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Ananda draw first blood at SSC as Nalanda flounder

Ananda draw first blood at SSC as Nalanda flounder

Ananda are sitting pretty at the close of the first day’s play in the 88th Ananda-Nalanda Battle of the Maroons cricket encounter commenced at the SSC Grounds yesterday. In reply to Nalanda’s total of 144 Ananda were 160 for five with Shammu Ashan unbeaten on 60. Ananda after losing two quick wickets for 22 settled [...]

Colombo FC for the second successive time

Colombo FC for the second successive time

Colombo FC emerged champions of the Dialog Champions League for the second successive time defeating Renown 3-1 in the final worked off at the Race Course ground Colombo last night. The winning team received a cash award of Rs.700.000. According to the Dialog Champions League Super 8 Points Table Renown SC was on top, second [...]

27th Royal- Thomian past cricketers Annual Dinner

The 27th Royal- Thomian Past Cricketers Annual Dinner will be held on March 8, 2017 from 7.30 pm onwards at the Atrium Lobby, Cinnamon Grand. All past cricket coloursmen of both Royal and S. Thomas’ are welcome. Tickets will be available at the gate. Tickets are priced at Rs. 4,000/- per head while under 23 [...]

St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya advance to quarters

St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya advanced to the quarter finals of the Under-19 Division Two Inter-Schools Limited Over Cricket Tournament with a comfortable 107-run win over Karandeniya Central in the pre-quarter-final encounter played at Karandeniya yesterday. Kavindu Irosh top scored for St. Sebastian’s with 61. Karandeniya Central in their run chase was never going to be in [...]

Mahanama, Mahinda dominate drawn games

Mahanama Colombo and Mahinda Galle dominated proceedings in their drawn Under-19 matches against Dharmapala and Dharmasoka MV concluded at Pannipitiya and Galle yesterday. In the match at Pannipitiya saw Dharmapala resuming from their overnight score of 53 for 1 going to make 258 with overnight batsman Malith Sandakelum making a half ton. This was in [...]

Double hundred stand guide Lankan ‘A’

Double hundred stand guide Lankan ‘A’

Sri Lanka ‘A’ openers Dhanushka Gunatilleke and Kusal Perera guided Sri Lanka ‘A’ in pursuit of 218 runs for victory to record an easy win by 119 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method against England Lions in the second unofficial ODI encounter played at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium yesterday. The duo cracked unbeaten knocks with Dhanushka [...]

Kingswood cricket wing

Past Kingswood cricketers are invited for fellowship followed by breakfast, on 18th March 2017 9.00am onwards, prior to commencement of the second day of the Annual Battle of the Maroons at the College Hall. For further Inquiries please contact Channa Tennakoon – 0773187441, Gayan Fernando – 0773099640, Suwanji Madanayake – 0777483673, Gamini Rathnayake – 0773733768 [...]

Sandun Chamika leads Tour de Air Force

Sandun Chamika of Sri Lanka Ports Authority emerged as the Tour Leader at the end of the second day of the 18th Tour de Air Force from Puttalam to Vavuniya, the second stage of the event to a distance of 138km. To date Sandun Chamika has clocked five hours, 47 minutes and 34 seconds. He [...]

It’s going to be an absorbing Test tussle

It’s going to be an absorbing Test tussle

First Test against Bangladesh begins on Tuesday By S.R. Pathiravithana  On Tuesday, the young Sri Lankan national team will embark on a Test which could be termed as the best yardstick to ascertain where its cricket belongs. At the Galle International Cricket Stadium Sri Lanka will launch the Test segment of their series against Bangladesh [...]

Nirmal holds on his lead at the end of count 8

Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 Week 8 of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 comes to an end with an unchanged Top 10 in the now aggressive All-Island Schools segment. The leader Navindu Nirmal of St. Aloysius’ College Galle retains at [...]

It was another draw at P. Sara stadium

It was another draw at P. Sara stadium

83rd Battle of the Saints By M. Shamil Amit It was yet another draw at the P. Sara Stadium at the 83rd encounter of the Josephian-Peterite encounter.  Chasing an impossible target of 181 runs to win in 15 overs, Petes ended on 99 for no loss with allrounder Santhush Gunatilleke remaining unbeaten on 52. But [...]

Who would be the cynosure of all eyes?

Who would be the cynosure of all eyes?

Only on Tuesday evening at Hotel Taj Samudra that I really comprehended the meaning of the age old cliché “Cynosure of all eyes”. It was different. It was a press confab to launch the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh cricket series. Yet, generally, the coach of the visiting team may get caught in the crossfire but, he never [...]

Three cornered tussle for Badminton President’s post

Three candidates will be contesting for the President’s post at the Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association scheduled to be held on March 24. Nominations for the event close on March 10. Former President Roshan Gunewardena, former Interim Committee President Prof. Ranjith de Silva and former national player Nishantha Jayasinghe are the [...]

Another long wait for Vidyartha

The 59th Big Match between St. Sylvester’s and Vidyartha provided the latter with a chance to at least take a first innings lead. Having done the hard work and by the Sylvestrians down to a very modest 134, Vidyartha’s batting collapsed. At one point, they lost three wickets for one run. Palina Gunatilleke, the burly, [...]

If Wesley was penalised, same should be for the opponents

If Wesley was penalised, same should be for the opponents

It was a case of English professional Rugby players not knowing the offside law and assumed there was one at the tackle. Which player in well coached mini-rugby ought to know about? If the English did not know this how would be in our backyard. There has been much discussion about the tactic Italy used [...]

Thomians hold on to their dear lives to down fighting Zahira

Thomians hold on to their dear lives to down fighting Zahira

S. Thomas’ withstood a barnstorming Zahira rally in the final 20 minutes to seal a close 29-24 win in their Singer Inter-School Under-20 Rugby encounter at, Maradana yesterday. At the breather S. Thomas’ led 22-12. S. Thomas’ opened scoring early in the game to take a 5-0 lead. Zahira replied almost immediately through an unconverted [...]

Trinity in supreme touch again with half century of points

Trinity in supreme touch again with half century of points

Trinity’s high scoring (52-7) win over Science at Havelock Park was the result of some very good work by the pack. Once the spade work had been done, the backs moved in and took over. Another feature of Trinity’s play was the superb backing up by the players. Science tried their best but was outclassed. [...]

Impact of European Tennis season

Impact of European Tennis season

In 2017, for the professional players the next six months in the European arenas are the most important in terms of rankings. The achievements in this period of six months will affect their status and the earnings. The dominant period in Tennis has always been the European season serving as inspiration to the world for [...]

Royal look to repeat; Thomians seek revenge

Royal look to repeat; Thomians seek revenge

The Royal-Thomian will always be special. From the very inception it has been the trend setter and the rest have followed. Arguably it is the root of the ‘cricket trend’ that has been entrenched deeply in the hearts of school cricket and its cricketers. This year there is no difference. The game is bound to [...]

Trinitians are ahead on almost all counts

Trinitians are ahead on almost all counts

Two of the best educational institutions in the country will be celebrating 100 years of comradeship, and rivalry, when they face off at the Pallekele Stadium on March 10 and 11. Needless to say, the Sri Lankan Cricketing scene has been illuminated by the deeds of players from these two schools. Suffice it to mention [...]

Book on Antonian cricket

Book on Antonian cricket

Afzal’s book on Antonian cricket is timed to coincide with the Centenary encounter between Trinity College and St. Anthony’s College to be played on March 9 and 10 at the Pallekele Stadium. Afzal was a popular journalist whilst in Sri Lanka and wrote to the Island, until he migrated to Australia where his writing has [...]

“Tui” still continues to dominate in Arizona

“Tui” still continues to dominate in Arizona

Thuhashini Selvaratnam is ‘AWGA (Arizona Women’s Golf Association) Player of the Year’ for an unprecedented 12th time. Thuhashini Selvaratnam, or “Tui”, as she is affectionately known, is a native of Sri Lanka, who came to dominate Arizona Women’s Golf in the first decade of the new millennium. During those years, Tui won a smashing 11 [...]

Teams equally balanced – can’t expect positive results

Teams equally balanced – can’t expect positive results

The cricket crazy town of Moratuwa will come alive again when the much looked-forward to big match between the two leading cricket playing schools in the area St. Sebastian’s and Prince of Wales take place on March 10 and 11 at De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa. This is the 67th in the series and the [...]

FEARFUL OF CONSEQUENCES

FEARFUL OF CONSEQUENCES

There are three Big Wigs behind the incident which marred a key schools rugby game. Inquires are being made from all the schools associations regarding the incident but the chances are that they will not bear much fruit as the associations concerned are fearful what the consequences would be. REDUCE STAFF A leading sports body [...]

Southern lasses prove their prowess

Southern lasses prove their prowess

Lasses in the Southern province proved their prowess with bat and ball at the Inter District Ladies Cricket Tournament conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket at Vijitha Central College grounds last weekend. The tournament was organised to identify talented lasses as well as select the Southern Province Ladies Cricket team for the forthcoming Inter Provincial Ladies [...]

Pussegolla 132 off just 70 balls

Asia Asset Finance, one drop batsman, Shashrika Pussegolla hit a belligerent 132 not out in 70 balls, inclusive of 12 sixes and six fours against Bimputh Finance, in the ongoing 15th David Pieris Group of Companies sponsored, ‘DPGC’ Challenge Trophy, MCA ‘E’ division 30 Over League Tournament 2017, continued last week-end. Asia Asset Finance, thus [...]

St. John’s favoured over rivals Jaffna Central

St. John’s favoured over rivals Jaffna Central

The big match fever spreads to Jaffna peninsula as all arrangements have been finalised for the 111th Battle of the North big match between St. John’s Jaffna and Jaffna Central scheduled to be played over three days from March 9 to 11 at the Jaffna Central grounds. The Battle of the North is the oldest [...]

Jayantha to guide Bloomfield for yet another year

Jayantha to guide Bloomfield for yet another year

Former Sri Lanka Cricketer Jayantha Seneviratne was unanimously re-elected President of Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club, for the 3rd time, at its Annual General Meeting held at the Club premises last week. Seneviratne, also a reputed coach and an expert Cricket commentator, has been a member of Bloomfield as a schoolboy, and thrilled thousands of [...]

Seekkuge Prasanna and Asela Gunaratne promoted

Seekkuge Prasanna and  Asela Gunaratne promoted

Sri Lanka Army-groomed two more world-renowned cricketers, Warrant Officer – II Seekkuge Prasanna and Sergeant Asela Gunaratne who did exceptionally well in the South African tour and the just concluded T-20 Australian Cricket Tournament – 2017 respectively after playing for the National Cricket Team, received laurels and service promotions recently from none other than the [...]

An Ode to the Maroons

Saga of Maroons, they called it to give its history Maroons, Silver and Gold have shed its light and brought us glory Mightiest and the greatest who wore flannels over the years Held the lion high up over others with all engaged gears First Test captain, first centurion, the first fifty were all by our [...]

Tennis in a tangle over Coaches

Tennis in a tangle over Coaches

What’s bugging the Tennis scene? Students and parents of students enrolled in the Tennis programme at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) are currently facing troubled times with their current coach, Eric Pietersz, although practices are conducted for them. It is learnt that the SLTA is having trouble retaining their coaches for the contracted period. [...]

Rahim feels that this is the opportunity

Not having won any of the 16 Tests played against Sri Lanka home and away, Mushfiqur Rahim feels that this is the opportunity Bangladesh have been waiting for. The reasons for his optimism are three-fold. This is a good side at his command and they have been doing well over the last couple of years, [...]

Sports Minister please intervene, put Football House in order

Sports Minister please intervene, put Football House in order

From the day the Sports Ministry instructed all National Sports Associations (NSA) to conduct their AGMs and election of Office Bearers before May 31, 2017, I have been receiving telephone calls and typed statements from past players and fans alleging corruption and irregularities within Football House, and appealing to me to take up these matters [...]

Commercial Credit too good for Standard Chartered

Commercial Credit too good for Standard Chartered

A rock-solid, unbeaten century by middle order batsman, Malith Fernando (121 not out in 110 balls, with 2 sixes and 15 fours) guided Commercial Credit and Finance (CCF) ‘B’ to a resounding 89-runs victory over Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in theFinal of the 6th Prestige Automobile sponsored, ‘BMW/Hyundai’ Trophy, MCA ‘C’ Division 50-Over League Tournament [...]

Badulla (Men), Gampaha (Women) are Champs

Badulla (Men), Gampaha (Women) are Champs

Badulla and Gampaha emerged victorious in the Inter-District Beach Kabaddi Championship 2017 held at the Unawatuna Beach in Galle. Badulla District won the Men’s championship while Gampaha District annexed the Women’s title at the two-day event that attracted teams from all Districts of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee were Runners-up in the Men’s segment, while Galle and [...]

Sharith Amit will play for Qatar as a third row forward

Sharith Amit will  play for Qatar as a  third row forward

Sharith Amit, a former student of St. Peter’s College and St. Joseph’s College and a Sri Lankan domiciled in Qatar, becomes the youngest player to represent in rugby for his adopted country. A third-row-forward and a centre who is six foot in height is a versatile utility player who becomes the latest addition to the [...]

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