racing driver in international meet
Sri Lanka's only internationally known racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa
is making an unprecedented attempt to bring glory to his motherland.Malagamuwa
will be taking part in the gruelling international challenge Bathurst
24hour race in New South Wales, Australia on November 16 and 17
as part of the very strong British racing team Rollcentre Racing
on highly powered Mosler MT900R car.
based Malagamuwa who was in Sri Lanka last week to seek sponsors
for his campaign which is expected to cost 30,000 US Dollars has
been disappointed by the lack of enthusiasm both by Sri Lanka's
government and corporate sectors. Malagamuwa's request for a sponsorship
has been turned down point blank by the Sports ministry officials
and the skeptical corporate sector companies were hesitant to make
the only Sri Lankan to possess an international racing licence.
Malagamuwa has graduated into Japan's Formula 3000 circuit which
is considered the gateway to Formula circuit.
raced in both F3000 and GT circuits in Japan under the name of Sri
Lanka. He was the first non-Japanese to win the licence for both
these circuits and he estimates 10 million US Dollars and atleast
eight years for a driver to graduate into that level. Malagamuwa's
racing team has already been tagged as one of the favourites to
clinch the title and Malagamuwa believes there is tremendous potential
for promoting the country through his car in the race as there will
be live telecast of the proceedings right throughout the world.
One of the United
States' most striking and powerful sportscars which Malagamuwa will
be driving is expected to be an outright contender for the inaugural
Bathurst 24 Hour race, when an ambitious British assault on the
event pitches the machine against the likes of Ferrari and Porsche.
in Florida, the mid-engined, 500 horsepower, Mosler MT900R is the
weapon of choice of British team Rollcentre Racing, whose lead driver
Martin Short debuted the car in the final round of the British GT
Championship alongside his more usual TVR Tuscan R . The car is
described by its manufacturer as 'faster than a Ferrari 360 Modena'
- a rival that it can expect to face on the 6.3km Bathurst circuit,
where speeds will reach almost 300kph - and runs a Chevrolet Corvette
5.7 litre V8 engine in a purpose-built chassis and body.
innings win for S. Thomas'
By M. Shamil Amit
An unbeaten 77 by Thomian Isuru Warnakulasuriya was the
feature of the second days play in the Under 19 inter-school cricket
match between S. Thomas' and St Sebastian's which concluded at Mt
Lavinia yesterday. The match ending in a first innings win for the
resuming their innings on 29 for 1 had difficulty in reading the
bowling of Tharindu Fernando who captured 5 for 40 and were bundled
out for 148 in reply to the Thomians score of 233. The Thomians
in their second essay were 148 for 3 when stumps were drawn.
- 233 (Damitha Waruswithana 66, Nalin Perera 31, Kaushal Silva
89 n.o.; Nuwan Perera 5 for 70, N. Silva 2 for 57, Dunil Abeydeera
2 for 37) and 148 for 3 at close (Sumith Perera 33, Isuru Warnakulasuriya
77 n.o.; Nuwan Perera 2 for 38)
-148 (N. Fernando 33, D. Perera 36, N. Silva 27; Tharindu Fernando
5 for 40, S. Mendis 2 for 41, P. Rodrigo 2 for 40)
Thurstan could manage only 179 in reply to St Peter's score
of 305 for 7 declared in the Under 19 inter-school cricket match
concluded at De Soysa Stadium in Moratuwa yesterday. The wrecker
of the Thurstan batting was skipper Nadhula de S Wijeyaratne who
cpatured 6 for 18. Made to follow on Thurstan were 71 for 2 when
bad light stopped play.
-305 for 7 declared (Gihan de Silva 117, Prajeev Jansz 50, Samidha
Gallage 47, Hans Fernando 29; G. Amarasinghe 3 for 48)
-179 (Damith Indika 89, D. Gunaratne 37; Nadhula de S. Wijeyaratne
6 for 18) and 71 for 2 (Thilina Massmulla 30; Samidha Gallage 2
Srimal prop Cambrians
Two good knocks by Sahan Wijeratne (79) and Srimal Peiris (80)
who also put on a second wicket partnership of 163 runs helped Prince
of Wales to score 195 for 5 declared against Dharmasoka in the Under
19 inter-school cricket encounter which ended at Mratuwa yesterday.
Earlier Dharmasoka batting first made 140 and batting the second
time were 68 for 2 at close.
140 and 68 for 2 (Upul Tharanga 21 n.o.) Prince of Wales - 185 for
5 declared (Sahan Wijeratne 79, Srimal Peiris 80; C. Sampath 3 for
dominate at Nationalised Badminton tourney
Indian shuttlers dominated the proceedings at the Nationalised Services
International Invitation Open Baminton tournament which concluded
at the S. Thomas's Gymnasium in Mt Lavinia yesterday. The Indians
bagged the the men's and women's singles and doubles titles. Sri
Lanka were able to win only the mixed doubles title through Duminda
Jayakody and Chandrika de Silva.
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka participated in this tournament
which was sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon. In the men's
singles final Ravindra Singh of India beat another Indian Anuk Sridhar
5/15, 15/10, 15/3. In the women's final Pooja Patel beat Sri Lanka's
Chandrika de Silva 11/13, 11/5, 11/8. In the men's doubles Indians
V.U. Kiran and D.K. Deka were the winners and the women's doubles
two sisters from India A. Priya and A. Deepiya emerged the winners.
The mixed doubles went to Duminda Jayakody and Chandrika de Silva.
In the other
finals that were worked off. The Under 17 boys singles title went
to Diluka Karunaratne of Royal while the girl's title was won by
Vimali Amarasinghe of Visaka Vidyala. The Under 17 boy's doubles
title went to brothers Diluka and Dinuka Karunaratne of Royal with
the girl's doubles going to Prathibani Bambarage and Sulochana Ariyadasa
of Visaka. The over 35 veterans mens title was won by former national
champion Niroshan Wijekoon while another former national winner
Sriyani Deepika took the womens veteran title.-MSA
Rajans topple Kandy cricket club
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Kandy's long-awaited inter club six-a-side tournament was dogged
by the rain at the final hurdle. Saracens Cricket Club and Old Rajans
had progressed through the early rounds showing good all round skills
and met in the final. But ultimately, they had to share the spoils.
Old Rajans probably
created the upset of the day when they toppled the strong Kandy
CC side in the semi-final. The other Sara Trophy side in Kandy,
Kandy Youth, were outwitted by the Saracens in the other semi-final.
If one were
to nominate a player for the best batsman's award, the honour should
go to Kandy CC skipper Suresh Pieris who batted superbly every time
he went to the crease. His driving and pulling were very good indeed.
Dharmaraja's skipper Muditha Wijekoon also made good contributions
with the bat.
In a tournament
where the bat usually dominates, Buddika Gunasena (Saracens CC)
bowled a fine over in the semi-final, conceding five runs and picking
up the two most important wickets.
(Kandy Youth), Asela Gunasena (Saracens), Chintaka Fernando (Kandy
CC) and Nuwan Ekanayake (Old Rajans) were the others who impressed.
For the record
Saracens CC defeated Galagedera SC, University and Kandy Youth on
their way to the final, while Old Rajans defeated Bank of Ceylon
and Kandy CC. In a sense, this year's tournament was played in comparatively
better weather whereas last year, even the semi-finals were decided
on the toss of a coin. Secretary of the KDCA Janaka Pathirana did
a competent job of organizing this tournament. However it was distressing
to note that several important members of the committee were conspicuous
by their absence.
fans and club cricketers bemourn the absence of a regular limited
over tournament. The last one took over two years to complete. At
the time of writing, the limited over tournament does not seem to
be in the pipeline.