By Lal Gunasekera
The previous Council of the Sri Lankan Rugby
Football Union (SLRFU) were running on
overdrafts, which confirms The Sunday Leader
exposure of January 11. After persuing the
latest bank statements they (the SLRFU) had
withdrawn Rs.187 lakhs between October and
Janaury 23,from their account at Standard
This was told to The Sunday Leader by Kiran
Atapattu one of the leading businessman in
the country,who had won 27 awards for
Business Administration. An Advisor to
Minister Lokuge, Atapattu, is the Secretary
cum Treasurer for the SLRFU Interim
Committee headed by Dr. Maiya Gunasekera.
Atapattu said that he wanted to check the
accounts of the SLRFU,but was told that it
had gone for auditing. He said, "They had a
fixed deposit of Rs. 40 milion with the
Standard Chartered Bank on November 15, 2007
for 91 day maturity and in another deal Rs.
48 million in fixed deposits from November
13, 2008 to February, 2009".
Atapattu further said that he requested
Standard Chartered Bank to release these
monies to the Interim Committee to be
deposited in a state bank. He said that they
refused, stating that the SLRFU had taken an
overdraft for Rs. 15 million and only Rs. 32
million was available when we took over.
Atapattu made another startling revelation.
The previous Council had wanted the Ministry
of Sports to pay the SLRFU Rs. 5 lakhs which
was spent for Chaminda Rupasinghe's expenses
for the tour of Chinese Taipei last
November. He (Rupasinghe) went as Tour
Selector at the request of Minister Lokuge
and the SLRFU had given him Rs. 70,000/- for
his food and accommodation. Atapattu said
that it costs only Rs. 160,000/- to travel
to Taiwan via Bangkok on Business Class!!
Atapattu further revealed that the previous
SLRFU regime had ordered the staff at the
SLRFU headquarter's not to permit him and
Dr. Maiya Gunasekera to enter it's premises.
Atapattu also disclosed that the Interim
Committee had sealed a deal with former
national coach, George Simpkin of New
Zealand,to be the national coach of Sri
Lanka's 7's team and also for the Asian
Division I Championship in Sri Lanka in
"We are thankful to Rohan Abeykoon and
Priyantha Ekanayake for informing that
Simpkin was in Sri Lanka on a holiday. Dr.
Gunasekera contacted Simpkin and sealed the
deal, which will be reviewed after April. We
have not yet discussed the terms and
conditions with Simpkin,who was national
coach in 2005 and 2006 said Atapattu.
Is it an interim or intriguing committee?
all the many controversies that blighted
rugby year-long, an Interim Committee to
administer the sport was always on the
cards. And when Sport Minister, Gamini
Lokuge eventually appointed one last week,
the only surprise was why it took so long in
It has to be said, though, the timing of the
IC is most intriguing. After all, the AGM of
the SLRFU is slated for February 21, which
means the controversial reign of the DIG
Nimal Lewke committee is as good as a closed
file, and in a matter of a few weeks, a new
elected administration would be in office:
pretty much the normal course as new regime
replaces the old.
But then, the last regime hardly ever chose
to tread the normal course. For instance, it
took office two years ago breaching a time-honoured
tradition (of not opposing incoming
office-bearers nominated by the outgoing
committee). So, it is not surprising that it
should depart too in a manner dramatically
different to the norm.
However, it wouldn't be wrong to say that an
interim committee had become inevitable,
given the recent resignations of key
officials, without two of whom the AGM could
not have been summoned. CEO Dilroy Fernando
left on December 31; then Secretary, SSP
Duke Hamid and President, DIG Lewke resigned
with in days of each other in mid-January.
The constitution specifies that notice of an
AGM can be issued by only the CEO or the
Secretary. Those notices should've gone out
four weeks before the February, 21. But the
SLRFU had no CEO or Secretary at the time
the notice was to be issued. Fernando, of
course, is a paid-employee and had notified
of his resignation a month before. SSP
Hamid's eligibility to hold the Secretary's
job was being investigated when he resigned.
DIG Lewke, the president, quit days later,
complaining he can't stomach any more of
what he alleged are machinations of a
"Mafia"- though he forgot to explain how he
had endured his tormentors for all but only
the final 30 days of his two-year term.
So, with no one in authority to summon an
AGM, it became necessary for minister Lokuge
to dissolve the elected administration and
appoint a two-man interim committee until
such time the AGM, in the minister's own
words "is held as soon as possible'' - how
soon that will be we'll leave for discussion
later. First, though, let's reflect and ask
why rugby brought upon itself its darkest
Rugby, to be sure, has had its share of
politics for decades, born of inter-club
rivalry of the type that doesn't do any
serious harm to the sport. At worse, that
rivalry was manifested when national teams
were selected as selectors tended to show
bias in favour of players from clubs of
their persuasion. Otherwise, the rivalry was
no more than good-natured banter.
Rugby, so, was a safe distance away from being administered by
government-appointed interim committee, an
eventuality that represents a damning
indictment on the sport's administrators.
What it says is that the men elected for
their supposed devotion to the sport are so
incapable of honestly administrating it that
the government is compelled to appoint other
men to do the job.
Sadly, rugby last week admitted its men had
shamed the good name of the game by opening
the doors to an IC. The spirits of the late
J D Farquherson, A C Walker, Justice E F N
Gratien, Arthur Loos, Stanley de Saram,
William Molegoda and all those illustrious
SLRFU presidents of the past would surely
wish, if they could, for their names to be
wiped away from the presidential roll of the
Back to the present: Had one of the two
officials authorized to put his signature to
the notice summoning the AGM been at work,
then there would've been no reason for an IC
at this point in time. Granted that both the
CEO and the Secretary had resigned, but that
didn't mean there weren't other options. A
CEO could've been hired temporarily so that
the SLRFU would've had a constitutionally
authorized officer to issue notice of the
AGM. There are yet some well-intentioned men
in rugby who would have been only too
willing to help the game out of this crisis
by acting as honorary CEO - men like
Priyantha Ekanayake or Anton Benedict, two
past SLRFU presidents who, for their ever
deep-seated interest in the game, might've
been born with hearts shaped like a rugby
All it needed was for council members to
consult each other in a collective quest for
resolutions. But an administration ever at
war with itself, as the last one was, mostly
agreed to disagree. One theory has it that
the Secretary and President resigned days of
each other just so that an interim committee
might be put in place. It is a mischievous
theory, but supporters of vice president
Asanga Seneviratne will swear it is true,
given that the VP - and heir apparent
President - and DIG Lewke didn't have
exactly an amiable working relationship.
All that however is now water under the
bridge. An interim committee for rugby is a
fact of life, and so has to be accepted.
IC is Temporary
By definition an interim committee is
temporary and its lifespan is only until
such time the deficiencies of the
administration it replaced are put right.
Other interim committees were appointed in
the wake of charges of corruption, fraud or
like felony. Rugby, it has to be said,
wasn't accused of such grave crimes - the
most serious charge was perhaps extravagant
spending on hosting of and participating in
dubious foreign tournaments, a misdemeanor
really in comparison to the sort of felonies
that ejected some other elected bodies.
Rugby was given an IC only because the only
two officials with the authority to summon
an AGM had resigned - hardly a crime at all.
If the interim committee is meant to lay the
ground for the 2009 AGM, that's well and
good. But history tells us the life of an
interim committee has been anything but
brief. Elected administrators in cricket is
now but a fading memory; the government now
has such a firm clasp on cricket, via the
IC, that there have been times it ordered
the inclusion or exclusion of national
Then there's case of an interim committee
foisted on tennis in 2007, with the
ministerial promise that the AGM will be
held no sooner than a check on the
legitimacy of some clubs voting-rights was
completed. Two years have elapsed since that
check was made, but the interim committee
lives on yet - because its chairman, Janaka
Bogollagama, in minister Lokuge's words is
"ape miniya'' - and so can't be removed, no
matter that the Rs10M bank balance the
Bogollagama committee inherited is now Rs.2M
in the red.
Those are but two examples that go to
illustrate why ICs are long term, if not
forever. More seriously, ICs breed a
different culture of sport administration,
leaning more on unilateralism as against the
collectivism of an elected body. Arjuna
Ranatunga might have been removed as IC
cricket chief because he allegedly took
decisions unilaterally, but then it was the
element of carte blanche inherent in ICs
that provided him the license to do so. It
is IC system, without the restraints of
collectivism, which undid him.
So, unless the minister is as good as his
word (his promise to tennis, though,
inspires little hope he will), IC might well
be institutionalized in rugby too, and that
isn't good news. Some will point at cricket
and say that the game didn't go to rack and
ruin under IC governance. Cricket, it must
be remembered, generates its own cash and so
can look after itself, who ever governs.
Rugby, on the other hand, is pretty much the
brother of Oliver Twist: dependent, bowl in
hand, on the tender mercies of sponsors. And
signs are the handouts are going to get
less, due as much to the economic recession
as the union's reputation for being a hotbed
Singer, long rugby's most faithful
benefactor, has already suspended its
sponsorship for the next six months. Caltex
CEO Kishu Gomes, meanwhile, has publicly
expressed concern over the events that led
to the appointment of the IC. That is
putting it politely - in plain-speak what
Gomes meant is that the sponsor of the
league and knockout tournaments is
displeased with the way rugby officials have
been at each other's throat and so, would
have to review their future association with
Uncertain times lie ahead of Sri Lanka
'Illegal AGM of SLRFU called by Rizly Illyaz'
By Lal Gunesekera
The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU)
was dissolved by Minister of Sports and
Public Recreation, Gamini Lokuge, on January
22. However, Rizly Illyaz, who was appointed
ass acting Secretary on January 16
subsequent to the resignation of SP. Duke
Hameed, hsas in a letter on a letter heads
of the SLRFU on January 22 itself, called
for an annual general meeting of the
governing body for February 21 at the Galle
Face Hotel at 11 a.m.
"This is an illegal act on the part of
Illyaz and those who are responsible. In
fact, Illyaaz's appointment in the first
instance is illegal and against the SLRFU
Constitution which clearly states that an
acting appointment could be made only at a
General Committee meeting. In fact, one
months notice has to be given and the annual
report circulated. This has not been adhered
to. Action will be taken against this
illegal act," said the Chairman of the
Interim Committee of the SLRFU,
Dr. Maiya Gunasekera, himself a former
President of the SLRFU and a former Royal
College, CR & FC and Sri Lanka player, who
resigned from his post of Chairman of the
National Sports Council (NSC) to head the
Interim Committee of the SLRFU.
"DIG Nimal Lewke, who was President of the
governing body, too resigned from his post.
However, instead of sending it to the
Council, he sent his letter of resignation
to Minister Lokuge. It was not the Minister
who appointed him. It was the Council", said
Dr. Gunasekera, an eminent surgeon by
profession, in a discussion with The Sunday
Dr. Guansekera further said that DIG Lewke
has now found it fit to write stating to
change the voting system at future AGM's of
the SLRFU. He said, "It is similar to the
idiom of running with the hare and hunting
with the hounds. After 23 months in office,
DIG Lewke, has thought it fit to change the
voting system, which brought him into
He further said that the previous Deputy
President of the SLRFU, Asanga Seneviratne,
has also written to state that the finances
were "Well Managed." He said, "How
Seneviratne says this now, I just cannot
understand. He spoke differently when he
held office. Kiran Atapattu, who is the
Secretary as well as Treasurer of the
Interim Committee and a very successful
businessman at that, will scrutinise the
accounts. We will be fair by everyone".
"There is no dispute about the eligibility
criteria to hold office in the Council. Some
were not eligible and I don't know how they
were brought in. We will have to write to
the Attorney-General's Department to get the
interpretation of certain clauses in the
SLRFU Constitution and whether we (the
Interim Committee) could change it,
particularly the voting system, as requested
by all the Colombo clubs. We will consult
our lawyers too on this matter" Dr.
Gunasekera told The Sunday Leader.
He said that a former President of the SLRFU,
Anton Benedict, a superb administrator
himself, has been put in charge of this sub
committee together with retired DIG Daya
Jayasundera (A former Secretary of the SLRFU),
Shane Dullewa and Trevor Nugawela.
Dr. Gunasekera further said that he had
spoken to the International Rugby Board (IRB)
Development Officer, Gallagher, and
impressed upon him to send the usual IRB's
annual grant of $ 70,000/- meant for
"There is only Rs. 35 million in liquid cahs
at the SLRFU. We will have to cut down on
our expenses. There will only be one local
7's tournament this year scheduled for
February 28 and March 1 at Longden Place
organised by the CR & FC. They have agreed
to find the sponsors and give five per cent
to the Union. We have requested them (CR) to
adacance the date by one week (Ferbaury 21
and 22) for the national selectors to pick a
pool of about 25 players to be in training
for the Hong Kong International 7's on March
27,28 and 29. Kandy SC wanted the Union to
finance the 7's which was scheduled for
Nittawela on February 7 and 8, but we don't
have the money" said Dr. Gunasekera.
The national selectors who resigned in
protest over Minister Lokuge's decision to
include a player not in the original list
approved by them (The Selectors) for the
Asian Division I Tournament held in Chinese
Taipei in November last year (2008) has
decided to continue in office as the
Minister had not accepted their resignations
sent to the Minister on November 1. They are
- Rohan Abeykoon (Chairman), Chaminda
Rupasinghe, Rohantha Pieris, Hazim Mohamed
and ASP Hafeel Marso.
The Asian division I Tournament is scheduled
to be held in Sri Lanka from April 5 to 12.
The chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the
SLRFU, Lasitha Gunaratne, told The Sunday
Leader that he was appointed by the Interim
Committee, and will work on a volunteer
basis without any payment involved for his
services. It was Gunaratne who opened the
"can of worms" regarding the SLRFU when he
was a member of the NSC, from which he
resigned in December last year (2008).
He said that Kandy Sports Club too has sent
a letter to the Interim Committee to "Check
on the finances" of the SLRFU.
The Interim Committee met on Wednesday
(January 28) and appointed a Management
Committee comprising of Dr. Maiya Gunasekera
(Chairman), Kiran Atapattu (Secretary cum
Treasurer), Lasitha Gunaratne (CEO),
Priyantha Ekanayake, Michael Jayasekera,
Group captain (Rtd) Nalin De Sivla, DIG (Rtd)
Daya Jayasundera, Rohan Gunaratne, Samsan
Jayasinghe, Hisam Abdeen, Imthi Marikar and
Asoka Jayasena with the invitees being Anton
Benedict, Dilory Fernando and Haris Omar.
The Sponsorship Committee comprises Dr.
Maiya Gunasekara, Kiran atapattu, Lasitha
Gunaratne, Priyantha Ekanayake and Michael
Jayasekra, while the Match Organising and
Tournament Committee comprises Iswan Omar,
Wimal Senanayake, Marco de Sivla and a
representative each from the 'A' Division
Dr. Gunasekera was adamant that the annual
general meeting of the SLRFU will be "held
Lokuge to appoint SLC Interim Committee
after Indian tour
By Lal Gunesekera
Unless the Minister of Sports and Public
Recreation, Gamini Lokuge, decides to
appoint an Interim Committee proper to Sri
Lanka Cricket (SLC) very soon, the
International Cricket Council (ICC), may not
recognise the government run administration
under a Competent Authority appointed by the
Minister for a long period.
The Minister dissolved the Arjuna Ranatunga
led Interim Committee just before Christmas
last year and appointed his own Ministry
Secretary, S. Liyanagama, as Competent
Authority of SLC. Ranatunga did not last
even a year as Chairman of SLC's Interim
Committee, and has now filed a fundamental
rights petition in the country's Supreme
Court against his dismissal.
When the Ranatunga led Interim Committee was
dissolved on December 23 last year, Minister
Lokuge, said that he wil take a decision to
appoint a new Interim Committee in a "Couple
of weeks" or even go for an annual general
meting to elect office-bearers to SLC.
But neither has taken place and the talk of
the town is how logn the ICC wil continue to
do business with the government run
A similar problem faced the Pakistan Cricket
Board till they appointed a President,
"The present SLC administration under
Liyanagam takes orders from the Minister.
The others at SLC are all paid employees.
The question is how competent is the
Competent Authortiy was the opinion
expressed by a senior official at the SLC,
who wished to remain anonymous.
Minister Lokuge told The Sunday Leader that
"everything will be sorted out very soon"
and that the dealy was due to the Indian
tour now in progress.
The Liyanagama led SLC at present has come
into a lot of flak regarding TV deals,
inability of the Rangiri Dambula
International Cricket Stadium to stage
day/night matches and a hot of other issues.
Nimbus were granted TV rights for the five
ODI's and one Twenty-20 game for the current
Indian tour for just US$ 6 million, which
would have usually brought in US$ 2.5
million per game with India. Earlier, SLC
had to pay US$ 550 million as arbitration
Now, Ten Sports, which is a subsidiary of
the Taj Group of Companies, have secured the
TV rights from SLC from 2009 to 2013 for Rs
65 milion. Taj is an ally that promotes the
Indian Cricket League (ICL) and rivals the
Indian Premier League (IPL), which has
contracted several Sri Lanka cricketers.
The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket
Stadium too has been neglected with the
floodlights not in working condition to
conduct any day/night games. The first ODI
against Indian on Wednesday (January 28) was
a day affair.
Built at a cost of nearly Rs 650 million
(Estimated cost was Rs. 140 million) during
the stewardship of Tailanga Sumathipala, The
Rangiri Dambulla Stadium built in the dry
zone of the North Central Province in the
1990's could have hosted matches even went
it rains in the rest of the country. The
employees are paid Rs 130 lakhs a month as
A Board of Trustees too is to be appointed
to SLC soon to handle the financial aspects
as it seems to be "getting out of control"
in recent times.
"Honourary" but draws per diem
By Lal Gunesekera
Persons who held office in the Interim
Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) during
the tenure of Arjuna Ranathunga, has claimed
"per diem" during India's tour of Sri Lanka
last year (2008) They were supposed to do a
They include those in the Tour Organising
Committee headed by a leading businessman
who himself has approved the payments for 22
persons for two games at Dambulla stadium
and also for the Test Match in Galle for
which accomadation too was provided on bed
and breakfast basis.
A sum of Rs 409.500/= was approved as "Per
diem" for Dambulla and Rs 408,500/= for
Some of those who received the per diem at
Dambulla were Rajan Udeshi (Rs 18,000/=)
Lakith Pieris (Rs 14,500/=) B.H.Perera (Rs
14,500/=) Shane Fernando (Rs 18,000/=)
Chandana Amaradasa (Rs 21,500/=) Vikum
Sriwardene (Rs 14,500/=) Two unidentified
persons have been granted Rs 36,000/=
Then for the Test match at Galle Udesh has
received Rs 20,500/= per diem, while among
the others are Shane Fernando (Rs 20,500/=)
Chandana Amaradasa (Rs 20,500/=) Vikum
Siriwardene (Rs 13,500/=) Mrs Tharanga dias
(Rs 13,500/=) and two unidentified persons
Rs 13,500/= each
If they were doing an honourary job, was it
correct for them to draw "per diem" ?
Malath Fernando elected President of Kandy
Malath Fernando and Mahesh Weersinghe the
newly elected President and Secretary of the
Champion rugby Club "Kandy SC", promised to
continue the good work done, by the out
going President Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte and
Secretary Iswan Omar. Both President and
Secretary together with the Committee did a
good job and helped the club to win all the
tournaments, last season and they are hoping
to do the same under the new committee.
Malath and Mahesh soon after the AGM last
Sunday met the new committee, and wanted
their fullest backing, and said give us the
same support you all gave in the previous
years. This time too the club is blessed
with some of the countries best playes, and
will be led by Pradeep Liyanage the 15's and
Fazil Marija 7's.
Their regular coach Johan Taylor is expected
to arrive on February 5, and till then,
former player Nilufer Ibrhaim is handling
In the long and distinguished history of
rugger in Kandy, many individuals have
liberally contributed to the growth and
development of this game. Battling against
unrelenting odds, they have given their
time, energy and wealth for the sustenance
of the game. Some have sacrificed their
professional interests to serve the cause of
rugger, while other have pursued the game
with almost religious fervor.
The City fathers, MP's, Ministers,
academics and professionals have mingled and
moved amidst players, technocrats and the
ordinary folk, to encourage and assist in
the promotion and development of the game
in Kandy. Along with me, I am sure the
whole of Kandy will silently, but constantly
Malath and Mahesh speaking to The Sunday
Leader, said that they will continue the
good work done by the previous committee,
both said that their present committee
comprises mostly of last year's members,
who have given their best to the club and
all have promised to give their support
this year too, to keep the game at its best.
Malath said that it is unbelievable what the
Kandy Sports Club ruggerites have achieved
in the past couple of years, every player
has worked hard to win matches and trophies.
Secretary Mahesh agreed with Malth's
sentiments. They also had a high word for
the fans who really helped them by cheering
them in their games. If this time too the
Committee supports, then the running of
affairs will be smooth.
Aside from the club affair, the Kandy SC
administration under the leadership of Iswan
Omar in the past ten years helped to prepare
and organise one of the best tournaments in
South Asia, the Singer - Sri Lankan Air Line
One thing is certain,the Nitawella
administration will face a lot of new
challenges in the months ahead, in the
League and Knockout tournaments. Today the
biggest crowd for game is in Kandy and where
ever Kandy SC plays.
All this was possible due to the backing
given by Malik Samarawickrema, who turned
Kandy SC from a loosing side to a match
winningside, and also not forgetting Dr.
Sarath Kapuwatte who has given his best to
Cricket - Inter-school U-19
Angelo Perera passes 1000 run mark
Skipper Angelo Perera's unbeaten century
from 103 deliveries with four sixes and 17
boundaries which took him pass the one
thousand run mark for the season coupled
with a hattrick from Chatura Peiris helped
St. Peter's College beat Maris Stella
College Negombo outright by an innings and
110 runs in their inter school under 19
cricket tournament match concluded at
Scores: Maris Stella: 166 and 92 (A. Silva
28 n.o, C. Peiris 4 for 26, V. Perera 2 for
18, A. Perera 2 for 13)
St. Peter's: 368 for 7 (A. Berenger 57, D.
Perera 21, S. Ranasuriya 32, I. Peiris 32,
A. Perera 155 n.o, A. Fernando 49 n.o, V.
Dassanayake 3 for 93, D. Chameera 2 for 100)
Royal cruises to seventh win
Maneesha Thanthirgoda snapped up four
wickets for 71 runs as Royal College cruised
to their seventh outright victory this
season while overcoming Dharmaraja College
Kandy outright by an innings and 13 runs in
their inter school under 19 cricket
tournament match concluded at Reid Avenue
Scores: Royal: 255
Dharmaraja: 64 and 178 (B. Ekanayake 31, R.
Ekanayake 70, P. Silva 25, L. Randevala 3
for 27, M. Thanthirigoda 4 for 71)
Joes win by an innings
Skipper Shameera Weerasinghe took a matchbag
of 13 wickets for 55 as St. Joseph's College
trounced S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia by
an innings and 26 runs in their 105th annual
inter school cricket encounter concluded at
Darley Road yesterday.
Scores: St. Joseph's: 248 S.
Thomas': 105 (F. Saleem 18, S. Kumarasinghe
21, C. Pathirana 29, S. Weerasinghe 6 for
28, R. Tatil 2 for 15) and 117 (F. Saleem
21, A. Fernando 32, S. Weerasinghe 7 for 27)
Cricket - Premier League - Tier 'A'
Colts certain of title
Colts CC made certain of heading the points
table and winning the title while collecting
vital first innings points over Baduraliya
CC on the second day of their SLC Premier
League Tier A tournament match continued at
Havelock Park yesterday.
Scores: Colts CC: 426 and 22 for no loss
Baduraliya CC: 347 (D. Vitharana 48, U.
Fernando 31, T. Sampath 47, N. Nonis 73, D.
Arnolda 62, N. Bandaratilleke 28, P.
Jayaprakash 25, C. Vaas 2 for 36, R.
Weerasinghe 2 for 91, S. Weerakoon 3 for
101, R. Silva 2 for 22)
De Saram knocks unbeaten 141
Skipper Indika de Saram hammered an unbeaten
141 with half a dozen of sixes and eight
boundaries as Ragama CC after conceding
first innings points came back strongly to
reach 244 for 5 in their second innings on
day two of their SLC Premier League Tier A
tournament match continued at Maitland Place
Scores: Ragama CC: 155 and 244 for 5 (I.
Daniel 62, I. de Saram 141 n.o, T. Kottahewa
2 for 37)
NCC: 158 (U. Chandana 33, D. Mapa 31, K.
Weeraratne 4 for 41, D. Gamage 2 for 36, D.
Daminda 3 for 61)
in easy innings win
Bloomfield who are vying for the runners up
position completed the tournament with an
easy innings and 130 run outright victory
over Sri Lanka Army SC with more than a day
to spare in their SLC Premier League Tier A
match concluded at Panagoda yesterday.
Scores: Bloomfield: 161 and 226 (S. Jayantha
69, M. Ketapearachchi 44, T. Gunaratne 31,
C. Jayasinghe 21,
S. Prasanna 8 for 59, V. Weerakoon 2 for 79)
Army SC: 102 and 155 (N. Kaluarachchi 41, D.
Wijewardena 35, S. Dissanayake 3 for 13, S.
Mohamed 3 for 44, T. Lakshitha 3 for 43)