Aravinda puts NCC on top
By Bruce Maurice
At the end of the second day of their Premier Super League encounter against
Tamil Union played at Maitland Crescent, NCC had posted a massive 340 and
then captured five of their opponents wickets for 165 runs.
Continuing from their overnight score of 236, Arvinda De Silva resumed
his interupted innings and went onto score 154 with 21 boundries.
At stumps, Tamil Union were 165 for five with their sheet anchor Shirmans
back in the pavillion after compiling a well played 58.
NCC 340 (A. De Silva 154, N. Nawaz 52, C. Mapatuna 25, R. Pushpakumara
29, G. Wijekoon 3 for 46, p. Wickramasinghe 3 for 62, U. Chandana 3 for
Tamil Union 165 for 5 (N. Shiroman 58, R. Peiris 24, G. Wijekoon 30
n.o., U. Chandana 21, A. Gamage 2 for 31, R. Pushpakumara 2 for 44).
Bloomfield well ahead
Bloomfield were enjoying an overall lead of 91 with eight second innings
wickets in hand after dismissing BRC for 219 and then replying with 36
for two wickets at stumps on the second day of their Premier Super League
fixture at Maitland Place yesterday.
Starting the day at 28 for no loss, Damitha Hunukumbura 59 and C. Soyza
37 anchored the BRC with a 94 run stand for the second wicket. But after
these two were dismissed, only Jayasinghe 23 held up left arm leg spinner
Dissanayaka who retuned the impressive figures of 5 for 37. At stumps Bloomfield
had extended their lead to 91.
Bloomfield 274 and 36 for 2 wickets.
BRC 219 (D. Hunukum–bura 60, C. Soyza 37, C. Jayasinghe 23, T. Lakshita
3 for 59, S. Dissanayaka 5 for 37).
First innings win for Moors
Replying to Galle CC's moderate score of 163, Moors SC went on to post
285 and gain a first innings lead of 122 runs in their Premier Super League
match that was resumed last morning at Reid Avenue. But Galle had made
a spirited reply and were 56 for one when stumps were drawn.
Galle CC 163 and 56 for 1 (C. Vidanage 35 n.o).
Moors SC 285 (N. Cooray 47, B. Perera 67, C. Fernando 36, R. Ratnayaka
24, K. Jayasinghe 26, C. Komasaru 3 for 73, P. Wanasinghe 2 for 56).
Liyanage bowls Colts CC to victory
Duleep Liyanage bowled Colts CC to a handsome innings and 75 run win
over CCC when their Premier Super League match was resumed last morning
at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium.
Resuming at 186 for 5 with a lead of 40 runs, D. Samaraweera put the
CCC attack to the sword to score a swashbuckling 70 and help Colts to a
score of 289. Duleep Liyanage (5for22) then wrecked the CCC batting line-up
to bundle them out for paltry 58 to give the Colts an innngs and 85 run
win in two days.
CCC 146 and 58 (P. Jayawardena 13, D. Liyanage 5 for 22, E. Upashantha
3 for 36).
Colts CC 289 (S. Kalawitagoda 27, R. Kaluwitharne 51, J. Kulatunge 20,
D. Samaraweera 70, M. Pushpakumara 41, N. Rupasinghe 5 for 85, T. Mendis
3 for 43).
Rasika and Tyronne match winners
By Shamil Amit
Ragama CC registered an innings and 130 runs win over Rio SC Ambalangoda
in the Super Plate championship cricket concluded at Moratuwa yesterday.
Two fine perfo–mances put in by Rasika Priyadharshana who made an unbeaten
106 and a eight wicket haul by Tyronne Gamage helped Ragama CC to acheive
In reply to Ragama CC's score of 348 Rio SC were bundled out for 121
and 97. The match being completed with a day to spare.
Ragama CC 348 (Rasika Priyadharshana 106 n.o.) C.Rupasinghe 4 for 54,
S.Prasad 3 for 56, Ruwan Dilruk 2 for 27) Rio SC 121 (N.Dinesh 22, T.Srilal
22; Rasika Priyadhar–shana 4 for 19, Asela Jayasin–ghe 4 for 43) and 97
(N.Dinesh 22; Tyronne Gamage 8 for 32).
Wrong to stay on
The Minister of Sports should set an example by resigning as the President
of the Kurunegala Football League, otherwise many might think that he will
have the interest of the club at heart.
He should follow the example set by former Minister S.B.Dissanayake
when he resigned as the President of the Track Masters Sports Club when
he assumed office as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Letters to Sports Editor
Maintain fairplay at badminton trials
Badminton player Clarence Homer of 129 Reid Avenue, Colombo 4 has written
to the Sports Minister Mr.Johnston Fernando that he has been unjustly dropped
from the team for the Thomas and Uber Cup compeitions.
In his letter to the Minister, a copy of which has been sent to The
Sunday Times, Clarence states: "I wish to inform you that the Chairman
of the Selection Committee was not present at the time of the trials but
he has recommended players for the competition. This is not the first time
such things have happened. Even at the SAF trials in 2001, this was the
issue. I hope that you will look into the matter and see that fairplay
Classic cars on the track
The Classic Car Club of Ceylon will conduct a Members Day Rally on February
10.It will be sponsored by Morris Lubricants.
It will be flagegd off opposite the Art Gallery near Vihara Mahadevi
Park and proceed on a course detailed out which will be given to the competitors
only on the start line. This course has been plotted using a 'Tulip Chart'.
Instructions on how a 'Tulip Chart' Rally is conducted will be explained
to the competitors well before the Rally. The Rally will end at Pegasus
Reef Hotel and the club expects a turn-around of 50 participants and a
minimum of 150 for lunch. -BM
Joes and Cambrians stave off defeat
By M.Shamil Amit
Of the five Elephant Lemonade Cup lnterschools cricket matches concluded
yesterday. Two teams St Joseph's and Prince of Wales saved their matches
with outright defeats staring at their faces against Royal and S.Thomas.
In the match between Royal and St Joseph's which was played at Darley
Road. The Josephians going into bat yesterday with a deficit of 103 runs
put up gritty fight back but not before having to face anxious moments
themselves. The hero of the Josephian fight back was allrounder and number
nine batsman Joel Sabreen who cracked a well timed century. With his team
down on 207 for 8 he put on two valuable partnerships with Shiraz Illyas
for the ninth wicket and Gihan Perera for the last wicket, which helped
the Josephians to score a mammoth 345. For the Royalists skipper Ganganath
Ratnayake had another five wicket haul giving him a match bag of 12 for
132. Royal chasing a target of 243 runs to win were 53 for 1 at close.
The Cambrians helped by a fine century from Amila Sandaruwan deprived
the Thomians of a victory in the match concluded at Mt Lavinia. The Thomians
resuming from their overnight score of 174 for 5 went on to score 232 for
6 before declaring with K.Silva making an unbesten 74. The Cambrians going
into bat again with a deficit of 146 runs made 232. The Thomians chasing
a winning target of 87 runs to win were 61 for 6 when stumps were drawn.
The match between St Benedicts and St Anthony's Kandy concluded at Kotahena
ended in first innings win for the Benedictines. In reply St Benedicts
scored 111 the Antonians resuming on 38 for 4 were yesterday bundled out
for 95. Amila Sudesh and Shehan Dhammika shared the wickets. In the second
essay the Bens were 178 for at close.
Isipatana registered a first innings win over St Aloysius Galle after
being in a hopeless position. Continuing from the overnight score of 26
for 4 Isipatana fell into more trouble with the score on 52 for 7. A stubborn
partnership of 98 runs for the eighth wicket between Saranga Perera who
made 60 and Damith Dushantha 40 helped Isipatana score 166.
At Ananda Mawatha St Peter's had to be satisfied with a first innings
win over Ananda. In reply the Peterites score of 218 Ananda were bowled
for 157. St Peter'ss batting the second time made 146.
At Darley Road:
St Joseph's 74 and 345 (Joel Sabreen 101, Shiraz Illyas 36, Gihan Perera
34, Sheron Gunawardena 34; Ganganath Ratnayake 5 for 110, Pasindu Chamikara
3 for 42)
Royal 177 and 53 for 1 at close (Isuru Mendis 20, Rochana Wijeratne
At Mt Lavinia:
Prince of Wales 86 and 232 (Amila Sandaruwan 115, D.Dananjaya 61; Tharindu
Fernando 5 for 37, Vijesh Balasubramaniam 4 for 81)
S.Thomas 232 for 6 declared (K.Silva 74 n.o., P. Rodrigo 19 n.o.; Shan
Wijeratne 3 for 60) and 611 for 6 at close (Sahan Wijeratne 4 for 27)
St Benedict's 111 and 178 for 7 at close (Lasitha Hettiarachchi 40,
Amila Sudesh 21, Angelo Anandappa 22 n.o, S.de Silva 23; A.Ariayaratne
4 for 59)
St Anthony's 95 (Shehan Dhammika 4 for 48, Amilaa Sudesh 4 for 3)
St Aloyisus 145 and 113 for 4 at close (C.Isanka 24, I.Welihinda 29,
E.Withana 39 n.o.)
Isipatana 166 (Saranga Perera 60, Damith Dushantha 40; D.Janaka 4 for
47, T.Guneratne 3 for 17, D.Jayasekera 2 for 24)
At Ananda Mawatha
St Peter's 218 and 146 (Denver Faux 24, Jehan Jayasuriya 27; Lahiru
Senarate 5 for 35)
Ananda 157 (Yohan Wickramage 28, D.Kularatne 118, D.Kumarasinghe 24)
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Cricket was the loser when St. Sylvester's batted for an unduly long time
in their match against Dharmaraja which ended in the tamest of draws at
the Police grounds yesterday.
Youngster Dhananjaya Karunaratne (84) and Pradeep Athauda ground out
half centuries while most of the others clipped in towards a massive Sylvestrian
In a belated reply, opener Muditha Wijekoon batted brightly for an unbeaten
St. Sylvester's 365 (D. Karunaratne 84, P.Athauda 51, M. Rajapakse 3-47,
A. Ekanayake 2-41)
Dharmaraja 137-2 (M. Wijekoon 76 not out)
Fernando rescues Trinity
Having been skittled out for a paltry 63 and conceded an imposing lead
of 156 to Vidyartha, Trinity's batsmen led by the solid Clifford Fernando
staged a great escape at Asgiriya last evening.
Fifties by skipper Harshan Nanayakkara and Sujith Perera took Vidyaratha
to a total of 219-8. Going in again, Trinity lost a wicket early. However,
left hander Clifford Fernando and Tisitha Jayasinghe joined forces to stall
their opponents in a vital second wicket stand.
Trinity 63 and 181-6 (J. Jayasinghe 37, C. Fernando 105 n.o. and B.
Chandrasiri 3-44, S. Perera 2-61)
Vidyaratha 219-8 - Dec. (A. Nanayakkara 51, S. Perera 67, J. Dharmasena
17, C. Fernando 2-48 S. Muneer 3-52, K. Chandrapala 2-33.)