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Hard work powers Fairfirst to Mercantile Rugby title

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Fairfirst team won the Rugby Championship at the 50th Mercantile Rugby 7’s.

Team Fairfirst stole the show as they won their first-ever Rugby Championship at the 50th Mercantile Rugby 7’s. Amidst the loud cheers from fellow colleagues at Fairfirst, the team was able to defeat Ceylinco at a nail-biting final where the scoreboard read 5 – 0. This match was remarkable as both teams are significant stakeholders in the insurance industry.

Through their perseverance and consistent efforts, the Runners Up in 2017 was able to emerge as champions in 2022. 22 teams from 19 corporate entities participated in this year’s Mercantile Rugby 7’s as it marked its half-century milestone, a considerable achievement for the committee. Recommencing after a hold-up of two years due to Covid-19, this year’s tournament was gladly welcomed by the Rugby enthusiasts in Sri Lanka’s corporate sector.

Captain Sudesh Halangoda, excitedly mentioned, “It has been an amazing journey with the team so far. The team worked hard amidst all difficulties and the results were delivered accordingly. Personally, it has been a great pleasure for me to contribute to our first rugby championship and we’ll try our best to make sure that we continue as champions in the upcoming years as well.”

Dilan Mitchell, the Chief Operating Officer expressed his views saying, “Kudos to the team on a job well done! Watching the team going through various trials and driving themselves towards the shield has been heartwarming and it is absolute bliss to know that our staff gets to do what they love and express themselves by engaging in their favourite activities. Fairfirst will continue to assist our employees in reaching new heights, both professionally and personally.”

Fairfirst Insurance serves individuals, businesses and institutions across the island through a versatile workforce of 1400 spread across their comprehensive branch network, affinity partners and leading brokers in the market. Working as a close-knit team, pushing boundaries and embracing a fun-at-work culture enables them to be the best at what they do, both on and off the field.



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Methwan wins marathon encounter

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ITF Junior Circuit Tennis

Methwan Wijemanne overcame Josh Hinton of Great Britain in a marathon three and half hour battle to win the first-round encounter of the ITF Junior Circuit Week 1 Tennis Event at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

Wijemanne scored 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Hinton.

ITF Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament which is currently underway in Colombo will conclude on February 5.

Meanwhile, in another first-round encounter, Nithila Goonathilake beat Aryan Mehata of India 6-3, 6-0.

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England Lions strongly placed

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Sadeera Samarawickrama with 43 runs was the top scorer for Sri Lanka.

Top-order batsmen Alex Lees, Haseeb Hameed and Tom Haines scored half-centuries for visiting England Lions to reach 249 for three wickets at stumps after they dismissed the hosts for 136 on day one of the unofficial Test at Galle on Tuesday.

Sadeera Samarawickrama with 43 runs was the top scorer for Sri Lanka.

Scores:

Sri Lanka ‘A’

136 all out in 35.4 overs (Oshada Fernando 21, Sadeera Samarawickrama 43, Lakshaitha Manasinghe 26; Matthew Fisher 5/34, Liam Patterson-White 3/51)

England Lions

249 for 3 in 48 overs (Alex Lees 56, Haseeb Hameed 81, Tom Haines 62, Josh Bohannon 26n.o.; Lasith Embuldeniya 2/89)

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Hathurusingha named Bangladesh head coach

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Bangladesh Cricket Board, on Tuesday (31), said that Chandika Hathurusingha has been named as the new head coach for a two-year period. He is expected to join the set-up in February.

“We have appointed Hathurusingha for two years as across the format head coach,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted by Cricbuzz as having said.

The former Sri Lanka all-rounder had earlier served as the head coach of Bangladesh from 2014 to 2017. He has also served in various coaching positions with Sri Lanka, Canada, NSW and Sydney Thunder.

In his previous coaching tenure, Bangladesh had won ODI series against India, Pakistan and South Africa, alongside achieving Test victories versus Sri Lanka, England and Australia. During his stint, Bangladesh also reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy in 2017.

“It’s an honour to have been given this opportunity to coach the Bangladesh national team once again. I really loved the warmth of the people and the culture of Bangladesh whenever I have been there. I’m looking forward to working with the players once again and enjoy their successes,” he said in a press release.

Cricbuzz had earlier reported that BCB is unlikely to continue with split coaching and Hathurusingha is the front-runner to replace Russell Domingo, who resigned before completing his stint that ran until the end of the 50-over ICC World Cup.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan remained tightlipped on the return of Hathurusingha as the head coach. No comments,” it’s all right,” he said, without elaborating further.

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