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‘SMAK’ win SLFPA Annual Cricket Trophy



(Front rows) County Style Foods (Pvt) Ltd (SMAK), the winning team of 8th SLFPA Six-A-Side cricket carnival. Back row (from left): Nadeeshan Guruge (2nd Vice President of SLFPA), Nishan Perera (Immediate Past President of SLFPA), Aruna Senanayake (1st Vice President of SLFPA), Dhammika Gunasekara (Past President of SLFPA), Thusith Wijesinghe (Incoming President of SLFPA), Delano Dias (President of SLFPA), Hamilton Dias (Past President of SLFPA), Sameera Jayathilake (Executive Committee Member of SLFPA) and Sandya Fernando (of SLFPA Secretarial)

Country Style Foods (Pvt) Limited, represented by Team SMAK, emerged winners of the 8th Annual Soft Ball Cricket Tournament, organized by the Sri Lanka Food Processors Association (SLFPA) at the Colombo Colts Cricket Club Grounds recently.

This highly anticipated event brought together 45 teams consisting of both men and women, representing 38 member companies eager to claim the coveted SLFPA Challenge Shield. The tournament, conducted on a league basis, not only showcased sporting prowess but also fostered a strong sense of camaraderie, collaboration, and understanding among the employees of participating member companies.

The teams, hailing from diverse sectors such as Processed Food, Processed Beverages, Machinery and Packaging, International Food Certification, Food Ingredients, and Casual Dining, competed fiercely for the championship. The tournament has become a hallmark in the calendars of professionals in the processed food industry, serving as a platform for professionals from various organizations to come together in the spirit of fun and sportsmanship, with a special focus on including the families of the participating teams this year.

Team SMAK, emerged as the deserving winners, while CBL Foods International (Pvt) Ltd secured the runners-up position. Ceylon Biscuits Ltd clinched the Plate winner’s title. The Man of the Match award was bestowed upon Tharaka Danush from Country Style food (Pvt) Ltd, and the Woman of the Match award went to M.D. Niroshangani from CBL Foods International (Pvt) Ltd.

Beyond the cricket field, participants enthusiastically engaged in parallel events, including a karaoke competition, dance competition, and best-decorated tent competition. The karaoke competition, marked by intense competition, led to the unique decision of selecting two champions –Ranga Muthunayake from Perfetti Van Mally and Selani Lasathma from Maple Packaging (Pvt) Ltd. The dance competition saw Madhawa from Perfetti Van Mally and Sandali from Control Union (Pvt) Ltd securing two awards for Best Female Karaoke and Best Dance.

Control Union (Pvt) Ltd took home the accolade for the Best-Decorated Tent, with Neo Chem (Pvt) Ltd claiming the second position. The event was made possible through the generous support of sponsors, with “Elephant House” as the Platinum Sponsor, SGS Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and CBL Group as Gold Sponsors, and Life Insurance Corporation (Lanka) Ltd (LIC) and Sena Mills Refineries (Pvt) Ltd as Silver Sponsors. Lanka Exhibitions and Conference Services Ltd (LECS) was the Event Partner.

Founded in 1997 as an advocacy group, the Sri Lanka Food Processors Association currently consists of over 140 member companies which include large and multinational, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) committed to the development of the country’s processed food and beverage industry. The Association consists of members from all relevant sub-sectors addressing issues such as national policy and regulations, intra-regional cooperation, technology, knowledge transfer and marketing. The Association further offers leadership to the small but vibrant National Processed Food Industry. Vital to the island nation’s agro-based economy, the sector directly employees over three hundred thousand persons, while supporting over four million backstream producers.

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Afghanistan elect to bat first in third T-20 International



Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first in the third T-20 International against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Wednesday. The Afghan captain won all three tosses in the series but this is the first time he has opted to bat first.

The game is a dead rubber with Sri Lanka having already secured the series 2-0.

Sri Lanka made four changes from the side that won on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

They left-out Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Binura Fernando and Maheesh Theekshanka and brought in top order batter Kusal Perera, all-rounder Kamindu Mendis, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya and seamer Nuwan Thushara.

Afghanistan also made four changes leaving out Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq.

They brought in all-rounder Sharfuddin Ashraf, left-arm seamer Fareed Malik, right-arm quick Wafadar Momand and batter Mohammad Ishaq, who is making his debut.

The tourists are yet to win a game in the multi-format bilateral tour. They lost the one off Test match in Colombo and suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series at Pallekele before conceding a 2-0 advantage in the three match T-20 series in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka:

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (Wicketkeeper), Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga (Captain) Matheesha Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Thushara.


Ibrahim Zadran (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wicketkeeper), Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Hazratullah Zazai, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Ishaq, Fareed Malik and Wafadar Momand.  


Lyndon Hannibal (SRI) and Ravindra Wimalasiri (SRI)

Television Umpire:

 Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)

Match Referee:

Chris Broad (ENG)

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Sri Lanka teams reach tennis quarter-finals



Dinara de Silva and Ganuka Fernando

The girls and boys teams of Sri Lanka reached the quarter-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup Junior and Junior Davis Cup Asia Oceania Pre Qualifying tournaments continued at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Wednesday.

The girls team beat Maldives 2-0, as Ivanka Samarasinghe (beat Nishan Naba 6-1, 6-2) and Dinara de Silva (beat Azim Araa Aasaal 6-2, 6-2) registered straight set victories in the singles.

The boys team edged out Iraq 2-1. Ganuka Fernando beat Shammama Faisac 6-1, 6-2 in his singles match before joining Lithum Jayabandu to win the doubles against Shammama Faisac and Bakr Akam 6-2, 6-1.

In the second singles Jayabandu went down to Bakr Akam (6-3, 6-2).

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Dialog powers Royal – Thomian for 19th time



Lasantha Thevarapperuma – Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC handing over the sponsorship to Rev. Marc Billimoria – Warden, S. Thomas’ College and Thilak Waththuhewa - Principal, Royal College. Also pictured (L) Rehan Gunasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee From RC, (R) Arjuna Waidyasekera – Co-Chairman, Royal Thomian Match Organizing Committee from STC.

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has extended corporate backing for the 19th year as official sponsor of the country’s blue ribboned cricket encounter, the ‘Battle of the Blues’ between Royal College, Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia on March 7, 8 and 9 at the SSC Grounds, Colombo. The limited-over ‘Mustang’s Trophy’ match will be on March 16, also at the same venue.

The 145th cricket encounter will be aired live on Dialog Television – ThePapare TV HD (Channel Number 126), live-streamed on and the Dialog ViU App.

Further, Dialog initiated the ‘Play for a Cause’ charity initiative with a mission to uplift school cricket across Sri Lanka. Through a generous pledge of Rs. 1,000 for every run scored and Rs. 10,000 for every wicket taken, last year’s encounter raised a substantial donation of Rs. 1,128,000. The proceedings were distributed in consultation with the Principal of Royal College and the Warden of S. Thomas’ College. This commendable effort helped support and empower four deserving schools in the country.

In this year’s encounter, the boys from Mt. Lavinia will be led by Mahith Perera, while the lads from Reid Avenue will play under the captaincy of Sineth Jayawardena, the U-19 Sri Lanka skipper. The ‘Royal-Thomian’ series spans an impressive 144 years, making it the second longest uninterrupted cricket series in the world, behind the annual encounter between St. Peters College, Adelaide, and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, Australia, which began just a year earlier.

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