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Spinners dominate in Dambulla Viikings win

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Dambulla Viikings skipper Dasun Shanaka smashed a half-century as his side beat Colombo Kings in the LPL at Suriyawewa yesterday.

Colombo Kings had gone about their business with little fuss in the Lanka Premier League but yesterday Dambulla Viikings exposed a few chinks in their armoury with a comfortable 28 run win at Suriyawewa. It was Colombo’s first loss in the competition.

Colombo have a well balanced side but on a track that kept low and favoured spin bowling their batting was exposed – chasing a target of 176, they were shot out for 147 without using the full quota of their overs.

The thing with games being played in one venue back to back – that too with double headers – is that it becomes a logistical nightmare as curators have little time produce quality tracks – particularly in T-20 format where people expect belters. But we are living in difficult times dealing with a pandemic and there’s little alternative. The track offered spin bowlers lot of assistance and that’s the last thing we should be complaining.  

Dambulla lost their openers in the first two overs and the rebuilding was done by the experienced Upul Tharanga (25) and Samit Patel (30), who added 71 runs for the third wicket. Skipper Dasun Shanaka then cashed in with his big hitting posting a half-century His 56 came off 34 balls with three fours and four sixes.

It looked at one stage that Dambulla would go onto score beyond 180 but Andre Russel polished up the tail with three wickets to restrict the opposition to 175 for nine.

But it was Russel’s big hitting that Colombo were country on but this time he failed to produce.

Laurie Evans with 59 runs guided them through in the run chase but he received little support as Dinesh Chandimal (0), Thikshila de Silva (5) and Angelo Mathews (11) all were dismissed cheaply.

Russel fell for five runs and Colombo never recovered from thereon and were bowled out in the 19th over.

Their choices for the game will be in question as well particularly their spin option in Jeffrey Vandersay. The leg-spinner let his side down again conceding 17 runs in his solitary over that included a few wayward deliveries which were called wide.



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Navy men and women record wins at Inter Club rugby matches

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The men’s and women’s rugby teams of the Navy secured two more wins in their encounters over the Air Force in the Sri Lanka Rugby Nippon Paint Inter Club League Rugby Tournament at the Navy Rugby Ground, Welisara.

Navy men scored a thrilling 32-31 victory over Air Force where T.M. Weerasinghe added points through three conversions and two penalties. Further, S.J.F. Gregory, R.A.N.U. Perera, M.A.F.M. Mushin and G.D.J. Laksara also made a try each.

In the meantime, Navy women recorded a comprehensive 55-0 win over their Air Force counterparts. In this encounter, A.H.S. Madumali scored three tries and collected points through five conversions. In addition, R.S.H. Kumari scored two tries and P. Dilani, M.R. Kumudumalee, G.G. Randunu and W.R.W. Vithana too scored a try each.

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Dinara, Sajida win first-round matches

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ITF Junior Circuit Week I Tournament

Dinara de Silva and Sajida Razick won their respective first-round matches of the ITF Junior Circuit Week I tournament which commenced at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Monday.

De Silva beat Silvia Caliman of Spain 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round and Sajida Razick overcame India’s Gagana Mohal with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in her match.

The tournament is set to conclude on February 5.

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St. Anthony’s in command against Ananda

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Under 19 Cricket

Kaveesha Piyumal and Induwara Galapitage shocked Ananda sharing six wickets between them as St. Anthony’s, Katugastota contained the home team to 56 for eight wickets at stumps after posting a commanding 268 on day one of the Under 19 traditional match at Ananda Mawatha on Monday.

Mohomed Aaqil (73) and Kavindu Shehan (46) gave the hosts an ideal start adding 90 runs for the first wicket after they decided to bat first. Lahiru Abeysinghe, Rayan Anthonyzs and Janith Rathnasiri then made vital contributions for them to reach 268 runs.

In their essay home team were rocked by the visitors as Piyumal grabbed for wickets for 17 runs to rattle the middle order.

Scores:

St. Anthony’s

268 all out in 54 overs (Mohomed Aaqil 73, Kavindu Shehan 46, Lahiru Abeysinghe 47, Rayan Anthonyzs 27, Janith Rathnasiri 36, Charuka Ekanayake 21; Kithma Sithmal 3/86, Ashinsa Nainayake 2/57, Ayesh Shashimal 5/40)

Ananda

56 for 8 in 32 overs (Kaveesha Piyumal 4/17, Induwara Galapitage 2/11) (RF)

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