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Hasali to meet Ruvi in the Girls U16 final

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Hasali Gajaba and Ruvi Lewkebandara booked berths in the Under-16 girls’ singles final as they emerged victorious in their respective semi-finals of the Tennis Nationals 2020 at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Sunday.

The 14-year-old Gajaba, who featured in the women’s singles semi-finals a few days back, beat Vishmi Serasinghe 7-5, 6-4 in her semi-final.

Ruvi Lewkebandara edged out Denethya Dharmaratne in a three setter. After conceding the first set 4-6 she fought back scoring 6-1, 10-8 to reach the final.

Arjun, Chammika Over-45 doubles champions

In the men’s Over-45 doubles Arjun Fernando and Chammika de Silva emerged champions as they beat Priyankara Witanage and K. Sudarshan 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

 

Semi-finalists found in Girls U18 singles

Meanwhile, semi finalists were found in the Under-18 girls’ singles. Savini Jayasuriya, who was the runners up of this age category at the last edition and Oneli Perera who reached the quarter-finals of the women’s singles a few days back are the favourites.

Jayasuriya who also reached the semi finals of the women’s singles last week beat Nesangi Hemakumara 6-1, 6-1 in her quarter-final. Oneli Perera edged out Ashanthi Seneviratne 6-0,7-5 to secure her place.

Dewmini Warnasuriya emerged victorious in the match against Dahamna Methsandi as she scored 6-1, 6-3. Sethmi Sumanaweera advanced to the semis with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tania Doloswala.



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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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