DFCC Bank, a trailblazer in Sri Lanka’s banking space, has once again achieved the pinnacle of excellence, this time on the cricket pitch. This feat was achieved as the DFCC Bank Cricket Team recently etched their name in history by clinching the Mercantile Cricket Association Division C League Championship for 2023. This remarkable achievement highlights the team’s exceptional cricketing prowess and echoes the Bank’s ethos of promoting work-life balance, supporting achievements beyond work, and advocating for sustainable lifestyles.
The journey to this triumphant victory was marked by unwavering determination, teamwork, and exceptional cricketing talent. The grand finale witnessed a thrilling match between DFCC Bank and Nawaloka Hospitals, a battle that highlighted the true spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie on both sides. However, DFCC Bank’s cricketing talents shone brightly as they secured a resounding 7-wicket victory, chasing down a target of 136 runs set by Nawaloka Hospitals.
Reflecting on this remarkable achievement, Chamod Wickramasinghe – Captain of the DFCC Bank Cricket Team, remarked, “Our journey to achieving the Championship Title underscores the values that both DFCC Bank and cricket represent – dedication, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence. This victory symbolises not just a cricketing triumph but a celebration of DFCC Bank’s commitment to fostering achievements beyond the ordinary. We are thrilled and thank our opponents for the exceptional challenges they presented us with, which tested our mettle and allowed us to prove ourselves and reach beyond what we thought was possible!”
The path to victory was paved with many memorable moments for DFCC Bank. These included a staggering 73-run triumph over Commercial Bank in the opening match, a closely fought battle against LOLC Holdings ending in a narrow defeat by a mere one run, and a dominant victory secured by 7 wickets against the Airport and Aviation team. This was followed by another impressive win by 4 wickets against Nawaloka Hospital, a spectacular triumph with a remarkable margin of 161 runs against Hemas Holdings, a comprehensive victory sealed by 10 wickets against DPMC, and a spirited semi-final triumph secured by 7 wickets against LOLC Holdings, finally culminating in the pinnacle of success in the GRAND FINALS with a glorious 7-wicket victory against Nawaloka Hospital, ultimately sealing the title!
Beyond securing the Championship title, the team also witnessed remarkable individual performances, with notable accolades awarded to Ravindu Rathnayake emerging as the standout “Best Batsman” in the Division C League, while Nipun Premarathne garnered well-deserved recognition as the “Best Bowler.” Meanwhile, Ravindu Rathnayake shone as the undisputed “Man of the Series,” and Nipun Premarathne earned the distinguished title of “Man of the Finals.”
Expressing pride and delight at the team’s accomplishments, Lakshitha Weerasinghe – Assistant Vice President – Manager of DFCC Cricket said, “Our team’s victory stands as a testament to the dedication and passion our people bring to cricket, banking, and life. Our unwavering support for our team has paid off and allowed them to rise above challenges, step out of their comfort zones and achieve something that we can all be proud of, individually and collectively. We look forward to more standout performances from the team in the future and thank them for flying the DFCC flag high at the tournament.”
DFCC Bank’s commitment to promoting work-life balance, holistic accomplishments, and sustainable lifestyles resonates deeply with this remarkable cricketing triumph. The Bank’s values have translated seamlessly from banking to the cricketing field, enriching lives and driving towards excellence. Its triumph on the cricket field serves as an inspiring reminder of the DFCC Bank’s dedication to fostering excellence in every facet of life.
About DFCC Bank
DFCC Bank is a full-service commercial bank with a rich history of 68 years and offers a diverse range of commercial and development banking services. As part of its Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030, the Bank aims to become a leading institution contributing to greater resilience by creating resilient businesses and supporting green financing and sustainable, socially responsible entrepreneurship. Attesting to its commitment to sustainability, DFCC Bank is also the first, and presently only, entity in Sri Lanka to have received accreditation from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), granting it access to concessionary funding to support climate mitigation and adaptation projects in Sri Lanka. The Bank has received numerous accolades, including ‘Market Leader in Cash Management 2021 and 2022’ by Euromoney and is ranked among Business Today’s Top 40 Corporates in Sri Lanka. Additionally, DFCC Bank is rated A- (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited and is regulated by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.