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Awa Jayathissa wins Best Boxer award



Peradeniya Central win overall title of LV Jayaweera Championship

Peradeniya Central College emerged overall champions at the 47th L.V. Jayaweera Memorial Boxing Championship after a gap of 14 years, producing four gold medallists at the inter-school meet held at the Kantale Town Hall.

The competition for schoolboy freshers was conducted by the Schools Boxing Association of Sri Lanka. The tournament saw nearly 400 pugilists from 89 schools vying for honours during the five-day event.

LYGRM Karunarathna, KCB Samaranayaka, PWGGV Dissanayaka and GKWGMM Ranaweera were the gold medal winners for Peradeniya Central College who are also the reigning Stubbs Shield champions.

Kadugannawa National School finished in second position having three gold medallists and two bronze medallists.  AWA Jayathissa of Kadugannawa National School who won the Junior Boys 50-52kg weight class was rewarded for his consistent performance with the Best Boxer’s award.

NMA Rahman of Zahira Boys College, Katugastota who lost a narrow decision to PWGGV Dissanayaka of Peradeniya CC in the Junior Boys 48-50kg weight class was consoled with the Best Loser’s prize.

SMAK Prabodha of Central College, Bandarawela who won the Youth Boys (51-54kg) weight class defeating MMRP Bandara of St Sylvester’s College, Kandy received the most promising boxer award from a recently affiliated school.

Former St Sylvester’s College, Kandy and Sri Lanka boxing captain and South Asian Games medallist SSP Saman Gunaratne (Zonal Commander – Vavuniya) was present at the awards ceremony on the final day while another former St Sylvester’s College captain and Stubbs Shield Best Boxer DIG Trincomalee Lionel Goonetilleke was present during the semifinals.



  School Boy (33-35kg):

HPT Nethsanda (Naradeniya National School) beat CD Weerasingha (Gamini Central College, Ingiriya) WP 4:1 

School Boy (35-37kg):

TS Amarakoon (Koraboruwana Maha Vidyalaya) beat TGCB Thabavita (Gamini Central College, Ingiriya) WP 4:1 

School Boy (37-39kg):

LYGRM Karunarathna (Peradeniya Central College) beat RN Dilshan (Koraboruwana Maha Vidyalaya) WP 3:2 

School Boy (39-41kg):

KCB Samaranayaka (Peradeniya Central College) beat GD Roshana (Gamini Central College, Ingiriya) WP 4:1 

School Boy (41-43kg):

KAS Kaveesha (Mahanama College, Colombo) beat RKGS Sadaruwan (Kengalla National School) WP 5:0 

School Boy (43-45kg):

RAMD Senanayaka (Kadugannawa National School) beat MN Udukala (Vidyarathena University College, Horana) WP 3:2 

Junior Boy (44-46kg):

LDN Gimhana (Koraboruwana Maha Vidyalaya) beat DMRL Hettiarachchi (Dharmaraja College, Kandy) RSC R2 

Junior Boy (46-48kg):

MA Rashmika (Mahanama College, Colombo) beat WAKB Weerasinghe (Sivali College, Ratnapura) P 3:2 

Junior Boy (48-50kg):

PWGGV Dissanayaka (Peradeniya Central College) beat NMA Rahman (Zahira Boys College, Katugastota) WP 3:2 

Junior Boy (50-52kg):

AWA Jayathissa (Kadugannawa National School) beat S Thilakshan (Holy Trinity Central College, Nuwara Eliya) WP 5:0 

Junior Boy (52-54kg):

Basith (Zahira College, Colombo) beat IND Thathsara (Nalanda College, Colombo) WP 4:1 

Junior Boy (54-57kg):

LDD Rashmika (Seelaratne Maha Vidyalaya, Dombagoda) beat HPNS Thejan (St Aloysious College, Ratnapura) WP 5:0 

Youth Boy (46-48kg):

AST Samaraweera (St Mary’s National College, Veyangoda) beat KSP Lakshan (Koraboruwana Maha Vidyalaya) WP 4:1 

Youth Boy (48-51kg):

GKWGMM Ranaweera (Peradeniya Central College) beat AIP Fernando (St Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa) WP 4:1 

Youth Boy (51-54kg):

SMAK Prabodha (Central College, Bandarawela) beat MMRP Bandara (St Sylvester’s College, Kandy) 4:1 

Youth Boy (54-57kg):

PKML Samarasekera (Bandaranayake College, Veyangoda) beat Mohamed Fazil (St Sylvester’s College, Kandy) 3:2 

Youth Boy (57-60kg):

WA Madushanka (St Joseph’s College, Negombo) beat JK Ferdinando (S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia) RSC R1 

Senior Boy (46-48kg):

TGND Samarakoon (Kadugannawa National School) beat WAKAN Weerasooriya (Bandaranayake College, Gampaha) RSC R2 

Senior Boy (48-51kg):

PMV Wihanga (Sri Sumanagala Vidyalaya) beat Ahmedh Rafik (Zahira College, Colombo) WP 3:2 

Senior Boy (51-54kg):

EDDS Siriwardana (Gintota Maha Vidyalaya) beat WMCR Wijeynayaka (Pilimathalawa Central College) WP 4:1 

Senior Boy (54-57kg):

M Vipuzan (Vipulananda College) beat SR Abeyweera (Nalanda College, Colombo) KO R1 

Senior Boy (57-60kg):

DGM Munasinghe (Central College, Bandarawela) beat DH Amanda Tharujitha (Ananda College, Colombo) WP 3:2 

Senior Boy (63.5kg):

M Farook (Zahira College, Colombo) beat RMWLY Rathnayaka (Kandy Model National School) WP 5:0 

Youth Boy (63.5kg):

AMM Hakeem (Azhar Central College, Akurana) beat WATV Nemsith (Royal College, Colombo) WP 4:1 

Junior Boy (46Bkg):

SDHM Dilhara (Sivali College, Ratnapura) beat Muhammad Yusuf (Zahira College, Colombo) WP 4:1  

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Cheering Indian crowds welcome Pakistan team before ICC Cricket World Cup




A Pakistan cricket fan cheers as the cricket team arrives at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India (pic Aljazeera)

The Pakistan cricket team has been greeted with warm applause and loud cheers by hundreds of Indian fans upon its arrival before the ICC World Cup 2023, which starts on October 5.

The contingent landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad late on Wednesday and was given a raucous welcome by local fans who had lined up to catch a glimpse of the cricket stars from across the border.

Videos posted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on X, formerly Twitter, showed fans taking photographs with their phones and shouting the Pakistani players’ names to catch their attention as the squad walked past them inside the terminal.

Bigger crowds awaited the players outside the terminal and along their route out of the airport.

They let out loud cheers for Pakistan’s captain and star batter Babar Azam when he smiled and waved back while boarding the team’s bus.


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Danushka Gunathilaka found not guilty




Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested in November while in Australia for the T-20 World Cup (pic ABC)

Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been found not guilty of sexual intercourse without consent following an accusation of “stealthing” involving a Tinder date in Sydney.

The 32-year-old was arrested in November while in Australia for the T-20 World Cup, after he went for drinks with a woman near the Opera House.

He had chatted online for several days and then had dinner with the woman, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, before being invited back to her eastern suburbs home, the NSW District Court heard.

The Crown’s case was that he removed a condom during intercourse without the woman’s knowledge when she had consented only to protected sex.

The complainant told the court she did not see the batsman remove the condom, but saw it on the floor shortly after the intercourse stopped.

Judge Sarah Huggett today found evidence about the “genesis” of the woman’s complaint undermined the reliability of her evidence. The judge said the woman had given different accounts in her two statements; the second, given in April this year, went into further detail about the issue of ‘stealthing’ and added that the complainant did not have a “clear memory” of what happened around the time she saw the condom on the floor.

“The evidence establishes there was no opportunity for the accused to remove the condom during the intercourse because that intercourse was continuous,” she said.

Judge Huggett considered the woman’s first conversations with two close friends, which seemed to frame the complaint in terms of the roughness of the sexual activity.

Gunathilaka’s defence counsel argued the woman lied, gave self-serving evidence and appeared to not remember parts of the night that were inconsistent with a “narrative” she created, which morphed over time.

Murugan Thangaraj SC told the judge the Crown failed to establish the woman’s reliability and highlighted what he said were inconsistencies and implausibility in her version of events.

He said it was “completely illogical” to claim she felt ambushed before lighting candles in her bedroom, effectively setting it up for “a romantic sexual liaison”.

In court, the woman alleged Mr Gunathilaka kissed her “forcefully” on the way home and on her couch, where she felt “ambushed” before moving to the bedroom.

She further alleged he choked her three times during sex, leaving her fearful for her life, and ignored requests to go slow.

Judge Huggett found the woman was an “intelligent witness who gave evidence in a considered way”, and was overall a “calm and responsive” witness.

But the judge said there were times when it appeared the complainant was motivated by a desire to paint the accused in an unfavourable light.

In his police interview, Mr Gunathilaka said he told her his preference generally was to not use condoms but wanted to on the night because it was their first meeting.

In the interview, the cricketer made mention of there being two condoms because one malfunctioned — which the Crown said was a deliberate mistruth.

But Judge Huggett disagreed, finding that his answers were the result of “confusion, fatigue, a language barrier and possibly memory”.

“I formed the distinct impression he was doing his best to be truthful and assist the police,” she said.

Sitting in the interview room, Gunathilaka told police the woman had organised him a taxi and he kissed her before leaving. “She didn’t even text me, I didn’t text her also,” he said.  “And that’s it, then I’m here.”

Gunathilaka has been in Australia on bail since mid-November.

(ABC News)

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Jayantha Paranathala passes away 



Cricket administrator Jayantha Paranathala has passed away at the age of 72. He captained Police, rose to the rank of Senior DIG and was a Vice-President of SLC. He also had a stint as Team Manager of the national cricket team and served as a member of the National Selection Panel.

He was instrumental in bringing BRC to its current glory.

 In remembrance of his service to the club, the remains of Mr. Jayantha Paranathala will be brought to BRC today (28) from  2:00 PM to 5:30 PM, providing an opportunity for friends, family, and colleagues to pay their last respects to a man whose legacy will endure in the annals of Sri Lankan cricket.

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