Ananda College Colombo clinched the Milo Premier Trophy 2013 when they defeat Mahanama College by 21 points (one goal, one try, two penalties, one drop goal) to 15 (three tries) in the final played at the Royal College Sports Complex yesterday.
The lads from Maradana opened their account through a drop goal by A.L.G.S.Dilshan. Few minutes later W.D.L. Tillakaratne fired across a 15 metre penalty to make it 6 - 0 for Ananda.
Mahanamians struggle to score a point due to the solid defence by their opponents. In the 29th minute, M.D.K.Rupasinghe fell over for a try off a scrum while W.D.L.Tillakaratne made no mistake with the conversion.Ananda led 13-0.
Few minutes before the breather Mahanama scored their first try through R.S.Nandula by the left corner flag where Rambukkanage missed the conversion. Anandians were leading 13 - 05 at lemons.
Ananda after taking a comfortable 13 - 5 lead at the breather were able to score more eight points during the second session.
Ananda accumulated their points through a penalty and a try scored by Tillakaratne. Mahanama obtained their points through two unconverted tries by B.R.G.Jayaratne and W.I.Tharanga. D.Nimal refereed.
Meanwhile Vidyartha College, Kandy overcame Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya by 66 pints to eight to clinch the Milo Chairman's Trophy knockout rugby title in the final which preceded the Premier Trophy final encounter at the same venue.
Vidyartha led 29 -05 at the breather. Ashan Bandara (four), Danishka Talwatte (two) , Viduranga Ramawickrama (two), Nuwan Alexander (one) scored tries for Vidyartha while Chamath Fernando contributed by converting the two tries scored by himself. Isuru Lakshan added the extra points to his try himself. Dharmapala accumulated the points through a try by G.K.G.L.R. Attanayake and a penalty by A.S.Bandara. Dimitri Gunasekara refereed.
Is it a good move to appoint one captain for all formats in cricket?
"At the same time, I am very aware what a huge challenge it is. I think Sri Lanka cricket finds itself in the very early stages of a very important rebuilding stage. A lot of hard work needs to be done." "Everyone, the players, the selectors and the board must have patience." Graham Ford, newly appointed Sri Lanka cricket coach
Ford seems a shrewd man and far thinker. He possibly foresaw that Sumathipala would be around for the next four years and hence SLC would be secure. This is a set-up which any foreigner wishes to see in a country which is noted for carrying out actions before thinking.
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