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Avindu, Sandun lead Richmond’s fight back

May 9, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit 

Avindu Theekshana whose bowling was instrumental in Southern Province lifting the Super U19 inter- provincial title on Sunday put in another dazzling performance but this time with the bat, as he along with Sandun Mendis led Richmond College’s fight back to end day one on a formidable score of 306 for 8 against Ananda College in the Singer U19 two-day league tournament final played at the Thurstan ground.

Avindu Theekshana

The Ananda bowlers had Richmond in a spot of bother after skipper Kamindu Mendis won the toss and elected to take first lease of the wicket as they lost their openers skipper Kamindu and Dhananjaya Lakshan with the scoreboard reading 19.

Richmond fell into deeper trouble as they lost two more quick wickets for the addition of three runs and were struggling on 22 for 4 in the 13th over. It seemed that the Ananda bowlers were going to have a field day with their bowlers being on top.

But it was not to be as Avindu came to their rescue as he was involved in three crucial and valuable partnerships. The first was with another player from the champion Southern Province team Thaveesha Abhishek, with whom he put on 76 runs for the fifth-wicket before Thaveesha was dismissed having made a dogged innings of 46 in 81 balls inclusive of five boundaries and two sixes.

The second partnership was for the sixth wicket, a brief 36 runs with Ravishka Wijesiri, which followed by a 68 runs for the seventh wicket with Kasun Tharaka.

Avindu’s heroic innings of 81 in 160 balls that included ten boundaries came to an end along with Tharaka’s dismissal as Richmond lost two quick wickets at the same score of 202.

But that was all that the Ananda bowlers could achieve as Sandun Mendis who made an unbeaten 64 with nine boundaries and a six along with Duveen Kalansuriya who remained unbeaten on 36 frustrated them associating in an unbroken 105-run stand for the ninth-wicket helping Richmond end the day with a healthy and challenging score.

Richmond 306 for 8 (Avindu Theekshana 80, Thaveesha Abhishek 46, Kasun Tharaka 25, Ravishka Wijesiri 21, Sandun Mendis 64 n.o., Duveen Kalansuriya 36 n.o.: Supun Waragoda 4 for 91, Dileepa Jayalath 2 for 80) vs Ananda

Delayed kick-offs and uncalled for stoppages ruining schools rugby

May 5, 2017 · 3 Comments 

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By Shehan Daniel

For all the on field quality in the ongoing Under-20 Schools Rugby Tournament, poor organisation and administration has left much to be desired for spectators and fans who patronise these venues, with delayed kick-offs and uncalled for stoppages, which has an adverse impact on the rhythm and flow of play.

In fact, last week’s match between Trinity College and St. Peter’s College was a case in point with the game finishing well after the scheduled time of conclusion with it ending in near darkness.

‘Daily Mirror’ spoke to World Rugby qualified accredited Match Commissioner Dilroy Fernando, one of the most recognizable faces in local rugby.

He said that it was not the only such incident this season that highlighted the want of organisation and administration, which he added was not only unfair to spectators, who are charged to watch matches, but also have an impact on the safety of players.

“Our Under-18 and Under-20 rugby is among the best in Asia yet are we among the best in organising matches? Sri Lanka has a strong following for schools rugby and from my experience is probably second only to Japan in the whole of Asia. But it is sad to see the standard being set by the Schools Association (Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association), match commissioners’ and schools themselves in ensuring that there is a quality product for spectators who pay and attend matches. Games don’t start on time because of school anthems, player introductions and the arrival of the chief guests which are of secondary importance, compared to the players and the game itself,” Fernando said.

“When games finish in darkness there is concern about player safety and welfare, and is also a compromise on the quality of the product spectators pay for. Referees and match officials need to work back from the time of kick-off to ensure that whatever precedes the game doesn’t delay the starting time, with enough time given for preparation for players and officials. It is also important to give the players two or three minutes to warm-up after the pre-match formalities as well.”

“Are the schools, match commissioners and organisers really concerned about player safety and welfare?” Fernando questioned.

Fernando, who conducted a training programme for match officials, also expressed his shock at the lack of understanding among match commissioners’ on what their roles are.

“There is also a lack of understanding among match commissioners. Being a qualified match commissioner I undertook to train match commissioners and shockingly they thought their roles were limited to just keeping track of scorers and other statistics during the course of the game. I have had to explain that they play an important role in ensuring that the match conditions are adequate and suitable, and that they are also responsible to make sure everything happens on time,” Fernando said.

“They also need to be active and engaged in the game.”

Fernando also said that the improper implementation of the Television Match Official (TMO) had made it virtually redundant and become part of the problem.

“Do we really need this TMO? Who does it benefit? There needs to be a proper protocol in what is referred to the TMO and sometimes it takes several minutes for the TMO to arrive at a decision and that too, inconclusively. Even those stoppages can lead to player injuries, since their bodies cool down during those delays,” Fernando said.

“There needs to be suitable infrastructure and protocol for the TMO to be implemented properly. World Rugby is doing everything they can to speed up the game, so delays like this don’t really help,” Fernando also said, driving home his strong argument.

Under 20 Inter-school rugby tournament – Wesley College vs St. Joseph’s College; Isipathana College vs Zahira College

April 28, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Pathana to face acid test from Zahira

April 27, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Isipathana College will face an acid test when they take on Zahira College in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament second-round opening fixture at Havelock Park on Friday (28).

Zahira have always proved that they could be a dangerous outfit with some outstanding rugby this season and are capable of bringing down even the best on their day.

Despite making a comeback into ‘A’ Division Rugby after a lapse of many years,Zahira have won plenty of admiration for their robust style of play which has surprised quite a number of schools this year.

In fact, Zahira were able to finish among the top four teams in the Segment 11A points table after having recorded two stunning victories over Science College Mount Lavinia (19-13) and Prince of Wales (64-12) respectively.

The significant feature in Zahira’s performances this season was that they were able to stretch every opposition to the maximum before eventually going down fighting.

Altogether, Zahira could consider themselves rather unfortunate considering the fact that some of their games were very close and they were beaten by a couple of points in the end.

Theirmatches against S. Thomas’ College (24-29), Trinity College (26-34) and Wesley College (29-32) are classic examples of theirspirited performances as their opponents were severely tested until the final whistle.

Even then, Isipathana will start as clear favourites to pull off the game considering the fact that they are in tremendous form after completing the first-round of the tournament quite successfully.

The defending champions of course suffered a major setback mid-way in the season when they lost to St. Peter’s College (15-32) at Bambalapitiya.

However, Isipathana were able to make amends and still they finished on top of the Segment 1A points table after recording victories over Dharmaraja College (18-12), St. Joseph’s College (39-32), St. Anthony’s College (43-35), Royal College (22-17) and D. S. Senanayake College (69-13) respectively.

They will be hoping to maintain the same form in the second-round as well even though they are certain to receive some tough opposition from an unpredictable Zahira team.

In fact, Zahira’s two main weapons will be their play maker Zaid Singhawansa and Yuzraan Lantra who have been simply brilliant on the field throughout their first-round matches.

Singhawansa has emerged as the highest points’ scorer so far in the current season with six tries, five penalties and 16 conversions to his credit.

In addition, Lantra has scored nine spectacular tries during their five matches in the first-round and once again he could cause a major threat to the opposition.

Meanwhile, Isipathana’s star player this season has been Chamod Fernando who has planted seven magnificent tries in addition to making eight conversions during their six outings in the first-round.

In addition, a lot will also depend on the experienced players Harith Bandara and N. Chaminda who have scored four tries each in the current season.

Nuwanidu, Nipun, Tashika steer WPS to second win

April 27, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By M. Shamil Amit

Half tons by Nuwanidu Fernando and Nipun Deshan and a five wicket haul by Tashik Perera helped Western Province South outclass Central Province by 106 runs to record their successive win of the Under 19 inter-provincial limited over tournament played at the NCC ground yesterday.

The duo’s half ton helped Western Province South taking first lease of the wicket to make a modest score of 203 and later Tashik’s five-wicket haul enabled them to bundle out Central Province for a paltry 83.

Western Province North too recorded their second successive with a comfortable seven-wicket win over North Central Province in the match played at Braybrooke Place.

In the other two matches that were played yesterday saw Western Province Central and Northern Province coming out victorious against Eastern Province and Uva Province at CCC ground and Navy ground in Welisara.

Results:

At NCC – WPS beat CP by 120 runs
Western Province South 203 in 48.4 overs (Nuwanidu Fernando 68, Nipun Deshan 66: Janidu Himsara 2 for 12, Nimsara Atharagala 2 for 34, Thimira Supun 2 for 40, Nipuna Kumarasiri 2 for 50)
Central Province 83 in 26.4 overs (Tashik Perera 5 for 40, Nuwanidu Fernando 2 for 3)

At Braybrooke Place – WPN beat NCP by seven wickets
North Central Province 145 in 42.3 overs (Kavindu Madarasinghe 32, Vihan Gunasekera 25: Mahesh Theekshana 4 for 24, Asel Sigera 3 for 21, Chamika Gunasekera 2 for 22)
Western Province North 147 for 3 in 24 overs (Mohamed Shamaaz 27, Ashan Fernando 84 n.o.)

At CCC – WPC beat EP by seven wickets
Eastern Province 120 in 40.4 overs (Ushan Imantha 22: Vimukthi Kulatunga 4 for 26, Sawan Prabash 2 for 14, Kalana Perera 2 for 21)
Western Province Central 123 for 3 in 27.2 overs (Santhush Gunatileke 53 n.o., Iranga Hashan 48 n.o.: Ushan Imantha 2 for 1

At Welisara – NP beat UP by eight wickets
Uva Province 134 in 47.4 overs (Shashika Dulshan 39: G. Ratheesan 4 for 32, Vasanthan Jathushan 3 for 17)
Northern Province 135 for 2 in 26.2 overs (D. Asmika 30, Umesh Lakshan 77 n.o.)

Live updates: L E Blaze Trophy – Kingswood College Vs Wesley College

April 22, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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18:16 – At full time. Kingswood College 40. Wesley College 39.

18:14 – Wesley College scores under the post to reduce the lead. 39-40.

16:13 – Last few minutes of play at Bogambara.

16:10 – Kingswood College extend their lead once again with another converted try. 40-32.

16:08 – Wesley College makes another comeback with a converted try to reduce the gap. 32-33.

16:00 – Kingswood College makes it 33-25 with another converted try.

17:52 – Wesley College reduce the margin to a solitary point with a converted try. 25-26.

17:45 – Kingswood College extend their lead with another penalty. 26-18.

17:44 – Wesley College keep their hopes alive with a converted try. 18-23.

17:38 – Kingswood College further extend their lead with another unconverted try. 23-11.

17:34 – Second half underway at Bogambara Stadium.

17:25 – At half time. Kingswood College 18. Wesley College 11.

17:23 – Kingswood College further extend their lead with an unconverted try. 18-11.

17:20 – Wesley College score their first try to reduce the gap. 11-13.

17:07 – Kingswood College extend their lead with their second penalty. 13-6.

17:03 – Kingswood College increase the lead with a penalty. 10-3.

17:02 – Kingswood College increase the lead with a penalty. 10-3.

17:01 – Wesley College put over a penalty to reduce the lead. 3-7.

16:49 – Kingswood College takes the lead with a converted try. 7-0.

16:39 – Wesley College vs Kingswood College kicked off at Bogambara Stadium now.

16:14 – Wesley College vs Kingswood College L. E. Blaze Trophy rugby encounter. At the Bogambara Stadium. Kick off in few minutes.

Live updates: Under 19 schools cricket semi-finals – Richmond College Vs Thurstan College; St. Peter’s College Vs Amanda College

April 7, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Result: Richmond College won on first innings.

16:53 – Richmond College 292/9 declared in 81.3 overs

A. Siriwardena 112, S. Mendis 29, N. Gunawardena 3/63.

15:20 – Richmond College 1st innings 217/4 in 59 overs

A. Siriwardena 90 n.o, K. Tharaka 25 n.o.

Result: Ananda College won on first innings

14:26 – Richmond College 1st innings 181/4 in 49 overs

A. Siriwardena 77 n.o, D. Lakshan 32

14:24 – Ananda College 1st innings 223/8 in 72 overs

S. Waragoda 33 n.o, S. Gunathilake 4/33

13:24 – Richmond College 1st innings 152/3 in 38 overs

A. Siriwardena 62 n.o, T. Abishek 42

13:22 – Ananda College 1st innings 204/7 in 61 overs

L. Hiranja 26 n.o, K. Wijesiri 20, M. de Silva 2/54.

 

15:18 – Ananda College 1st innings 223/9 declared in 72.5 overs at close

S. Waragoda 33, K. Wijesiri 20, M. de Silva 3/67, S. Gunathilake 4/47

12:14 – Richmond College 1st innings 116/2 in 30 overs

D. Lakshan 32, A. Siriwardena 47 n.o.

12:13 – Ananda College 1st innings 187/7 in 55 overs

K. Nirmal 52, S. Suraweera 24, S. Gunathilake 4/33

11:26 – Richmond College 1st innings 70/2 in 19 overs

11:26 – Ananda College 1st innings 156/6 in 43 overs

K. Nirmal 48 n.o, A. Sigera 43, S. Gunathilake 4/33

10:57 – Ananda College 1st innings 132/5 in 32 overs

10:22 -Richmond College 1st innings 20/1 in 7 overs.

Day two

17:42 – Thurstan College 1st innings 289 all out in 97 overs at close

P. Mendis 22, N. Lakshan 77, P. Prabash 73 n.o, S. Mendis 4/72, A. Theekshana 5/78.

17:20 – Ananda College 1st innings 74/5 in 21 overs at close

S. Suraweera 24. S. Gunathilake 4/15.

17:17 – Thurstan College 1st innings 289 all out in 97 overs

N. Lakshan 77, P. Prabash 73 n.o, S. Mendis 4/72.

16:25 – Thurstan College 1st innigns 256/9 in 84 overs

N. Lakshan 72*, A. Theekshana 5/68

15:48 – St. Peter’s College 1st innings 211 all out in 71.3 overs

S. Perera 68, R. Jayasena 43, C. Gunasekera 2/35

14:54 – St. Peter’s College 1st innings 200/7 in 62 overs

S. Perera 67*, C. Gunasekera 2/31

14:52 – Thurstan College 1st innings 190/4 in 61 overs

P. Mendis 22, S. Mendis 2/13

13:46 – Thurstan College 1st innings 113/3 in 43 overs

Y. Wickremarachchi 47.

13:42 – St. Peter’s College 1st innings 159/7 in 44 overs

R. Jayasena 43, C. Gunasekara 2/31.

12:33 – Thurstan College 1st innings 99/3 in 32 overs

Y. Wickremarachchi 47.

11:40 – St. Peter’s College 1st innings 89/6 in 24 overs

M. de Silva 26, A. Sigera 2/19

11:38 – Thurstan College 1st innings 70/2 in 23 overs

Y. Wickremarachchi 33 n.o.

10:52 – Thurstan College 1st innings 46/1 in 12 overs

Y. Wickremarachchi 24 n.o.

10:50 – St. Peter’s College 1st innings 40/3 in 13 overs

10:32 – St. Peter’s College won the toss and elected to bat

10:28 – Richmond College won the toss and elected to bat field

Joes record third successive win

April 4, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Isipathana College, St. Joseph’s College and St. Anthony’s College recorded contrasting victories during last week’s Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament matches worked off on Saturday (1).

Even then St. Joseph’s success had a great amount of significance as they were able to bring down a confident St. Peter’s College Team 25-10 in a vital game played at Bambalapitiya.

The Josephiansdespite performing away from home certainly played to their potential and outplayed their traditional rivals as they also retained the Rev. Fr. Basil Wirathunga Shield for the second successive year.

This was easily one of the better performances from St. Joseph’s in the current season as they took up the challenge under tremendous pressure and went on to seal the game while collecting their points from two goals, one try and two penalties.

The manner in which St. Joseph’s have progressed in their last couple of games of the tournament is quite outstanding and now they are assured of a top three finish in the Segment 1A points table.

This has been a splendid turnaround of events for the Joes after they had conceded the opening two games of the league to the defending champions Isipathana and Royal which turned out to be very close matches.

But since then they have remained unbeaten and now they have three successive victories under their belt and looking even more dangerous with the second-round fixtures coming up shortly.

St. Anthony’s vs Dharmaraja

St. Anthony’s College kept their hopes alive of making a top-four finish in the points table when they recorded a hard fought 34-24 victory over home town rivals Dharmaraja College in another key Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture worked off at the Nittawela Stadium in Kandy.

This was easily one of the greatest comebacks in the current season as the Antoniansgave a fine display of their talent and potential to turn a certain defeat into a memorable triumph.

The manner in which the Antonians went about their task was really outstanding and they always believed in themselves which was the prime reason for their success in this game.

In fact, they were trailing by a couple of points going into the last ten of minutes of play and the pressure was mounting on them with Dharmaraja holding on determinedly.

However, in a dramatic turn of events St. Anthony’s managed to score twice during the latter stages of the game and with that they were able to snatch a fascinating victory from the jaws of defeat.

The most significant fact about the Antonians’ performance was that they always kept trying despite trailing and eventually they were rewarded for their hard work with a morale boosting victory.

Isipathana vs D. S. Senanayake

Isipathana College completed their first-round fixtures with a rousing 69-13 victory over D. S. Senanayake College in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Welisara.

The defending champions made certain that they would finish on top of the points table with another ruthless performance as they ran down as many as 11 tries with a fine display of power rugby.

Isipathana of course sealed the game in their favour even before half time and they did not mind providing the opportunity for the less experienced players to showcase their talent during the second half.

Pathana run riot over DSS

April 2, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Isipathana College gave a fine lesson of rugby to their opponents D. S. Senanayake College before emerging victorious by a massive margin of 69-13 in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture worked off at Welisara on Saturday (1).

The defending champions playing their final preliminary round game in Segment 1A were on fire as they ran down as many as eleven tries and successfully converted seven of them.

The team from Havelock Park carried too many big guns with them as they warmed-up for the more important second round fixtures of the tournament while crossing their opponents’ goal line at regular intervals.

Isipathana also took this opportunity to test their bench strength while providing the chance to some of their less experienced players after they had built up a commanding 38-8 lead at the half way mark.

They were equal to their task in the second half as well and always played with a positive frame of mind which has been a hallmark of their rugby throughout this season.

D. S. Senanayake of course had no answer to their opponents’ power rugby and they managed to score only a couple of tries and a penalty.

Joes retain Wiratunga Shield

St. Joseph’s College produced a stunning performance to beat their traditional rivals St. Peter’s College 25-10 in their Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at Bambalapitiya on Saturday (1).

The Josephians playing with a lot of courage and determination outplayed their rivals and also went on to retain the Rev. Fr. Basil Wiratunga Shield for the second successive year.

St. Joseph’s after a slow start, picked up their momentum and went on to seal the game in their favour while collecting their points from two goals, one try and two penalties after having led 10-0 at half time.

The Peterites of course put up a disappointing performance despite playing at home as they managed to score only two unconverted tries in the second half of the game.

Even then, the exchanges were even during the first 30 minutes of play with the possession shared as both teams made a desperate attempt to gain territorial advantage.

However, St. Joseph’s opened scoring late in the first half with a neat penalty and few minutes later they were able to score their first try of the match which helped them to gain a psychological advantage going into the interval.

The Joes began the second half with another penalty conversion which enabled them to extend the lead to a commanding 13-0.

The lads from Darley Road simply consolidated their position and combined quite effectively to score their second try and to further increase the lead 18-0.

St. Peter’s eventually got their act together well and they managed to score their first try midway in the second half and to reduce the deficit to 5-18.

The Peterites further increased their chances of making a comeback while scoring their second try and reduced the deficit to 10-18 at that stage.

But St. Joseph’s were not prepared to throw this great chance away and they virtually sealed the game in their favour while scoring their third try during the latter stages.

Antonians down Rajans in second half rally  

St. Anthony’s College came from behind with a magnificent performance to beat their home town rivals Dharmaraja College 34-24 in a vital Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament match worked off at the Nittawela Stadium in Kandy on Saturday (1).

The Antonians who were trailing 17-24 at half time staged a remarkable second half rally and went on to snatch the game while collecting their points from three goals, two tries and one penalty.

The Rajans of course were cruising along at one stage after having made a fantastic start to the game but could not match their opponents in the second half and surrendered having responded with two goals and two tries.

St. Anthony’s were put under tremendous pressure at the start of the game after they had conceded two early tries to their opponents and were trailing 0-12 at one stage.

The Rajans looked quite confident as they dominated the opening 20 minutes of play following some splendid rugby where they enjoyed a great amount of possession in the line outs and set pieces.

However, St. Anthony’s made a good recovery through their dynamic set of three quarters and scored their first try to make it 7-12 mid way in the first half.

But the Rajans inspired by their early success added more points to their tally and scored again to extend their lead to a commanding 19-7.

The Antonians of course never allowed their opponents to run away with the game and kept their hopes alive while putting over a crucial penalty which reduced the deficit to 10-19.

The lads from Katugastota then reduced the margin to just a couple of points with their second try of the match and were trailing 17-19 shortly before the interval.

But Dharmaraja powered their way to score another try through their forwards which helped them to build up a commanding 24-17 lead going into half time.

The second half of course was completely dominated by the Antonians as they settled down to play more aggressive rugby while successfully retaining possession for a long period.

They planted three classic tries in the second half to underline their supremacy and more importantly they did not concede any points to their opponents during this period.

 

Live update: Under 20 Schools Rugby – St. Joseph’s College vs St. Peter’s College, Isipathana College vs D. Senanayake College, St. Anthony’s College vs Dharmaraja College

April 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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18:13 – At full time. St. Anthony’s College 34, Dharmaraja College 24

18:10 – St. Joseph’s College virtually seals the game with another converted try. St. Joseph’s 25, St. Peter’s College 10

18:06 – St. Peter’s College scores their second try to reduce the margin. St. Joseph’s 18, St. Peter’s 10 

18:00 – St, Anthony’s College further extend the lead with an unconverted try. St. Anthony’s 34, Dharmaraja 24

17:56 – At full time. Isipathana College 68, D. S. Senanayake College 13

17:54 – D. S. Senanayake College scores a consolation try. Isipathana College 13

17:45 – St. Peter’s scores their first try to reduce the lead. St. Joseph’s 13, St. Peter’s 05

17:43 – St. Joseph’s further extend the lead with an unconverted try. St. Joseph’s 13, St. Peter’s 00

17:40 – St. Anthony’s College regains the lead with  a converted try. St. Anthony’s 29, Dharmaraja 24

17:39 – Isipathana College College pile up more points with another try. Isipathana 69, D. S. Senanayake 08 

17:35 – Isipathana College scores another try. Isipathana 64, D. S. Senanayake 08

17:35 – St. Joseph’s extend lead with another penalty. St. Joseph’s 13, St. Peter’s 00

17:30 – Second half underway at Bambalapitiya 

17:29 – St. Anthony’s College reduced the margin with an unconverted try. Dharmaraja 24, St. Anthony’s 22

17:27 – Isipathana College scores another converted try. Isipathana 59, D. S. Senanayake 08

17:24 – Isipathana College tops the 50 point mark with a converted try. Isipathana 52, D. S. Senanayake 08

17:21 – Isipathana College further extend lead with a converted try. Isipathana 45, D. S. Senanayake 08

17:20 – At half-time. St. Joseph’s 10, St. Peter’s 00

17:19 – Dharmaraja College extend lead with an unconverted try. Dharmaraja 24, St. Anthony’s 17

17:17 – St. Joseph’s College extend their lead. St. Joseph’s 10, St. Peter’s 00 

17:13 – St. Joseph’s College open the scoring with a penalty. St. Joseph’s 03, St. Peter’s 00

17:09 – Second half underway at Welisara

17:08 – No scoring yet at Bambalapitiya after 30 minutes of play

17:06 – At half-time. Dharmaraja 19, St. Anthony’s 17

17:00 – At half-time. Isipathana 38, D. S. Senanayake 08

16:58 – St. Anthony’s College score their second try to reduce the lead. Dharmaraja 19, St. Anthony’s 17

16:57 – St. Peter’s College misses a penalty. St. Peter’s 00, St. Joseph’s 00 

16:55 – St. Anthony’s College puts over a penalty to reduce the margin. Dharmaraja 19, St. Anthony’s 10

16:54 – Isipathana College scores another converted try. Isipathana 38, D. S. Senanayake 08

16:50 – No scoring yet at Bambalapitiya 

16:50 – Dharmaraja College scores another try. Dharmaraja 19, St. Anthony’s 07

16:48 – Isipathana College plant another try. Isipathana 31, D. Senanayake 08

16:47 – Isipathana College scores again. Isipathana 26, D. S. Senanayake 08

16:47 – D. S. Senanayake put over a penalty.  Isipathana 19, D. S. Senanayake 08

16:45 – St. Anthony’s reduce the deficit with a converted try. Dharmaraja 12, St. Anthony’s 07

16:40 – Isipathana College score their third try to extend the lead. Isipathana 19, D. S. Senanayake 00

16:39 – D. Senanayake hits back with an unconverted try. Isipathana 14, D. S. Senanayake 05

16:38 – Dharmaraja College increase the lead with an unconverted try. Dharmaraja 12, St. Anthony’s 00

16:37 – Match started at Bambalapitiya between St. Joseph’s College and St. Peter’s College

16:34 – Dharmaraja College open scoring with a converted try. Dharmaraja 07, St. Anthony’s College 00

16:34 – Isipathana College open scoring almost with the kick-off. Isipathana 07, D. S. Senanayake 00

16:30 – Matched kicked-off at Welisara between Isipathana College vs D. S. Senanayake College 

16:29 – St. Anthony’s College vs Dharmaraja College kicks off at Nittawela 

Dhananjaya leads Richmond to limited over title

March 27, 2017 · 2 Comments 

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By M. Shamil Amit

Dhananjaya Lakshan led the way with a 53 ball knock of 62 that included 12 boundaries and was also associated in a valuable 88 run stand for the second wicket with Adithya Siriwardena as Richmond emerged champions of the Under 19 Division One limited over tournament with a convincing eight wicket win over Thurstan in the final played at Campbell Park on Sunday.

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Richmond in pursuit of a revised target of 139 runs in 43 overs raced to victory in the 26th over. They underwent an early setback losing their first wicket with the score on four before the match winning partnership between Dhananjaya and Adithya. Thereafter an unbroken stand of 38 runs for the third between Adithya and Thaveesh Abishek saw them through to victory.

Earlier in the day Thurstan skipper Kasun Abeyratne winning the toss and electing to take first lease of the wicket saw his side loosing four quick wickets with the score on 59 in the11th over.

They recovered through a sixth wicket partnership of 52 runs between Charana Nanayakkara and Nipun Lakshan, but the late order batting failed to make any impression and at the halfway stage of the innings they were struggling on 112 for 7 before losing their last three wickets for the addition of just 29 runs being bowled out for a low score of 141.

Richmond’s hero Dhananjaya Lakshan was adjudged the man of the match for his knock of 62.

Scoreboard

Thurstan innings
Kasun Abeyratne lbw b Udeeshana 00
Yeshan Wickramarachchi lbw b Wijesiri 37
Im esh Viranga c. R. Wijesiri b Udeehsna 05
Sawan Prabash lbw b. T. Udeeshana 01
Nipun Lakshan lbw b Mendis 20
Charana Nanayakkara c. K. Mendis b. S. Mendis 26
Navod Samarakoon lbw b. R. Wijesiri 11
Nimesh Lakshan c Kalansooriya b Mendis 00
Thusal Madusanka b Mendis 14
Naveen Gunawardana c Mendis b Wijesiri 03
Sandaru Dias not out 00
Extras (1b, 4lb, 19w) 24
Total (all out: 38.2 overs) 141
Fall of wickets - 1-0, 2-30, 3- 42, 4 – 59, 5-111, 6-111, 7- 112, 8-126 , 9-130, 10- 141.
Bowling - Thilanga Udeeshana 5-1- 29-3, Dhananjaya Lakshan 4-0-30- 0, Avindu Theekshana 8-5-21- 0, Ravishka Wijesiri 9-0-27-3, Sandun Mendis 6-1-19-2, Kamindu Mendis 6.2-2-10- 2

Richmond innings
Kamindu Mendis lbw Nanayakkara 04
Dhananjaya Lakshan b Dias 61
Adhithya Siriwardana not out 38
Thaveesha Abhishek not out 24
Extras (1 lb,11 w, 1 nb) 13
Total (2wickets: 25.3 overs) 140
Fall of wickets – 1-4, 2-92.
Bowling – Charana Nanayakkara 4-0-29-1, Nimesh Lakshan 3-0-17-0, Yeshan Wickramarachchi 1-0-6-0, Sawan Prabash 3-0-8-0, Naveen Gunawardana 8-0-35-0, Thusal Madusanka 1-0-10-0, Sandaru Dias 5.3-1-34-1

Live updates: U20 schools rugby league tournament – Zahira College Vs Wesley College

March 24, 2017 · 2 Comments 

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17:59 – Zahira 29, Wesley 32

17:56 – Zahira 29, Wesley 29

17:52 – Zahira 22, Wesley 29

17:49 – Zahira 22, Wesley 24

17:40 – Zahira 22, Wesley 17

17:36 – Zahira 15, Wesley 17

17:18 – Halftime

17:08 – Zahira 15, Wesley 10

16:50 – Zahira 15, Wesley 05

16:37 – Wesley 03, Zahira 08

16:33 – Wesley 03, Zahira 03

16:31 – Wesley 03, Zahira 00

Live updates: 11th Battle of the Golds – D. S. Senanayake College Vs Mahanama College

March 24, 2017 · 1 Comment 

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Result: Match drawn

18:19 – Mahanama College 2nd innings 115/1 in 24.3 overs at close

P. Boteju 55*, K. Munasinghe 52

17:30 – Mahanama College 2nd innings 73/0 in 18 overs

R. Munasinghe 50*

17:06 – Mahanama College 2nd innings 14/0 in 6 overs

16:28 – D. S. Senananayake College 268 all out in 97 overs

M. Lakshan 98, N. Welikala 3/81

D. S. Senanayake College 1st innings 253/9 in 91 overs

S. Ameen 55, M. Lakshan 98, N. Welikala 3/67

14:16 – D. S. Senanayake College 1st innings 203/6 in 78 overs

S. Ameen 51 n.o, M. Lakshan 65 n.o.

12:19 – D. S. Senanayake College 1st innings 140/6 in 56 overs

S. Ameen 44 n.o.

11:39 – D. S. Senanayake College 1st innings 104/4 in 39 overs

S. Ameen 37 n.o.

Day two

17:52 – D. S. Senanayake College 1st innings 62/4 in 22 overs at close

17:34 – D. S. Senanayake College 1st innings 62/4 in 22 overs

16:34 – Mahanama College 1st innings 271/9 declared in 60 overs

N. Welikala 41, V. Gunasekara 6/100.

15:28 – Mahanama College 1st innings 239/7 in 54 overs

M. Maduranga 70, V. Gunasekara 4/81.

14:20 – Mahanama College 1st innings 179/4 in 43 overs

B. Mendis 74, M. Maduranga 49 n.o, V. Gunasekara 3/46.

12:53 – Mahanama College 90/2 in 22 overs

B. Mendis 63 n.o, K. Munasinghe 22.

11:51 – Mahanama College 67/1 in 16 overs

B. Mendis 43 n.o, K. Munasinghe 21 n.o.

10:53 – Mahanama College 1st innings 19/1 in 6 overs.

D. S. Senanayake College won the toss and elected to field vs Mahanama College.

Live updates: 117th Battle of the Blues – St. Thomas’ College Matara Vs St. Servatius’ College

March 24, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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17:40 – St. Thomas’ College 2nd innings (target 171) 20/0 in 3.4 overs at close. Result: Match drawn.

17:05 – St. Servatius’ College 2nd innings 174/6 declared in 68 overs

S. Nethmina 25 n.o, T. Prashan 38, H. Dilman 4/59.

16:08 – St. Servatius’ College 2nd innings 120/4 in 57 overs

S. Kavinda 42, K. Nuwantha 24.

 

12:56 – St. Servatius’ College 2nd innings 30/1 in 16 overs.

11:57 – St. Servatius’ College 2nd innings 25/1 in 13 overs.

11:08 – Day 3. St. Thomas’ College 1st innings 211 all out in 110.1 overs

L. Dilshan 72, T. Kavinda 30, T. Prashan 6/48.

Day three

17:34 – St. Thomas’ College 1st innings 199/9 in 101 overs at close

L. Dilshan 63*, T. Prashan 5/44

16:51 – St. Thomas’ College 1st innings 181/7 in 86 overs

L. Dilshan 52*, T. Prashan 4/42

15:33 – St. Thomas’ College 152/6 in 70 overs

R. Pavinath 43, T. Prashan 4/34

14:12 – St. Thomas’ College 1st innings 113/6 in 47 overs

T Kavinda 30, T. Prashan 4/33.

St. Thomas’ College 1st innings 11/3 in 15 overs

T. Prashan 3/6

Day two

17:27 – St. Thomas’ College 1st innings 4/2 in 11 overs at close

St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 207 all out in 76.4 overs

T. Prashan 51, M. Sadushka 3/24

16:22 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 134/6 in 48 overs

S. Kavinda 48, M. Sadushka 3/20.

15:31 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 173/7 in 61 overs

S. Kavinda 48, S. Dulshan 21.

14:22 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 134/6 in 48 overs. S. Kavinda 48, M. Sadushka 3/20.

13:33 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 99/4 in 37 overs

S. Kavinda 47 n.o, U. Ashan 21 n.o.

12:09 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 73/4 in 29 overs

S. Kavinda 39 n.o, M. Sadushka 3/20.

11:31 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 51/3 in 18 overs

S. Kavinda 26 n.o, M. Sadushka 3/16.

10:46 – St. Servatius’ College 1st innings 24/2 in 5 overs

St. Thomas’ College won the toss and elected to field vs St. Servatius’ College.

Schools rugby laws to change

March 23, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Shehan Daniel

Several changes, mainly aimed at player safety, could be in the pipelines for the Under-20 Schools Rugby Tournament on the recommendation of Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) through the Minster of Sports, with the tournament to be renamed as Under-19.

The changes being considered include a reduction of playing time to 35 minutes a half and a restriction of players under the age of 18 lining-up in the front-row of the scrum.

SLR Vice-President Lasitha Gunaratne said the recommendation was made so that the schools tournament will be played in line with World Rugby regulations.

“We have recommended through the Minister to make these changes to the regulations, so that it falls in line with World Rugby’s Under-19 rule variations (of the laws of the game handbook),” Gunaratne said.

“We also recommended renaming the tournament as Under-19, since World Rugby identifies Under-20 as adult rugby,” he also said.

Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) Secretary Denzil Darling also confirmed this move adding that discussions with the Sports Minister and the Education Minister were to take place before deciding which changes to implement.

“The tournament will likely be changed to Under-19 next season, as the date of births for the age group anyway fall under the ‘Under-19’ category. There have also been suggestions to restrict players only above the age of 18 to be involved in the front-row of the scrum. Some teams have players who are as young as 15, and face a disadvantage against schools with older players.

There is also an issue that some schools don’t have players, so we need to consider that. We will engage in discussions with the Sports Minister and the Minister of Education before deciding which changes to make,” Darling said.

Other regulations in the Under-19 variations to rules in the laws of the game handbook include limiting the movement of a scrum to 1.5 metres, the sanction for infringement being a free-kick and the releasing of the ball from scrum – a player must not intentionally keep the ball in the scrum once the team has heeled the ball and controls it at the base of the scrum – and the restriction on wheeling the scrum.

Mahanama in search of first victory

March 23, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Mahanama College with a superior all-round side will be looking to pull off their maiden victory in the Big Match series when they take on the traditional rivals D. S. Senanayake College in the 11th annual Battle of the Golds Inter-Schools cricket encounter on March 24 and 25 at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

Mahanama have enjoyed a splendid season this year where they secured the runner-up position in the Under-19 Tournament and also qualified to compete in the quarter-finals of the two-day knock-out tournament.

They are yet to taste success in the Big Match series and this time they believe they have the ingredients to make it and to conclude the season on a high note.

D. S. Senanayake College despite not enjoying the same success as their rivals have managed to remain unbeaten throughout the season having also notched up two impressive outright victories from their 14 outings.

The secret behind Mahanama’s success this year is that they have more experienced players in their ranks and each player has the potential to produce a match winning performance given the opportunity.

In fact, Mahanama Skipper and wicket-keeper batsman Malindu Maduranga is nearing the magical 1,000-run mark for the current season having already compiled five centuries and three fifties.

Stylish right-hander Neluka Hettiarachchi is another top run-getter for Mahanama with over 500 runs to his credit inclusive of one century and four half centuries.

Left-arm spinner Piyumal Sandeepa is the main strike bowler for Mahanama and will be looking to continue his good form having captured over 50 wickets during a highly successful season.

D. S. Senanayake College of course will not mind going into the Big Match as the underdogs as they have some very good talented players who are capable of rising to the big occasion.

They may not have the same track record like their opponents but they were able to make an impact this season with two stunning outright victories against Nalanda College and Trinity College respectively.

Shehzaad Ameen is the leading run-getter for D. S. Senanayake College this season with over 500 runs to his credit and has the ability to play a long innings.

All-rounder Vihan Gunasekera is another key player in the D. S. Senanayake College line-up with nearly 500 runs and over 35 wickets to his credit this year.

In addition, spinner Muditha Lakshan with 47 wickets to his name is the most successful bowler for D. S. Senanayake College and will be looking to produce another good performance.

D. S. Senanayake College of course had the honour of recording the only outright victory in the Big Match series where they triumph in 2014 under the leadership of Binura Fernando.

The teams:
D. S. Senanayake College (from): Torin Pitigala (Captain),Shehzaad Ameen, Thathsara Bandara, Vihan Gunasekara, Geethanjana Daniel, Deemantha Kaushalya, InoshaGunawardena, Shashika Gamage, Pasindu Adithya, Methsith Jayamanna, Kavindu Dilshan, Dasun Perera, Pasindu Chanaka,Muditha Lakshan, Sachintha Hettige, Kalana Hettiarachchi, Lahiru Samaranayake, Dilshan Laheer, Teron Baskaran and Yasith Samaradivakara.

Mahanama College (from): Malindu Maduranga (Captain), Kavindu Vilochana, Niduka Welikala, Heshan Nileeka, Vihan Mudalige, Harshana Vithana, Pathum Boteju, Chalitha Subasinghe, Sadisha Gamage, Pawantha Weerasinghe, Chamal Polgampola, Ashan Sandeepa, Mahelade Silva, Bishan Mendis, Pawan Ratnayake, Yasiru Kasthuriarachchi, Wathsala Perera, Vinuka Ranjana and Dileesha Thuduwage.

Live updates: Under 19 limited over semi-final – Richmond College Vs Maliyadeva College

March 23, 2017 · 2 Comments 

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Result: Richmond College won by 8 wickets.

15:50 – Richmond College 160/2 in 21.2 overs. D. Lakshan 86 n.o, K. Mendis 58 n.o.

15:13 – Richmond College 127/0 in 17 overs

D. Lakshan 83 n.o, K. Mendis 36 n.o.

13:44 – Maliyadeva College 157 all out in 49.2 overs

D. Premaratne 41, K. Mendis 4/24.

12:52 – Maliyadeva College 143/8 in 46 overs

D. Premaratne 41, K. Mendis 4/24.

0:41 – Maliyadeva College 37/0 in 9 overs.

Richmond College won the toss and elected to field vs Maliyadeva College.

Unbeaten Trinity trounce Thomians to reclaim de Saram Trophy

March 21, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Shannon Nicholas

High-flying Trinity College reclaimed the Canon R. S. de Saram Shield when they beat S. Thomas’ College by 29 points to 14 in their Singer Schools Rugby League 2017 fixture played at the CR & FC Grounds on Monday.

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The ‘Lions’, who had a comfortable 19-00 lead at lemons, collected their points through two goals and three unconverted tries while the Thomians were only able to collect two goals. The win saw the Trinitians extend their unbeaten run to four matches, while retaining the top spot in Group B.

The game was expected to be thriller but the first-half proved to be a one-sided affair in which last year’s runners-up S. Thomas’ were stunned by the lads from Kandy. With just 15 minutes on the clock, Trinity drew first blood when Fullback Amit Kulathunga touched down after collecting the ball from Bandara Senevirathne, through a fast-paced counter-attack. Fly-half Lashan Wijesuriya added the extras with ease and the scores read 07-00.

The Thomians looked threatening but a perfectly executed team play was squandered within inches of the try line a few moments later. Avishka Sheik extended the Trinity lead ten minutes later when the Centre managed to dodge past three Thomian players to plant a try. With the conversion being successful, the scores were amended to 14-00.

The Trinity outfit was at their attack once again and was dominating possession, although some errors were seen. The nifty Scrum-half Anuka Boyagoda was influential throughout the game and his pass close to the touchline was collected by Wijesuriya, who dived over to score the third try for the Trinitians.

Trinity almost scored their fourth try on the verge of half-time but Diluksha Dange’s try was disallowed for a foul prior to it. The Trinitians failed to take advantage of the resulting ruck however, and the scores stood at 19 – 0 when Referee Rohan Fernando blew for half-time.

The Thomians looked rejuvenated when play was resumed and showed signs of bouncing back into the game. Hans Walpola put up the first points for the ‘Blue and Blacks’, when the outside-half was quick to take the ball over the line in front of the posts with just three minutes into the second-half. Dion Dias bisected the posts at the conversion and the scores were amended to 19-07.

The Trinitians struck back minutes later when skipper Nathan Yee managed to get the better of the Thomian backline to touch down and record their fifth try of the evening.

Trinity were reduced to 14-men ten minutes later when Akith Sakalasuriya was sin binned for an improper tackle in front of the posts. The Trinitians however were strong enough to cancel out the Thomian attack from the resulting ruck.

The Thomians scored their second try when Fullback Mayon Jayawardena broke through the Trinity defense to touch down. Dias added the extras from a difficult angle and the scores were set to 24-14.

The Trinitians had the last laugh however when Sakalasuriya was able to make up for his yellow card, scoring the sixth try of the evening. The conversion was missed and the scores were amended to 29-14 when the Referee blew for full-time.

Trinity will next face Prince of Wales at Pallekele on the 25th while the Thomians are set to take on Science College at CR & FC on the same day.

Rousing game on the cards

March 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

Trinity’s unbeaten record this season will be under major threat when they take on arch rivals S. Thomas’ College in a crucial Inter-Schools Under-20 League Rugby Tournament fixture for the Canon R. S. de Saram Shield at Longden Place on Monday (20).

The Trinitians are currently riding on a crest of a wave after they had notched up three successive victories over Wesley College (64-24), Science College Mount Lavinia (52-7) and Zahira College (34-26) respectively.

In contrast, the Thomians of course will be still recovering following last week’s shock 19-23 defeat at the hands of Wesley College at this same venue as they surrendered the Oliver Gunathilake Shield to their opponents for the first time.

However, they have the potential and the ingredients to make a comeback and stretch their opponents to the maximum as they look to retain the Shield for the second successive year.

In fact, last year also the two teams figured in a thrilling encounter with the Thomians making a strong second half rally to win the game 23-20 and regain the Shield after a lapse of three years under the leadership of Pandula de Silva at Pallekele.

This time both teams studded with a number of Sri Lanka youth players are well set for another rousing battle as they look to clinch the top spot in the Segment IIA points table.

Trinity are currently on top of the points table after their early dominance in the league and they also have the credit of scoring the most number of tries (23) in the tournament.

This is of course mainly because they had the opportunity of piling up over 50 points twice this season against Wesley and Science College in two one sided encounters.

However, Trinity experienced some anxious moments in their next game and were put under tremendous pressure by a fighting Zahira outfit before emerging victorious in a close game at Maradana.

This time they are certain to face even a tough challenge as the Thomians will be determined to get back into winning ways following last week’s setback.

The outcome of the game will no doubt be decided in the manner how well the three quarters handle the situation as both teams possess some outstanding back division players.

The dynamic centre three quarter Diluksha Dange who is one of the top try scorers this season will be the key player for Trinity along with scrum half Anuka Boyagoda.

S. Thomas’ will look for another good performance from the more experienced winger Naveen Henakankanamge who will carry their hopes in this game along with Sharith Nananyakkara.

Thomians make it four-in-a-row

March 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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By Chris Dhambarage

S. Thomas’ College retained the Mustangs Trophy for the fourth successive year when they edged-out the traditional rivals Royal College by 11 runs in their annual Inter-School limited over cricket encounter played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Saturday (18).

The Thomians who were put into bat, piled up a formidable 258 for seven from their 50 overs and then produced an outstanding performance on the field to restrict their rivals to 247 for nine in 50 overs.

The S. Thomas’ innings was built around two magnificent half centuries from opener Ravindu Kodituwakku and Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma who were also associated in a match winning third-wicket stand of 73 runs.

Kodituwakku was rather unfortunate to have missed out on a century by just five runs as he played the sheet anchor role to spearhead S. Thomas’ to a commanding position.

Kodituwakku also dominated an opening stand of 59 runs with Dulith Gunaratna before Nallapperuma opened out during the latter stages to add the finishing touches along with Ishen Perera.

Royal of course made a sedate start to their run chase against some accurate bowling and were well behind the required run-rate at the beginning of the innings.

However, they picked up after the initial setback and were well on course towards their target at one stage with opener Lakindu Nanayakkara leading from the front.

Even then, S. Thomas’ were able to apply pressure on their opponents by capturing wickets at regular intervals with Pavith Ratnayake causing the early damage.

Thevindu Senaratna kept Royal’s hopes alive almost until the end as he compiled a fighting half century while batting under tremendous pressure.

But after his dismissal, Royal completely fell apart and could not maintain the same momentum and eventually fell short by 11 runs.

In contrast, S. Thomas’ held their nerves during the vital last few overs of the game with Kalana Perera claiming two important wickets to add the finishing touches in style.

S. Thomas’: 258/7 in 50 overs (Ravindu Kodituwakku 95, Romesh Nallapperuma 53, Ishen Perera 36 n.o, Helitha Vithanage 4/42, Ganith Sandeepa 2/47)

Royal: 247/9 in 50 overs (Lakindu Nanayakkara 44, Helitha Vithanage 33, Thevindu Senaratna 71, Pavith Ratnayake 3/37, Kalana Perera 2/47).

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