Silva hopes for a lightning strike
NAIROBI, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Aravinda de Silva will take to the field
against his favourite World Cup opponents on Monday hoping that
lightning strikes twice.
The Sri Lanka batsman, one of the game's greats and the third highest
run-scorer in one-day international history, has yet to make a mark
on the 2003 tournament.
But minnows Kenya should offer him the perfect opportunity in their
Group B clash -- as long as Sri Lanka's top-order allow him to get
to the crease.
In his fifth
and last World Cup, the 37-year-old de Silva has only taken guard
once in South Africa. He made 12 against New Zealand, even then
only getting into the action just before the start of the slog overs,
Sanath Jayasuriya (120) and Marvan Atapattu (81 not out) having
set up a winning total.
services were not required in the 10-wicket and nine-wicket victories
over Bangladesh and Canada. For the rest of the time, de Silva,
arguably the slowest mover in world cricket, huffed and puffed about
the field as Sri Lanka's bowlers made hay. If captain Jayasuriya
does decide to shuffle his batting order in Nairobi in an attempt
to share around the runs, he could not choose a better man than
de Silva to come in at first down.
In 1996, de
Silva hit a career-best 145 off 115 balls against the Kenyans in
Kandy, including 14 fours and five sixes. Sri Lanka made 398 for
five that day, the highest total ever made in a World Cup. That
performance gave him one of his four man-of-the-match awards in
the 1996 event. He completed the set in the final, with a century
in Sri Lanka's defeat of the Australians.
Sri Lanka coach
Dav Whatmore, however, suggested there would be no batting experimentation.
"It is a game we have to win. We have played pretty well in
the last three games, we need to keep the good bits up," he
said. Kenya will remember that day in 1996 in Kandy with some satisfaction
themselves, having replied with a respectable 254 for seven, 96
of those runs coming from Steve Tikolo.
The teams also
met in 1999, when Sri Lanka won by 45 runs. Again, Kenya batted
impressively, making 230 for six against an attack containing both
Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan. Maurice Odumbe made 82 that
Sri Lanka have
won their opening three games to lead Group B with 12 points.
New Zealand are second on eight points with two wins in four games
-- they forfeited their match in Nairobi over security concerns
-- while Kenya are in third, also with eight points.
spin trio rout Panadura
Spinners Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Sajith Fernando and Niroshan
Bandarathilake proved too hot for Panadura SC as Colts SC completed
a crushing innings and 59 runs victory at Havelock Park yesterday.
At Havelock Park: Colts SC bt Panadura SC by an innings and 59 runs
Colts SC - 460
Panadura SC -145(Chamara Silva 28, Sanjeewa Roshan 30, Chamath Perera
25 n.o; Dulip Liyanage 4/21, Niroshan Bandarathilake 3/59, M. Pushpakumara
2/11)& 256 (Chamara Silva 30, Anjula Perera 25, Tharanga Priyadarshana
79, Danusha Indunil 22, Chandana Aravinda 37, M. Pushpakumara 5/116,
Niroshan Bandarathilake 2/69, Sajith Fernando 3/33)
SSC crush BRC
SSC romped home to an easy 10 wicket victory over BRC at Havelock
At Havelock Park :SSC bt BRC by 10 wkts.
SSC -182 & 26/0
BRC- 118 & 89 (Varuna Waragoda 20, C. Handunhettige 21; C. Vidanapathirana
3/17, Dinuk Hettiarachchi 4/21)
Galle upset Tamil Union
Galle CC continued their giant killing performances as they took
first innings points from Tamil Union at the P Sara Stadium yesterday.
At the P Sara Stadium:Tamil Union vs Galle CC
Tamil Union - 150 & 229/2(A. Weerapuli 52, Gayan Wijeykoon 81
n.o Malintha Gajanayake 55 n. o)
Galle CC - 211(P. Pubudu 32; Upul Chandan 5/80, Ranga Dias 3/50)
By Shamseer Jaleel
In reply to NCC's total of 106, Bloomfield replied with a massive
337 which gave them a commanding 231 runs lead in their Premier
League game at Reid Avenueyesterday. Saman Jayantha scored a fine
NCC -106 (Kaushalya Weeraratne 4 for 48) and 254 (Naveed Nawaz 117
n.o, S. Jayasuriya 43; S. Dissanayake 5 for 91, K. Dharmasena 4
Bloomfield - 337 (Saman Jayantha 138, Duminda Perera 80, A. Ganegama
5 for 80)
Bathiya Perera's unbeaten 220 was the highlight on the second day's
play in the Moors vs CCC encounter at Braybrooke Place.
Moors - 357 (Bathiya Perera 220 n.o, Chandika Hathurusinghe 50;
Ishan Ratnayake 3 for 68).
CCC - 203 (Anushka Polonowita 41, Hemantha Boteju 38; Ranga Herath
3 for 23,N. Cooray 2 for 33) - SJ
‘Bala’ wants rugby to
be the top sport
The newly elected President of the Rugby Union, former Sri Lanka
hooker Mohan Balasuriya was elected to office without a contest
at its Annual General Meeting held at Transasia International Hotel
over the reins from outgoing president Harsha Mayadunne. After taking
office, Balasuriya thanked the membership for electing him to the
post at a time when the game has hit a new low. "I am not going
for a popular vote. I mean business", said Mohan 'Bala' was
interviewed by The Sunday Times. He said constructive criticism
was vital in a democratic society.
will enable my committee to overcome shortcomings. Let's work as
a team. Put other petty issues under the carpet. All must rally
around for the future betterment of this popular sport", said
an ex-serviceman one has to be disciplined and should be totally
committed to the sport. There should be self -belief. There was
tremendous support for the game in the past, but it has drifted
away. All clubs must strive to improve their own image and make
the game more competitive.
There will be
sponsors provided the game is administered and the players improve
their skills. Let's forget the past. My predecessor Harsha Mayadunne
said that the IRB will improve their grant. Good! more hard work
at district level. The Development Committee has done a good job
under Arjun Dharmadasa," pointed out Mohan Balasuriya.
Dr. Maiya Gunasekera
served as the pro-tem chairman before the elections. Maiya said
both Mohan Balasuriya and the young vice president Priyantha Ekanayake
has played the game at the highest level. The duo has made a tremendous
sacrifice for the game and possess the guts to fight back even when
the chips are down.
a gutsy player and led the country by example. Bala played under
Y.C. Chang in the 1972 Asiad and the team was coached by the late
Nimal Maralande. "I was a member of that team. It was amazing
the way Chang displayed his courage and fighting spirit against
countries like Japan", said Maiya.
the outgoing president said that a tremendous amount of work has
been done at provincial level. The Development Squad has been an
instant success to harness players at grassroots level. The developing
activities has improved, said Mayadunne.
The Union has
secured an IRB Trust Grant of Sterling Pounds 55,000 for rugby.
Caltex has signed a new sponsorship package for a further three
years with an enhanced payment. All this augurs well for the future
of the sport. The new committee should also do well to make further
inroads for its development.
nine contenders for the seven posts in the Council - Nimal Lewke
(30) votes, Arjun Djharmadasa (30), Rizvie Illyas (24), Izwan Omar
(22), Lasitha Gunaratne (22), Michael Jayasekera (20), Fazal Mahmud
(20), Iqbal Hassan (18), Tuan Dole (14).
Secretary - Nalin de Silva, Treasurer - Shantha Kurumbalpitiya.
Logie to train women
The Sri Lanka women's cricket team is leaving no stone unturned
in their efforts to win the World Cup this year and early next (December
2003 -January 2004). With this in view their energetic President
Mrs. Gwen Herat has sewn up a tidy sponsorship package with Bata
for a tour of the West Indies in March this year so that the team
could play against some of the strongest opposition.
Lanka opening bat Nihal Kodituwakku is in charge of the training
of the West Indies bound women's team. He has vowed to win the Women's
World Cup and put Sri Lanka on the cricketing map like Arjuna Ranatunge's
team did by winning the World Cup in 1996.
The Sri Lanka
women's team is led by Sivanathan and whilst in the Caribbean the
Sri Lanka team will be coached by former WestIndies cricketer Gus
Ul Rao lifts Life Member's Trophy
The Annual Contest for the Life Member's Trophy is an extremely
popular match play contest drawing over 8 dozen contestants enveloping
a major portion of the rabbits and taking almost three months to
complete. Standards have improved immensely and every match keenly
contested and extremely competitive even though there was much earth
moving in a few areas.
rounds are far too many to comment on so I will deal with the semi-finals
and finals. Sumal Perera found access to the finals after several
titanic struggles one of which nearly pushed him over the brink
and having got there he patiently waited for his opponent and in
the meantime took a few lessons to curb his impetuousness.
In the other
half a new arrival on the scene from the sub-continent has been
identified as an UL flyer who has been shooting great scores impressively.
Skipper Srinivas Rao of UL had a long journey to the semi-finals
when he met a strong contestant in Julian Dias. The match was a
ding-dong struggle until Dias got untidy and loose to slip away
and succumb to a 2 down defeat. Rao was jubilant after a rewarding
and well deserved victory. -Tita Nathanielsz
Thomas’- Trinity ends in tame draw
The Elephant Lemonade Cup inter-school cricket match between S.
Thomas' and Trinity ended in a tame draw at Mt. Lavinia yesterday.
In reply to the Thomians score of 147 the Trinitians resuming on
their overnight score of 138 for 5 went on to score 162.
S. Thomas' -147
and 197 for 5 declared (Arjuna Rajawasam 71, Damith Warsuwithana
47, Pramuditha Rodrigo 48 n.o.; A. Peiris 2 for 20) Trinity- (138/5
overnight) 162 (Clifford Fernando 39, Ishan Ratnayake 26, Sameera
Punchihewa 25; Shehan Shanthikumar 4 for 46, Pramuditha Rodrigo
2 for 27) and 135 for 6 (Hasantha Mendis 60, Clifford Fernando 51;
Sanjeewa Mendis 2 for 14) -MSA
Schools netball tournament today
The second Deaf Schools netball tournament sponsored by Caltex Lubricants
Lanka Limited will be held today at the Deaf School grounds in Ratmalana
starting from 9.30 a.m. onwards. Eight teams will be participating
which includes a team from Jaffna along with teams from Bandarawela,
Mawanella, Ragama, Anuradhapura and Ratmalana. Ragama and Ratmalana
will be fielding two sides. The tournament is organized by the Deaf
Schools Past Pupil Association and the School for the Deaf, Ratmalana.-MSA