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Dinara, Luka, Savini and Nilaweera brothers shine as Tennis Nationals edge closer to finish

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Men’s doubles champions Chathurya Nilaweera and Tehan Wijemanne added the Under-18 boys’ doubles title to their impressive record as they lived up to their reputation to beat Luka Knees and Kaveesha Ratnayake in the under 18 age category final of the Tennis Nationals 2020 at the Tennis Association courts on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Chathurya Nilaweera was prevented from clinching another title when Knees fought back in the third set (6-2, 5-7, 10-3) to win the Under-18 boys’ singles title.

In the Under-18 doubles final Chathurya and Tehan scored 6-2, 6-1.

Chathurya’s brother Vichinthya won the Under-14 boys’ singles title yesterday beating Ransath Peiris 6-1, 6-1. The brothers also secured a berth in the Under-16 boys’ doubles final where they are set to meet Jaitra de Saram and Zaidh Zihar today, the final day of the Nationals.

Meanwhile, St. Bridget’s Convent player Dinara de Silva won her second age category singles title when she beat Vishmi Serasinghe 7-5, 7-6 in the Under-14 girls’ singles final. She was also the winner of the Under-12 age category.

Ruvi Levkebandara was the winner of the Under-16 girls singles final as she beat Hasali Gajaba 6-3, 6-4.

In the Under-18 girls’ singles final played on Tuesday, Gateway International’s Savini Jayasuriya beat Oneli Perera 6-1, 6-0 to win the title. (RF)



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Navy men and women record wins at Inter Club rugby matches

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The men’s and women’s rugby teams of the Navy secured two more wins in their encounters over the Air Force in the Sri Lanka Rugby Nippon Paint Inter Club League Rugby Tournament at the Navy Rugby Ground, Welisara.

Navy men scored a thrilling 32-31 victory over Air Force where T.M. Weerasinghe added points through three conversions and two penalties. Further, S.J.F. Gregory, R.A.N.U. Perera, M.A.F.M. Mushin and G.D.J. Laksara also made a try each.

In the meantime, Navy women recorded a comprehensive 55-0 win over their Air Force counterparts. In this encounter, A.H.S. Madumali scored three tries and collected points through five conversions. In addition, R.S.H. Kumari scored two tries and P. Dilani, M.R. Kumudumalee, G.G. Randunu and W.R.W. Vithana too scored a try each.

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Dinara, Sajida win first-round matches

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ITF Junior Circuit Week I Tournament

Dinara de Silva and Sajida Razick won their respective first-round matches of the ITF Junior Circuit Week I tournament which commenced at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Monday.

De Silva beat Silvia Caliman of Spain 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round and Sajida Razick overcame India’s Gagana Mohal with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in her match.

The tournament is set to conclude on February 5.

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St. Anthony’s in command against Ananda

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Under 19 Cricket

Kaveesha Piyumal and Induwara Galapitage shocked Ananda sharing six wickets between them as St. Anthony’s, Katugastota contained the home team to 56 for eight wickets at stumps after posting a commanding 268 on day one of the Under 19 traditional match at Ananda Mawatha on Monday.

Mohomed Aaqil (73) and Kavindu Shehan (46) gave the hosts an ideal start adding 90 runs for the first wicket after they decided to bat first. Lahiru Abeysinghe, Rayan Anthonyzs and Janith Rathnasiri then made vital contributions for them to reach 268 runs.

In their essay home team were rocked by the visitors as Piyumal grabbed for wickets for 17 runs to rattle the middle order.

Scores:

St. Anthony’s

268 all out in 54 overs (Mohomed Aaqil 73, Kavindu Shehan 46, Lahiru Abeysinghe 47, Rayan Anthonyzs 27, Janith Rathnasiri 36, Charuka Ekanayake 21; Kithma Sithmal 3/86, Ashinsa Nainayake 2/57, Ayesh Shashimal 5/40)

Ananda

56 for 8 in 32 overs (Kaveesha Piyumal 4/17, Induwara Galapitage 2/11) (RF)

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