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St. Joseph’s, Trinity joint champions after final ends in thrilling tie 

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Trinity captain Malith Ratnayake (left) and St. Joseph’s skipper Kenneth Liyanage receiving the trophy from Thilak Watthuhewa, President of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and Malik Keerthi, tournament secretary (SLSCA) after the Under 17 Division I cricket final ended in a tie at the Surrey Village ground, Maggona on Saturday

                                  Under 17 Division I Cricket 

by Reemus Fernando  

Both St. Joseph’s and Trinity were made to suffer for below par performances before some spirited counter attacks brought the Inter School Under 17 Division I cricket final to a thrilling climax, a historic tie at the Surrey Village Ground, Maggona on Saturday.

The happy ending was a far cry from the state of affairs the two teams encountered in the middle of their innings. Chasing a target of 199 runs, the team from Darley Road, seemed to have things under control at one stage. But a collapse triggered by Sweath Anurajeewa in the 33rd over saw them patching up from then on and soon the Joes were praying for their last wicket pair to perform a miracle. Last man Oshada Gunasinghe, who had earlier conceded 22 runs in Trinity’s final over joined Dunick Perera to put up a stunning rearguard action, adding 32 runs for the last wicket that brought Joes back to the brink of victory.

They needed eight runs in the final over but Anurajeewa gave away just two runs in the first four balls. Gunasinghe scored a boundary in the fifth ball but could complete only one run after striking Anurajeewa to deep backward square leg in the last ball as Perera was run out attempting the second.  With scores tied on 198 the unbeaten finalists were named joint champions. That was the first time the Under 17 Division I final ended in a tie.

The Joes had scored nearly two third of the target with seven wickets in hand when spinner Sweath Anurajeewa decided to turn things around for Trinity in an eventful 33rd over. Anurajeewa saw Sahan Dabare, who was anchoring their batting, being dropped off his own bowling (not for the first time) before accounting for Rishma Amarasinghe in the second ball of the over. Three balls later, Kaven Pathirana was run out for four runs. From then on, the Joes were relying on Yenula Dewthusa to pull it off. Dewthusa anchored it till the 44th over before being bowled by Jayavi Liyanagama.

Spinner Liyanagama played a key role bowling well controlled spells that tied the Josephian batsmen. He gave away just 19 runs in his ten overs, while Anurajeewa picked up three wickets for 54 runs. Liyanagama was also the top scorer for Trinity after they were put to bat. They had Dimantha Mahavithana and Wathila Udara scoring 30s before Liyanagama came to anchor the late order batting line up. He stroked 48 runs with four fours, while a 16-ball cameo by Kavindu Jayarathne (20 runs) powered them to their eventual total. Jayarathne’s aggressive innings included two sixes. Both were scored against Oshada Gunasinghe who had otherwise maintained economical figures during his first nine overs.

Dewthusa who picked up two wickets ended up as the leading spinner of the tournament and the second highest wicket taker behind Gurukula speedster Tharusha Kodikara. Kaven Pathirana was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. Pathirana completed the tournament as the third highest wicket taker.



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Nethmika and Sachintha brighten day one

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All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Jumper Nethmika Madushani Herath of Nannapurava MV, Bibila and thrower Thareen Sachintha of St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya produced outstanding feats as they reached their personal best performances on day one of the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Friday.The Asian Youth Athletics Championship participant Herath missed the meet record of the Under 18 girls’ triple jump by just five centimetres but she managed to reach her personal best with an outstanding 11.96 metres performance.

The national junior record holder of the long jump event will be competing in two other events during this meet. She came to the meet with an added feather on her cap after obtaining top grades for her O/L exam (8As, 1B).Thurstan College sprinter who obtained nine ‘A’s at the recently held exam also made his presence felt qualifying from the Under 18 boys’ 400 metres.

St. Peter’s thrower Thareen Sachintha hurled the javelin to a distance of 60.02 metres to win the Under 18 boys’ event. With his notable feat Sachintha has helped his school keep the first place of this event in their possession since 2019.The day one witnessed two new meet records being established with Ovini Chandrasekara of Bishop’s College and Uvindu Sudaraka of Rahula College, Matara creating new marks in the Under 20 girls’ and boys’ shot put events.

Chandrasekara was the only athlete to break the 12 metres barrier as she cleared 12.72 metres to win. Asvitha Sundaresan of OKI International, Kelaniya was placed second with a feat of 10.62 metres, while St. Bridget’s Convent athlete Kavya Jayasooriya cleared 10.19 metres.

Sudharaka’s new meet record mark was 15.43 metres. Boys from Jaffna made a clean sweep in the Under 20 boys’ pole vault. S. Kobisan of Hindu College, Jaffna won with a feat of 4.10 metres. J. Kasmithan of Mahajana College (3.90m) and I. Abinayan of Arunodaya College (3.70m) were placed second and third respectively.

Oshini wins third consecutive title

Promising jumper Oshini Kodikara of St. Lawrence’s Convent, Wellawatta won her third consecutive age group title of the year when she cleared 5.50 metres to win the Under 16 girls’ long jump event. She was the winner of both the Junior National Championship and the Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletics Championships which were held early this year.

Pavani Uthpala of Manampitiya Sinhala MV, Dimbulagala (Under 16 girls’ discus throw 28.41m) and S. Thirubashitha of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Colombo (Under 14 boys’ high jump 1.74 metres) were the winners of the other events. Sandil Hettiarachchi of Colombo International also cleared 1.74 metres in the Under 14 boys’ high jump.

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Lithium, Ganuka Under 14 boys’ doubles champions

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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

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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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