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72nd Battle of the Golds Powered by Dialog

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From Left - Bihanga Mendis –Captain - St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, Nilan Fernando – Master in charge of U-19 Cricket, St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, Rev. Fr. Sanjeewa Mendis – Rector, St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, Lasantha Theverapperuma – Group Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC, Hasitha Kesara Weththimuni - Principal, Prince Of Wales’ College, Moratuwa, Kasun Dewapriya – Prefect of Games, Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa, Tharindu Gimantha Amarasinghe –Captain, Prince Of Wales’ College, Moratuwa

Moratuwa comes alive to the sound of Papare Bands this October as Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, continuing its promise to support Sri Lanka sports has come forth once again to power the 72nd edition of the Battle of the Golds encounter between home town archrivals, St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa.

The 2022 edition of the ‘Battle of the Golds is scheduled to be played at De Soysa Stadium in full capacity for spectators, the Big Match will be played on the 27th and 28th of October 2022, and the eagerly anticipated 50-over game, which will be played for the 37th such occasion this year, is scheduled to be played on the following day at the SSC.

The Cambrians will be led allrounder, Tharindu Gimantha Amarasinghe while the Sebastianites will play under the captaincy of allrounder Bihanga Mendis.

Cricketers from both schools have represented the game at the highest level, including 1996 World Cup winner Romesh Kaluvitharana and Sri Lanka Captain Duleep Mendis. The current players representing Sri Lanka include Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama and Amila Aponso, all of whom are from St. Sebastian’s College and Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne are from Cambrians.

As the principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata has made arrangements to LIVE stream the Limited Overs match via Sri Lanka’s largest sports hub, thepapare.com, Dialog VIU mobile app and will also be shown LIVE on Dialog TV Channel 140.

The tally between the two schools presently stands at six wins for the Cambrians and three wins for the Sebastianites. St. Sebastian’s College is the present holder of the cup, having last won it in 2011 under the captaincy of Sanitha De Mel. In the last encounter, the two-day Big Match ended in a tame draw, while the Cambrians secured a hard-fought 02 run victory at the one-day encounter.

In the limited over encounters, the Sebastianites lead with 17 wins to the Cambrians’ 16 with one tie and two abandoned games.

Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Paralympic sports – by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.



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Methwan wins marathon encounter

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ITF Junior Circuit Tennis

Methwan Wijemanne overcame Josh Hinton of Great Britain in a marathon three and half hour battle to win the first-round encounter of the ITF Junior Circuit Week 1 Tennis Event at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

Wijemanne scored 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Hinton.

ITF Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament which is currently underway in Colombo will conclude on February 5.

Meanwhile, in another first-round encounter, Nithila Goonathilake beat Aryan Mehata of India 6-3, 6-0.

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England Lions strongly placed

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Sadeera Samarawickrama with 43 runs was the top scorer for Sri Lanka.

Top-order batsmen Alex Lees, Haseeb Hameed and Tom Haines scored half-centuries for visiting England Lions to reach 249 for three wickets at stumps after they dismissed the hosts for 136 on day one of the unofficial Test at Galle on Tuesday.

Sadeera Samarawickrama with 43 runs was the top scorer for Sri Lanka.

Scores:

Sri Lanka ‘A’

136 all out in 35.4 overs (Oshada Fernando 21, Sadeera Samarawickrama 43, Lakshaitha Manasinghe 26; Matthew Fisher 5/34, Liam Patterson-White 3/51)

England Lions

249 for 3 in 48 overs (Alex Lees 56, Haseeb Hameed 81, Tom Haines 62, Josh Bohannon 26n.o.; Lasith Embuldeniya 2/89)

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Hathurusingha named Bangladesh head coach

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Bangladesh Cricket Board, on Tuesday (31), said that Chandika Hathurusingha has been named as the new head coach for a two-year period. He is expected to join the set-up in February.

“We have appointed Hathurusingha for two years as across the format head coach,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted by Cricbuzz as having said.

The former Sri Lanka all-rounder had earlier served as the head coach of Bangladesh from 2014 to 2017. He has also served in various coaching positions with Sri Lanka, Canada, NSW and Sydney Thunder.

In his previous coaching tenure, Bangladesh had won ODI series against India, Pakistan and South Africa, alongside achieving Test victories versus Sri Lanka, England and Australia. During his stint, Bangladesh also reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy in 2017.

“It’s an honour to have been given this opportunity to coach the Bangladesh national team once again. I really loved the warmth of the people and the culture of Bangladesh whenever I have been there. I’m looking forward to working with the players once again and enjoy their successes,” he said in a press release.

Cricbuzz had earlier reported that BCB is unlikely to continue with split coaching and Hathurusingha is the front-runner to replace Russell Domingo, who resigned before completing his stint that ran until the end of the 50-over ICC World Cup.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan remained tightlipped on the return of Hathurusingha as the head coach. No comments,” it’s all right,” he said, without elaborating further.

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