired from international duty.
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Sri Lanka must be fearless against England Mathews
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 8:45 AM SL Time

I feel like an old man trying to keep up with them,` Angelo Mathews says with a wry smile as he looks around the Sri Lanka team room at their hotel in Leicester. Four of his young players are engaged in a fierce match of table tennis while most of the others goof around cheerfully. They appear oblivious to the pressures under which Mathews operates for, apart from captaining Sri Lanka in all three formats, the 28-year-old is their key player and talisman.

His immense value was apparent two years ago when, weeks after they won the World T-20, Mathews led Sri Lanka to a first Test series victory in England. He hit two memorable centuries, including a series-deciding 160 in a thrilling match at Headingley, where he also recorded career-best Test bowling figures of four for 44. His presence now, following the international retirements of two legendary cricketers in Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, is even more fundamental to Sri Lanka s chances against a rejuvenated England.
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Dananjaya, Dharshana, Madara, Santhush among best performers
Monday, 16 May 2016 - 10:40 AM SL Time

Hurdler Anura Darshana, sprinters Madara Weerasuriya and Santhush Weerasinghe and jumper Greshan Dananjaya were among a host of up and coming athletes to beat hostile weather and deteriorating track conditions to make it a memorable Junior Nationals as the four day event concluded with 14 new meet records and one national record at Diyagama on Sunday.

Darshana proved that his impressive performances last year were not fluke as he impressed in the 400 metres and 400 metres hurdles. The athlete from Weera Keppetipola Central, Akuramboda established a new meet record in the hurdles on Saturday and that feat earned him the best athlete title in his age category. Yesterday, his 400 metres feat (49.25 secs) gave selectors a clear indication of his caliber. His winning feat was better than that of the third placed athlete s performance in the Under-20 category.
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Bradby second leg The possible and the probable
Saturday, 14 May 2016 - 10:06 AM SL Time

A new coach, a rearranged pack, together with the confidence born of a close skirmish, and Trinity cold be forgiven if one s spies a spring in their step. Today s game is on home territory. And that could be Trinity s X factor.

For the last four years, it has been all about Royal s forwards and Trinity s backs. Given the present weather conditions, one shouldn t be too surprised if the home team decides to use their forwards more. The Trinity pack is not to be scoffed at. They were able to drive the Royal pack back in a few scrums. However, such a move will be viewed by die-hard Trinity supporters as a sacrificing of their traditional strength the sleekness of the back division.
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ICC clears Kusal after tarnishing his image
Friday, 13 May 2016 - 10:13 AM SL Time

There was jubilation among everyone related to Sri Lanka cricket yesterday following the announcement that wicketkeeper batsman Kusal Janith Perera has been cleared of doping charges and sanctions against him were withdrawn by the International Cricket Council.

However, the player had suffered massive losses. Leave alone playing cricket, Kusal had been even banned from training with squads that came under Sri Lanka Cricket s purview. There had been huge damage to his reputation as well and the world s governing body had forgotten that an individual is innocent until proven guilty.
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Southern Province 247, North Western 53/1
Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 10:16 AM SL Time

North Western Province were 53 for one wicket at close in reply to Southern Province s 247 runs on day one of the Under-19 Inter Provincial Tournament final which commenced at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

A fifth wicket stand of 105 runs between Navindu Nirmal and Ashen Bandara was the highlight of the day as they repaired the early damage to help Southern reach their eventual total after being badly placed at 44 for four wickets at one stage.
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Southerners favourites against North Western Under-19 Inter Provincial Cricket-Final
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - 8:59 AM SL Time

Braced with some of the leading wicket takers and batsmen of the league stage, Southern Province are the favourites when they encounter North Western Province in the Sri Lanka Cricket conducted Under-19 Inter Provincial cricket final, commencing at the R. Premadasa Stadium today.

Southerners have the top two wicket takers and the second highest run getter of the tournament in their ranks. That will give them a slight morale advantage against North Western who will have Maliyadeva College spinner Damith Silva as their most experienced player. The Sri Lanka Under-19 player is also their captain.
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Anderson confident Sri Lanka won t crush him again
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 10:58 AM SL Time

England paceman James Anderson is optimistic that whatever happens in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka neither he nor captain Alastair Cook will feel as `crushed` as they did during the tourists 2014 triumph.

The teams begin a three-match series at Headingley on May 19, the ground where, two years ago, Sri Lanka clinched a dramatic 1-0 win in what was then the second of a two-Test campaign when Anderson was dismissed off the penultimate ball of the match.
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