WPBA Open Championships 2021
Viren Nettasinghe and Panchali Adhikari clinched the men’s and women’s singles crowns at the Western Province Badminton Association (WPBA) – organised Open Ranking Championships which marked the return of competitive badminton action at the MBA and Otters Courts over the weekend.
Nettasinghe beat Dumindu Abeywickrama 21-14, 22-20 in the men’s singles final while Adhikari overcame her counterpart Ranithma Liyanage in a thrilling final which was stretched to three sets (19-21, 21-14, 21-12).
Earlier, Nettasingle also won the men’s doubles title with his partner Rasindu Hendahewa when the talented duo overcame Resintha de Silva and Shamika de Silva in straight sets (21-12, 21-11).
Meanwhile, Adhikari and her doubles partner Manudi Mithara had to satisfy with the runner-up position after losing to Buthmi Galagamage and Nadeesha Gayanthi (16-21, 21-18, 21-17) in the final.
The mixed doubles title was won by Thulith Palliyaguru and Buthmi Galagamage who beat Lochana de Silva and Raini Abeysingha (21-16, 21-16) in the final.
Sachen Fernando (U-17) and Siyath Senaratne (U-19) emerged victorious in the boys’ singles finals while Varangana Jayawardana (U-17) and Suhasni Vidanage (U-19) clinched girls’ singles titles.
Sunil Jayasiri, Rohan Fernando, George Karunanayake, Mahinda Jayaweera, Subash Janaka, Gihan Ranasinghe and RuviniRathnasiri also won singles titles in their respective age groups.
The tournament was the first open ranking event to take place following a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted the country’s badminton competition schedule.
The tournament was conducted under the supervision of Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) with all measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 being followed.
SLT Mobitel was the main sponsor of the event which saw over 300 shuttlers in action.
Results of Western Province Open Badminton Championships 2021
Men’s Doubles 65
Winners: E M Chandratilaka/A Karunagaran
Runners-up: L G Amaratunga/Gamini Jayawardana
Men’s Singles 65
Winner: Sunil Jayasiri
Runner-up: Gamini Jayawardana
Men’s Singles 55 / 60
Winner: Rohan Fernando
Men’s Singles 50
Winner: George Karunanayake
Runner-up: Mangala Gamage
Men’s Doubles 45
Winner: Clarence Homer/Duminda Jayakody
Runner-up: Mahinda Jayaweera/Ranga Randunu
Mne’s Singles 45
Winner: Mahinda Jayaweera
Runner-up: W A Ruwankumara
Mixed Doubles 40
Winners: Jeffer Rosobin / Chandrika De Silva
Runners-up: Upendra Jayawardena / Priyanka Abeyrathna
Women’s Doubles 40 / 50
Winners: Priyanka Abeyrathna/ Umanga Rathnayake
Runners-up: Thushari Brahamanage / Sadamali Senanayake
Men’s Doubles 40
Winners: Randika Peiris / I.D Samaranayaka
Runners-up: Upendra Jayawardena / Sahan Pradeep
Men’s Singles 40
Winner: Subash Janaka
Runner-up: Conrad de Silva
Men’s Singles 35
Winner: Gihan Ranasinghe
Runner-up: Saseiharan Veerasingham
Girls Doubles U19
Winners: Panchali Adhikari / Manudi Mithara
Boys Doubles U19
Winners: Jason Homer / Savinaka Weerasekara
Runners-up: Chaniru Manmitha / Manuth Pelawatta
Girls Singles U19
Winner: Suhasni Vidanage
Runner-up: Ashini Fernando
Boys Singles U19
Winner: Siyath Senaratne
Runner-up: Thenuka de Silva
Girls Doubles U17
Winners: Maneesha Jayawardhana / Samindi Onel
Runner-up: Isuri de Alwis / Natasha Gunasekara
Boys Doubles U17
Winners: Aashinsa Herath / Saajid Majeed
Runners-up: Shenuk Samararatne / Pulina Wellalage
Girls Singles U17
Winner: Varangana Jayawardana
Runner-up: Pravina Wijesundara
Boys Singles U17
Winner: Sachen Fernando
Runners-up: Pulina Wellalage
Winners: Thulith Palliyaguru / Buthmi Galagamage
Runners-up: Lochana de Silva / Raini Abeysingha
Winners: Buthmi Galagamage / Nadeesha Gayanthi
Runner-up: Panchali Adhikari / Manudi Mithara
Men’s Doubles 30
Winners: Hasitha Chanaka / Rajitha Dahanayake
Runners-up: Roshan Kumara / Tony Wahydi
Winners: Rasindu Hendahewa / Viren Nettasinghe
Runners-up: Resintha de Silva / Shamika de Silva
Women’s Singles 30
Winner: Ruvini Rathnasiri
Runner-up: Malathi Kumari
Winner: Panchali Adhikari
Runner-up: Ranithma Liyanage
Men’s Singles 30
Winner: Hasitha Chanaka
Runner-up: Roshan Kumara
Winner: Viren Nettasinghe
Runner-up: Dumindu Abeywickrama
Quarter-finals from today
Under 19 Division III Tier ‘B’ Cricket
The quarter-finals of the Under 19 Inter Schools Division III Tier ‘B’ cricket tournament conducted by Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association will commence with the Maris Stella College, Thimbirigaskatuwa meeting Wickramabahu National School, Gampola at Wickramashila National School ground Giriulla today.
Quarter-finals line up
Maris Stella, Thimbirigaskatuwa V Wickramabahu NS, Gampola at Giriulla
Ananda NS, Puttalam V Sri Sumangala, Kelaniya at Giriulla
Hindu College, Matale V St. Michael’s College, Batticalloa at Polonnaruwa
D.S. Senanayake, Ampara V Pannala NS at Polonnaruwa
Neyara to meet Anjalike in the women’s singles final
Neyara Weerawansa beat top seed Savini Jayasuriya in the semi-final to book a final berth in the women’s singles final against Anjalika Kurera in the 106th Colombo Championships at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Monday.
The semi-final, which recommenced on Monday after being interrupted by wet weather on the previous day, the British School Colombo player scored 6-1, 5-7, 10-7 to oust last year finalist Jayasuriya.
She will now encounter Anjalika Kurera in the final.
Aahil Kaleel Under 12 champion
Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia player Aahil Kaleel beat Methika Wickramasinghe to win the Under 12 boys singles title on Sunday. He scored 1-4, 4-2, 10-7 in the final after edging out Pasindu Rukunnayake (quarter-final) and Chaminda Abeysinghe (semis).
Hayleys crowned winners of MCA premier league
Hayleys Group Recreation Club (HGRC) led by Avishka Fernando were crowned as the “League” winners of the 28th Singer-MCA Premier League which came to conclusion with a glittering awards presentation held at the MCA Legends New Wing on Thursday.
Though the tournament had a pre-mature ending, Hayleys by virtue of being unbeaten led the table of points at the point when the tournament was stopped. The MCA Tournament Committee with the consent of the rest of the three teams, decided to award the league title to Hayleys.
Hayleys, playing only their third season in the MCA Premier League, won the T20 title under Avishka Fernando in the previous season.
On their way to the title Hayleys beat HNB (by five wickets), CDB Finance (by 96 runs), John Keells (by two wickets) and HNB in their return game (by two wickets).
Avishka Fernando captained the title winning Hayleys team.
Hayleys squad included Avishka Fernando (Captain), Prabath Jayasuriya (VC), Dilruwan Perera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Chathuranga de Silva, Ron Chandraguptha, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nimesha Gunasinghe, Pasindu Thirimadura, Kavishka Anjula, Santhush Gunatillake, Kalana Perera, Vishad Randika, Navindu Fernando, Mohamed Shamaaz, Lahiru Tirimanne, Binura Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Thashik Perera, Kabil Kapilraj, Lakshina Rodrigo and Sahan Nanayakkara. They were coached by Nishantha Weerasinghe with Vimukthi Deshapriya as the assistant coach. Pramoth Fernando was the manager.
Awards were given away by the Chief Guest, CEO, Singer Group Companies, Mahesh Wijewardene, Marketing Director, Singer SL, PLC, Shamil Perera and MCA Officials, President, Nalin Wickremesinghe, Senior Vice President and Chairman Tournament Committee, Mahesh de Alwis and Vice President Sirosha Gunatillake.
It was a memorable moment for Hayleys Group Chairman and CEO, Mohan Pandithage, Group Head HR, Dharshi Thalpahewa and the HGRC Officials – Jeramy Anandappa (President), Mohan Fernando (VP) and Ruchina Jayatillaka (Co Ordinator), who were present at the event.
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