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Angelo Mathews awarded Prince of Wales Trophy

Best Youth Cricketer 2006: Angelo Mathews

By Samiddha Kalmith Rathnayake
The Prince of Wales trophy is one of the most prestigious awards that can be won by a youth cricketer. It is an occasion where flourishing talent is honoured.

At a presentation ceremony held at Westminster House on Tuesday, last year’s under 19 national captain Angelo Mathews won the esteemed award from British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Dominic Chilcott.

This award is presented annually by the British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka on behalf of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. The selection is done by the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and the past winners include many talented cricketers like Farveez Maharoof and Chamara Kapugedara who have gone on to represent the country.

Mathews became an integral part of the Sri Lanka Junior squad since 2003. He was just 16 then. During his days at his alma mater St. Joseph’s College, he showed lots of promise as a talented all-rounder. His consistent performances took him step by step to lead the junior national team in 2005 against England. His unbeaten 123 in the third test was a much praised innings on that tour. His performance as an all-rounder aided the team in many difficult situations including the triangular with Bangladesh and England the same year.

He currently plays for Colts Cricket Club and East West Marketing where he is employed. Speaking about his award Mathews said: “I wasn’t surprised to receive the award and I should say that it is a great encouragement for my future. It is a rare honour and an once-in-a-lifetime privilege for a young cricketer. I’m so lucky in that aspect. My employer, East West Marketing, also offers me great help to continue my cricket and I should also extend my thanks to them,”
Like many other young cricketers he also has set his goal to get selected to the national squad in the near future. “It is my dream. I know I can do it and I have faith in myself” he said with confidence.

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Indian cricket board is worth nearly Rs 10 billion

MUMBAI: Irrespective of the national team’s performance, the Indian cricket board is getting rich each year and its current total assets stand at a whopping Rs.9.6 billion ($245 million; 120.6 million pounds), thanks largely to its marketing policy and investments by sponsors.

In addition, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) has made investments worth nearly Rs.7.5 billion ($190 million; 93.5 million pounds) and its ‘current assets, loans and advances’ stand at almost Rs.2.1 billion ($53 million; 26.2 million pounds), as per its 2006-2007 annual report, a copy of which is with IANS.

Out of its total assets of Rs.9.6 billion, the board has ‘fixed assets’ of Rs.71 million ($1.8 million; 891,268 pounds) at the end of the 2006-2007 fiscal year. The worth of the fixed assets has shot up from Rs.16.3 million ($416,007; 204,657 pounds) during the previous fiscal year.

BCCI’s marketing committee, headed by vice president Lalit Modi, is credited with bringing in most of the money during 2006-2007. Income from grant of media rights alone stood at Rs.3.1 billion ($80 million; 39.3 million pounds).
The BCCI spent Rs.37.5 million ($956,301; 470,459 pounds) on its brand new, all-glass headquarters, ‘Cricket Centre’, built on the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) land inside the Wankhede Stadium, venue of the seventh India-Australia One-Day International Wednesday. This amount is an additional expenditure during the year and is in “excess of the budget”, says the report.

The prominent fixed assets include ‘improvements to leasehold premises’ worth Rs.26.1 million ($664,299; 326,805 pounds); furniture and fixtures worth Rs.13.9 million ($354,646; 174,470 pounds); ‘intellectual rights’ under intangible assets worth Rs.3.9 million ($99,390; 48,896 pounds); office equipment worth Rs.8.5 million ($217,685; 107,091 pounds); air conditioners, refrigerators and water coolers worth Rs.7 million ($179,453; 88,283 pounds); ‘buildings’ representing the National Cricket Academy Indoor School constructed on land owned by the Karnataka State Cricket Association in Bangalore, worth Rs.3.7 million ($95,229; 46,848 pounds) and trophy replicas and cricket memorabilia worth Rs.1 million ($26,413; 12,994 pounds. – [IANS]

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Yasas is back

By Quintus de Zylva
Yasas Tillakaratne, the evergreen cricket coach and first class player, has returned to Melbourne to captain the Brighton Cricket Club and coach the ever increasing number of young aspiring cricketers.
Yasas played 56 first class matches and 7 matches for Sri Lanka “A” since his debut in 1992/93. He is a left hand bat and leg-break bowler who has played for the Antonians Sports Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Moors Sports Club and Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club.

He has a ten year career of professional commitments in the UK and Australia. He has played in the North Lancashire, Surrey and Durham Leagues and was also invited to play first-class cricket in Bangladesh.
This unassuming gentleman has been a great advertisement and proud export from Sri Lanka.

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Rajitha’s century takes Thurstan to victory

Thurstan College recorded a first innings win against Royal College Panadura in an Under 13 division 1 cricket tournament fixture played at Thurstan College ground recently.
The highlight of the match came in the form of a sparkling century from Thurstanite Rajitha Perera (105 no). Perera’s century helped Thurstan make a first innings score of 233 for 6 declared. Perera figured in a 105 run stand for the sixth wicket with Kavindu Kulasekara who made 35.
Thurstan 233 - 6 declared (Rajitha Perera 105 no, Kavindu Kulasekara 35, M.Jalil 22, S.Samarawickrema 15, D.Wijesinghe 3/50)
Royal College Panadura 105 (A.Ramesh 23, K.Fernando 15, R.Perera 3/10, S.Samaratunga 3/2) and 60 for 2 (K.Fernando 33 no) (RN)

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