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CDWCA team win both Nippon Paint Trophies



Maduri Samurdika receives the Best Fielder award of the main series from Gangotri Chauhan, the manager of the Indian squad.

The Indu Sri Lanka T20 Cricket Series played for the Nippon Paint Trophy sponsored by Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and conducted by Colombo District Women’s Cricket Association took place at Colombo Campus Playground recently. The CDWCA Sri Lanka Team won both trophies, namely the President XI Team Trophy and Nippon Paint Trophy, the main trophy of the series.

Series Match No 01

 CDWCA Sri Lanka record five wickets win at St. Anthony’s College Wattala on June 23


Aadishakthi Indian Warriors Team

122 for 7 (Ayushi Garg 29, Suman Meena 19, Archana Saini 20; Chamari Polgampola 3 / 19) 

CDWCA Sri Lanka

126 for 5 in 19.2 overs (Dilani Manodara 35 n.o., Imalka Mendis 18, Sanduni Abeywickrama 17n.o.; Manasvi Katta 1 / 18) 

Series Match No 02

Indian Aadishakthi Warriors win at Colombo Campus Ground on June 24


Aadishakthi Indian Warriors

116 for 5 (Thanuja Waishwan 52n.o., Sneha Ubana 30; Hashini Liyanage 2/14, Chamari Polgampola 2/18) 

CDWCA Sri Lanka

115 for 9 (Imalka Mendis 17, Maduri Samurdika 14n.o.; Manasvi Katta 3/11) 

 Series Match No 03

CDWCA Sri Lanka won by four wickets at Colombo Campus Ground on June 25


Aadishakthi Indian Warriors

132 for 5 (Suman Meena 32, Archana Saini 48; Maduri Samurdika 1/18) 

CDWCA Sri Lanka

134 for 6 (Dilani Manodara 57n.o., Imalka Mendis 37; Manasvi Katta 4/16) 

 President’s XI Warm up match played for the Nippon Paint Trophy was won by the CDWCA Sri Lanka team. Imalka Mendis was adjudged the best player of that match while the best fielder award was awarded to Nandini Paliwal of India.

 Individual Performers 

Player of the series

– Dilani Manodara (SL Air Force) 

Best bowler of the series

– Manasvi Katta (India) 

Best fielder of the series

– Maduri Samurdhika 

Highest No of Boundaries

– Archana Saini (India) 10 Boundaries 

Most Attractive Catch

– Tanuja Vaishnav (India), Sakunthala De Silva (Sri Lanka) 

Harshana Pathirana, Sales Manager Autofinish and Industrial Sector of Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd  was the Chief Guest. Mohan De Silva, Secretary Sri Lanka Cricket, Lakshitha Senarathne, Assistant Regional Manager North Western of Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Dasitha Wickramasinghe of Hemas Manufacturing were present at the awrd ceremony.  .

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New Zealand cruise past Pakistan’s 345 with five wickets in hand




Despite not being full fit, Williamson looked in rhythm during his half-century (Cricbuzz)

Kane Williamson’s return to action headlined New Zealand’s first official warmup match of the 2023 World Cup as they hit the right notes with the bat in a high-scoring game in Hyderabad. Mohammad Rizwan (103) and Babar Azam (80) provided a good platform and the middle order got amongst the runs to help Pakistan post 345. The total, however, proved insufficient as New Zealand, led by Rachin Ravindra’s 97 and three other half-century scores, including that of Williamson, pulled off the chase with 6.2 overs to spare

After Devon Conway was dismissed by Hasan Ali for a golden duck, Ravindra and Williamson got together and added 179 runs in just 22 overs to power New Zealand’s chase. Williamson decided to retire after crossing fifty while Ravindra was dismissed by Agha Salman before he could get a ton. Usama Mir then picked up the wickets of Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips in quick succession but fifties from Mark Chapman and Daryl Mitchell, and an important 33 from James Neesham, helped New Zealand over the line in the 44th over.

Earlier, After opting to bat, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq in the second over to Matt Henry while Mitch Santner had Abdullah Shafique out stumped. Babar, who started watchfully, found his groove while Rizwan also scored at a steady rate as they raised a century partnership to set things up nicely for Pakistan. Babar, however, missed a hundred while Rizwan retired after reaching three figures, giving Pakistan’s lower middle order some time out in the middle. Saud Shakeel (75) and Agha Salman (33*) came up with handy contributions to propel Pakistan past 340.

Brief scores:
Pakistan 345/5 in 50 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 103, Babar Azam 80; Mitch Santner 2-39) lost to New Zealand 346/5 in 43.4 overs (Rachin Ravindra 97, Mark Chapman 65; Usama Mir 2-68) by 5 wickets

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Mahedi, Tanzid, Litton and Mehidy star in breezy Bangladesh win




Kusal Perera looked in good touch before retiring hurt (pic Cricinfo)

Half-centuries from Bangladesh’s top three of  Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz took their side to a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in their first warm-up fixture ahead of the ODI World Cup, in Guwahati on Friday.

Bangladesh bowled Sri Lanka out for 263 and chased it down with eight overs to spare; other than all the issues these facts point to, Sri Lanka will also worry about their opener Kusal Perera, who walked off the field in the 10th over of their innings with a strain in his right shoulder. He hit 34 off 24 before retiring hurt.

Apart from the result, Bangladesh would have been pleased with Tanzid – who made his debut during the Asia Cup in August and has played just five ODIs so far – as he eases into the international scene. His breezy knock of 84 off 88 balls, which included ten fours and two sixes, blunted a Sri Lanka attack that struggled to exert any pressure. His 131-run opening stand off 124 balls with Litton, who notched up 61, laid a fine platform for the team to chase down Sri Lanka’s 263. Mehidy, who was Bangladesh’s captain for the game, followed the openers’ efforts with an unbeaten 67. He had also bowled 10 tight overs, taking 1 for 32.

After they opted to bat, Sri Lanka began promisingly, with Pathum Nissanka adding a combined 104 with Perera and Kusal Mendis, before they lost their first wicket in the 15th over. Nissanka top-scored with an aggressive 68 and Dhananjaya de Silva made 55 at No. 6 but most of the middle order struggled to get going, with offspinner Mahedi Hassan picking up 3 for 36 in his nine overs. Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed and Mehidy also chipped in with a wicket each to bowl Sri Lanka out for in the final over.

Bangladesh will play their next warm-up game against England on Monday while Sri Lanka will meet Afghanistan on Tuesday. Both matches will be played at the same venue.

Brief scores:
Bangladesh 264 for 3 in 42 overs (Tanzid Hasan  84, Mehidy Hasan Mirza  67*, Litton Das 61, Mushfiqur Rahim 35*) beat Sri Lanka 263 in 49.1 overs (Pathum Nissanka 68, Kusal Perera 34, Kusal Mendis 22,  Dhananjaya de Silva 55, Mahedi Hassan 3-36) by seven wickets

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Danushka Gunathilaka found not guilty in sexual assault trial



Danushka Gunathilaka had been arrested last November following Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup campaign

Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a Tinder date through the act of “stealthing”.Judge Sarah Huggett acquitted the 32-year-old as he sat at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on Thursday listening to the decision. He said he was looking forward to returning to playing after his acquittal.

“The evidence establishes that there was no opportunity for the accused to remove the condom during intercourse because that intercourse was continuous,” the judge said in handing down the verdict.

Judge Huggett found the complainant, who cannot be legally named, appeared to be an intelligent, calm and responsive witness who did not deliberately give false evidence.

However, at times the woman gave the impression she was “motivated by a desire to paint the cricketer in an unfavourable light”, the judge said.

“I find that the evidence regarding the complaint far from supports the complainant. Rather it undermines the reliability of her evidence.”

The cricketer’s defence team signalled he will apply for the Crown to pay his legal costs of defending the allegation.Outside court, Gunathilaka thanked his lawyers, parents and others who supported him during what he described as a very hard 11 months.

“I’m happy my life is normal again,” he said. “I can’t wait to go back and play cricket.”

Gunathilaka and the woman matched on the dating app and met for drinks at Opera Bar in November 2022 before having pizza together in the Sydney CBD and then catching a ferry to the woman’s eastern suburbs home.

Police initially brought four charges against Gunathilaka, who was arrested at the Hyatt Regency hours before the Sri Lankan cricket team was due to fly out of the country. Prosecutors later dropped three of those charges.

In statements to police and the court, the woman accused the batsman of various acts of aggression and violence such as slapping her buttocks, forcefully kissing her and bruising her lips and choking her during sex.There was no suggestion by prosecutors at trial that any of these acts constituted an offence, although the woman in her evidence said the sex was non-consensual.

Gunathilaka always maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent relating to the cricketer’s alleged “stealthing”, or removing his condom during sex without the woman’s consent.

During the judge-alone trial, defence lawyers questioned the credibility of the complainant, claiming her story shifted over time and that she edited her version of events to paint Gunathilaka as an aggressive person.

Judge Huggett also heard evidence from two of the woman’s friends who described her as fragile and distraught the day after the cricketer attended her home.Police officers who spoke to the woman were also questioned about the way they handled the case, including omitting crucial details, throwing out notes and potentially contaminating witnesses.

Judge Huggett on Thursday described the conduct of police in prosecuting Gunathilaka as “very concerning” and “far from satisfactory”.

Gunathilaka has been on bail during the trial but was unable to play international cricket or return to his hometown of Colombo.


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