rain save England?
only Muralitharan can bowl from both ends!
it bye forever to HK Sevens?
- Test cricketer and band leader
the rugged Surrey left-hand batsman who made the first three figure
score for England in the recent tour and played a charmed though
resolute knock, making the first-half century for the tourists in this
Test series in the first innings of the First Test, comes from a
family of rich cricketing traditions. His father Alan Raymond too was
a left-hand batsman and played for the same county, Surrey, from 1972
to 1983 while Mark’s uncles Martin Simon (Surrey) and Ian Paul
(Leicestershire) also played first-class cricket.
Mark has another claim for fame, this time, in the world of music.
Leading his own band where he specializes in vocals and electric
guitar, they performed during the recent PCA awards ceremony at the
Royal Albert Hall. Also, he was mainly responsible for releasing a CD ‘you’re
never gone’ by the Ben Hollioake Tribute Band in memory of his
friend Ben Hollioake who died in a tragic motor accident in Australia.
Lanka lose all their games
Hishan Welmilla reporting from Dubai
Sri Lanka had
no luck in the Dubai Sevens Rugby Tourament as they lost their
matches. But in the opening game against France, it was a surprise to
see the Lankans holding on to the mighty French side during the first
half and only allowing two occasions for them to score.
Molinier made the first break for France in the game and Oliver
Toulouze added the extra points. Then again Molinier ran 90 meters to
score his second try and Toulouze added the extra points to read 14-0
in France’ favour. France scored 4 goals in the second half to win
the game by 42-7.
top seeds England were never challenged by the Lankans and cruised
through the game quite convincingly by 75 (10 goals, 1 try) to nil.
Lanka held on to strong Morocco resistance in the first half and went
on to score the first try. Morocco stormed in to the game before the
short whistle with a try from Rachid Ouabdelmalek which was converted
to read the score 7-all.
Lanka missed several opportunities to score against Morocco in the
second half but Morocco capitalized on those and went on to score two
tries with one conversion to take the game away from Lankans. Morocco
recorded their first win in the tournament by beating Sri Lanka 19 (2
goals, 01 try)-7 (1 goal).
Allan Musoke crossed the line to put his team on the board with
unsuccessful conversion Ronnie Lutakome. Soon after Sri Lanka
responded with a fine
move by Amjad Buksh which paved the way to Pradeep Liyanage to level
the score 5-5. Amjad Buksh added the extra points with a sensational
kick and Lankans were leading 12-7 in the 5th minute of the first
half. But Uganda regained their position with another try by Allan
Musoke and this time Ronnie Lutakome made no mistake in converting to
a goal. Uganda took the lead 12-7 at the half way mark. And went on to
win 38 (4goals, 2tries) to 14 (2goals) in their favour.
proved a point in the Dubai Rugby Sevens that they are capable of
becoming serious contenders on the 7s circuit when they qualified to
play in the Shield finals beating Sri Lanka 17-12 at the semi finals.
earmarks Hikkaduwa for permanency
Japanese Professional Surfing Association has vowed to permanently
anchor one of its popular annual events in the waters of Hikkaduwa.
Following the successful staging of the final of JPSA’s Long Board
series in Hikkaduwa last month, both its chairman, Shinzo Tanuma, and
executive chairman, Tadashi Kawaminami, have promised to make the
event an annual feature in the popular southern holiday resort.
were delighted with the way SriLankan Airlines put together our Long
Board event — the organization was excellent, and our surfers found
the Hikkaduwa waves ideal for surfing. We will come back to Sri Lanka,
hopefully, in greater numbers next year_ and are firm in our
intention to have Hikkaduwa as a permanent event of the series,”
JPSA’s last Long Board series was made up of four events with the
Sri Lanka leg being the only one staged overseas. The other three were
surfed off the shores of Japan. Sri Lanka was the chosen foreign venue
after the JPSA tried out the Hikkaduwa seas in 2001, bringing 38
surfers. “Obviously they were happy with the waters and the ground
organization in 2001 and decided to bring the event here in 2002.
Eighty Japanese surfers were scheduled to come, but unfortunately
security fears following the Bali bombing forced a cancellation,”
said Kaushal Seneviratne, SriLankan Airlines manager in Japan. “But
the 2002 cancellation didn’t mean they had forgotten Hikkaduwa; they
made it this year.”
in greater numbers: 113 surfers, including the top 16 ranked
professionals in Japan, accompanied by a team of officials and four
journalists. Designating the Sri Lanka event as the 2003 series final
evoked greater interest as it meant Hikkaduwa would decide the final
yearend rankings. Yoshinomi Matsuyana was adjudged champion surfer of
the Hikkaduwa event and also took the top position of the 2003
rankings. The Rookie of the Year was Yujine Tiele.
Airlines put up the prize money, totalling 3 million yen, as well as
flying out a team of JPSA officials. The national carrier also footed
the bill for laying out the ground requirements.The returns to the
country’s tourist industry, however, have made it a worthwhile
investment. The 113 participants paid their own way here. And also
bore all of their expenses, including accommodation, during the
700-800 recreational Japanese surfers annually visiting Sri Lanka, the
imminent naming of Hikkaduwa as the only permanent overseas venue for
the four-event Long Board series, the potential to enhance the numbers
of surfer-tourists will no doubt improve. Last month’s event in
Hikkaduwa earned positive publicity in more than a few surfing
magazines in Japan, according to Kaushal Seneviratne.
Paper Felicitates Waidyatilaka
of Kelani Paper Converters Ltd., recently felicitated the Managing
Director, P.H.D. Waidyatilaka for bringing honour and glory to Mother
Lanka and in turn to Kelani Papaer Converters Ltd., in the field of
the reception held in the company premises, the accountant Karunadasa
Opatha stated that Waidyatilaka is the only Sri Lankan appointed as an
IAAF lecturer and an international technical official by the world
governing body for athletics.
July 2003, at the General Assembly of World Masters Athletics held in
Puerto Rico Waidyatilaka was elected uncontested as a member of the
Stadia Committee. He yet again brought honour to Sri Lanka officiating
as the International Technical Official at the World Athletics
Championships held in Paris in August 2003, disqualified a world class
athlete from the U.S.A. in the 100m event and stood firm by his
decision despite prolong protests by the athlete who disrupted the
proceedings for almost an hour.
rugby players of ST.BENEDICTS College Colombo 13 with a view to
playing a dominant role
in the schools rugby arena have come forward to uplift the alma
mater’s rugby standard red. They have established was rugby wing to
this effect. The wing consists of past captains, players and other
true-blooded Benedictines who have pledged to boost college rugby.
cricketer Ranjith Fernando who incidentally was the first rugby
captain in1963, Faisal Dole, college director Rev. Bro.Granville
Fernando have taken on the role of honorary
to guide and direct the wing.
wing would appreciate any and all support. Any old boy could lend to
the wing in this regard.
you wish to help out please contact spokesperson of the wing,
Valentine Fernando whose number is 2458101.
of the objectives of the wing is to collect the history of college
any Ben has records, please come forward. Please contact either
Valentine Fernando or
Soyza on 5519195 or 5529195. Past captains are also requested to
furnish their team cards, photos and articles to persons listed. The
wing plans to put up a
containing the names of the past captains in Old Bens Sports Club
following office bearers were elected on 27 August:-
P.A.Gordan, Vice presidents: Rimantha Goonesekra, Mevan Rajeewa,
Secretary: Ashley Fernando, Assistant Sec: D. Fernando, Treasurer:
Rajith Jayasekera, Assistant Treasuer: Sehan Soyza, Committee members:
Valentine Fernando, Manoj Prince, Shanka Boparachchi, M. Hussein, S.
Wijerathne, Ranjith Rodrigo, S. Mohan, R. Sahabandu, M. Wettawe.
cricketers will visit the most picturesque golf course in Sri Lanka,
the Victoria Golf and Country Resort today.
intend to relax and indulge themselves in a game of golf before the
commencement of the second Test at
Asgiriya on December 10.
Cricketers are eager to experience the thrill and the excitement of
playing on one of the 100 most beautiful golf courses in the world,
designed by the renowned architect, Donald Steel.
number of the English cricketers who have played on this course during
their last tour of Sri Lanka were enthralled by the scenic backdrop of
hills and lakes that surrounds the Victoria golf course.
the Poya day the English media that includes the past renowned
cricketers of the calibre of Ian Botham, David Lloyd, Fill Tuffnel,
Michael Atherton, Tony Greig and Paul Allot will grace the Victoria
Golf club also to relax and enjoy a game of golf.
Thomas’ MTV sports special
tour of Sri Lanka and the turning point hosted by premier sports
caster Brian Thomas, on MTV News 9 p.m., a fantastic concept that
brings outside stories, views, exclusive interviews is very
informative to the cricket crazy public in Sri lanka.
The England cricket team who will be at the victoria Golf and
country Resort in Digana today to enjoy a game of golf on one of the
100 most beautiful golf courses in the world would also be featured on
this MTV special sports segment.