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Richmond record eighth win to complete first round



Under 19 Division I Cricket

Richmond beat Gurukula by 62 runs to register their eighth consecutive victory to complete the first round as champions of their group in the Under 19 Division I Limited overs tournament on Monday.

Malsha Tharupathi excelled for the winners with good all-round performances as Richmond completed the group stage unbeaten.

Meanwhile, Mahanama pulled off an exciting one wicket victory over Nalanda to complete their group stage matches as champions.

It was their sixth victory of the tournament.

In the other matches played on Monday, St. Anthony’s Wattala, Dharmapala, Thurstan and Maliyadeva registered victories.


Richmond beat Gurukula by 62 runs at Sooriyawewa



211 for 9 in 48 overs (Malsha Tharupathai 55, Kavindu Nirmana 45, Janeth Kaushal 36; Janitha Shehan 3/37, Hiruna Himsara 2/45, Yuwaneth Madushanka 2/32)


149 all out in 42.5 overs (Thathsara Eshan 55, Denura Demansith 28; Nalaka Jayawardana 3/21, Malsha Tharupathi 3/24)

Mahanama beat Nalanda by one wicket at Campbell Place



165 all out in 49.4 overs (Yasiru Samarakoon 42, Manupa Manmitha 31, Sadew Samarasinghe 25; Duvindu Ranathunga 3/28, Inuka Karannagoda 3/30, Chamika Heenatigala 2/25, Viranga Yeshan 2/29)


166 for 9 in 42.4 overs (Kavindu Amameth 35, Anjala Bandara 35, Inuka Karannagoda 26; Sajitha Vithanage 2/30, Sadew Samarasinghe 2/32) (RF)

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Lithium, Ganuka Under 14 boys’ doubles champions



National Tennis Championships 2022 

Lithium Jayabandu of Ananda College, Colombo and Ganuka Fernando of St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya clinched the Under-14 boys’ doubles title at the National Tennis Championships concluded at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts in Colombo on Wednesday.

Jayabandu and Fernando rallied around magnificently and went on to beat the combination of Mayanka Perera of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and Rehan Gunawardhane of Carey College 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 in a thrilling final encounter.

Meanwhile, Gehansa Methnadi of Musaeus College and Githmi Fernando of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo won the Under-14 girls doubles title when they defeated Venuli Jayasinghe of Maliyadeva Girls’ College, Kurunegala and Sandithi Usgodaarachchi of Musaeus College 6-3, 6-1 in straight sets. The boys’ and girl’s Under-14 doubles of the National Tennis Championships were delayed as most of the junior players were on national duty competing at the ITF Junior Tournaments.

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The Indian CEO Forum Partners with the Colombo Rowing Club for the Madras-Colombo Regatta



The Indian CEO Forum (ICF) In association with LANKA IOC (LIOC) and POWER TECH Cement partnered with the Colombo Rowing Club for The Madras-Colombo Regatta’ which is considered to be the oldest regatta in the world between two cities of different countries. As per the tradition, The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka H.E Gopal Baglay was the chief guest at this year’s edition held at the Colombo Rowing Club on Saturday the 26th November 2022.

This year it was the 81st edition of the event and was supported by the Indian CEO forum in Sri Lanka. Speaking at the event, the High Commissioner said that India will continue to row together with Sri Lanka in the race against common challenges and it is but natural for the people of India and the people of Sri Lanka to work together and build bonds. The Indian CEO forum stepping in to assist and partner with the Colombo Rowing club for this event is a clear example of how the neighbors encourage and support each other.

“The Indian CEO Forum along with two other member companies — Lanka IOC and Power Tech Cement — have come forward to sponsor this exclusive event and make it a success. This is a great boost for rowing in Sri Lanka, especially at a time the country is trying its level best to regain glory in all aspects,” said the President of the Rowing Club, Dimuth Gunawardena. “I am extremely thankful to Mr T S Prakash and Mr Kishore Reddy along with Mr Nagaraj who made this happen” Gunawardena added.

T S Prakash, the president of the ICF said “we are really happy that we are associated with this event and member companies are extremely happy that such a partnership was established”.

Kishore Reddy who is the vice president and Chairman membership of the ICF as well as the President of the Sri Lanka India Society said “The Madras Colombo Regatta has immense potential to be a permanent feature of the sporting calendar considering the history of the event and the traditions associated with it. We will work together with the Colombo Rowing Club to take this to the next level”.

“We are glad to be the sponsors of the event and were not really aware of an event with such history before Mr. Kishore Reddy mentioned it” said Manoj Gupta, Managing Director of Lanka IOC. “we look forward to supporting the Colombo Rowing club for the next event as well” he added.

Gaurav Mehta, the Managing Director of DHT cement and Power Tech Cement who were co-sponsors of the event mentioned ” we are happy that the newest brand of cement in Sri Lanka (Power Tech) has partnered with the oldest Regatta in the island. The event exceeded my expectation and we are proud that we are part of this and contributed to the success of the event”.

Sagala Ratnayake who was the guest of honour and also a past Oarsman who had rowed many times at the venue said that he was happy to see the partnership between the ICF and the Rowing Club.

The first-ever Madras-Colombo Rowing Regatta was held way back in 1898 and is considered the oldest sporting encounter held between India and Sri Lanka.This time, the rivalry resumed after a break of three years due to the pandemic.

Traditionally, the Madras Boat Club and the Colombo Rowing Club host the Regatta alternatively and this year it was the Colombo Rowing Club’s turn to host the Indian team. ” we are extremely thankful to the Colombo Rowing Club for hosting us and for their great hospitality” said the President of the Madras Boat Club Mr Subramanium. ” We will also try our best to match this hospitality, if not exceed when we host this event next year” he added.

The main event of the Regatta is the Men’s boat race which is considered to be the second oldest boat race in the world, second only to the famous Oxford-Cambridge boat race. The events were for men and women over a distance of 1000 metres. The winners of the Men’s event were Colombo and were awarded the prestigious Deepam Trophy while the Adyar Trophy was awarded to the Madras team who were the Women’s champions. The overall champions of the 81st Madras Colombo Regatta was Colombo Rowing Club.

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Colombo South emerge champions in Prima Under-15 Sri Lanka Youth League



The Colombo South team secured the championship of the Prima Under-15 Sri Lanka Youth League (SLYL) inter-district and inter-provincial tournament organized and structured by the Sri Lanka Cricket National Talent Pathway programme with the objective of identifying youth cricketers with potential at an early age. The final match was held at Mercantile Cricket Association grounds on the 29th of November 2022 with the participation of youth cricketers selected from across the island.

Colombo South defeated Colombo North by three wickets. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Colombo North scored 148 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs while Colombo South scored 151 runs for 7 wickets in 45.5 overs to emerge champs.

Prima, in association with Sri Lanka Cricket, had made great strides towards uplifting junior cricketing talent in Sri Lanka for the last 12 years and have paved the way for thousands of young cricketers to represent their district and subsequently, their province. Many talented cricketers from past and present, who have represented the national cricket team have had their beginnings at this tournament.

Speaking on the collaboration, Deputy General Manager, Ceylon Agro Industries, Prima Group Sri Lanka, Sajith Gunaratne, stated: “The Prima U15 Sri Lanka Youth League serves as a springboard for aspiring young cricketers to further develop their cricketing careers to national and international levels. I would like to extend my gratitude to Sri Lanka Cricket on behalf of Prima Group Sri Lanka for giving us the opportunity to continue this 12-year-long partnership after an interlude of two years on this revived edition of the tournament which is aligned with Prima’s continued efforts aimed at encouraging the next generation of young cricketers in the country.”

Hiruka Silva of Colombo South scored 61 runs in 100 balls with one six and 6 fours recording the only half-century in the final match. Hiruka Silva and Thevindu Waywelwala built a 57-run partnership for the 5th wicket marking the turning point of this match. Accordingly, Hiruka secured the ‘Player of the Final’ award.

Pabasara Dissanayake of Dambulla who scored 162 runs in 4 matches was recognized as the ‘Best Batsman’ while Dinuja Samararatne of Colombo North who took 8 wickets in 3 matches was named the Best Bowler. Damesh Mathishan of Dambulla who scored 68 runs and captured 9 wickets was named ‘Player of the Tournament’.

Prima U15 SLYL 2022 tournament commenced on 21st November with the participation of youth cricketers selected from district level competing in five teams, namely, Galle, Colombo North, Colombo South, Kandy and Dambulla.

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