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



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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Six member committee appointed to inquire into Sri Lanka Cricket Team’s conduct in Australia




Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roshan Ranasinghe has appointed a six member committee headed by Retired Supreme Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena to inquire into the incidents reported against some members of the Sri Lanka Cricket team that participated at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.



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My best knock for Sri Lanka – Asalanka



By Rex Clementine

If you had no idea why Roy Dias identified Charith Asalanka as a Test captain in the waiting some seven years ago, there was proof for his claims at Pallekele on Wednesday as the diminutive left-hander from Elpitiya pulled off a stunning run chase against Afghanistan.Sri Lanka chased down a target of 314 in the last over with Asalanka finishing things off in style with a pulled six. What’s so special with the win is that it is Sri Lanka’s highest successful run chase ever at home.

“I was struggling with cramps. The heat was too much in the afternoon.

Once Dunith came in, I told him not to do too much running and target the gaps. There was a good partnership with Dasun too before that and that helped us to get back into the game,” Asalanka noted.

Most players when they get into the Sri Lankan cricket set up they get themselves tattooed and buy fancy cars and luxury apartments. Asalanka has remained grounded and he is very much close to his roots at Elpitiya.

In fact, he married his childhood sweetheart, whom he fell in love with at the age of 15. The pair met at the school bus when Asalanka was playing under-17 cricket and despite money and fame the captain in waiting hasn’t forgotten his past. Asalanka took a break middle of the series to get married on the 28th of November, the day of their tenth anniversary of falling in love. However, there was no honeymoon as Asalanka had to return to Pallekele for the rest of the series.

His wife is an English teacher and that gives us hope that press conferences are going to be interesting again although the good old days of Sanga will never come.Asalanka received a scholarship to Richmond College after passing the Grade Five scholarship and he is known as a sharp thinker of the game.

“First game the ball swung a lot. It was a grassy pitch. We knew this wicket was not going to do much for the bowlers. The main thing we wanted was to bat 50 overs. Everyone contributed from top to the lower middle order, and it was great to watch.”

Sri Lanka have a settled top order when it comes to white ball cricket and the middle order could be built on Asalanka who can accelerate and rebuild an innings. “Dasun is the one who told me that I’d be batting at number five and to feel comfortable. I was going to get the long rope. I had never batted at number five before that and glad I have cemented my place now.”

“This is my best innings in international cricket. Dunith Wellalage was outstanding as well. Afghanistan have a very experienced side. They have lot of players who are involved in league cricket. Dunith showed lot of maturity.”

“We had identified that Rashid Khan was their key players. We didn’t want to take risks against him. We got out for some good balls. We made sure that we didn’t give wickets to him, and it got easier to score runs.

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Richmond, Trinity clash for Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ cricket title  



by Reemus Fernando  

The stage is set for a thrilling climax when unbeaten Richmond meet formidable Trinity in the final of the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ cricket tournament at the Thurstan College ground today.

There are two factors indicating to a thrilling climax. Both teams know what it takes to win a championship title as they have players who have featured in finals before. It was not long ago that a few players in the Trinity team guided their Under 17 team to joint champions title of the Division I cricket tournament of that age category. The team from Galle have in their ranks a number of players who had to be content with the runner up position after reaching the final of this tournament during the last season.

For the final, Trinity are likely to stick to the same team which won the semi –final against their arch rivals St. Anthony’s at the same venue early this week. During this tournament captain Rahal Amarasinghe has seen Manula Kularathne, Theeraka Ranatunga, Dinusha Pieris  and Janith Warnakula sharing most of the batting responsibilities for the team’s success.

In the bowling department, Ranatunga (with over 20 wickets) has topped the wicket takers list. Dinuka Thennakoon, Tharana Wimaladharma and Manula Kularathne are the others shouldering most of the wicket taking duties.

During the semi-final Ranatunga was joined by skipper Amarasinghe, Peiris, Wathila Udara and Vibhavith Ehelepola to play crucial roles with the bat, while the former and deputy skipper Ehelepola took two wickets each to contain St. Anthony’s to 202 runs.  A prominent feature of Richmond during this tournament was the dominant role played by their Sri Lanka Under 19 player Malsha Tharupathi. Tharupathi produced outstanding all-round feats to beat defending champions St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in the quarter-final and the semi-final.

They have a strong batting line up from skipper Tharinda Nirmal, Helitha Edirisinghe, Thamindu Pradeeptha, Kavindu Nirmana, wicketkeeper batsman Janeth Kaushal to Tharupathi.

While Tharupathi is easily their top wicket taker, Nalaka Jaywardena, Nirmal and Sharon Abishek have all shared bowling responsibilities. Maheesha de Silva and Kaveesha Induwara have been economical with the new ball.

How they reached the final 

Trinity beat St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa and St. Anthony’s, Katugastota during the knockout stage after completing their first round matches as the third placed team in their group. They won five out of the eight matches during that phase.

Richmond have remained unbeaten during this tournament. They won all their eight matches in the first round to be the champions in their group. During the knockout stage they ousted defending champions St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in a row to reach their second consecutive final.


Richmond (from): Tharinda Nirmal  (Captain), Kavindu Nirmana (Vice Captain), Ruwan Jayawardena, Janeth Kaushal, Maheesha De Silva, Malsha Tharupathi, Sharon Abhishek, Thamindu Pradeeptha, Chehan Subasinghe, Sihath Ramanayake, Sasindu De Silva, Seneth Sisan, Kaveesha Induwara, Manuja Dulneth, Helith Edirisinghe, K.K Yuri, Pubudu Mihiranga,  Charuka Gunasekara. 


Nuwan Jayasinghe (Master in Charge), Lakmal de Silva (Head Coach), Umal Udayanga (Asst. Coach), Lahiru Madhuwantha (Asst. Coach) 

Trinity (from):  Rahal Amarasinghe (Captain), Vibhavith Ehelepola (Vice Captain), Theeraka Ranatunga, Supun Waduge, Manula Kularatne, Tharana Wimaladharma, Kusal Wijetunga, Dinusha Pieris, Dinuka Tennakoon, Jayavi Liyanagama, Janith Warnakula, Malith Rathnayake, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara, Yewan Hulangamuwa, Viduka Dhammage. 


Brian Senaratne (Master in Charge), Naveen Ekanayake (Head Coach),  Lakshitha Alahakoon (Asst. Coach) 

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