Flower, Friend lift Zimbabwe
VIJAYAWADA, India, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Andy Flower hit an unbeaten 89 to
lift Zimbabwe after a middle-order slump on the second day of the tour
opener against the Indian Board President's XI on Saturday.
The left-hander put on 110 for the sixth wicket with Travis Friend to
help the tourists reach 292 for six after the home side declared their
first innings at the overnight total of 361 for three wickets.
Flower struck 12 fours to revive Zimbabwe's fortunes after they had
slid to 169 for five. Earlier, openers Stuart Carlisle and Trevor Gripper
had started cautiously against tight bowling by medium-pacers Ashish Nehra
and Tinu Yohannan.
But the introduction of Sharandeep Singh yielded immediate results for
the Indians as the test off-spinner dismissed skipper Carlisle for 20.
Gripper, who made a circumspect 52, put on 75 with Gavin Rennie for
the second wicket before Sharandeep removed him.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra tore out the middle order, removing Rennie (52),
wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu (2) and Heath Streak (0) as three wickets fell
for just four runs.
Shehan wins TT double
Shehan Vithanachchi of Mahanama College bagged the double crown in the
Novices and Intermediate Table Tennis championships conducted by the Westeren
Province Table Tennis Association held in collaboration with Gampaha Table
Tennis Association at Sugathadasa Indoor Staduium yesterday.
Shehan won the under 15 and under 17 novices titles and missed the triple
crown when he lost to Sajith Kavinda of St. Benedict's College, Kotahena.
In the under 15 semifinal, Shehan took sweet revenge from Sajith Kavinda.
when beat Sajith after ding-dong battle and entered the final and carried
the under 15 trophy. In the under 17 final Shehan beat Nisanda Mitharatna
in straight sets,
Novices Men: (Semi Finals) Sajith Kavinda (St .Benedict's) lost to N.E.Wanniarachchi
1-9,9-11,11-6; Y.S.Jayakody (Bandaranayaka MV Gampaha ) beat Gayan Dileepa
(Isipathana); Final : Y.S.Jayakody (Bandaranayaka M V Gampaha) beat N.E.Wanniarachchi
Under 7 (Final): Sanjula Kodikara beat Jiffry Saheed (Royal)
Under 9 (Final): Shan Gunasekara (Royal ) beat Ashan Sasanka (Holy cross
Under 13 (Semi Finals) Sajith Kavinda (St. Benedict's) beat Shehan Vithanachchi
(Mahanama); Chatura Weerakoon (Royal ) beat Shashi Madushanka (Aluthgama
MV) Final : Chatura Weerakoon (Royal) beat Sajith Kavinda (St. Benedict's)
Under 15: (Semi Finals) Devinda Fernando beat Vindula Ganegoda 12-10,
8-11,13-11; Shehan Vithanachchi beat Sajith Kavinda 11-9,11-9 Final: Shehan
Vithanachchi beat Devida Fernando.
Under 17: (Semi Final) Shehan Vithanachchi beat Roshan Prabuddha; Nisinda
Mithraratna beat Shasanka Dias. Final Shehan Vithanachchi beat Nisanda
Under 11: (Semi Final):Duminda Attygala (Royal) beat Thilina Samaraweera;
Dushan Ranatunga beat Malitha Dilusha Final: Duminda Attygala beat Dushan
Intermediate : (Semi Final): Prabath Indrajith beat Sajith Niroshan
(Prince of Wales); Nalinda Amaratunga beat Dinesh Viduranga (Isipatana).
Final : Prabath Indrajith beat Nalinda Amaratunga.
Middle order steal batting limelight
Chandana, Jayawardena bolster Sri Lanka
Bernie Wijesekera reporting form Dambulla
Sri Lanka middle order batting stole the limelight with a 92-runs 6th wkt.stand
in the highest between skipper Upul Chandana 73 (with 6 fours and a six
in 126 balls) and a sedate 75 not out by Prasanna Jayawardena (in 152 balls
in 244 minutes with 8 fours) helped to keep the batting together on day-three
of the third unofficial Test against Kenya continued here today.
The Lankans declared at 361 for 8 leaving the visitors to make 404 runs
in 19 overs and a day.
The Lankans lead 2-0 in the series. The Kenyans have a Herculean task.
The openers with better concentration and application batted to the close
- 61 for no loss. Kenya has the batting skills, but has to broaden their
run scoring with better application to gain recognition in the international
scene when play begins today. They need 343 runs to win on a pitch still
good for batting with all their wickets intact.
Sri Lanka 'A' resuming their innings at 125 for 3 in cool and sunny
conditions suffered an early setback with an addition of a single run to
Dilshan on 7, caught behind for 8. With the addition of 16 runs, Chamara
Silva, the other not out batsman was stranded run out from a direct hit
by Modi for 17 (with 3 fours in 55 balls) - double trouble. It was an unstilted
team effort by the Kenyans who infused tremendous enthusiasm on the field.
The bowlers - especially the seamers exploited the bouncy pitch getting
accoustomed to the conditions. Both Chandana and P. Jayawardena, played
watchful cricket. The first hour - a run- crawl, 19 runs.
The first session 75 runs, Upul on 44, threw caution to the winds.
He hit his via-a-vis Odumbe, for a straight six to the stands. The wiry
all-rounder maintained his consistency in the ongoing international scene.
After the luncheon break Chandana and Jayawardena accelerated the run-rate
increasing in brilliant sunshine.
The pair finding the gaps, with a scorching outfield, provided entertaining
cricket. Upul was on the run-chase, 'Jaya' played a subdued role.
The 92-run stand between the pair - for the six wkt. - the best for
Jayawardena on 23, had a 'life' missed by Shah in the slips, off Obuya.
Chandana driving and pulling effortlessly on 73 attempted a big hit off
Odumbe, was well held at deep mid-on by (sub Tonyango).
His 126-ball assault included (6 fours and a six) Pushpakumara joined
Left-hander 'Puspa' was on the offensive constantly found the ropes.
Pushpakumara had a 'life' on 32, when Odumbe failed to hold on to a return
catch. Five runs later Shah again missed him in the slips - unlucky bowler
Jayawardena completed a workman like 50 off 130 balls in 192 mts. Prasanna
was batting with growing confidence.
Finally Pushpa's beefy knock ended out for 105 with 6 fours in 81 balls.
And aggressive 9th wkt. unbeaten 50 runs in 30 mts. between Prasanna 75
n.o. (in 126 balls in 244 mts. with 8 fours) and Rangana Herath 26 n.o.
with 4 fours off 20 balls before the declaration was made.
Sri Lanka 'A'
1st innings 262 all out( D.A.Gunawardena 70, M.G.Vandort 55, H.A.P.W.Jayawardena
46 not out, C.O.Obuya 4/48)
Kenyans 1st innings 220 all out( S.O.Tikolo 42, C.O.Obuya 49 not out,
Upul Chandana 5/59)
Sri Lanka 'A' 2nd innings (125 for 3 overnight U.A.Fernando 61)
T.M. Dilshan c Otieno b Angara 8
(Attempted to cut, caught behind)
L.P.C. Silva run out (Modi) 17
(Going for a cheeky single direct hit from mid-on)
U.D.U. Chandana c sub (LN Onyango) b Odumbe 73
(Going for a big hit caught at long-on)
H.A.P.W. Jayawardene not out 75
M.Pushpakumara c Odumbe b Ongondo 45
(Attempting to force on the back foot caught at covers)
P.W. Gunaratne lbw b Angara 1
(Tried to pull, trapped in front)
H.M.R.K.B. Herath not out 26
Extras (b 6, lb 3, w 1, nb 2) 12
Total(8 wickets dec, 102 overs, 444 mins) 361
D.N.B: P.D.R.L. Perera
Fall: 1-76 (Gunawardene), 2-91 (Vandort),3-111 (Fernando), 4-126
(Dilshan), 5-142 (Silva), 6-234 (Chandana),7-303 (Pushpakumara), 8-311
Bowling : Suji 4-0-22-0 (1nb), Angara 25-8 -70-3, Tikolo 12 -1-41-0,
CO Obuya 21-1-101-1 (1w),Ongondo 19 -5-52-2 (1nb),Patel 3-0-10-0, Odumbe
Kenyans 2nd innings (target: 404 runs)
K.O. Otieno not out 31
R.D. Shah not out 27
Extras (lb 3) 3
Total (0 wickets, 19 overs) 61
To Bat: S.O. Tikolo, H.S. Modi, M.O. Odumbe, D.O. Obuya, B.J.
C.O. Obuya, P.J. Ongondo, M.A. Suji, J.O. Angara.
Bowling : Perera 3-1-12-0, Gunaratne 3-1-9-0, Fernando 2 -0-7-0,
Herath 4-2-15-0, Chandana 5-1-11-0, Pushpakumara 2-1-4-0
Nalanda thrash Dharmapala, gain outright win
By M.Shamil Amit
Nalanda secured their second outright win for the season when they trounced
Dharmapala Pannipitiya by an innings and 14 runs in the Elephant Lemonade
Cup inter-school cricket match concluded at Campbell Place yesterday.
Nalanda - 233
Dharmapala - 92 and 127 (S. Perera 15, S. Bowela 39; Ishara Dilshan
5 for 22, Y. Hewavitharana 3 for 27)
Royal retain shield
Skipper Ganganath Ratnayake with figures of 5 for 59 helped Royal to retain
the Frank Gunasekera shield and also register a narrow first innings win
over Wesley in the Elephant Lemonade Cup inter-school cricket match concluded
at Campbell Park yesterday.
Royal - 219 and 133 for 6 (V. Arunprakash 22, Navin Dias 25, Ganganath
Ratnayake 16, Menuka Keeniwinna 24 n.o; Farveez Mahroof 2 for 38, Charith
Karunaratne 3 for 50)
Wesley - 215 (Anderio Toussaint 29, Nuwan Samith 47, Thushara Waduge
39, P. Makalanda 45, L. Fernando 29; Ganganath Ratnayake 5 for 59, Pasindu
Chamikara 3 for 53)-MSA
On the first day's play of of the Elephant Lemonade Cup inter-school cricket
between Ananda and St. Joseph's being played at Ananda Mawatha, the former
taking first lease of the wicket were 278 for 5 at close with two half
centuries by Damindu Kularatne and Mahela Udawatte being the feature of
Ananda - 278 for 5 at close (Damindu Kularatne 56, Mahela Udawatte 71,
Yohan Wickramage 36, Eshan Abeysinghe 19, Thilina Kumarasinghe 42, Nadeeshan
Jayakody 28 n.o.; Ranesh Perera 3 for 75)-MSA
Raddoluwa MV 239
In another match of the same tournament between Rad-doluwa MV and President's
College Rajagiriya which began at Raddoluwa yesterday, Raddoluwa MV taking
first lease of the wicket scored 239.
Raddoluwa MV - 239 (Chinthaka Kulasinghe 50, Namal Chaturanga 33, Heshan
de Silva 32, Gayan Silva 38, Charith Kodikara 38; Lasantha Ananda 3 for
46, Tharindu Ranatunge 3 for 48, Poorna Munasinghe 2 for 38, Mohamed Shazmil
2 for 43)
President's Rajagiriya - 69 for 3 at close (Chamara Kodituwakku 29,
Nuwan Kariyawasam 23 n.o.; Gayan Fernando 3 for 29)-MSA
Mini Battle drawn
The Mini Battle between Thurstan and Isipatana ended in a draw. at the
BRC Grounds yesterday.
Isipatana - 159 (N. Sambreen 32, A. Bandara 31) and 84 for 9 dec. (T.
weeraratne 43; G. Amarasinghe 5 for 11)
Thurstan - 134 (C. Perera 30, R. Balasuriya 19 n.o.; U. Indika 6 for
25) and 52 for 5 (C. Perera 31 n.o.; N. Munawar 3 for 8)-MSA
Devans on top
From Vijitha Senaratne, Kurunegala Sports Corr.
In a high scoring Inter-School cricket match Maliyadeva obtained first
innings points over Dharmaraja Kandy at the Maliyadeva Grounds in Kurunegala
In reply to Dharmaraja's 222, Maliyadeva made 333 with Saman Priyntha
(106, one six and 15 fours) and skipper Damith Gunatilleke (158 - one six
and 19 fours) leading the run hunt.