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CR & FC feature in crunch battle against Police on Saturday 



By A Special Sports Correspondent 

Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (CR&FC) after a morale boosting win over Army Sports Club last week take on Police Sports Club at Police Park on Saturday (December 9) with the kick-off scheduled for 3.45 pm.

CR can be rated as one of the favourites to lift the league trophy this year after having finished on a high last season. The side is led by lock forward Suhiru Anthony and they showed the stuff they are made of in the first week of the season against Army; running down eight tries in all at will and at a venue far away from home. The Red Shirts are packed with great players in the likes of Thenuka Nanayakkara, Yasas Kavindu, Lasindu Karunathilake, Chemod Muthunayake, Adeesha Weerathunga and Shenal Adikaram apart from their skipper, who carries loads of experience.

On the other hand Police SC too played well in their opening match this season when they demolished Navy SC 41-22 at Police Park. Police have in their ranks some big names like skipper Mohan Wimalaratne, Prince Chamara, C. Iroshan, Hirantha Perera, S. Jayawardene and two-star youth players in the likes of Naveen Kanishka and Parveen Stephan; who played for Isipatana last season.

The other match scheduled for Saturday is between Army SC and Kandy SC which is scheduled to be played at Panagoda. Kandy SC recorded an all important first week win against the much improved CH & FC in a keenly contested game. On Friday Sri Lanka Air Force will host Navy SC at Ratmalana while on Sunday Havelocks will host CH & FC under lights at the Park Club.

The teams: 

CR & FC rugby pool from: S. Nanayakkara, A. Gunasinghe, S. Perera, T. Nanayakkara, Y. Kavindu, L. Karunathilake, C. Muthunayake, A. Weerathunga, S. Adikaram, S. Anthony (Captain), E. Harshana, I. Ariyapala, Naveen Marasinghe, K. de Costa, M. Ruberu, G. Chethiya, R. Ekanayake, K. Tharindu, T. Mariyadas, R. Senanayake, W. De Mel, Rinesh Silva, Randy Silva, Raveen de Silva, V. Kodhagoda, A. Weerathunga 

Police SC rugby pool from: H. Fernando, C. Kavindya, V. Shaveen, L. Yomal, Mohan Wimalaratne (Captain), D. Srimantha, D. Harishchandra, S. Fernando, S.A. Kumara, V. Randeepa, Prince Chamara, J. Chanaka, R. Madushanka, N. Paranamana, S. Kodithuwakku, S. Hopwood, C. Iroshan, M. Kumarasiri, V. Fernando, D. Edirisooriya, M. Thabeeth, Hirantha Perera, S. Jayawardene, Naveen Kanishka and Praveen Stephan.

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Afghanistan elect to bat first in third T-20 International



Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first in the third T-20 International against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Wednesday. The Afghan captain won all three tosses in the series but this is the first time he has opted to bat first.

The game is a dead rubber with Sri Lanka having already secured the series 2-0.

Sri Lanka made four changes from the side that won on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

They left-out Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Binura Fernando and Maheesh Theekshanka and brought in top order batter Kusal Perera, all-rounder Kamindu Mendis, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya and seamer Nuwan Thushara.

Afghanistan also made four changes leaving out Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq.

They brought in all-rounder Sharfuddin Ashraf, left-arm seamer Fareed Malik, right-arm quick Wafadar Momand and batter Mohammad Ishaq, who is making his debut.

The tourists are yet to win a game in the multi-format bilateral tour. They lost the one off Test match in Colombo and suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series at Pallekele before conceding a 2-0 advantage in the three match T-20 series in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka:

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (Wicketkeeper), Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga (Captain) Matheesha Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Thushara.


Ibrahim Zadran (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wicketkeeper), Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Hazratullah Zazai, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Ishaq, Fareed Malik and Wafadar Momand.  


Lyndon Hannibal (SRI) and Ravindra Wimalasiri (SRI)

Television Umpire:

 Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)

Match Referee:

Chris Broad (ENG)

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Sri Lanka teams reach tennis quarter-finals



Dinara de Silva and Ganuka Fernando

The girls and boys teams of Sri Lanka reached the quarter-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup Junior and Junior Davis Cup Asia Oceania Pre Qualifying tournaments continued at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Wednesday.

The girls team beat Maldives 2-0, as Ivanka Samarasinghe (beat Nishan Naba 6-1, 6-2) and Dinara de Silva (beat Azim Araa Aasaal 6-2, 6-2) registered straight set victories in the singles.

The boys team edged out Iraq 2-1. Ganuka Fernando beat Shammama Faisac 6-1, 6-2 in his singles match before joining Lithum Jayabandu to win the doubles against Shammama Faisac and Bakr Akam 6-2, 6-1.

In the second singles Jayabandu went down to Bakr Akam (6-3, 6-2).

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Dialog powers Royal – Thomian for 19th time



Lasantha Thevarapperuma – Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC handing over the sponsorship to Rev. Marc Billimoria – Warden, S. Thomas’ College and Thilak Waththuhewa - Principal, Royal College. Also pictured (L) Rehan Gunasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee From RC, (R) Arjuna Waidyasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee from STC.

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has extended corporate backing for the 19th year as official sponsor of the country’s blue ribboned cricket encounter, the ‘Battle of the Blues’ between Royal College, Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia on March 7, 8 and 9 at the SSC Grounds, Colombo. The limited-over ‘Mustang’s Trophy’ match will be on March 16, also at the same venue.

The 145th cricket encounter will be aired live on Dialog Television – ThePapare TV HD (Channel Number 126), live-streamed on and the Dialog ViU App.

Further, Dialog initiated the ‘Play for a Cause’ charity initiative with a mission to uplift school cricket across Sri Lanka. Through a generous pledge of Rs. 1,000 for every run scored and Rs. 10,000 for every wicket taken, last year’s encounter raised a substantial donation of Rs. 1,128,000. The proceedings were distributed in consultation with the Principal of Royal College and the Warden of S. Thomas’ College. This commendable effort helped support and empower four deserving schools in the country.

In this year’s encounter, the boys from Mt. Lavinia will be led by Mahith Perera, while the lads from Reid Avenue will play under the captaincy of Sineth Jayawardena, the U-19 Sri Lanka skipper. The ‘Royal-Thomian’ series spans an impressive 144 years, making it the second longest uninterrupted cricket series in the world, behind the annual encounter between St. Peters College, Adelaide, and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, Australia, which began just a year earlier.

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