Jayantha and Ooshadie to prop Bhutan cricket
Former Sri Lanka Cricketer and present Nalanda coach Jayantha Seneviratne and Ooshadie Weersinghe, that outstanding former Ananda and Bloomfield all-rounder has been nominated by the Asian Cricket Council to help coach and prop newcomers to cricket - Bhutan. Both Seneviratne and Weerasinghe have been contracted for three months by the ACC.

Both have a storehouse of knowledge to develop the game on and off the field. Ooshadie at present is the Bloomfield C and AC Cricket Coach in the Premier league. The Reid Avenue Club is doing pretty well in the ongoing season. He is a qualified coach and has done much spadework with the junior national teams. Meanwhile Jayantha besides being a highly qualified coach has served as a curator too.

Both players were recommended by former Sri Lanka fast bowler Romesh Ratnayake. At present he is helping Bhutan cricket. It's part of the ACC programme supported by the ICC to boost the sport in the Asian region where there is a great following. Roy Dias, the former Sri Lanka stalwart, is coaching Nepal.

The duo is expected to leave on Jan 30. During Seneviratne's absence Nalanda Cricketers will be assisted by Shamme Tillekewardena, while S Illangaratnam will oversee the Bloomfield team.-BW

Bloomfield thrash Panadura inside two days
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Table Leaders Bloomfield proved their mettle in no uncertain terms when they drubbed Panadura SC by eight wickets inside two days in their Premier League game at Reid Avenue yesterday.

Helped by a fine century from Dumida Perera Bloomfield took a commanding 131-run first innings lead and were all out for 223.Left hander Perera was in good touch stroking 11 boundaries and two sixes in his 101, which enabled Bloomfield to build a match-winning total.

Batting for the second time Panadura made a valiant attempt but were up against some good medium pace bowling from Dharshana Gamage and Kaushalya Weeraratne.The duo shared six wickets between them with Weeraratne picking up 4 for 55 and ripping the top order of the Panadura batting line up.

Despite half centuries from Chamara Silva,Amila Perera and Chamath Perera Panadura were bowled out for 205.Bloomfield knocked off the required 75 runs for victory for the loss of two wickets to notch up their fourth outright victory for the season.

Bloomfield bt Panadura SC
Panadura SC-92 & 205 (Chamara Silva 50, Amila Perera 50 n.o, Chamath Perera 50; Kaushalya Weeraratne 4/55, Dharshana Gamage 2/41, Kumar Dharmasena 2/19)
Bloomfield -223 (T. M Dilshan 62, Duminda Perera 101, Kaushalya Weeraratne 20; Nadeera Nawala 5/52, Manoj Chanaka 3/50) and 75/2 (Saman Jayantha 34, Kumar Dharmasena 16 n.o)

Galle stun CCC
Galle CC continued their fighting performance when they hit up 259 for 9 wickets in their second innings against CCC at Maitland Crescent yesterday.

After taking a slender three-run lead on Friday, Galle made their hosts CCC to fight as their batsmen batted with purpose to put up a match winning second innings total. A 97-run third wicket stand between Ridegammanagedara (52) and Chamil Perera(46) and a further 75-run stand for the 6 th wicket between Pasan Wanasinghe (56) and Ruwan Galapathi(39) helped Galle CC to 259 for 9 wickets by the close.

Galle CC - 6 & 259/9 (Chamila Perera 46, Anil Ridegammanagedara 52, Pasan Wanasinghe 56, Ruwan Galapathi 39; Indika Gallage 4/31, Anuhka Polonowita 2/21, Chamikara Mudalige 2/107) CCC - 80

BRC fight back
BRC fought back to have Moors SC tottering at 24 for 4 wickets after conceding first innings points at Braybrooke Place yesterday.

Earlier in the day Moors did well to restrict BRC to 159 and take a vital 57-run first innings lead.Chandika Hathurusinghe was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 37.But their joy was shortlived as BRC came back strongly to have Moors at 24 for 4 wickets by the close.

Moors - 216 & 24/4 (Suranjith Silva 2/0) BRC-159 (Chaminda Handunhettige 22, Malintha Warnapura 30, Gamini Perera 25; Nandika Ranjith 3/40, Chandika Hathurusinghe 4/37, Rangana Herath 2/17 )

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