CC make 311 vs Old Dharmapalians
Lankan CC made a bold 311 in their Sara Trophy cricket match against
Old Dharmapalians which began at Pannipitiya yesterday. The feature
of the innings was the 100 scored by C. Jayasinghe.
Lankan CC 311
(C. Jayasinghe 100, S. Perera 89, C. Galappaththi 26, S. Sahhed
35, C. Nirosh 25; R. Senaratne 6 for 34) vs Old Dharmpalians-MSA
In the Sara Trophy cricket encounter between Old Cambrians SC and
Nugegoda SWC which began at the Premadasa Stadium yesterday. Old
Cambrians taking first lease of the wicket scored 170 and NSWC were
66 for 1 at close.
170 (S. Hettiaracchchi 79, N. Fernando 45; S. Farook 5 for 24, E.
Perera 4 for 38) NSWC 66 for 1 at close (N. Liyanage 30 n.o., S.
Jayawickrama 26 n.o.)-MSA
On the first days play of the Sara Trophy cricket match between
Police SC and Badureliya SC being played at the Police Park. Badureliya
SC batting made 227 and Police SC were 40 for no loss.
- 227 (S. Wijeratne 40, S. Witharna 62, S. Suriyaarachchi 39, R.
Samarasinghe 28; R. Jinen 3 for 41, M. Jayawardena 3 for 56)
Police SC - 40 for no loss.-MSA
Lanka meet India in U-17 final
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Sri Lanka's under 17 cricketers squeezed out a two wicket win over
Bangladesh to enter the tri- nations tournaments final against India
which will be on Wednesday at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium.
Earlier a spirited
Bangladesh team had totalled 216 with openers Pavel and Islam batting
superbly to add 116 for the first wicket. Five run outs put paid
to any hopes the visitors had of setting Sri Lanka a bigger target.
in 49.4 overs (Naleem Islam 28, G.S.Pavel 76, Golam Rahman 40, Nadif
Choudhury 25, Dhiman Gosh 16, Kanchana Gunawardane 2-33, Shanaka
Wickramasekera 2-17 , M.F.Maharoof 1-25.)
Sri Lanka 217-8
in 48 overs (Upul Tharanga 13, Kanchana Gunawardane 38, Shanaka
Wickramasekera 20, H.Vithanage 37, Gihan De Silva 35, F.Maharoof
25, Sandun Dias 19, N .Chaudhury 2-24, Z.Rahman 2-26, A.Newaz 2-65)
gods win the battle
Try as Sri Lanka and India did, the weather Gods decided that neither
team should bask in the glory of being the winner of the ICC trophy.
It was also termed the Mini World Cup and it did give an indication
as to what teams would be in contention for claims to win the World
Cup in March next year.
As events turned
out, when play was halted on both days it looked as though India
were the favourites. Yet, Sri Lanka had posted scores of 231 and
222, on a pitch where batsmen had to work hard to earn their runs,
particularly off the slower bowlers. The ball had to be struck,
as it was not coming on enough to be timed and caressed.
It was Haribajan
and Shewag who halted Sri Lanka from collecting 30 or 40 more on
day one. On day two skipper Ganguly called on six bowlers and they
all obliged. Zaheer Khan, the left arm pacie who is constantly improving,
picked-up Jayasuriya, Jayawardene and Vaas and was the pick of the
First the Sri
Lankan middle order perished in attempting to rush and could not
capitalize on the rich start. On day two the hitherto reliable top
order ran into trouble to reduce the team to 71 for 4.
It gave Mahela
Jayawardene and Russel Arnold the opportunity to build a partnership.
Due to one reason or another both had not compiled big scores. Cometh
the hour the two players held the batting together, against an onslaught
of pace and spin.
was delightful as he always is when in full cry. Arnold laboured
in the beginning but then blossomed out and Sri Lanka reached a
very respectable score.
of Shewag and Tendulkar is what put the game in India's favour.
Both players are capable of decimating any attack on any surface.
Shewag was in spanking form throughout the tournament. Tendulkar
was not so, but the sleeping giant would have arisen for the occasion.
seemed the most potent outfit. They were beaten, battered and bruised
by the home team. A convincing win and a supreme confidence booster
for Sanath Jayasuriya's men.
start they got, made them greedy to reach a score of possibly 300.
They looked to the end, rather than the way to get there. Hayden
and Gilchrist lost their heads and threw it away. Lehman and Martyn
got themselves run out. Ponting went lbw to a beauty from Vaas.
They got themselves into a mire which they could never get out of.
not having an additional front line spinner made it impossible to
defend their meagre total.
A lesson to
be learnt for all countries touring this part of the world. The
capacity crowd was deadly silent whenever Australia succeeded. When
Sri Lanka succeeded or the Aussies failed the roar was like thunder
from the skies, which is a frightening experience. External pressures
have a telling effect on even the best and strong willed players
- particularly when the chips are down.
Sri Lanka, India,
South Africa and Australia reached the semi-final stage. At present
they are the sides playing the best one day cricket. There is more
work to be done between now and the World Cup. My money is on one
of these four teams to triumph. Time will tell!
swimmer with big promise
Thanuja Dayananda Sooriyarachchi of Ananda College, Colombo has
proved himself as a future swimming prospect for Sri Lanka.
is in Year Nine, came first in 50, 100 and 200 metres in the under
14 back stroke event at the National Schools Swimming Championships
2002. He also stole the limelight at the recently concluded National
Age Group Swimming Championships held at the Sugathadasa Swimming
pool by winning all his pet events.
Dhammika was the captain of the Sri Lanka swimming team in 1979.
Presently Dhammika is the officer-in-charge of the Negombo Police.