Twenty-two wickets crumble on one day
Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday - India were all out for 154, leaving
New Zealand 160 to win a rapid-fire National Bank Test being played
out in Hamilton. Twenty-two wickets have so far fallen today in
a day of batting carnage.
New Zealand out for 94 and then succumbed a second time as Daryl
Tuffey and Jacob Oram did the damage for New Zealand. On a day of
statistical co-incidences, in which both team's first innings took
38.2 overs while Oram and Tuffey took four for 41 each in the second
non-use of left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori meant he didn't bowl
a ball in the series, despite having played in both Test matches.
Rahul Dravid was a key wicket for New Zealand. He looked well capable
of giving India an even better base than that it achieved. He was
working the ball well, not taking too many risks when the temptation
of a ball from Jacob Oram just wide of off stump got the better
It was a common
failing among the batsmen of both teams on a day that did nothing
for the Test match virtues of application, concentration and determination.
Dravid flailed a cut shot but didn't quite get the placement he
wanted and substitute fieldsman Michael Mason at square point was
able to make the catch with some ease. India were 130/7. -Cricinfo
The Under 19 rugby team of St Peter's who are on a tour to Thailand
knocked the daylights of Satiskaset College, of Thailand by 68 points
(five goals, six tries, one penalty) to nil in their rugby encounter
played at the Satiskaset University grounds in Thailand. after leading
36 nil at the breather. This was the Peterites' first match of the
Kaveen Perera, Mahesh Fernando, Dinuka Jayasinghe two each and Dilanka
Wijesekera, Jude Kumarapperuma and Umhar Samsudeen one each were
the try scorers while Dahrshana Edirisinghe goaled three tries and
Madisha Silva goaled two tries.-MSA
World Cup is a big break for South Africa
By Bernie Wijesekera
The South Africans after apartheid entered the big league in 1992.
For the first time they played in the World Cup staged in Australia
and New Zealand. It was the fifth W.C. Kepler Wessels led the team.
It was the legendary Nelson Mandela, who fought for justice, freedom
and democracy, who kept the ball rolling to make it a reality. Since
then the United Cricket Board of S. Africa (UCBSA) has made a tremendous
impact with a professional administration all round.
Of course, Dr.
Ali Bacher, the former captain of S. Africa, a glutton work, has
been the main spring lifting its image at grassroots level. It was
Dr. Bacher, who believed in total commitment, loyalty and integrity
by his team of dedicated committee who left no stone unturned.
They are proud
to hold the prestigious World Cup in S. Africa next year. The media
facilities, too has been looked into, with strict security measures
and looking to their needs and comfort and to file their copies
without let or hindrance. Gerald De Koch, the Media Manager, a charming
personality are heading the committee, with other personnel at beck
and call. It's up to international standards, which is something
that the Sri Lankan Cricket Board is solely lacking all round.
Being to South
Africa for the first time, this was my sixth visit to a Test playing
nation to cover cricket. I have been to the Mecca of cricket (Lords),
to the boisterous Southern Stand (MCG, Australia), Lahore (Pakistan),
Eden Gardens (Calcutta), Basin River (New Zealand). They are no
doubt good. But S.A. has the edge.
At every venue
the media facilities is on par to the picturesque Wanderers Stadium
where the World Cup final will be staged next year (Johannesburg).
They have an electronic scoreboard. It was here that the Lankans
played a 4-day warm-up game. The place is virtually an Indian colony
where the late Mahatma Gandhi spent much of his time whilst in S.
attributes to professional management. They looked into the media
facilities. Constructive criticism is taken in good faith. They
never interfere either with the administration or the players concerned.
"Truth is the greatest religion". There is a media guide,
even for the players to adhere to, said Dr. Bacher adding that there
is no outside interference (politicians or otherwise).
do apparently not manage even the media centre. They look into the
personal needs (be it foreign or local), they go out of the way
to help them. There are no excuses. A good example, a Lankan colleague
of mine, who was in S.A. to cover the tour, was short of a document
including two snaps. On his behalf I explained to Moabi Litheko,
UCBSA communication officer. He understood the problem, acted promptly
to provide the necessary document. The law is flexible. They didn't
want to cause problems to a foreign media man.
Sri Lankan commentator,
Ranjit Fernando, will testify to the media facilities in S.A. when
compared to Sri Lanka.The S.A. media reminds me of Lord Baden Powell
- "Be prepared" to face any outcome on and off the field.
They are an independent professional body, who will not dance to
the whims and fancies of outsiders - including politicians.
The UCBSA C.E.O.
Gerald Majola runs its affairs with his team of dedicated officers.
He is not a 'yes man'. The organising committee has to do a job
of work not merely waiting for an impending tour. They don't go
behind the media for publicity. They are paid to do a job of work
not run behind warring power - hungry camps to keep their jobs.