and Ira champs for the third year
By M. Shamil Amit
Prabath Indrajith of National Savings Bank and Ira Ruwanpathirana
of People's Bank emerged champions in the men's and women's category
for the third successive year at the Nationalised Services Table
Tennis Tournament conducted by the National Services Table Tennis
Association held at the Rupavahini Gymnasium recently. Over 175
players participated in this years tournament.
P.N. Dassanayake of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation) PC while Ira beat
Ama Suraweera of SLRC. Prabath went on to clinch a double when he
won the men's double partnered by Nimal Perera. And Ira went a step
further when she clinched a triple winning the women's double partnered
by Anuradha Bopitiya and the women's veteran title.
Men's - Singles - Prabath Indrajith (NSB) beat P.N. Dissanayake
(CPC). Veteran's - H. Silva (SLRC) beat Sarath Wijesooriya (NSB).
Novices - P.N. Dassanayake (CPC) beat Waruna Gunawardena (NSB).
Men's Doubles - Prabath Indrajith and Nimal Perera (NSB) beat H.
Silva and Saman Piyathilaka (SLRC).
Women's - Singles
- Ira Ruwanpathirana (People's Bank) beat Ama Suraweera (SLRC).
Veteran's - Ira Ruwanpathirana (People's Bank) beat Ama Suraweera
(SLRC). Novices - Anuradha Bopitiya (People's Bank) beat Pushpa
Colombathanthri (BCC). Women's Doubles - Ira Ruwanpathirana and
Anuradha Bopitiya (People's Bank) beat Pushpa Colombathanthri and
M.I. Tharangani (BCC). Mixed Doubles - Asitha Amarasinghe and M.I.
Tharangani (BCC) beat Hemasinghe de Silva and Pushpa Colombathanthri
Rikaaz rule the roost
Defending Go-kart champion Randy Batcho proved his might again by
tearing into the winners enclosure for the third consecutive year
at the country's premier Go-kart championship held at the Independence
Square in Colombo last week. Randy with his tremendous track record
on field as a champion speedster also moulds several budding youngsters
who have begun to earn a name to themselves in the racing arena.
Batcho reached the winning post in the International Gokart event,
Dinesh Jayawardena and Dejan de Soysa bagged the second and third
clinched the top spot in the Yamaha senior event with Dinesh Jayawardena
and Shehara de Silva following him. The highlight of the event was
however the keenly contested Junior Yamaha class event- held for
the first time in Sri Lanka - with the child sensation Rikaaz Khalid
emerging victorious, beating Sanjaya Dissanayake.
dynamic skipper of the D.S. Senanayake College under 13 cricket
team took the racing authorities by storm by winning the All-Island
Open Prokart championship last year. The 13-year-old Rikaaz, oozing
with confidence said a major part of his credit was due to his coach
Batcho said the event could possibly mark the end of his Gokart
career as it was too costly for the champion, but assured that he
derived more satisfaction moulding mini-champs like Rikaaz and other
to play on the backfoot
In the past eight weeks the Sri Lankan cricketers have been reduced
to a team of mere participants in South Africa and in the opening
game in Australia. Barring for less than a handful of players the
rest have been reduced to mediocre performers.
are being levelled at the administration management and selectors.
Blame is being heaped endlessly. The time servers are disassociating
themselves with the game and the team. TV sets are knocked off when
the team is playing!!
has been existing since Sri Lanka toured Australia in the mid nineteen
eightees. The weakness to handle short pitched deliveries existed
then and still exists. Even the quick bowlers are not adjusting
to bowling the required length resulting in a couple of loose or
scorable deliveries being sent down each over.
the world are getting their bowlers to pepper Sanath Jayasuriya
and co with continuous short stuff. "Do not give them width,
do not pitch the ball on good length, do not stray towards the leg
stump, is the call to bowlers. The English did that successfully
and more recently the South Africans followed suit. Above average
bowlers such as Makhaya Ntini, Steve Elworth and Andrew Hall were
elevated to good performers by simply landing the ball on that length
that the Sri Lankan batsman find awkward to play.
and proposals have been thrown for over a dozen years. Yet, there
is still no direction, no path for a player to follow to eradicate
this weakness. The established players in the national team get
away by scoring every fourth or fifth innings and then making big
scores when they play on surfaces familiar to them and thereby erasing
their failures. It is a case of stumble, get up, hang on to your
place in the side. Collectively the runs produced on the board is
this issue has to be addressed in two ways. Initially decide which
delivery should be played and which left alone. Then deliveries
to be played have to be attacked or defended. This is the decision
that is often erroneous.
stroke is played for two purposes. To avoid getting out bowled or
leg before wicket. To steal a quick single. All the top class batsman
around the world, over the years have achieved near perfection in
that dicipline. Ability to cut, pull and hook, combined with the
quickness of reflex action determines the success of playing these
It could be
said that sixty percent of a batsman's career is spent on the front
foot and forty percent on the back foot. To succeed in Australia
and South Africa that percentage of back foot must be excellent.
That can only
be achieved by playing and practicing regularly, from a young age
on fast bouncy surfaces and practicing regularly against a bowling
machine on a a concrete base surface. Follow that path or those
who currently switch their TV's off when Sri Lanka is playing, will
have a long wait to switch their sets back on.