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Quick fire knock by Ovin, Dharmaraja overwhelm Vidyartha



Under 17 Division I Cricket

by Reemus Fernando  

A captain’s knock of 94 runs by Ovin Salgado for St. Peter’s and left-arm bowlers of St. Joseph Vaz’s College Wennappuwa skittling the opponents for scanty 35 runs on a matting wicket were among the highlights of Inter School Under 17 Division I cricket encounters played on Wednesday.

Salgado hammered 94 runs in 75 balls inclusive of 11 fours and five sixes for St. Peter’s to chase a target of 207 runs against Nalanda with nine overs to spare at Bambalapitiya.

St. Joseph Vaz’s College Wennappuwa skittled St. Mary’s, Kegalle for 35 runs after posting 222 runs on the back of a valuable century by Vishwa Rajapaksha. Left-arm paceman Janith Fernando grabbed four wickets. Left-arm spinners Dasun Perera and Menusha Perera shared five wickets between them. Dasun bowled three overs, all maidnes for his two wickets.

Meanwhile St. Benedict’s contained Moratu Vidyalaya to 88 runs before cruising to ten wickets victory at Kotahena.

Shehan Randika and Dulara Bandulasena took batting and bowling honours respectively for Dharmaraja as they registered a 181 runs victory at Lake View.

At Darley Road, S. Thomas’ overcame St. Joseph’s as Nathan Caldera, Dhiren de Silva, Ashen Perera and Rajindu Thilakaratne shared bowling honours to contain the home team to 183 runs.

At Reid Avenue, Mario Jayawardena lead Royal attack with a four-wicket haul for them to record an 11 runs win over Mahanama.


St. Peter’s beat Nalanda at Bambalapitiya


Nalanda 206 all out in 48.3 overs (Rusiru Vilochana 56, Yasiru Samarakoon 25, Sajitha Vithanage 28, Chamod Manthilaka 29; Pawan Senevirathne 2/59, Thanuja Dahamjith 2/36, Vikum Galahitiyawa 2/18, Salitha Gallage 2/38)

St. Peter’s

209 for 4 in 40.4 overs (Ovin Salgado 94, Diland Damsara 56, Wenuth Abeywardana 31n.o.; Januka Idushara 2/29, Minod Caldera 2/37 

S. Thomas’ beat St. Joseph’s at Darley Road


S. Thomas’

221 for 7 in 50 overs (Charuka Peiris 71, Ashen Perera 35, Akash Fernando 46n.o.; Muditha Lakshan 2/51, Oshada Gunasinghe 2/28) 

St. Joseph’s

183 all out in 47.1 overs (Muditha Lakshan 73, Gagan Chamod 25; Nathan Caldera 2/40, Dhiren de Silva 2/23, Ashen Perera 3/17, Rajindu Thilakaratne 3/38) 

Mario bowls Royal to victory at Reid Avenue



200 for 9 49.4 overs (Anush Polonnowita 28, Mario Jayawardena 19, Bulan Weerathunga 49, Sanvidu Senartharachchi 23; Omesh Udara 3/58, Dasith Gunathilake 2/12, Nadeesh Yasiru 2/32) 


189 all out in 49.2 overs (Kavindu Amameth 26, Tharindu Lakshan 39, Inuka Karannagoda 23; Sandesh Ramanayake 2/36, Mario Jayawardena 4/26) 

Left armers guide St. Joseph Vaz’s at Kegalle


St. Joseph Vaz’s

222 for 9 in 50 overs (Vishwa Rajapaksha 100, Menusha Perera 32, Tharindu Eshan 23, Lakmal Wimalarathna 4/35, Yasas Kasthuriarachchi 2/31, Madushan K. Arachchi 2/32) 

St. Mary’s

35 all out in 16.2 overs (Janith Fernando 4/14, Dasun Perera 2/00, Menusha Perera 3/03) 

Dharmaraja win by 181 runs at Lake View



255 for 6 in 50 overs (Shehan Randika 65, Onajith Silva 22, Yasith Dissanayaka 41, Isuru Pannala 37n.o., Indula Ranasinghe 31; S.A.I. Senanayake 2/48, Kavinda Rajapaksha 2/50) 


74 all out in 25 overs (Saranga Uduwella 2/08, Dulara Bandulasena 4/22, Dakshitha Manukalpa 3/23)

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Joes and HFC win Under-20 basketball titles



Due to the pandemic, there wasn’t much sporting activities in schools for two years and basketball players showed lot of enthusiasm as their sport was in full swing since April holidays. Sri Lanka Schools Basketball Association despite many challenges successfully conducted the All Island Under-20 basketball tournament at Sugathadasa Stadium this week. Girls and boys in ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Divisions competed over a month and there were some thrilling encounters.St. Joseph’s College, Darley Road and Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya cruised to victory in the ‘A’ Division final. While St. Joseph’s beat Royal College in the boys’ final, HFC overcame Mahamaya College, Kandy. Both teams cruised to victory and were hardly troubled throughout the campaign. Interestingly, both teams are coached by the same individuals with Roshan Randima as Head Coach and Shane Daniel as his deputy. Their teams over the last decade or so have come up with consistent performances and have always remained among the top three.

St. Joseph’s took an early 24-09 lead in the first quarter and although Royal contained them in the second quarter conceding just seven points, they themselves could not score big. Both teams scored 16 points each in the third quarter and Royal matched St. Joseph’s skills in the final quarter but the damage done in the first quarter proved to be costly as Joes won by 16 points with the final score being 68-52.Mahamaya scored 14 points compared to HFC’s 16 in the first quarter in the girls’ final but from thereon HFC were unstoppable winning by a comfortable 31 points. The final score was 70-39.

In the boys’ category, St. Joseph’s captain Shehan Fernando was adjudged the Most Valuable Player while Keith Costa also from St. Joseph’s was declared the Best Defensive Player. Royal’s Yuganan Baskaran was named Best Offensive Plyaer. In the girls’ segment, Onela Dunuwille and Minoli Direkze of HFC emerged as Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player respectively. Chithera Samarakoon of Mahamaya was the Best Offensive Player. The tournament was sponsored by Gaja Group. The Group’s CEO Gayath Jayasinghe, a former Sri Lanka basketball player was the Chief Guest.

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Sri Lanka Athletics to seek private sector support to send team for World Junior Championships



Ambagamuwa Central hurdler Dhanuka Dharshana has bettered the World Junior Championship qualifying standard on several occasions.

Junior Nationals Athletics Championships rescheduled to June 7-10

by Reemus Fernando

Sri Lanka Athletics will seek support from the private sector to meet the massive costs involved in sending all athletes reaching qualifying standards for the World Junior Championships which will be held from August 1-6 in Cali, Colombia.The track and field governing body, which met this week to reschedule the Junior National Championship which was postponed due to the curfew imposed on May 9, also discussed ways of finding funds to send all athletes who reach qualifying standards for the World Junior Championships.

Sri Lanka Athletics has been sending all athletes reaching qualifying standards for the World Junior events in recent years. But the massive cost of airfare in the midst of the prevaling economic crisis has made it difficult for the sport’s governing body to bear the full cost involved in sending a strong team.So far nine athletes have reached qualifying standards for the biennial event and there is opportunity for other athletes to reach entry standards for the event when the postponed Junior National Athletics Championship is held from June 7 to 10 at the Sugathadasa Stadium.

“There is a massive cost involved in sending athletes for the Cali event. With the increased airfare it will cost around 1.5 million rupees per athlete. If we opt to send only the top two athletes and those who can find funds by their own it will not be fair by the others who reach qualifying standards. Because of that we will seek private sector support to send the full team,” a senior official of Sri Lanka Athletics told The Island on Friday.

Earlier there were plans to send a pruned down team but a couple of athletes have obtained private sponsorships for their travel compelling athletics officials to find sponsorships for others as well.Of the nine athletes who have reached qualifying standards so far, four are from three schools in Colombo.  At least one athlete from outstations and an athlete from a school in Colombo have received the support of sponsors to meet their expenses during the meet.

“We will request leading private sector firms to support junior athletes. We will also seek the support of friendly sports federations like Sri Lanka Cricket to support us at this difficult moment,” said the official.

Tharushi Karunaratne (800m, 400m), Jayeshi Uththara (400m) and Amesha Hettiarachchi (400m hurdles) in the girls’ category and Sithum Jayasundara (400m), Dhanuka Dharshana (400m hurdles), Kaveesha Bandara (110m hurdles), Pasindu Malshan (triple jump), Hirusha Hashen (long jump) and Rumesh Tharanga  (javelin throw) in the boys’ category are the athletes who have reached qualifying standards for the Cali event. Incidentally, Tharushi Karunaratne and Sithum Jayasundara will be taking part in their second consecutive World Junior Championships after having represented the country at the last edition in Nairobi. Sri Lanka did well to reach the final in the mix relay in Nairobi where they were ranked fifth with a time of 3:26.39 secs.

Junior National Championships from June 7 to 10

The Junior National Athletics Championship which was postponed after the morning session on May 9 will commence from where it stopped on June 7. According to athletics officials the events which could not be completed on May 9 will be held on June 7 and there will not be any changes to the schedule of the next three days.

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Shoriful ruled out of SL Tests with wrist injury



Bangladesh’s injury woes continue as pace bowler Shoriful Islam has now been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka due to a wrist injury. Shoriful is the latest addition to the hosts’ injury list as they earlier lost Taskin Ahmed (shoulder) and Mehedy Hasan (finger).

“Shoriful Islam had a contusion of the right hand while batting. After the fourth day’s play an X-ray was carried out which has revealed a fracture on the base of the 5th metacarpal bone,” physio Bayjedul Islam said in a statement on Thursday.

“Such injuries tend to take around three weeks to heal followed by a couple of week’s rehab. He will not be available to play for four to five weeks.”

Shoriful was retired out on Day 4 after pacer Kasun Rajitha’s short delivery hit him on the gloves. Bangladesh were forced to end their innings at 465 following his injury.

Cricbuzz has learnt that Shoriful is unlikely to be available for the Test series against West Indies as well. Bangladesh will leave on June 6 to take part in the full fledged tour of West Indies, comprising two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Meanwhile, the BCB has retained the same squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka that will begin on May 23. The board opted to not name a replacement for Shoriful since they have a big squad to pick from.

“We did not take any replacement for Shoriful as we have got a big squad in hand,” BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz. ‘’We have to see fitness of Hasan Mahmud (who was in discussion as a possible replacement of Shoriful) and though we are not considering him in this series, if he is fit we might pick him for the Bangladesh ‘A’ team tour of West Indies.”


Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumar Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Musaddek Hossain, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Shohidul Islam, Rezaur Rahman Raja.

( Cricbuzz)

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