1st July 2001
Business| Mirror Magazine
Let go? A CR player tackles a Kandy
By Marlon FernandopulleSri Lanka A outplayed Pakistan A to record a comprehensive 70 run victory in the first One Day International at the De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa yesterday.
The Lankans who were beaten 1-0 in the unofficial three test series proved their superiority in the one day game when they batted with purpose, bowled tightly and fielded brilliantly to outshine their opponents and take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
Batting first Sri Lanka were given a sound start by openers Avishka Gunawardene (74) and Shantha Kalawitigoda (27) who put on 69 runs in just 11.1 overs. Gunawardene continued his good form but rode on his luck after he was dropped twice.
Playing with little footwork, the dusky left hander thumped nine boundaries in his 104 ball knock to anchor the Lankan innings. Together with Kumar Sangakkara (34) he added 61 runs for the fourth wicket to help Sri Lanka build a challenging total.
With the departure of Gunawardena and Sangakkara Chamara Silva(37) and Suresh Perera (20) and skipper Thilan Samaraweera (18 n. o) helped Sri Lanka to 244 for 7 wickets in 50 overs.
Pakistan needing to score around five runs an over got off to a sedate start with openers Imran Farahat (29) and Toufiq Umar (47) adding 49 runs in 12.5 overs.
They were contained by intelligent bowling by Lanka's medium pace trio of Akalanka Ganegama, Dinusha Fernando and Suresh Perera.
Perera was the pick of the medium pacers when he picked up two wickets in his first spell which included Pakistan A skipper Hazan Raza.
As Pakistan A slid to 73/3 in the 19th over Toufiq Umar (47) and Misba ul Haq (28) came together and steadied the innings with a 57 run stand. However they consumed as much as 16 overs for their partnership after Sri Lanka A spinners Thilan Samaraweera and Sajeewa Weerakoon bowled a tidy and accurate length.
With the asking rate increasing to over seven runs an over in the last 15 overs the Pakistanis were desperate for quick runs and boundaries.
As a result they lost two quick wickets after wicket keeper Sangakkara accounted for a regulation stumping and a smart piece of work to run out another Pakistani player.
Skipper Thilan Samaraweera then brought in medium pacer Dinusha Fernando who wrapped up the tail taking three wickets all in similar caught very well by Akalanka Ganegama, two at long on and the other at mid wicket.
Sri Lanka A -244/7 in 50 overs (Avishaka Gunawardene 74. Shantha Kalawitigoda 27, Kumar Sangakkara 34, Chamara Silva 37, Suresh Perera 20, Thilan Samaraweera 18 n.o; Shabir Ahamed 1/69, Yasir Arafat 3/46, Danish Kaneria 1/36. A. Hussain 1/35)
Pakistan A - 174 all out in 42.4 overs(Imran Farahat 29, Toufiq Umar 47, Misba Ul -Haq 28 Irfan Fazil 22;
Suresh Perera 2/27, Dinusha Fernando 3/31. Thilan Samaraweera 2/31.
Sajeewa Weerakoon 2/27, Jehan Mubaraq 1/24)
By Bruce MauriceAnn Silva of the Navy set up a new Sri Lanka record in the women's javelin when she hurled the spear to a distance of 52.57 metres on the second day of the SAF second Trials at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
The earlier record was held by Vijitha Amarasekera which was 51.82 metres. This was the oldest Sri Lanka record on the card which was set up in April 1991.
The other record to be lowered was in the women's 1500 metres when Keshani Samarakoon of the Sri Lanka Air Force broke her own record with a time of 4 mts. 29.34 secs. Her earlier record stood at 4 mts. 29.43 secs.
Sugath Tillekeratne lost in the 200 metres when he was beaten by Ravindra Kumara of the Sri Lanka Army who returned a time of 21.52 seconds.
All eyes were on Sri Lanka's bronze medal winner at the last Olympics Susanthika Jayasinghe who won the 200 metres. She was not very impressive as she clocked only 23.44. Her record in the event is 22.95 set up last year.
Sriyani Kulawansa taking part in the 100 metres hurdles came first on
Friday but was a disappointment as she clocked only 13.64 while her record
is at 13.25 set up last year.
St. Joseph's College emerged winners with 270 points in the Boys' senior category along with Ladies' College with 249 points as the winners of the Girls' senior category.
The records list was also reflective of the level competition that some of the events had two swimmers completing under record time though only the best goes down in the record books.
The record breakers were Miniruwani Samarakoon - HCK (Under- 9 Girls - 100m Breaststroke and Individual Medley), Chanaka Malimbada - AC (Under-11 Boys' - 100m Breaststroke), Kalyan Veera- STCK (Under-13 Boys - 100m Breaststroke and 200m
Breaststroke), Shirantha Abeywardhena - SPC (Under-9 Boys' - 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle), M.I. Fahim - EMS (Under-13 Boys' - 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke), Rumedha Madigasekera - SJG (Under-19 Boys' - 1500m Freestyle), Dilini Liyanage - LC (Under-17 Girls - 100m Backstroke), Raghavan Madawela - STCML (Under-17 Boys' - 200m Breaststroke), H. Unamboowe - TCK (Under-9 Boys' - Individual Medley), Melissa Boange - BC (Under-17 Girls' - 200m Backstroke), Zoe Veera - AIS (Under-15 Girls' - 50m Freestyle), Chathuri Abeykoon - LC (Under- 13 Girls - 50m Freestyle), Manjith Thamanegama - SPC (Under-13 Boys - 50m Freestyle).
In the diving events Gayan Ranatunga - STCML (Under-17 Boys'), Chanaka Wickremasinghe - RC (Under-17 Boys'), Harini Jayasekera - VV (Under-19 Girls), Esiri Kankanige - RC (Under-15 Boys'), Prasadhi Perera - VV (Under-15 Girls'), Adhil Anees - SJC (Under- 13 Boys'), Ashif Anees - SJC (Under-13 Boys'), Tharaki Siyagune - BC (Under-13 Girls'), Leilani Delaune - EFC (Under-9 Girls') demonstrated clearly a higher standard against with impressive scores and placing against the rest in their respective age groups.
The meet was also a selection trial for the First Asian Schools' Swimming Championships to be held in Singapore this year.
A special mention must also be made of the sponsors Nestle Lanka Ltd., and the organizers the Schools' Association, whose efforts in organizing this meet showed a supreme class against the recently concluded National Age Group Championships organized by NAASU (National Amateur Aquatic Sports Union). Though both meets drew in a similar number of entries, the Age Group Championships came into much criticism when the meet ran late into the evening on some days.
However, one must note that this meet had less problems with the automatic
timing system and was driven by a different strength - the affiliation
of the staff and competitors to their schools.
High-handednessHow come the 'big mouth' who heads the medal winning associations has absorbed the powers vested in the minister to release the team picked for the World Junior Championships in Brunei even before the team was ratified. It so happened at the conclusion of the meet, where the big mouth made an announcement to the officials and media to stay back in order to release the team at the Sugathadasa Stadium, which he did. What powers!
Rover also learns that the selection committee has selected seven athletes for participation at the forthcoming World Championships in Canada in August. But pressure is brought on making an addition of a schoolgirl in the 100 metres. Minister lookout. Whether he will succeed is to be seen, but he is definitely going against the choice of the selectors.
Is it true?Is it true that a leading cricket club, who was given step-motherly treatment by the former Cricket Board has put up a fence, since they are victimised on every issue since they voted against the Board's nominees!
At loggerheadsTwo former Sri Lankan cricketers both playing for a leading club in Colombo, were stopped from assaulting each other on arguments centred around the way they got out in a final round match. Earlier too these two cricketers clashed, but this time one was to assault the other with a bat, which was prevented by the team-mates and supporters.
At a lossRover learns that monies given to be handed over to an University playing in a popular sport was not given same, even though the cheque has been changed, due to the pressure brought on this official from another stating that they did not vote for us.
Not decided yetAt 9.45 a.m., just 15 minutes before the start of the Unofficial Test match between the 'A' teams of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, a clergyman, who went round the Dambulla Stadium, made an announcement stating that he has not decided as yet whether to allow the match to be continued on the last day, showing his protests of the calling off of the three One Day matches, involving, India and New Zealand.
Who is playing out whom?It is learnt that two officials of a popular sport, stood to gain sharing the grants in half to themselves while the other half was given to a District Association, who did not wish to grumble as something is better than nothing they thought. Why not call for an inquiry?
Special treatmentSpecial treatment is meted out to persons of their choice, only those being invited for ocassions conducted by the Ministry of Sports, like the one held to announce the plans for the promotion of football at the Juvenile and Junior level attended by the minister and his officials and those of the Football Federation. What a way!
What a wasteBooking for 30 rooms was made at a hotel in Polonnaruwa, name of hotel withheld, for the Limited Overs match between Sri Lanka and England played at the Dambulla Stadium. But nobody booked in! The question posed is who paid for this lapse? Your guess is good as mine.
Stale but trueThe cheerman in England was pushed from pillar to post in trying to obtain two complimentary tickets for the last World Cup. It happened this way, on arrival in England the cheerman found it difficult to get the two tickets since all were sold out. He asked for them from a former board official, who said he does not have tickets and pointed an accusing finger at a past cricketer. The cheerman approached another senior player, who promised to help out and wanted him to contact 'so and so' at the hotel. But alas when the cheerman went to collect the tickets the official was missing and meeting SB, the cheerman related his plight and the two tickets were ordered to be given to him on SB's instructions, but he had to pay for them, while many others got complimentary tickets.
Caltex to power Motor Races
By M. Shamil AmitCaltex Lubricants Lanka Limited the lubricants marketer in Sri Lanka has come forward for the second time to sponsor the Caltex Ruhunu Races 2001 which will get underway today at the Export Processing Zone, Koggala.
The Caltex Ruhunu Motor Races is organized by the Ruhunu Motor Sports in association with the Sri Lanka Racing Riders Association. Speaking at a press conference held at Isurupaya Shibly Latiff, the Marketing Manager Caltex said that they are happy to get involved in sponsoring this race for the second successive year and firmly believes in upgrading the standards of Motor Sports in Sri Lanka. Hence the Caltex commitment to this sponsorship bears testimony in their commitment to develop Motor Sports in the Southern region.
Caltex has embarked on a two-pronged strategy to enhance Motor Sports by firstly introducing a structured sponsorship programme for racing drivers and riders. The company's commitment to upgrade Motor Sports in Sri Lanka was evident with the opening of the Caltex Prokart track at Millennium Park.
The President of the Ruhunu Motor Sports Club said the club was actively involved in promoting motor sports in the southern region and was the first club to organize a circuit meet of this nature last year. Without the sponsorship given by Caltex and the backing we got from the officials of the BOI and members of the Factory Owners Association EPZ circuit Koggala, the races would have not realised and we are grateful to them for having the trust in us and in coming forward to make these races a success again he concluded.
This year there will be 22 exciting events which are lined up to be conducted at the tarred track which is 2.2 km in length and the main road of the Export Procession Zone at Koggala. The event will also see the "Caltex Racing Team" comprising 25 team members in action and a specialty this year would be the inclusion of an event for standard Mini's.
The events to be held are - Motorcycles: Group - P
Standard/Modified up to 125 cc, Standard/Modified up to 250 cc, Four stroke (Open), Novices up to 125 cc. Group - R
Racing up to 125 cc, Up to 250 cc and Unlimited.
Motor Cars: Group - N
Novices Group 'A' cars over 12kg/bhp.
Group-D Diesel cars up to 2000 cc (Non Turbo)
Group-A Unmodified, normally aspirated engines. Over 14.0 kg, Over 12.0 kg/bhp up to and including 14.0 kg/bhp, Over 10.0 kg/bhp up to and including 12.0 kg/bhp, Over 8.0 kg/bhp up to and including 10.0 kg/bhp, Over 6.0 kg/bhp up to and including 8.0 kg/bhp, 1000 cc standard for mini.
Group-L Ladies up to 1600 cc (Non Turbocharged)
Group-M, S and T. Modified cars and specials, up to and including 1050
cc, Over 1050 cc and including 1350 cc, 5 cc Over 1665 cc. Group-F Formula
cars, Formula cars up to 1600 cc. Confifi Group along with Club Horizon,
Koggala will be catering meal packages and all refreshments at concession
By Bernie WijesekeraOver ten schools are in the scrum drawn from Kandy District. But where are the clubs barring Kandy SC for the youth to be in continuity after leaving school?
Kandy District should help promote more clubs for the talented players to play rather than divert them to other activities at leisure time said Lakshman Kiriella the Minister of Sports when interviewed by The Sunday Times, with regard to Kandy Youth CC's entry to play in 'A' Div. rugby for the first time.
Q: Are you aware that some clubs are not happy with your decision to help KYCC with men and material for them to join the big league when they have not even played in the 'B' Div.
A: I agree. Are you going to adhere to rules and thereby waste young talent. There should be more clubs for the youngsters to get involved in competitive Rugby after leaving school to help develop the sport at national level. Its in the rural districts that the future of this sport lies. They are from less affluent homes, but has the determination and the strength to hold their own in this body contact sport.
Q: Do you agree that some of the schoolboys after leaving school are not interested or working hard to reach the top. Some of them make it a social sport, but has no idea of making to the national level?
A: You are right. Some people say Kandy Youth is my club because I gave financial assistance and encouragement and is not eligible to play in the big league. They are mistaken. KYCC knocked the daylights out of CR&FC when they bearded them in their own den and justified their entry. In any sport, be it rugby or otherwise it should not be the domain of a handful of clubs. But its wings must be spread for mass participation. Then only one could harness talent. The poor youth may sleep on the mat and struggle to eke out a living. But when they perform the affluent clubs could draft them to their echelons by giving job opportunities to enjoy a better tomorrow Kiriella added.
Next year I am going to help two more clubs in Kandy to play rugby in the 'A' Div. with men and material - Old Trinitians and Old Rajans. This will afford more playing opportunities for the school leavers.
Minister Kiriella speaking in a lighter vein said, during his recent visit to Kataragama Kovil, he went to a 'night kade'. The owner remarked "Sir, my son is playing for Kandy Youth - thanks to you. My aim is to promote sport for nation-building sans petty issues or ethnicity. If anyone is prepared to promote sport in the correct spirit, I am there to help them.
Q: That means put the country before self?
A: I agree. Play the game in the correct spirit and do your best to uplift the image of the down-trodden youth via sport.
Kiriella commended two people who have done a tremendous job to help Kandy Youth's participation in 'A' Div. rugby. Coach and former Sri Lankan player Maurice Perera and Janaka Pathirana.
This weekend Kandy Youth play host to Havelocks SC on Sunday July 01, at Nittawela. Expect another blockbuster after their effort against CR away in Colombo.
Minister Kiriella will be the Chief Guest.
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