triumph again as Sri Lanka subside
completed their second successive victory in the VB triangular series,
beating a lacklustre Sri Lanka by 95 runs at the WACA. After starting
badly England were indebted to Paul Collingwood (100) and Craig White
(48) for enabling them to reach 258, and Andrew Caddick then took
three top wickets to maintain the revival and put England on course
for a win.
a wayward first over, Caddick struck a telling blow in his second,
inducing an edge from Marvan Atapattu which was held safely by Nick
Knight at second slip. Atapattu's opening partner, Sanath Jayasuriya,
gave Caddick a return catch as he got a leading edge trying to paddle
the ball away to leg.
was well supported by Jimmy Anderson, who would have taken two wickets
in an over but for missed catches by Alec Stewart, trying to hold a
leg glance from Jehan Mubarak at full stretch, and Marcus Trescothick,
who couldn't hold on to a top edge from Kumar Sangakkara as he ran
down to deep third man.
for England neither miss was expensive. Nasser Hussain held Mubarak at
mid-wicket in Caddick's next over, before Anderson reaped just reward
when Sangakkara was caught behind. That was 46 for four. Mahela
Jayawardene and Russel Arnold put on 45 before Jayawardene, after
making an attractive 30, couldn't get on top of a Craig White
delivery, presenting Knight with a straightforward catch at square
in the previous game at Brisbane, Sri Lanka then drifted aimlessly
behind the required run rate. Thilan Samaraweera, having taken 48
balls to make 27, was well caught by Stewart cutting at Blackwell, who
added the wicket of Chaminda Vaas in his next over, Collingwood doing
well to take a steepler at mid-wicket.
(44 off 82 balls) was caught behind slashing at Steve Harmison, who
then caught Dilhara Fernando, heaving woefully at Anderson, nicely at
third man. And it was Harmison who finished it off, clean bowling
Pulasthi Gunaratne to end Sri Lanka's somewhat feeble resistance.
a maiden one-day international century from Collingwood hauled England
back from the precipice. Collingwood was out for exactly 100 off the
last ball of England's innings, having rescued them from the perils of
122 for six.
sends India reeling to 92
Zealand fast-medium bowler Daryl Tuffey unleashed one of his finest
bowling spells in his 12-Test career today, but probably the best ball
he bowled, as India crumbled to 92/8 at Hamilton, went without a
24-year-old, who was bowling on his home pitch, bowled an immaculate
line and length, and was so accurate that it was 39 balls before he
conceded his first run.
had already had his nearly traditional first over dismissal when
Sanjay Bangar was taken by Jacob Oram diving forward in the gully. But
it was a ball to Rahul Dravid, still the best looking of the
technicians in this side, that almost defied description.
certainly defied Dravid to get the bat on it. If this was the sort of
leg cutter that Alec Bedser used to bowl so regularly it must have
been marvellous to watch.
was all Dravid could do. The ball cut cross him, having squared him
up. He was unable to make any contact with the ball and it just passed
over the top of off stump.
this time, Tuffey had changed ends from his first spell which saw him
go runless for four overs while taking Bangar's wicket.
found themselves attempting to survive through the 38 overs required
to be bowled due to the late start caused by the slow-drying outfield.
It seems incongruous that a perfectly fine and sunny day should take
so long to get started.
Tuffey was disappointed not to pick up Dravid on that occasion, the
batsman's confidence was slowly being ground down. Fast bowler Shane
Bond got through Dravid's defences several times with balls that
climbed just above the pads which should ensure he has a few bruises
Sachin Tendulkar was given the treatment with another leg cutter which
again squared the batsman up. Tendulkar did have his edge taken and
third slip Scott Styris completed a tidy catch.
beat Sourav Ganguly before his over was finished, and he had still to
be scored off.
took a single from him in his next over and then Ganguly cut a ball
for four. But then, in an inexplicable shot under the circumstances,
Ganguly looked like a cricket coach giving his slips cordon some
practice hits and a craftsman at first slip as good as Stephen Fleming
wasn't going to let the chance go.
taking the catch, the 110th of his Test career, Fleming moved past Sir
Garfield Sobers on the all-time list and now shares 10th equal place
with Bobby Simpson and Walter Hammond, heady company.
Ganguly gone, and India 34/4, the pressure for Dravid to complete a
rescue act mounted, but Tuffey was too good on the day and eventually
he had more of a straighter ball, straighter at least under the
circumstances prevailing, catch an edge which flew to wicket-keeper
Robbie Hart's right. But another hometown player, Hart, dived
full-length to pull in the chance.
that stage Tuffey's figures were sensational. He had bowled 7.5 overs,
six maidens and had four wickets for five runs.
then rested him, wisely as it turned out, as V V S Laxman, who played
some fine drives through the off-side played at a wider, fuller ball
from Bond which he pulled onto his wickets to give the fast man his
second wicket after he had earlier unleashed a snarling ball that
Virender Sehwag wanted nothing to do with.
rose on him from just short of a length and Sehwag, caught in no-man's
land, opted to turn his back on the ball. But the ball flew from the
edge of his bat onto his shoulder and bounced out to short leg
fieldsman Mark Richardson.
his second spell after removing Laxman, Bond was given the treatment
by Harbhajan Singh. The off-spinner unveiled an array of shots which
were probably best suited to other sports, notably baseball and
tennis, as he took five boundaries from Bond before the bowler got a
yorker length ball through Harbajhan and into his wickets.
only remained for Oram, who had bowled well without reward in his
first spell, to come back and bowl the last over. He only needed one
ball as Zaheer Khan was comprehensively bowled.
ended at that point. Tuffey ended with four for 12, Bond three for 33
and Oram one for 21.
bowling spell represented another significant performance in his
career which has really blossomed in home conditions. Of his 41 Test
wickets, which have come at an overall cost of 26.92, 34 have been
taken at home, at an average of 20.08. His average away from home is
if you had a choice of top batsmen you would like to dismiss in front
of your home crowd, then Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly would not be
too bad as the prize.
was another significant difference today, the wind he had to bowl into
in Wellington during the first Test was nowhere to be seen or felt.
felt my rhythm was really good in the first innings bowling into the
wind in Wellington.
the wind today, and playing on my home ground - I really love bowling
here and it seemed to come out nicely and the length was
important," he said.
said it was enjoyable bowling in partnership with fast man Bond.
job is to put it on the right length and right line and all I wanted
to do today was make them play 90% of the balls and let the wicket get
them out," he said.
plan worked perfectly.
Perera's portrait to be unveiled
portrait of Archibald Perera, rugby coach of St Peter's College
Colombo for many years will be unveiled on January 3 2003, at 6.30 pm
at the college at the request of Old Boys. It will be preceded by a
match between an Old Boys team and the present college side. Old Boys
interested to play are requested to contact Trinesh Fernando on
telephone 0777735577 email email@example.com before 27 December.
will stage World Cup matches
Board of IDI (ICC Development International, the commercial arm of the
International Cricket Council) has approved the staging of ICC Cricket
World Cup 2003 matches in Zimbabwe.
decision was based on the approval by IDI board members of the report
and recommendations put forward by the ICC security delegation,
following its three-day visit to Zimbabwe during late November.
mini tennis champs
gave promise of becoming a nursery of future tennis champions when its
juniors made a clean sweep of the titles in SLTA's first ever Mirinda
All-Island Mini -Tennis tournament held last weekend at Green path.
All-island championships, the first since the mini tennis program was
launched in 1997, featured the best players from the program's seven
regions - Colombo, Bandarawela, Kandy, Battaicaloa, Negombo, Panadura
and Ratnapura . The best 12 boys and girls, all aged betrween 5 and 10
years, were chosen after a series of qualifying tournaments at the
school and regional levels to represent the respective districts. The
inaugural tournament is aimed at raising the profile of the popular
Mirinda mini tennis program to a higher level as the SLTA continues
its drive to expand the player-base into the provinces.
were fancied to win the titles, but were surprisingly upstaged by
Ratnapura's players who took title honours in both the Boys and Girls
championships. In the
Boys final Ratnapura overcame Colombo 4 matches to 2 in a best of
seven contest, while in the Girls final, Ratnapura won over Battcaloa,
success is creditable, as they don't have anything like the facilities
Colombo has. So, the reasons for their success have to be the
tremendous enthusiasm of their youngsters and the commitment of coach
Seevali Wickremaratchchi," said K D Y Pathiraja, national co-ordinator
of the mini tennis program. ''If the enthusiasm and commitment is
maintained there's reason to believe Ratnapura can be developed into a
nursery of future champions." In the round-robin segment of the
Boys' championship, Ratnapura finished second to Batticaloa in Group A
to qualify for the semi finals. The Group B semi-final qualifiers were
Colombo and Negombo.
the best of seven semifinals, Ratnapura defeated Colombo 4 matches to
2 while Batticaloa overcame Negombo 4/0. In the final Ratnapura beat
Batticaloa, 4 matches to 2, avenging their defeat in the Group match.
In the third-place play off, Colombo beat Negombo, 4/0.
won the Girls championship more comprehensively than their boys' team.
They went through the entire tournament undefeated, beating Colombo
and Negombo in the round-robin matches, Kandy, 4/2 in the semifinals
and Colombo for a second time in the final, 4 matches to 2.
Kandy took third place by overcoming Batticaloa, 4/1
champion boys' team comprised S T Nandasena, S Nelundeniya, T
Dhanushka, C Sandeepa, A K B Wanasundera, M Nanayakkara, M
Wickremasinghe, S Sampath, K T Dhammeratchchi, S K Daniel, T H
Adihetty and I P Jayasuriya,
team: D T Samson, B N Weerakoddy, N G Jayatilleke, Y R Dissanayake, I
Wickremasinghe, D Wickremasinghe, T Pieris, C N Vitharne, K A G
Wathsala, C L Dissanayake, P A Chandrasiri, Y D P N Dissanayake.
chief guest was Ashok Fwarup, Country Manager, Pepsi International.
Regal December monthly medal
(Pvt) Ltd, the Sri Lanka joint venture between Distilleries Company of
Sri Lanka and group Pernod-Ricard France, the owing company of Chivas
Regal teamed up with the Royal Colombo Golf Club conducting the Chives
Regal December monthly medal on December 7.
competition was over 18 holes. In a tie, the winner was adjudged on
the basis of the best medal score over the back nine and so on.
tournament was open to all members of the men's section having a
current RCGC handicap and did play off their handicap. The handicap
Group A Handicap 0-09
Group B Handicap 1-18
Group C Handicap 19-28
awards ceremony was held the same evening at 7.30 p.m. at the Royal
Colombo Golf Club, Following are the results.
A - Handicap 0 to 09
: Mithun Nandasena 70
Up: Lallith Ramanayake 71,
B. - Handicap 10-18
: Chaminda Galagedera 68
Up: Bandula Weerasinghe 69 B/B9
C - Handicap 19 to 28
: Dhevan Peiris 66
Up : M. Hiroyama 69.
: K. B. Ambanpola 76
Up: W. Barsenbech 77,
Drive 8th Hole : A. Ahamed
to the Pin 9th Hole: Chaminda
Spoonist : Anil Panagoda 124 nett
future - authorities ignorant
future of Sri Lankan rugby football continued its clueless destiny in
the year/season gone by, namely, the 2002 calendar year despite
glaring inadequacies in a system facing breakdowns due to
deteriorating standards in the administration of the game. To make
things worse the supreme organ governing the sport (The ministry of
sports) has turned a blind eye on the issue as a whole.
addition the National Sports Council established with the motive
inter-alia of arresting any deteriorating standards of a sport too
have followed in the footsteps of the ministry, for at least upto date
no constructive measure has been divulged to revamp the game in this
is common knowledge that the Sri Lankan rugby image in the
international circuit (more particularly Asian region) has suffered a
must also be mentioned that criticism levelled from all corners of the
commercial capital that the prospering of Kandy Sports Club is the
cause, is nothing but an immature, irresponsible allegation made by
sections who are rather happy about casting aspersions on unfounded or
illogical theories to cover up their own inability to face upto a real
life challenge in the present day context.
does not have to go far as the concepts of Rugby Union and Rugby
League have drawn enough and more complications but the operative fact
is that both versions of the game have taken the battle to their hands
and are surviving the challenges instead of complaining and doing
nothing to retreat.
Lankans have always been generous at criticism but very poor at making
alternative solutions and same applies to rugby football as well.
in the present day context is a mixture of technical shrewdness and
physical strength and cannot be alienated from the other, thereby both
these aspects demand equal attention for a success story. The national
coaches have realised this fact and are at a loose end as to how such
considerations could be proceeded with. As far as the sports governing
body is concerned, the shop is closed for the term as there remains no
international tournament to partake in through invitation as the word
'quality' or if I may state non-participation without any malice
involved but through sheer concern as to the future standing of our
diminishing interest continued its decline as opposed to a healthy
presence at inter-school encounters which generated entertaining rugby
of a high calibre. In fact not less than five schoolboy ruggerrites
made it to the national team during the year.
remarkable feat was achieved by Rajith Jayasundera, D. Pushpakumara,
Laxman Dissanayake, P. Liyanage and A. Walpola. What was of more
concern was the poor turnouts even at the so called top fixtures where
the leading teams locked horns. For example, the CR-Havies encounter
which draws a capacity crowd witnessed ample vacant spaces in the
terraces. This is an issue which flows from the lacunas in the
administration and thus needs addressing connectively with the lapses.
would be aplenty in re-surrecting the system. However, more
importantly there is an urgent demand for competent personalities of
the game to make their contributions.
can that cause be sufficient is a foregone conclusion and the relevant
authority is by all means in a ideally suited position to implement
such measures. Sadly nothing has been done so far. Will there be a
novel approach for the 2003 season as in the recent past? The rugby
loving public in this country waits for a positive change merely
contemplating and hoping for the best in the coming year.
CC celebrates golden jubilee
golden jubilee anniversary of Negombo CC was held at Hotel Royal
Oceanic, Negombo. The chief guest was Speaker Joseph Michael Perera,
Jayaraj Fernandopulle MP, Mayor of Negombo, Newton Fernando and
Gampaha District Cricket Association President Lucien Merringe,
Lorence Amarasena D. I. G. Sabaragamuwa region and past
president Negombo Cricket Club were guests of honour.
Joseph Michael Perera congratulated the members of the Negombo CC for
the good work done and also for improving the infrastructure of
cricket in Gampaha district, which has been the leading club in
president Eustace Fernando gave a brief history of the club and remembered the founder members Alex
Abeysinghe, the first president, Gaston R. de Vaz, secretary, Kelvin
Wijeysinghe treasurer and the late Stanislaus Fernando, the former
Josephian cricket coach.
Fernando said he was very happy to inform the gathering that the club
had won the Daily News trophy twice under the captaincy of the late Dr. Ossie Peries and Gladston Dias in 1958 and
Donovan Andree trophy was won in 1985 under the captaincy of Lal
Jayasinghe in 1999 and at the under 23 All Island tournament Negombo
emerged champions Nuwan Priyankara leading the side. In the new
millennium under Mevan Fernando's captaincy Negombo won the limited
overs tournament and announced the champions trophy. Incidently Mevan
Fernando represented Sri Lanka in the under 19 world cup held in our
country and captained Maris Stella College who won the Lemonade Trophy
in the same year displaying St.
Peters College, Bambalapitiya to be the runners up. Brother Graham and
Wendall Labrooy played for Sri Lanka, Ranga Dias represented Sri Lanka
in the under 19 world cup held in 1998. Ranga's brother Sandun Dias
represented Sri Lanka in the mini world cup under 15 along with Isum
CC achieved all these throughout these years without a ground of their
own or a club house. He thanked all past presidents and ex-co members
for their dedicated services to.
Fernando appealed to the speaker as chief guest and guests of honour
to go all out and get the Kadirana grounds for the club.
body for motor sports in Sri Lanka
sports in Sri Lanka which had been under the control of an interim
body appointed by the then government was once again handed over to an
elected body, after almost four years. At an annual general meeting
summoned under the auspices of the Ministry of Sports, chaired by the
Director General of Sports Milton
Amerasinghe, the following were returned uncontested:
Mr. Suranjith Premadasa - Southern Motor Sports Club.
Presidents: Mr. Pubudu Wickrema Sri Lanka Association of Racing
Drivers and Riders and Mr. Ananda Jayasekera Sri Lanka Motor Cycle
Club, Secretary: Mr. Ranjith Jinasena Ceylon Motor Sports Club,
Treasurer Mr. Tharindhu Perera Southern Motor Sports Club.
committee will consist of two representatives from the above mentioned
Clubs as well as Up-Country Motor Sports Club, Kandy Motor Sports Club
and Ruhunu Motor Sports Club.
keeping with the wishes of the present minister of Sports to
depoliticalize sports, a case taken by the then members of the Sri
Lanka Association of Motor Sports against the former minister of
sports and the sports ministry officials and the interim council, was
settled in courts.
above elected Officials with vast experience in the sport, (as active
competitors and organisers) have vowed to develop the sport to
motor sports development plan is being drawn to be presented to the
ministry and the clubs in the near future.
Soccer Veterans Association conducted the annual seven a side Football
Tournament on Sunday 10 November, at the Sports complex at Reid
teams participated with veterans in the ages of between 40-65
displaying their skills in the game of football and projecting the
discipline, which was an example to all sportsmen who were present to
witness the tournament.
guest of honour was Manilal Fernando, FIFA Com Member along with the
newly elected president of the Soccer Veterans Association, SSP Sunil
Perera who hosted the flags, commenced the tournament at 10.00 a.m.
There were over 150 soccer veterans apart from the spectators at this
event at which the past memories of soccer came alive.
event brought in a better understanding and fellowship amongst the
soccer veterans in sharing the past soccer glory, reminding their
importance on the field of the days, they put on football boots.
chief guest Prasanna Gunawardena, Mayor of Colombo, witnessed the
finals between Colombo Veterans and Sri Lankan Air Lines.
Colombo Veterans emerged winners with 6 goals to nil displaying their
skills on the field.
chief guest in presenting the Veterans Trophy to the winners said
that, though he has taken over the reins of the mayorship recently he
was proud to note the commitment in the soccer veterans to the game of
football and that he would assist and support the association whenever
the need arose. He also commended the organisation of the tournament,
which was headed by Chandradasa Perera Asst. Director, Sports of the
Colombo municipality for a job well done.
tournament was successfully conducted due to the main sponsorship
received from Sunil Kaluthota who is ever willing to support the
soccer veterans at all times.
Lotteries Board, Ceylon Cold Stores, Marie De Classique Attire (Pvt)
Limited sponsorships are acknowledged with thanks.
Colombo municipality and the media, Rupavahini made all arrangements,
which made the event successful.
Soccer Veterans Association further plans to conduct the seven a side
soccer matches in the outstations.
new committee headed by President Sunil Perera (S.S.P) plans to
recognize those who have brought honour to football at a fitting
occasion which will be notified to the public.