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Pannala National School meet Maris Stella, Thimbirigaskatuwa today



Under 19 Division III Tier ‘B’ Cricket

Pannala National School skippered by M. M. A. D. Munasinghe will encounter Maris Stella College, Thimbirigaskatuwa captained by Dinuka Silva in the Inter School Under 19 Division III Tier ‘B’ final at Nalanda College ground, Campbell Place today.

Pannala National School produced some outstanding performances during the knockout stage. They will expect their heroes in the semi-final, namely Lakshitha Gamage, Akila Suraj, Themiya Kumarasinghe and Pubudu Geethanjana to join the rest to challenge Maris Stella.

In their half of the tournament Maris Stella were the dominant force. Vinila Perera, Kanishka Gamage and skipper Dinuka Silva reduced Hindu College to just 54 runs and Senuk Dinwara scored an unbeaten 42 for them to reach the target in just six overs.

Maris Stella edged out S. Thomas’ College, Guruthalawa, Wadduwa Central, President’s College, Mahara and Hindu College, Matale in the knockout stage to book their final berth.

Champions in their group in the first round, Maris Stella beat Taxila College, Gampaha, Chandrajothi MV, Yakkala, Batuwatte MV, Ragama, York International School, Yakkala and Basilica College, Ragama during the first round.

Pannala National School too were the champions in their group in the first round. They beat Saranath Maha Vidyalaya, Kuliyapitiya, Sri Parakrama MV, Kobeigane, Sri Sumangala Central, Wariyapola and Sri Saranankara Central, Bingiriya during first round fixtures.

During the knockout stage, the boys from Pannala beat Jinaraja Boys’ School, Gampola and All Saints College, Galle D.S. Senanayake National School, Ampara and Sri Sumangala MV, Kelaniya on their way to the final.


Maris Stella College

, Thimbirigaskatuwa (from): L. Dinuka Silva (Captain), D. W. Shakila de Silva (V. Capt.), Savindu Perera, Pasindu Silva, Himal Perera, Senuk Dinuwara, Himasha Fonseka, Kasun Rodrigo, Ashindu Perera, Yohan Fernando, Sonal Nethmina, Kanishka Gamage, Mishen Gomez, Samod Appuhamy, Y. P. Suwahas N. Yapa, Shenal Randunu, Vinila Perera, Lasith Silva. Officials: Mevan Fernando (Head Coach), Roshan Jayasinghe (Asst. Coach), Rev. Bro. Anthony Francis (Master in Charge). 

Pannala National School squad:

M.M.A.D. Munasinghe (Captain), Themiya Kumarasinghe, Methsara Amarasinghe,  Akila Suraj, Pubudu Geethanjana, Keshan Wanigasekara, Esla Roshen, Laksith Gamage, Shehan Madusanka, Sithija Mihiranga, Gihan Dhananjaya, Damruwan Thennakoon, Chalindu Mahesha, Theekshana Jayasinghe, Nethmitha Gunarathne, Theshan Subasinghe, Nimantha Jayalath, Sandila Wijesinghe, Lakshan Wickramasinghe, Supun Eranga. Officials: P.A.I. Pathirana (Coach), R.D.R.R. Premarathne (Master in Charge).

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Lahiru takes five wickets as Joes take lead



Lahiru Amarasekara

Under 19 Cricket

Off-spinner Lahiru Amarasekara produced a five-wicket haul as St. Joseph’s restricted Mahinda to 127 runs on day one of the Under 19 traditional cricket encounter at Galle on Monday.

Amarasekara was ably supported by spinner Yenula Dewthusa and Muditha Dissanayake who shared the other five wickets.

With wickets falling at regular intervals, batting opener Ranmina Hettiarachchi anchored the top order with a knock of 33 runs. Chandupa de Silva with 29 runs, Tharusha Dilshan (15) and Hiruna Gallalge (17) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

In their essay St. Joseph’s were comfortably placed at 132 for two wickets but back-to-back wickets in the last two overs placed them at 132 for four wickets at stumps.

At Welisara, Dinuka Tennakoon took five wickets but Maris Stella managed to post 268 runs as Shean Adithya top-scored with 83 runs. In reply Trinity were nine without loss.

Vihanga Nimsara and Rasindu Ilukshana were the heroes for Moratu Vidyalaya as their half-centuries helped them score 249 runs against St. Sylvester’s at Boyagane.

Match Details

At Galle: Mahinda 127, St. Joseph’s 132/4



127 all out in 57 overs (Ranmina Hettiarachchi 33, Chandupa de Silva 29; Lahiru Amarasekara 5/34, Muditha Dissanayaka 2/23, Yenula Dewtusa 3/32)

St. Joseph’s

132 for 4 in 42.1 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardena 53, Naren Muralidaran 41; Shehan Hasaranga 2/39)

At Welisara: Maris Stella 268, Trinity 9/0


Maris Stella

268 all out in 93.5 overs (Kaveen Fernando 26, Shean Adithya 83, Anshen de Silva 28, Ramith Bandara 33, Nethum Basnayake 26, Levin Fernando 22; Jayavi Liyanagama 2/40, Dinuka Tennakoon 5/74)

Trinity 9 for no loss in 4 overs

At Boyagane: Moratu Vidyalaya 249, St. Sylvester’s 5/1


Moratu Vidyalaya

249 all out in 93.1 overs (Vihanga Nimsara 82, Rasindu Ilukshana 54; Isuru Gunasekara 2/28, Pansilu Bandara 2/50, Akila Wickramasinghe 3/48, Khanka Wickramasinghe 2/31)

St. Sylvester’s

5 for 1 in 4 overs.

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Sowmiya clinches a triple crown, Silvijan bags a double



Winners posing with their awards.

Northern Badminton Championship 2023

T. Silvijan Dalima was crowned men’s singles champion while S. Sowmiya clinched a triple crown at the Northern Badminton Championship 2023 in Kilinochchi during the weekend.

At the Provincial Indoor Stadium in Kilinochchi, Silvijan met K Thusan in the final clash in which the latter retired in the second set with scores reading 21-14, 16-11 in favour of the champion. L Hentry and K Kajan were the losing semi-finalists.

Meanwhile, S. Sowmiya won all three of her open events, the women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles with respective partners.

Sowmiya clinched the women’s singles crown with a 21-15, 21-13 win over R. Ragavi in the final following her doubles title win with B. Oliviya. Sowmiya and Oliviya overcame Athmika and M. Kavinaya 21-9, 21-15 to seal the women’s doubles crown.

Earlier, Sowmiya and Silvijan, the best singles duo in the tournament, also won the mixed doubles title by defeating R. Sulacsan and S . Thanojana 21-12, 21-16 in the final.

The men’s doubles final was won by L. R. Reminsan and T. Thusyanthan who beat G. Thanukanth and R. Yuthakaran with a 21-13, 21-9 score line.

The tournament, organised by the Northern Province Badminton Association, was conducted under the guidance of Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB). SLB President Rohan de Silva and a host of top officials were among the special guests at the presentation ceremony.

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St. Peter’s Tennis teams up with Yeti



(From left): Manesh Kajan (U-17 Captain), K. D. Y. Pathiraja (Coach), Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo (Rector, St. Peter’s), Dilshan Balasuriya (Director, Yeti) and Malik Perera (CEO, Yeti). (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya teamed up with isotonic sports drink manufacturer Yeti, who will meet the hydration needs of the school tennis team during their upcoming Inter-School tournaments.

Yeti will provide the St. Peter’s Tennis Team with isotonic sports drinks to meet their hydration needs and as part of the partnership, the players will also have access to the elite Yeti portfolio of sports isotonic products.

This year, St. Peter’s will have a busy schedule as they are set to participate in several age group championships including the Inter-Schools Tennis Tournament, Inter-Schools Nationals and the Arjan Perera Tennis Tournament.

The Peterites had mixed fortunes last year as they emerged overall runners-up in the Inter-Schools Tournament and their Under-17 and Under-19 Teams reached the semi-finals of the Inter-Schools National Championships.

This time the Peterites are hoping for an improved performance with five coloursmen in the Under-20 side and four coloursmen in the Under-17 team.

Yeti isotonic fluid has been specially formulated to provide superior rehydration and provide the body the necessary water, minerals and energy lost during exercise.

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