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Finch:Australia’s ‘fate out of our ownhands toapoint’ followingheavydefeat toNewZealand

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Aaron Finch conceded that Australia’s hopes of defending their men’s T20 World Cup title may already be out of their hands because of the huge margin of the loss to New Zealand and its impact on their net run-rate.Although the table is in its most embryonic stage after the first day of the Super 12s, Australia’s NRR is -4.450 following the 89-run hammering at the SCG, where they were bundled for 111.They had one huge blowout on their way to the title last year in the UAE when they were beaten heavily by England, but by then they had two wins on the board and had just two group matches left. So it was a shorter sprint to the line than they potentially face this time, starting with the match against Sri Lanka in Perth on Tuesday.

“That’s a big loss in the context of the tournament,” Finch said. “We were just totally outplayed in all three facets. It hurts our net run-rate… but we’re still going to be positive. I think we still back ourselves that we can win four, and you need a little bit of luck along the way in such a brutal tournament.”

Australia had little choice but to bat aggressively in their chase when faced with a target of 201, but both Finch and Mitchell Marsh fell trying to target the short boundary, which New Zealand had done to good effect, after David Warner was unlucky to be bowled via his pad and the back of the bat.

This was Australia’s fifth defeat in their last nine T20Is but Finch said there would not be a reassessment of how they go about their game. “You can’t go into a shell in T20 cricket,” he said. “You have to be able to transfer pressure back on the opposition as quick as you can, and at times that comes with risk. So you have to be prepared to wear the consequences of taking risks at times.

“We haven’t got it totally right. We’ve got to look at ourselves in that regard. But I’m still committed to playing the same way that won us the last World Cup and has given us a bit of a setback here. We’ve taken the fate out of our own hands I think, to a point. We need to be ultra-positive, ultra-aggressive, and I’m sure that we’ll all do that.”

One of the talking points when Australia were in the field was the absence of Glenn Maxwell from the attack just two days after Andrew McDonald pinpointed him as a key part of the bowling unit. Finch indicated the absence had largely been down to an unfavourable match-up with Devon Conway, who batted through the innings, which meant Marcus Stoinis bowled his full quota of four overs.

“We felt that Marcus Stoinis bowling quite a bit of pace off was working really well,” Finch said. “Devon Conway is a really good player at spin. So while he was in and he’d faced 25, 30 balls, it can be hard to stop any batter hitting to that short side. And there wasn’t any spin in the wicket in that first half of the game, so it felt it would be a little bit of a bigger risk with Devon being able to access that side. We felt as though Stoinis would be able to defend himself a little bit better.”However, Adam Zampa suggested Australia may have been slow to take pace off the ball when New Zealand were away to a flying start from Finn Allen.

“Making the right decisions earlier, it’s probably ‘do we take the pace off the second, third or fourth over just to change it up a bit’. Probably in hindsight we could have,” Zampa said. “Maxi’s a great option for us as well, think we made some poor decisions, took us a little longer to assess the conditions. You saw Tim Southee, Trent Boult in their powerplay… they just used the pitch, Tim Southee bowled off-pace really well and made it hard for us to score.” (ESPN)



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Lithium, Ganuka Under 14 boys’ doubles champions

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National Tennis Championships 2022 

Lithium Jayabandu of Ananda College, Colombo and Ganuka Fernando of St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya clinched the Under-14 boys’ doubles title at the National Tennis Championships concluded at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts in Colombo on Wednesday.

Jayabandu and Fernando rallied around magnificently and went on to beat the combination of Mayanka Perera of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and Rehan Gunawardhane of Carey College 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 in a thrilling final encounter.

Meanwhile, Gehansa Methnadi of Musaeus College and Githmi Fernando of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo won the Under-14 girls doubles title when they defeated Venuli Jayasinghe of Maliyadeva Girls’ College, Kurunegala and Sandithi Usgodaarachchi of Musaeus College 6-3, 6-1 in straight sets. The boys’ and girl’s Under-14 doubles of the National Tennis Championships were delayed as most of the junior players were on national duty competing at the ITF Junior Tournaments.

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The Indian CEO Forum Partners with the Colombo Rowing Club for the Madras-Colombo Regatta

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The Indian CEO Forum (ICF) In association with LANKA IOC (LIOC) and POWER TECH Cement partnered with the Colombo Rowing Club for The Madras-Colombo Regatta’ which is considered to be the oldest regatta in the world between two cities of different countries. As per the tradition, The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka H.E Gopal Baglay was the chief guest at this year’s edition held at the Colombo Rowing Club on Saturday the 26th November 2022.

This year it was the 81st edition of the event and was supported by the Indian CEO forum in Sri Lanka. Speaking at the event, the High Commissioner said that India will continue to row together with Sri Lanka in the race against common challenges and it is but natural for the people of India and the people of Sri Lanka to work together and build bonds. The Indian CEO forum stepping in to assist and partner with the Colombo Rowing club for this event is a clear example of how the neighbors encourage and support each other.

“The Indian CEO Forum along with two other member companies — Lanka IOC and Power Tech Cement — have come forward to sponsor this exclusive event and make it a success. This is a great boost for rowing in Sri Lanka, especially at a time the country is trying its level best to regain glory in all aspects,” said the President of the Rowing Club, Dimuth Gunawardena. “I am extremely thankful to Mr T S Prakash and Mr Kishore Reddy along with Mr Nagaraj who made this happen” Gunawardena added.

T S Prakash, the president of the ICF said “we are really happy that we are associated with this event and member companies are extremely happy that such a partnership was established”.

Kishore Reddy who is the vice president and Chairman membership of the ICF as well as the President of the Sri Lanka India Society said “The Madras Colombo Regatta has immense potential to be a permanent feature of the sporting calendar considering the history of the event and the traditions associated with it. We will work together with the Colombo Rowing Club to take this to the next level”.

“We are glad to be the sponsors of the event and were not really aware of an event with such history before Mr. Kishore Reddy mentioned it” said Manoj Gupta, Managing Director of Lanka IOC. “we look forward to supporting the Colombo Rowing club for the next event as well” he added.

Gaurav Mehta, the Managing Director of DHT cement and Power Tech Cement who were co-sponsors of the event mentioned ” we are happy that the newest brand of cement in Sri Lanka (Power Tech) has partnered with the oldest Regatta in the island. The event exceeded my expectation and we are proud that we are part of this and contributed to the success of the event”.

Sagala Ratnayake who was the guest of honour and also a past Oarsman who had rowed many times at the venue said that he was happy to see the partnership between the ICF and the Rowing Club.

The first-ever Madras-Colombo Rowing Regatta was held way back in 1898 and is considered the oldest sporting encounter held between India and Sri Lanka.This time, the rivalry resumed after a break of three years due to the pandemic.

Traditionally, the Madras Boat Club and the Colombo Rowing Club host the Regatta alternatively and this year it was the Colombo Rowing Club’s turn to host the Indian team. ” we are extremely thankful to the Colombo Rowing Club for hosting us and for their great hospitality” said the President of the Madras Boat Club Mr Subramanium. ” We will also try our best to match this hospitality, if not exceed when we host this event next year” he added.

The main event of the Regatta is the Men’s boat race which is considered to be the second oldest boat race in the world, second only to the famous Oxford-Cambridge boat race. The events were for men and women over a distance of 1000 metres. The winners of the Men’s event were Colombo and were awarded the prestigious Deepam Trophy while the Adyar Trophy was awarded to the Madras team who were the Women’s champions. The overall champions of the 81st Madras Colombo Regatta was Colombo Rowing Club.

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Colombo South emerge champions in Prima Under-15 Sri Lanka Youth League

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The Colombo South team secured the championship of the Prima Under-15 Sri Lanka Youth League (SLYL) inter-district and inter-provincial tournament organized and structured by the Sri Lanka Cricket National Talent Pathway programme with the objective of identifying youth cricketers with potential at an early age. The final match was held at Mercantile Cricket Association grounds on the 29th of November 2022 with the participation of youth cricketers selected from across the island.

Colombo South defeated Colombo North by three wickets. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Colombo North scored 148 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs while Colombo South scored 151 runs for 7 wickets in 45.5 overs to emerge champs.

Prima, in association with Sri Lanka Cricket, had made great strides towards uplifting junior cricketing talent in Sri Lanka for the last 12 years and have paved the way for thousands of young cricketers to represent their district and subsequently, their province. Many talented cricketers from past and present, who have represented the national cricket team have had their beginnings at this tournament.

Speaking on the collaboration, Deputy General Manager, Ceylon Agro Industries, Prima Group Sri Lanka, Sajith Gunaratne, stated: “The Prima U15 Sri Lanka Youth League serves as a springboard for aspiring young cricketers to further develop their cricketing careers to national and international levels. I would like to extend my gratitude to Sri Lanka Cricket on behalf of Prima Group Sri Lanka for giving us the opportunity to continue this 12-year-long partnership after an interlude of two years on this revived edition of the tournament which is aligned with Prima’s continued efforts aimed at encouraging the next generation of young cricketers in the country.”

Hiruka Silva of Colombo South scored 61 runs in 100 balls with one six and 6 fours recording the only half-century in the final match. Hiruka Silva and Thevindu Waywelwala built a 57-run partnership for the 5th wicket marking the turning point of this match. Accordingly, Hiruka secured the ‘Player of the Final’ award.

Pabasara Dissanayake of Dambulla who scored 162 runs in 4 matches was recognized as the ‘Best Batsman’ while Dinuja Samararatne of Colombo North who took 8 wickets in 3 matches was named the Best Bowler. Damesh Mathishan of Dambulla who scored 68 runs and captured 9 wickets was named ‘Player of the Tournament’.

Prima U15 SLYL 2022 tournament commenced on 21st November with the participation of youth cricketers selected from district level competing in five teams, namely, Galle, Colombo North, Colombo South, Kandy and Dambulla.

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