Singhalese Sports Club

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Singhalese Sports Club
Singhalese Sports Club logo
Singhalese Sports Club crest
CaptainSri Lanka Sachithra Senanayake
CoachSri Lanka Avishka Gunawardene
Team information
ColoursWhite  [1]
Founded27 March 1899; 123 years ago (1899-03-27)
Home groundSinghalese Sports Club Cricket Ground
Premier Trophy wins32 (including 3 shared)
Premier Limited Overs Tournament wins5
Twenty20 Tournament wins1 (2005–06)
Notable playersMahela Jayawardena
Thilan Samaraweera
Marvan Atapattu
Arjuna Ranatunga

The Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) is a first-class cricket club in Sri Lanka. Singhalese is the most successful club in Sri Lankan domestic cricket, having won the Premier Trophy a record 32 times to 2017. Although the name is correctly spelt with the old spelling "Singhalese", the name is sometimes misspelt with the modern spelling "Sinhalese". Three former Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka have been presidents of the club.[2]

A Test match between Sri Lanka and England at the SSC Ground, Colombo, March 2001.


In 1899,[3] a combined school cricket team, composed mainly of cricketers from Royal College, S. Thomas' College and Wesley College beat Colts Cricket Club by a one run. The SSC was inaugurated the same year and established as a cricket club by a group of distinguished Ceylonese lawyers, legislators, businessmen, proprietary planters and civil society leaders of that time.[citation needed]

In 1900, the club leased a land in Victoria Park with sandy soil and covered with cinnamon trees.[4] This land was gradually leveled to a cricket ground and its first match was played the following year. The First President of the Club was Sir Harry Dias, First Hony. Secretary H.J.V.I. Ekanayake, First Treasurer Philip de Silva & First Cricket Captain – O.G. de Alwis. The Club attracted the best school boy players from Royal, S. Thomas’, Wesley, St. Josephs & Trinity.[citation needed]

Club presidents[edit]

President Term of office
Harry Dias Bandaranaike 1899–1901
Sir Solomon C Obeysekera 1901–1927
James Peiris 1927–1930
D.S. Senanayake 1899–1901
Sir John Kotelawala 1952–1980
J.R. Jayawardene 1980–1996
Ryle de Soysa 1997–1998
Daya Perera 1999–2008
W.T. Ellawala 2008 – present


  • Premier Trophy (32) – 1938–39, 1939–40, 1943–44, 1944–45, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1985–86*, 1986–87, 1988–89*, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1994–95*, 1997–98, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2016–17

(Shared trophies designated a * )

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold

No Name Nat Age Batting style Bowling style
21 Dimuth Karunaratne Sri Lanka 34 Left-handed Right-arm medium
22 Shammu Ashan Sri Lanka 25 Right-handed Right-arm off-break
Kavindu Kulasekara Sri Lanka 27 Right-handed Right-arm off-break
Pasindu Sooriyabandara Sri Lanka 23 Right-handed
23 Nuwanidu Fernando Sri Lanka 23 Right-handed Right-arm off-break
7 Dasun Shanaka Sri Lanka 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium
18 Sachithra Senanayake (Captain) Sri Lanka 37 Right-handed Right-arm off-break
70 Danushka Gunathilaka Sri Lanka 31 Left-handed Right-arm off-break
14 Charith Asalanka (Vice-captain) Sri Lanka 25 Left-handed Right-arm off-break
52 Sandun Weerakkody Sri Lanka 29 Left-handed
12 Krishan Sanjula Sri Lanka 24 Right-handed
30 Dhammika Prasad Sri Lanka 39 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
63 Nuwan Pradeep Sri Lanka 36 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Himesh Ramanayake Sri Lanka 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Kalana Perera Sri Lanka 22 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast
5 Kushan Weerakkody Sri Lanka 29 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
46 Jeffrey Vandersay Sri Lanka 32 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
15 Akash Senaratne Sri Lanka 26 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
00 Tharindu Rathnayake Sri Lanka 26 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox, Right-arm off-break

Notable players[edit]

Sinhalese players who have represented Sri Lanka in Test, One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket

Players who have represented the Singhalese Sports Club in top-level domestic cricket[edit]

(wicket-keeper; 2 matches in 1988–89)


  1. ^ "Domestic Clubs#Singhalese Sports Club". Sri Lanka Cricket. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ "About SSC". Singhalese Sports Club (SSC). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Test venues in Sri Lanka: The Oldies". The Papare. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ Kumar Sangakkara (3 August 2003). "Sri Lanka cricket – serious winning business!". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack (annual)

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