Winners - Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Major Limited Over Tournament 2017/18

Club Cricket


The SSC has over the years produced some of the finest cricketers of Ceylon and later Sri Lanka including the World Cup winning Captain of the Sri Lanka Team in 1996. The SSC has dominated the local Premier League Cricket tournament winning the Premier League more times than any other cricket club in Sri Lanka.  Since gaining test status, 4 to 5 cricketers from the SSC are regularly included in the National Squad for Test and other formats of International Cricket. 

  • Captain : Premier - Dhammika Prasad
  • Under 23 Captain - Charith Asalanka
  • Division 3 – A team Captain – Wishva Wijeratne
  • Division 3 – B team Captain – Tikku Pashan / Pramuka Fonseka
  • Club Cricket Coach - Thilina Kandamby
  • Club Cricket Manager - Sudharshan Guruge

Participating Tournament Categories :

  • Premier Division A – Major League Tournament – 3 / 4 day
  • Major Limited Over & T20
  • U-23 Division A
  • Division 3 – Colombo District Tournament 

Sri Lanka Domestic Cricket

Domestic cricket in Sri Lanka is played between clubs recognized by Sri Lanka Cricket as it is currently titled. First Class Cricket in Ceylon, as it was known before 1972, was initially restricted to matches played by combined Ceylon teams against touring international sides. England and Australia would often stopover in Colombo en route to their respective destinations and play a few matches. The first such match dates back to 1882, against the touring England side. It was only in 1937 when a structured inter-club first-class tournament came into being, known as the Daily News Trophy. The title was changed to P. Saravanamuttu Trophy in 1950-51 and then the Robert Senanayake Trophy in 1976-77. Sponsors came into the picture in 1982-83 and it was renamed the Lakspay Trophy and was later renamed the Sara Trophy eight seasons later. The tournament changed its title again in 1998-99 to the Premier Trophy. The Singhalese Sports Club has won the tournament a record 29 times.

Daily News Trophy Winners

  • 1938 - Kalutara TC
  • 1938/39 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1939/40 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1940/41 - Saracens Sports Club
  • 1941/42 - No competition
  • 1942/43 - No competition
  • 1943/44 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1944/45 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1945/46 - Tamil Union C&A Club
  • 1946/47 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1947/48 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1948/49 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1949/50 - Singhalese Sports Club
Up to this point the Singhalese Sports Club had renowned cricketers such as Dr. C.H. Gunasekera (Played for Middlesex in the 1920’s) , L.D.S. Gunasekera , D.B. Gunasekera , D.S. Jayasundera (Fastest bowler in Sri Lanka for many years) , D.L. de Saram , M.K. Albert , S.S. Jayawickrema (The best batsman for Sri Lanka for many years) , Ben Navaratne (Best wicket keeper in Asia) , C.H. Gunasekera (Jr) , P.I. Peiris (Cambridge Blue) , F.C. de Saram (Made a century against Don Bradman’s 1934 Australia side whilst at Oxford.) , A.H. Gooneratne , M.O. Gooneratne , Gerry Gooneratne , Berty Wijesinha & Lucian de Zoysa (They later paired up to be the famous commentary team on radio)

Champions - Daily News Cup

1947 / 1948

P Saravanamuttu Trophy

  • 1950/51 - Tamil Union C&A Club
  • 1951/52 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1952/53 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1953/54 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1954/55 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1955/56 - Burgher Recreation Club
  • 1956/57 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1957/58 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1958/59 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1959/60 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1960/61 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1961/62 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1962/63 - University
  • 1963/64 - Bloomfield C&A Club
  • 1964/65 - Nomads Sports Club
  • 1965/66 - No competition
  • 1966/67 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1967/68 - Nomads Sports Club
  • 1968/69 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1969/70 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1970/71 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1971/72 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1972/73 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1973/74 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1974/75 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1975/76 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
In the period up to 1968-69 some of the “stars” such as F.C. de Saram and P.I. Peiris overlapped but into the picture also came Gamini Goonesena – Cambridge Blue and Nottinghamshire. He did the double in more than one county season. Stanley de Alwis to name but a few. Mahes Rodrigo, F.g. Dalpathado, H.S.M. Peiris, Lasantha Rodrigo, Neil Chanmugam.

Champions - P. Saravanamuttu and Browns 50 Over

1977 / 1978

Robert Senanayake Trophy

  • 1976/77 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1977/78 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1978/79 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1979/80 - Colombo Cricket Club
  • 1980/81 - Bloomfield C&AC
  • 1981/82 - Bloomfield C&AC

Here we see the emergence of the Wettimuny brothers, Sunil Mithra and Sidath. The latter of whom made a famous century at Lords. Anura Tennekoon who Captained Sri Lanka at the Inaugural World Cup, Duleep Mendis, Dennis Chanmugam, Russel Hamer to name but a few who played with distinction prior to Sri Lanka gaining Test Status.

Champions - P. Saravanamuttu Trophy

1992/1993

P Saravanamuttu Trophy

  • 1991/92 - Colts Cricket Club
  • 1992/93 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 1993/94 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 1994/95 - SSC and Bloomfield A&A Club
  • 1995/96 - Colombo Cricket Club
  • 1996/97 - Bloomfield C&AC
  • 1997/98 - Singhalese Sports Club

Premier Trophy

  • 1998/99 - Bloomfield C&AC
  • 1999/00 - Colts Cricket Club
  • 2000/01 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 2001/02 - Colts Cricket Club
  • 2002/03 - Moors Sports Club
  • 2003/04 - Bloomfield C&AC
  • 2004/05 - Colts Cricket Club
  • 2005/06 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 2006/07 - Colombo Cricket Club
  • 2007/08 - Singhalese Sports Club
  • 2008-09 - Tier A: Colts Cricket Club
  • 2008-09 - Tier B: Saracens Sports Club
  • 2009-10 - Tier A: Chilaw Marians Cricket Club
  • 2009-10 - Tier B: Lankan Cricket Club
  • 2010-11 - Tier A: Bloomfield C&A Club
  • 2010-11 - Tier B: Moors Sports Club
  • 2011-12 - Tier A: Colts Cricket Club
  • 2011-12 - Tier B: Sri Lanka Army
  • 2012-13 - Sinhalese Sports Club
  • 2013-14 - Nondescripts Cricket Club
  • 2014-15 - Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club
  • 2015-16 - Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
  • 2016-17 - Tier A: Sinhalese Sports Club
  • 2016-17 - Tier B: Panadura Sports Club
  • 2017-18 - Tier A: Chilaw Marians Cricket Club
  • 2017-18 - Tier B: Negambo Cricket Club

Champions - Premier division 1 League and Limited Over

1992/1993
Test status was granted in 1982 and Duleep Mendis was the first Sri Lankan Test Captain from the Club although many who have been mentioned earlier have captained Ceylon as it was known prior to 1972 and thereafter Ceylon became the Republic of Sri Lanka.

In 1982 we saw the first Test Match vs England where Arjuna Ranatunga made his debut as an 18 year old school boy. He went on to lead the country winning the World Cup in 1996 and after this period of time a galaxy of players emerged. Roy Dias, Arjuna Ranatunga’s brothers Dammika and Nishantha, Ashantha De Mel, Mahinda Halangode, Guy de Alwis, Asanka Gurusinghe, Promodaya Wickremasinghe and into the current generation Marvan Attapattu, Avishka Gunawardena, Tilan Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s current Captain Mahela Jayawardena, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Soyza, Kaushal Lokuarachchy, Dammika Prasad, Thilina Thushara and many other illustrious names.

In the early 1980’s, Head Quarters for Sri Lanka was built in the premises of Singhalese Sports Club. They have their own Pavilion and have been the venue of many Sri Lanka Test wins. This is similar to MCC having their headquarters at Lords in London.

One notable victory against South Africa saw an all-time record partnership 624 runs between Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakara 2 years ago.  

World Cup Winners 1996

Arjuna Ranatunga (Captain -SSC) is a stockily-built left-handed batsman who led Sri Lanka to their greatest cricketing triumph, the 1996 World Cup. His innovative captaincy took a Sri Lanka team given little chance prior to the competition for cricket's greatest prize. He made his debut in Sri Lanka's inaugural Test at the age of 18, and made his country's first Test half-century. A dominant figure on cricket fields all over the world for nearly 20 years, he never shied from confrontation, defending his players and rights to the hilt.
Asanka Gurusinghe (SSC) was a key member for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team for Sri Lanka, who is a specialist batsman helped to win the 1996 World Cup final with 65 in a partnership of 125 for the 3rd Wicket.


Captain Arjuna Ranatunge and Asanga Gurusinghe(SSC) after winning the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

SSC Cricket Captains 1899 - 2018

1899 - 1905 O G D ALWIS
1905 - 1914 D B GUNASEKARA
1915 - 1924 D L DE SARAM
1924 - 1932 DR C H GUNASEKARA
1933 - 1935 M K ALBERT
1935 - 1939 L D S GUNASEKARA
1940 - 1950 S S JAYAWICKRAMA
1950 - 1952 F C DE SARAM
1953 - 1954 B NAVARATNE
1955 - 1960 F C DE SARAM
1961 - 1962 C H GUNASEKARA [Jr]
1964 - 1964 M WANIGARATNE
1965 - 1965 R B WIJESINGHA
1966 - 1968 P I PIERIS
1969 - 1971 A P B TENNEKOON
1972 - 1974 S R DE WETTIMUNY
1975 - 1977 A P B TENNEKOON
1978 - 1979 H S M PIERIS
1979 - 1980 M WETTIMUNY
1980 - 1984 L R D MENDIS
1985 - 1986 S WITTIMUNY
1987 - 1988 A RANATUNGA
1989 - 1993 M B HALANGODE
1993 - 1994 D RANATUNGA
1994 - 1995 D RANATUNGA
1995 - 1996 A A W GUNAWARDENA
1996 - 1999 A RANATUNGA
1999 - 2000 H WICKRAMARATNA
2000 - 2001 M JAYAWARDANA
2001 - 2002 M ATAPATTU
2002 - 2003 T SAMARWEERA
2003 - 2004 M JAYAWARDANA
2004 - 2005 H WICKRAMARATNA
2005 - 2008 A D GUNAWARDANA
2008 - 2009 T SAMARAWEERA
2009 - 2010 N T PARANAVITHANA
2010 - 2012 K SILVA
2012 - 2013 T KANDAMBI
2013 - 2014 K LOKUARACHCHI
2013 - 2014 N T PARANAVITHANA
2014 - 2015 D KARUNARATNE
2015 - 2016 D PRASAD
2015 - 2016 T KANDAMBI
2016 - 2017 D KARUNARATNE
2017 - 2018 S SENANAYAKE

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Latest Achievements

The all important final of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Major Limited Over Tournament concluded with the much fancied SSC unit clinching the title for 2018.

Winners

1st Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) International Twenty20 - 2009