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Krishan and Ayla crowned champions



Winners with their awards.

Aarya Plus Challenge Trophy Table Tennis Championships

Krishan Wickramarathna of Vidyartha College, Kandy OBA and Ayla Chitty of Ladies College, Colombo were crowned champions at the Aarya Plus Challenge Trophy Table Tennis Championship – 2021 conducted by the Nugegoda Table Tennis Club conducted at the Bandaragama Indoor Stadium over the weekend.

Wickramarathna beat reigning National Champion Senura Silva of Ananda College, Colombo 3-2 in the final of the men’s singles event while Chitty beat Hansani Piumila of Sri Lanka Navy 3-2 in the women’s singles final.

Senura Silva who won the Under 19 and Under 17 boys’ singles titles was adjudged the Best Men’s Player and was awarded Aarya Plus Challenge Trophy and a cash award of Rs. 10,000.00, while Bimandee Bandara won the Best Women’s player title and a cash award of Rs. 10,000.00. Bandara was the winner of both the Under 19 and Under 17 girls’ singles titles.

Chitty beat top seed and current National Champion Muthumali Priyadharshani in the quarter-finals and third seed Bimandee Bandara in the semi-finals to book her final berth.

The Chief Guest at the finals was Nirushi Theodore, Brand Executive Aarya of the Raigam Marketing Services (Pvt) Ltd.

The Best Players ,Winners and Runners-up received cash awards at this three-day event. The awards, trophies and certificates were sponsored by Raigam Marketing Services (Pvt) Ltd.


Men’s Singles

Semi Finals:

Krishan Wickramarathna (VCK OBA) bt Milinda Lakshitha (OMBC) 3-1

Senura Silva (Ananda) bt B. N. B. Jayasinghe ( MAS) 3-1


Krishan Wickramarathna (VCK OBA) bt. Senura Silva (Ananda) 10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-2.

Women’s Singles

Semi Finals:

Ayla Chitty (Ladies ) bt. Bimandee Bandara (Hillwood) 3-0.

Hansani Piumila (SL Navy) bt. Erandi Warusavithana (Raigam) 3-1


Ayla Chitty bt. Hansani Piymila 12-10, 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 11-9.

Men’s Doubles


Senura Silva (Ananda) and Chameera Ginige (Uni. S. J’Pura) bt. Thisas Ranchagoda (Royal) and Nimesh Ranchagoda ( Navy) 8-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6.

Women’s Doubles


Ayla Chitty (Ladies) and Bimandee Bandara (Hillwood) bt. Sanduni Prabuddika (Dharmasoka) and Maneesha Salindi (Dharmasoka) 12-10, 11-5, 11-9.

Mixed Doubles


Krishan Wickramarathna (VCK OBA) and Bimandee Bandara (Hillwood) bt. Hansani Piumila (Navy) and Nimesh Ranchagoda (Navy) 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5.

Under 19 Boys’ Singles


Senura Silva (Ananda) bt. Dhanushka Wijesinghe (Kingswood) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8.

Under 19 Girls’ Singles


Bimandee Bandara (Hillwood) bt. Maneesha Salindi (Dharmasoka) 11-4, 11-5, 12-14, 11-5.

Under 17 Boys’ Singles


Senura Silva (Ananda) bt. Vinuka Gunawardane (Royal) 11-3, 11-3, 11-9.

Under 17 Girls’ Singles


Bimandee Bandara (Hillwood) bt. Chameesha Thushadhi (Kegalu BV) 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10.

Under 15 Boys’ Singles


Hasira Dinusara (Dharmasoka) bt. Saluka Premachandra (Ananda) 11-7, 15-13, 11-5.

Under 15 Girls’ Singles


Chameesha Thushadhi (Kegalu BV) bt. Oneli Lehansa (Musaeus) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.

Under 13 Boys’ Singles


Hareen Nimdinu (Dharmasoka) bt. Janith Batugedara (Royal) 11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 13-11.

Under 13 Girls’ Singles


Tamadi Kavindya (Devananda) bt. Sandinthie Jayasinghe (Musaeus) 12-10, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9.

Under 11 Boys’ Singles


Agasthya Ananditha (Vidyartha) bt. Osada Upekshana (Vidyartha) 11-5, 11-8 , 11-8.

Under 11 Girls’ Singles


Muthuli Sahanya (Southlands) bt. Senudi Patabendi (Girls High School) 11-9, 14-12, 11-7

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Dialog powers SLAF ‘Commander’s Cup 2022’ golf tournament



The Sri Lanka Air Force will commence its sports program for the new year with the prestigious ‘Commanders Cup 2022’ golf tournament powered by Dialog Enterprises.

The 9th edition of the Commander’s Cup golf tournament will take off at the picturesque Eagle golf links at China Bay on the 22nd of January with the participation of over 100 local and foreign golfers. The 18-hole course offers nearly seven kilometers of challenging rounds of golf for a par of 72. (Competitors will have the opportunity to play a practice round on the 21st).

In addition to the ‘Commander’s Cup’  tournament male and female golfers presently serving in the tri-forces will vie for the Eagle’s Challenge Trophy.

The awards ceremony will take place on the 22nd evening.

At a media briefing held at the SLAF headquarters to announce the tournament,  Group Chief Officer of Dialog Enterprises Navin Peiris said that Dialog was honoured to partner Sri Lanka Air Force to make the prestigious Commander’s cup golf tournament a success. He added that the tournament brings together the top ranking players and provides players from the tri-forces to hone their skills.”Throughout the past year Dialog Enterprises has maintained a close association with the sport of golf in Sri Lanka by sponsoring golf clubs, tournaments,  golf development clinics for children, supporting leading golfers at national and international level and uplifting the livelihood of communities connected to the sport,” he said

Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana and Group Chief Officer of Dialog Enterprises Navin Peiris unveiled the ‘Commander’s Cup’ after which Pieris handed over the sponsorship check to the Air Force Commander.

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Sakuna, Dunith guide Sri Lanka to hard-fought victory 



ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup

Skipper Dunith Wellalage and middle order batsman Sakuna Liyanage played vital roles as Sri Lanka Under 19s registered a 40 run victory over Scotland in their opening match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup in Georgetown on Friday.

Wellalage’s canny left-arm spin saw him rack up formidable figures of five for 27 from nine overs as Scotland were unable to ever get going in pursuit of their 219 target.

Liyanage was the hero with the bat, striking a majestic run-a-ball 85 to haul his side up to a total that left the game intriguingly poised at the halfway mark.

Raveen de Silva (30) delivered some important runs from the tail while contributions from top order batters Chamindu Wickramasinghe (28) and Sadisha Rajapaksa (24) left Charlie Peet’s Scots with considerable work to do.

Sean Fischer-Keogh (3-56), Jack Jarvis and Oliver Davidson – two wickets apiece – starred with the ball but underdogs Scotland were unable to mount a viable attempt with the bat as Sri Lanka’s spinners turned the screw.

Spearheaded by Wellalage’s brilliance, the 2000 runners-up suffocated the Scots as Shevon Daniel (2-16), Matheesha Pathirana and Wanuja Sahan also took important wickets.

Only middle-order batter Jarvis, who notched 55 off 61 balls after arriving at the crease with scoreboard pressure intensifying, scored over 20 for Scotland after the top four failed to fire in the face of some accurate Sri Lankan bowling.

A flurry of late wickets saw Scotland eventually dismissed with eight balls of the innings remaining, 40 runs short of Sri Lanka who will look to build valuable momentum ahead of their mouth-watering Monday meeting with fellow Friday winners Australia.

Australia delivered a dominant early statement of intent as the hotly-anticipated ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup kicked off on Friday.

The three-time champions breezed past West Indies by six wickets to get their tournament off to a flyer and inflict an early blow on the hosts in Guyana.

Cooper Connolly’s side required just 40.1 overs to take all ten West Indian wickets and spearheaded by opener Teague Wyllie, chased down their target of 170 to win with ease.

West Indies were punished for a below-par batting performance as Australia cruised to a comfortable triumph at Providence.

After Ackeem Auguste’s side had been bowled out for just 169 – with almost ten full overs to spare – Wyllie’s polished 86 not out helped Australia complete the most impressive display of the day and win within 45 overs.

Australia’s seamers had caused havoc with the new ball as opening bowlers Tom Whitney – three for 20 – and William Salzmann – one for 19 – reduced the hosts to 12 for three after 5.1 overs. Skipper Auguste’s defiant 57, bolstered by wicket-keeper Rivaldo Clarke’s 37, propelled them to a fourth wicket partnership of 95 but wickets at regular intervals after Clarke’s dismissal proved the West Indians’ downfall.

Australian captain Connolly and off-spinner Nivethan Radhakrishna took three wickets apiece as West Indies, winners of the ICC U19 Men’s CWC in 2016, were unable to muster a match-winning total.

And that inability was ruthlessly capitalised on by the Australians, who overcame the early dismissals of top order batters Corey Miller and Isaac Higgins to power to a straightforward victory.

Wyllie’s impressive innings was assisted by Radhakrishnan’s 31 and Connolly’s 23 as Australia, crowned champions back in 1988, 2002 and 2010, got their tournament off to the perfect start in the Caribbean.

Sri Lanka U19 beat Scotland

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka U19

218 all out in 45.2 overs (Chamindu Wickramasinghe 28, Sadeesha Rajapaksa 24, Sakuna Liyanage 85, Raveen de Silva 30; Sean Fischer-Keogh 3/56, Jack Jarvis 2/27, Oliver Davidson 2/50) 

Scotland U19

178 all out in 48.4 overs (Jack Jarvis 55; Dunith Wellalage 5/27, Shevon Daniel 2/16) 

Australia U19 beat West Indies

Brief Scores:

West Indies U19

169 all out in 40.1 overs (Rivaldo Clarke 37, Ackeem Auguste 57, McKenny Clarke 29; Tom Whitney 3/20, Nivethan Radhakrishnan 3/48, Cooper Connolly 3/17) 

Australia U19

170 for 4 in 44.5 overs (Teague Wyllie 86n.o., Cooper Connolly 23, Nivethan Radhakrishnan 31)  

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Chandimal and Asalanka star in thrilling Sri Lankan win



Rex Clementine at Pallekele

Having been given a fresh life in white ball cricket, former captain Dinesh Chandimal grabbed the opportunity with both hands posting a match winning 75 to help Sri Lanka to a thrilling five wicket win over Zimbabwe at Pallekele last night.

Set a daunting target of 297, the hosts got home with nine deliveries to spare as Charith Asalanka and Chandimal starred sharing a 129 run stand for the fourth wicket to help Sri Lanka go 1-0 up in the three match series. It’s now the highest successful run chase at Pallekele improving on Sri Lanka’s 288 for eight against Pakistan in 2015.

Çhandimal was not part of the ODI squad but was a late replacement as a COVID scare forced the selectors to withdraw several players.

Pathum Nissanka had batted superbly for his less than run a ball 75 but with his dismissal Sri Lanka were down to 147 for three in the 25th over. With the hosts not having much batting depth, the fourth wicket pair of Chandimal and Asalanka had to rise to the occasion and they did it so well.

Going into the last ten overs, Sri Lanka needed a run a ball and without taking any undue risks Chandimal and Asalanka finished off the job. When the partnership was eventually broken, Sri Lanka needed 21 runs.

The fourth wicket stand was worth 129 and came off 127 deliveries as Sri Lanka started off the new year with a win.

Earlier, the experienced Sean Williams was the mainstay of Zimbabwe innings hitting his fifth ODI century and in the process he became the seventh Zimbabwean to score 4000 runs. He is the fourth fastest Zimbabwean to the milestone behind the Flower brothers and Brendan Taylor.

Williams  half-century came in 52 balls and he required only 34 more deliveries to complete his hundred. His knock contained nine fours and two sixes.

Williams  knock followed after a good partnership by the openers. Regis Chakabva was dropped on two by Charith Asalanka at slip off Nuwan Pradeep and he went onto post his third half-century.  Chakabva made 72 and shared a 80 run stand for the first wicket with Takudzwanashe Kaitano, who was on debut.

Sri Lanka were sloppy with their fielding putting down two straight forward chances and their over rate too was well below par taking 20 minutes more time than the stipulated time limit.

The hosts handed ODI debut to Chamika Gunasekara but after sending one over, the 22-year-old quick returned to the pavilion with a left hamstring strain and never returned.

At 248 for four with six overs remaining, Zimbabwe were threatening to post a total beyond 300 but Sri Lanka pulled things back as there was a flurry of wickets.

Chamika Karunaratne was the pick of the bowlers finishing with three for 69. He picked up two wickets in the last over of the innings and his figures were spoilt as last man Richard Ngarava smashed a six and a four off the last two deliveries of the over.

SLC had decided to allow half of the capacity crowd and close to 10,000 supporters turned up.

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