Cricket News Dimuth Karunaratne ton gives Sri Lanka crucial win over New Zealand in Galle Test

first_img New Delhi: Dimuth Karunaratne was dropped on 58 and survived a missed stumping opportunity as the Sri Lankan captain slammed his ninth century to help Sri Lanka get their World Test Championship campaign off to a great start with a six-wicket win against New Zealand in the first Test at Galle on Sunday. Karunaratne’s century helped Sri Lanka win a Test against New Zealand for the first time since 2012, having lost seven out of their previous eight meetings against New Zealand.Chasing a tricky 268, Karunaratne enjoyed a record-equalling opening partnership of 161 with Lahiru Thirimanne. The partnership with Thirimanne equalled the record for the highest opening partnership in Tests between the two countries. In 1991, John Wright and Trevor Franklin had also put on 161 for the first wicket in Hamilton.The opening stand was pivotal in Sri Lanka achieving the highest successful run chase in Galle, easily surpassing the previous best of 99. Resuming play on 133 for no loss, Sri Lanka required 135 from the remaining three sessions. New Zealand finally got their breakthrough when Thirimanne was trapped leg before by William Somerville. Given not out by umpire Richard Illingworth, New Zealand overturned the decision on review.  Kusal Mendis soon fell after taking on Somerville, hitting him for a four and a six from the second and fourth balls he faced. But when he attempted to slog sweep Ajaz Patel in the next over he ended up hitting straight to midwicket where Jeet Raval completed the catch. Angelo Mathews joined Karunaratne and the pair put on 44 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship.  Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera after Karunaratne’s dismissal but Dhananjaya de Silva (14) joined Mathews and helped Sri Lanka knock off the remaining runs with two sessions to spare.New Zealand will be aiming to make a comeback by winning the second and final Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on August 22 as they look to avoid their first series loss since 2016 when they lost 1-0 at home to South Africa. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Dimuth Karunaratne scored his ninth Test century and 2nd vs New Zealand.New Zealand suffered their first loss to Sri Lanka since 2012.New Zealand has not lost a Test series since 2016.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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OMSCC president lauds continued improvement

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – President of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Azeem Karamat Khan is upbeat about the level of cricket in the Masters league, pointing to the introduction of the Memorial Cup as a further testimony to the league’s continued improvement.Khan made the disclosure at last Saturday night’s 19th annual presentation, dinner and dance held at the Qssis Banquet Halls, Scarborough here.According to Khan, the memorial game was introduced to honour “all our loved ones who are watching us from above with Royston 11 emerging as the inaugural winners. We also had our second Over-60 friendly games, sponsored by Naseer Baksh and won by the Littles Sports Club team who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.”The long-standing president also paid tribute to all the participating teams, their families and friends and gave due recognition to all trophy winners and championship teams such as Friendship Masters, Hawaiian Sensation and the Toronto Blizzards who won back-to-back championships in the Over-50 category in the New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL)  tournament and at home in Toronto Cup 3.Touching on the staging of the third edition of Toronto Cup 3 during the Labour Day weekend, Khan disclosed that for the first time, the three categories, Open, Over-40 and Over-50, were captured by Canadian teams – Softball Cricket Canada (SCC) in the Open, Our Own in the Over-40 with Toronto Blizzards winning the Over-50 division.Khan also recognised the presence of Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Michael Thompson, and Ward 25 City Councillor Jennifer McKelvie for their attendance at Toronto Cup 3. He also thanked the new sponsors for their contributions. He boasted that the tournament paid for itself.The OMSCC president also acknowledged the contributions of his hard-working board members – Feizal Bacchus, Dickey Singh, Khem Singh, Indira Singh, Jas Mathura and Paul Jaman – and the invaluable support from the several sponsors and looked forward to their continued assistance in 2020.In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the OMSCC, Khan rewarded all his executive members with appreciation plaques while Bacchus was singled out for special mention, receiving a trophy in the process.Khan reserved special thanks for Frederick Halley of the Guyana Chronicle who was described as a “dynamic sportswriter”; supporters Patsy and Banda Jirjhodan; and his wife Indra, “for supporting me as a board member for the past 17 of 19 years since this league was formed”.The Norman Sue Spirit Awards, given annually to worthy individuals who played big roles both on and off the field, were awarded to OMSCC secretary Jas Mathura and registrar/statistician Indira Singh by the late businessman’s daughter Kim Sue. According to Sue, she wanted to recognise two stalwart women this time around, a change from the past when mostly men were given the prestigious awards. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more

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