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Fate of Nalanda in the hands of Richmond and Prince of Wales



Under-19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

Mahanama concluded their league stage matches unbeaten and will be joined by group runners up St. Sebastian’s and third placed St. Joseph’s in the knockout stage while the fate of Nalanda College, Colombo in the Under-19 Division I Tier ‘A’ tournament will be decided by the results of the Richmond-Prince of Wales match.

Richmond, the champions in Group ‘Z’ will meet Prince of Wales in their last league match today. If the Cambrians win today’s match they will advance to the knockout stage as the third placed team in their group. Nalanda with 11 points against their name are currently placed third in that group behind Richmond and St. Anthony’s, Katugastota.

Mahanama, St. Joseph’s and St. Sebastian’s won their last group matches yesterday with the Sebs’ Chrishane Perera claiming bowling honours with a six wicket haul.

Royal, Trinity, Mahanama, St. Sebastian’s, St. Joseph’s, Richmond and St. Anthony’s Katugastota are confirmed of their knockout stage places.

A six wicket haul by Sahan Sankalpa helped Dharmasoka pull off a stunning four runs victory over Lumbini and stay alive in the Tier ‘B’ tournament as the win helped them secure the third place in Group ‘Z’, behind St. Anthony’s Wattala and Devapathiraja.

From Tier ‘B’, St. Peter’s, Mahinda, Isipatana, St. Joseph Vaz, Ananda, St. Anthony’s Wattala, Devapathiraja and Dharmasoka are the teams advancing to the knockout stage.


Tier A

St. Joseph’s beat St. Benedict’s at Kotahena

St. Joseph’s 275 for 8 in 50 overs (Sheran Fonseka 56, Shevon Daniel 53, Dunith Wellalage 58, Dinal Anuradha 28; Malinda Perera 5/29)

St. Benedict’s 132 all out in 41 overs (Sharujan Shanmuganathan 38n.o., Malinda Perera 31; Deshan Senaviratne 2/23, Lahiru Amarasekara 2/20, Yenula Dewthusa 2/27)

St. Sebastian’s beat St. Anne’s at Moratuwa

St. Sebastian’s 210 for 9 in 50 overs (Bihanga Mendis 26, Savindu Rodrigo 56, Sukitha Prasanna 27, Kushan Herath 21; Thrimalsha Silva 2/11, Pasindu Thennakoon 3/46, Kalindu Wijesinghe 2/36)

St. Anne’s 100 all out in 32.3 overs (Bimsara Kalhara 25, Pasindu Thenkoon 27; Chrishane Perera 6/27, Bihanga Mendis 2/07)

Mahanama beat St. Thomas’ Matara at Bloomfield

St. Thomas’ 188 all out in 49.3 overs (Harindu Jayasekara 48, Nipun Samarasinghe 36, Woshitha Amarasinghe 33; Sampath Nissanka 3/37, Sadishan Chamodya 2/36, Devindu Kekirideniya 3/31)

Mahanama 192 for 6 in 39 overs (Pulshan Rohana 57, Sadishan Chamodya 58, Pavan Rathnayake 38; Navija de Seram 2/22, Harindu Jayasekara 2/50)

Tier ‘B’

Moratu Vidyalaya beat Dharmaraja at Lake View

Moratu MV 170 all out in 39.2 overs (Thushan Nimantha 20, Niraj Kavishka 60; Shan Siriwardana 3/24, Thisaru Wanninayaka 2/46)

Dharmaraja 162 all out in 32.5 overs (Pulidu Perera 36, Dinuka Pathiraja 40, Shan Siriwardena 28; Vishwa Didulana 3/27, Santhuka Amod 3/22)

Maris Stella beat Zahira at Maradana

Maris Stella 220 for 8 in 50 overs (Chemindu Weerawansa 60, Hansaja Hiruna 96, Sachiru Hansala 30n.o.; Adhil Ismarly 3/14, Ishan Ruhaim 2/28)

Zahira 217 for 9 in 50 overs (Raaed Rizwan 61, Chamod Lakshan 64, Adhil Ismarly 27; Hansaja Hiruna 2/41, Kawitha Dinalya 2/45, Ashen Fernando 2/11)

St. Joseph Vaz beat Dharmapala at Pannipitiya

St. Joseph Vaz 258 for 9 in 50 overs (Pasindu Dasanayake 36, Tharusha Fernando 70, Achintha Deshan 35, Kaushan Wijerathna 42; Kavinda Nishan 2/37, Sachintha Chamika 3/30)

Dharmapala 159 all out in 42 overs (Praveen Kumarapperuma 22, Oral Perera 29, Pasindu Theekshana 34, Thisara Sishara 20; Achintha Deshan 2/17, Dinith Fernando 4/17, Dhanuka Nirmal 2/21, Menusha Perera 2/32)

Devapathiraja beat St. Servatius’ at Uyanwatta

St. Servatius’ 118 all out in 41.1 overs (Hasitha Amarasinghe 52, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 24; Sasanka Nirmal 5/27)

Devapathiraja 122 for 2 in 15.1 overs (Pawan Sandesh 51, Jeewaka Shasheen 37n.o., Tharusha Sankalpa 2/32)

Dharmasoka beat Lumbini at BRC

Dharmasoka 119 all out in 31 overs (Sanula Gunarathne 28, Naveen Rasanga 20; Yasiru Yugath 2/20, Sasanka Nethmina 4/29, Thasika Nirmal 2/09)

Lumbini 115 all out in 27.3 overs (Thasika Nirmal 21, Nethranjana Fernando 21; Chanaka Jananga 2/30, Sahan Sankalpa 6/15)

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Joes stun Richmond, Mahanama sail through



Under-19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

St. Joseph’s registered a stunning 128 runs win over league stage group champions Richmond and Mahanama beat St. Anthony’s Katugastota by 38 runs as the two teams completed the semi-final line up of the Under-19 Division I Tier ‘A’ tournament on Tuesday.

Dunith Wellalage top scored with 61 runs for St. Joseph’s before taking two wickets as the Joes ended Richmond’s unbeaten run restricting them to 100 runs. Incidentally, Richmond had recorded five wins in a row during the league stage and were the champions in group ‘Z’. St. Joseph’s were the third placed team in group ‘Y’ having scored three wins in five outings.

Mahanama lived up to their reputation as one of the favourites for the title as they knocked out the team from Kandy. Sampath Nissanka took four wickets to contain St. Anthony’s to 116 runs.

Now Mahanama will meet Royal in the semi-final, while St. Joseph’s take on Trinity.

Meanwhile in a Division II Tier ‘A’ quarter-final match Royal College, Panadura registered a two wickets win over Bandaranaike College, Gampaha.


Division I Tier A

St. Joseph’s beat Richmond at DSS ground

St. Joseph’s

228 for 9 in 50 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardena 29, Sheran Fonseka 54, Dunith Wellalage 61, Hirun Matheesha 21n.o.; Amshi de Silva 2/46, Kavindu Nirmana 4/39)


100 all out in 29.3 overs (Hansamana de Silva 33, Amshi de Silva 25; Deshan Seneviratne 2/22, Shenuka de Silva 3/27, Dunith Wellalage 2/22, Shevon Daniel 2/00)

Mahanama beat St. Anthony’s at Kurunegala


154 all out in 46.4 overs (Savindu Kavinda 22, Sachira Weliwatte 50, Dhanaja Sadalidu 27, Achintha Supun 24; Chamindu Wickramasinghe 2/21, Divyesh Ramaiya 3/19, Tharindu Lamahewage 2/37)

St. Anthony’s

116 all out in 44.4 overs (Anjala Bandara 44; Sampath Nissanka 4/36, Sethum Kenula 2/22, Sadishan Chamodya 2/22)


Division II Tier ‘B’

Royal beat Bandaranaike at Asgiriya


113 all out in 32.3 overs (S. D. Saranga 21, Rusith Kavishka 27; Himesh Fernando 2/15, Hasantha Warunajith 4/28, Milinda Sanjaya 3/26)


116 for 8 in 30.3 overs (Jayod Silva 17; Kanishka Malinga 4/29, Kavishka Jayawardena 3/17)

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Green top awaits Cobras  



Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Head Coach Mickey Arthur take a look at the pitch ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh at Pallekele that gets under way today. Fast bowlers are expected to make merry on a green top never seen before in Sri Lanka.

Rex Clementine at Pallekele

One of the best gifts a dad can give a child is a trip to Leisure World at Avissawella and similarly one of the best things that can happen to a Sri Lankan quick is to get a green top at home. That’s exactly what’s going to happen at Pallekele today.

Not too sure when was the last time on  Sri Lankan soil so much grass had been left on a cricket pitch.  For a few days Pallekele is going to look like Newlands in Cape Town.

The unlucky ones are Dilshan Madusanka and Asitha Fernando who will not get a chance to bowl here.  

The new ball will be shared by Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara with Vishwa Fernando providing variety with his left-arm seam.

A lot will be expected of Suranga Lakmal who was Player of the Series in the West Indies. Kumara will be a handful with his raw pace. But the real deal is Vishwa, whose clever tricks when conditions are helpful are a treat to watch.

Expect Angelo Mathews to do more bowling this series as well. Whether they will have a fifth seamer in Dasun Shanaka or opt for Wanindu Hasaranga at number seven remains to be seen.

With Mathews returning to the side, one of the batters will be left out from the side and whoever who gets the axe must consider himself very unlucky.

There is reason for Sri Lanka to change their strategy to pace based. Bangladesh’s strength is spin and the hosts don’t want to play into their hands. That’s exactly why the series is played in Kandy and not Galle.

Bangladesh will miss Shakib Al Hasan, their main match winner. They are also without their lead pacie – Mustafizur Rahman. Both are in India playing IPL.  

The tourists are under pressure. They lost a home series to West Indies unexpectedly and were whitewashed in New Zealand losing all six white ball games. Their away record also nothing much to boast about having won just one Test match in the last four years – against Sri Lanka in 2017.

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Lisal, Saajida win singles titles



Clay Courts National Tennis Championship

Number one ranked Lisal Goonetilleke bagged the Under-14 boys’ singles title, Saajida Razick claimed the Under-18 girls’ singles trophy as the Clay Courts National Tennis Championship continued at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

S. Thomas’ College player Goonetilleke scored a 6-1, 6-4 win against Methvan Wijemanne to win the Under-14 final.

Bishop’s College player Saajida Razick beat Hasali Gajaba 7-5, 6-4 to win the Under-18 girls’ title.

In the Under-14 girls doubles final, Inuki Jayaweera of Musaeus College and Melesha Randini of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo beat Akeesha Silva and Movindi Fernando to win the trophy.


Under 14 Boys’ Singles Final:

Lisal Goonetilleke beat Methvan Wijemanne 6-1, 6-4.

Under-18 Girls’ Singles Final:

Saajida Razick beat Hasali Gajaba 7-5, 6-4.

Under-14 Girl’s Doubles Final:

Inuki Jayaweera and Melesha Randini beat Akeesha Silva and Movindi Fernando 5-3, 4-2. (RF)

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