snatch sensational victory over Bloomfield
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Moors Sports Club led by Rangana Herath created history as they
snatched a sensational one wicket win over Bloomfield to win the
Premier League Championship at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
It was the
first time that the Braybrooke Place club won the Premier Cricket
Title of the country. Yesterday they had to draw all their resources
and the little experience of their young and talented outfit to
knock the favourites Bloomfield in a nail biting third day.
motherly treatment from Sri Lanka's National Cricket selectors who
have overlooked some of the top performers of Moors and excluded
them from both the National and A Team squads the Braybrooke Place
Club continued to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with.
106 to win Moors slumped to 16 for 4 wickets when Bloomfield opening
bowlers Hemanatha Alles (2/17) and Mathisha Ranasinghe (2/17) ripped
the top order. But a determined effort by the experienced Chandika
Hathurusinghe and Bathiya Perera stalled Bloomfield from making
futher inroads.The pair batted sensibly to add 44 runs for the 5th
wicket before Kumar Dharmasena castled Bathiya Perera for 31. Dharmasena
followed it up with the prize wicket of Hathurusinghe who was controversially
ruled out caught at forward short leg for 18 and Moors slipped to
66 for 7 wickets. The Bloomfield captain who was bowling an impeccable
length went on to snap Ruwin Pieris as Moors slumped to 79 for 8
wickets still needing 27 runs for victory.
Herath then joined Thamara Abeyratne and stopped the slide as they
slowly and steadily accumilated the runs and brought Moors close
to the target.However a sudden rush of blood saw Moors skipper Rangana
Herath run himself out with the total on 97 leaving the Braybrooke
place club 9 runs to get with their last pair at the crease.
After a few
anxious moments Thamara Abeyratne (25 n. o) and last man Chanaka
Welagedara finally saw Moors through much to the relief and jubilation
of their supporters.
it was Moors left arm medium pacer Nandika Ranjith who paved the
way for a Moors victory.Ranjith picked up 10 wickets in the final
to single handedly rout Bloomfield for 121 and 172 respectively.
Ironically the Medium pacer is still to catch the eye of the Selectors
who have even overlooked the player for the 'A' team squad.
- 121 & 172
Moors SC - 188 & 106/9 (Bathiya Perera 31 Chandika Hathurusinghe
18, Thamara Abeyratne 25 n. o; Hemantha Alles 2/17, Mathisha Ranasinghe
2/17, Kumar Dharmasena 3/38).
win on first innings over Trinity
By Aubrey Kuruppu
A brilliant all round performance by Tyronne de Silva (64 and 5/75)
enabled the Anthonians to score a close first innings win over Trinity
in their 87th Big Match played at Katugastota.
De Silva, the
leading Anthonian all rounder passed 1000 runs for the season on
the first day. He followed up by bowling his left arm seamers effectively.
When the Trinitians batted, two players came to their rescue with
54 (6 fours) and youngster Sachith Pathirana (a big match debutant)
who made a 94 ball 50 before being run out. The wicket began to
play up yesterday with the ball coming up a little dangerously at
times. There was frenzied activity with umpires, captains, old boys
and spectators taking a hand in the decision - making process. Play
was in danger of being called off, too.
- 216 for 7 declared (M. Rislan 29, J. de Silva 64, P. Vithanage
62, A. Ariyaratne 18, P. Ekanayake 12 n.o.; M. Muneer 3/50, S. Pathirana
Trinity - 202 (I. Ratnayake 21, H. Mendis 18, C. Fernando 12, A.
Ariyaratne 54 n.o, S. Pathirana 50; J. de Silva 5/75, S. Pinnaduwa
By Shamsheer Jaleel
The 53rd encounter in the 'Battle of the Golds' between St. Sebastian's
and Prince of Wales ended in a tame draw yesterday at the De Soysa
Last time a result was produced way back in 1977 when the Cambrians
led by Premlal Fernando beat their home town rivals. St. Sebastians
was led by Walter Fernando.
In reply to
Prince of Wales score of 200/9 declared, St. Sebastian's continued
from 18/0 to 272/7 off 86 overs. Highlight of the Sebastian innings
was a fluent unbeaten 64 scored by Suhada Cooray and he was well
supported by his skipper Manjula Silva who cracked a quick fire
39 including 3 huge sixes.
the lease for 2nd time with a deficit of 72 scored 25/1 at close
of play. It was very clear that spectator interest on big matches
are decreasing very rapidly. This kind of lacklustre draws can be
stopped if both school authorities agree to a maximum of 60 overs
or 50, an interesting tussle could be seen by spectators.
Prince of Wales - 200/9 declared in 78.3 overs (Sahan Wijeratne
49, Srimal Pieirs 47, Shanaka Perumpuli 37; Dunil Abeydeera 3/45,
Nuwan Perera 2/51) (2) 25/1 at close of play.
- 272/7 declared in 86 overs (Suhada Cooray 64 not out, Niresh Silva
40, Manjula Silva 39, Tharaka Pieiris 36, Dileepa Perera 32. Sahan
Wijeratne 2/75, Srimal Pieiris 2/31, Nisal Malinga 2/73).
win for underdogs
By M. Shamil Amit
The annual 29th limited over encounter between St. Joseph's and
St. Peter's at the P. Sara Stadium yesterday ended in an easy but
sensational 159 runs win for the Joes. The odds were against the
Joes who were tagged as the underdogs but played some brilliant
cricket to outclass the fancied Peterites in all departments.
The Petes having
won the toss sent the Joes to bat though losing their first wicket
at 17 they were helped by a 71 run partnership by opener Tharindu
Ariyawansa and skipper Deshan Bastianpillai. Tharindu went on to
make a 109 made in 153 balls which consisted of 11 boundaries. Eventually
the Joes ended their alloted 50 overs scoring 217 for 7. Peterite
spinner Samiddha Gallage was the most successful bowler with figures
of 2 for 45.
The Petes going
in to bat were in for some surprise with some steady bowling by
pacies Angelo Mathew and Sandun Dias who had them reeling on 28
for 5 in the 11th over. None of the Peterite batsmen were able to
come to terms with the duo's bowling, particularly Angelo who bowled
five maidens in the eight overs he bowled. The Petes were in dire
straits. Only the last two pairs gave them some respectability to
make a score of 58 which took them 23.2 overs. Skipper Nadhula de
S. Wijeyaratne was the only batsman to get double figures making
were shared by Sandun Dias who took 5 for 18 in six overs of which
two were maidens and Angelo who took 3 for 12. This was the lowest
score made by either teams in the series.
- 217 for 7 in 50 overs (Tharindu Ariyawansa 109, Deshan Bastianpillai
28, Shamal Warnakula 21, Ranesh Perera 19; Samiddha Gallage 2 for
45) St. Peter's - 58 in 23.2 overs (Nadhula de S. Wijeyeratne 17;
Sandun Dias 5 for 18, Angelo Mathews 3 for 12)
Gamini Perera, pride of Old Royalists
By Bernie Wijesekera
Diminutive Gamini Perera, now living 'Down Under' batted with charm
and aggression to notch up a spicy 51 with five fours and a six.
He was involved in a match-winning 81-run stand for the fourth wicket
with Nalliah Rajan which enabled the Old Royalists to outplay S.
Thomas' by five wickets in the 11th annual limited overs game played
for the Chulaka de Zoysa Memorial trophy at the SSC Grounds yesterday.
sponsored by AMW which precedes the annual 'Battle of the Blues'
was played in a typical carnival atmosphere where the old boys from
both institutions were there in their numbers to watch this fellowship
game. Brothers Ajith and Tilak de Zoysa, senior officials of AMW
graced the occasion.
led by Nalliah Rajan won the toss and invited the Old Thomians to
take first lease of the pitch.OTSC helped by bright top scores of
49 by Manoj Mendis (seven fours) helped them to total 189.
was adjudged the Man-of-the-match with two for 33 and an unbeaten
34 with four fours. He contributed much for the Old Royalists. The
chief guests for the match were Chanaka de Silva and Kumar Boralessa
and they gave away the trophies. Old Royalists, with this win, make
it five-all in the series. Last year the match was not played.
- 189 in 35 overs (Manoj Mendis 49, Anura Gunawardena 26, three
fours and a six, Nisal Fernando 19, Kanaka 13, Mhinda Halangoda
14; M. Thotawilage 2 for 34, N. Devarajan 2for 33, Gamini Perera
2 for 27).
- 193 for 5 in 31.5 overs (Chulaka Amarasinghe 27, Gamini Perera
51, N. Rajan 34 n.o; M. Halangoda 3 for 29) Man-of-the-Match - N.
Rajan; Best batsman - Manoj Mendis; Best bowler - M. Halangoda;
Best Fielder - Andrew Perera; Best allrounder - Gamini Perera.
-Nalanda 50 overs game today
The Ananda - Nalanda 50-over cricket match will be staged at the
Sinhalese Sports Club grounds, today (Sunday). Play will commence
at 10 a.m. This popular overs game since the inception played for
the late legendary Dr. N. M. Perera memorial trophy has roused much
spectator interest - especially among the young and old from the
being a politician par-excellence, has indulged in the willow wielding
sport for Ananda and later for the Nondescripts CC and later became
the president of the club. He went one further to become the president
of of the Cricket Board (BCCSL). It was during his tenure that Sri
Lanka won the ICC trophy at the second World Cup staged in London
in 1979 in the process paved the way for the country to gain ICC
status. Today's match played in the name of a great Philosopher
and sportsman who served the country well on and off the field.
This is a much lookforward to contest by the two schools.
are evenly matched. It will provide the fans good fare to witness
an entertaining contest too - played in the correct spirit. -BW
Ruwanpathirana bags 7 awards
People's Bank Ira Ruwanpathirana was the cynosure of all eyes at
the award ceremony of the Nationalised Services Table Tennis Association
(NSTTA) held at the Sea View Hotel in Colombo on Friday when she
bagged seven awards including the award for the most outstanding
player in the women's category. In the men's category Prabath Indrajith
of National Savings Bank bagged the award for the most outstanding
player. The award ceremony was held to felicitate winners of all
the league and knockout tournaments conducted by the NSTTA last
Men's -Division 'A'- 1. Sri Lanka Transport Board. 2. National Savins
Bank. Division 'B' -1. Sri Lanka Export Development Board. 2. People's
Bank. Division 'C' -1. National Savings Bank. 2. Sri Lanka Rupavahini.
Women's - Division 'A' -1. People's Bank. 2. Sri Lanka Rupavahini.
Division 'B' -1. Bank of Ceylon. 2. Sri Lanka Insurance. Mixed Doubles
-1. BCC Lanka Ltd. 2. People's Bank.
Men's - Division 'A' -1. National Savings Bank. 2. Sri Lanka Transport
Board. Division 'B' -1. Ceylon Petroleum. 2. Sri Lanka Export Development
Board. Division 'C' - Division 'A' and "B" 1. Government
Press. Women's -Division 'A'- 1. People's Bank. 2. Sri Lanka Rupavahini.
Division 'B' -1. Bank of Ceylon. 2. Sri Lanka Rupavahini. Mixed
Doubles -1. People's Bank. 2. BCC Lanka Ltd. Novices - Men -1. P.P.
Dassanayake (CPC). 2. Waruna Gunawardena (NSB). Women's -1. Anuradha
Bopitiya (PB). 2. Pushpa Colombathanthri (BCC). Veterans: Men's
-1. H. Silva (SLRC). 2. Sarath Wijesuriya (NSB). Women's -1. Ira
Ruwanpathirana (PB). 2. Ama Suraweera (SLRC). Doubles: Men's -1.
Prabath Indrajith/M.N.C. Perera (NSB). 2. H. Silva/Saman Piyathileke
(SLRC). Women's -1. Ira Ruwanpathirana/Anuradha Bopitiya (PB). 2.
P. Colombathanthri/M.I. Tarangani (BCC). Mixed -1.Asitha Amarasinghe/M.I.
Tarangani (BCC). 2. P. Colombathanthri/Hemasinghe de Silva (BCC).
Open Singles; Men's -1. Prabath Indrajith (NSB). 2. P.P. Dassanayake
(CPC). Women's -1. Ira Ruwanpathirana (PB). 2. Ama Suraweera (SLRC)-MSA
ends in draw
Hard as both Kingswood and Dharmaraja tried, a decision eluded them
in the 97th Big Match at the Asgiriya Stadium yesterday.
Kingswood declared 23 behind and the Rajans tried to force the pace,
but with four wickets falling quickly, they had to call it off.
Ultimately they made a token declaration which required Kingswood
to make 93 in a mere seven overs.
in an all round capacity, Rajitha Ariyadasa, Niroshan Perera and
Iruka Senaratne shone for Kingswood. Gayan Wijetilleka, Muditha
Wijekoon and spinners Asanka Samarakoon and Amal Ekanayake were
the pick of the Rajans.
Dharmaraja 183 for 7 declared in 60 overs (G. Wijetilleka 52, M.
Wijekoon 35, C. Kapugedera 27, M. Weerasuriya 12, K. Ariyadasa 14
n.o.; N. Perea 2/25, G. Ekanayake 2/52) and 69 for 7 in 28.2 overs
(M. Wijekoon 26, C. Kapugedera 12, M. Rajapakse 12 n.o.; N. Perera
2/15, I. Senaratne 4/13, A. Amerasinghe 1-7).
Kingswood 160 for 6 declared in 58.4 overs (R. Ariyadasa 51, M.
Wattegedera 15, R. Liyanage 47, M. Dissanaike 22; A. Samarakoon
2/18, A. Ekanayake 2/57) and 16 for 2 in 7 overs (A. Samarakoon
Past Cricketers Annual Dinner
The Royal-Thomian cricket encounter is the longest-running series
in the history of the game and over the past 123years there had
been splendid entertainment: close finishes, tense draws and magnificent
individual performances with bat and ball.
Exciting as these matches have been for the spectators, nothing
compares to the experiences of those who have taken the field in
the cauldron of the SSC or the Sara Stadium representing their alma
mater in the Big Match.
If you are
a past coloursman of Royal or S. Thomas' you can relive those golden
memories by attending the Past Cricketers Annual Dinner at the Taj
Samudra Hotel (On Golden Pond) from 7.30 p.m. onwards on March 12
(Wednesday) 2003. This event has become as much a tradition as the
Big Match itself and those attending the event will have the opportunity
to reminisce with some of the greatest cricketers either school
has ever produced.
priced at Rs. 700/- and Rs. 350/- (Under 25 and over 60s) and can
be obtained by contacting the following during office hours: Neil
Chanmugam - 698908; Ajita Pasqual - 452536; Lakshman Thalayasingham
- 448306; Trevor Rajaratnam - 421547; Sashi Ganeshan - 300750; Anushka
Polonnowitha - 695527. A limited number oftickets will also be available
at the door.
DSS and Thurstan clash in ‘Black
& Gold’ final
DSS and Thurstan will clash in the finals of the second Black and
Gold Trophy triangular cricket tournament to be played on Tuesday
(March 11) at the R. Premadasa Stadium under floodlights. In the
preliminary matches that were played DSS won both their matches
beating Thurstan by 52 runs and St Joseph's by ten wickets. Thurstan
beat St. Joseph's by 44 runs to qualify to the final.
which is organised by DSS Cricket Foundation and sponsored by Dialog
GSM has a handsome cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- for the winners while
the runner up will receive Rs. 15,000/- while the third team will
receive Rs. 10,000/-. DSS were the winners of last year and are
favourites to lift the trophy for the second year.-MSA
Lions Brewery on top
Lions Brewery are on top of Division Two of the Lion Open Indoor
Cricket tournament which is in progress at the Austasia Indoor Cricket
Stadium in Thalawathugoda.
They have won six of the eight matches they have played so far,
accumulating 24 points. In second place is Mabroc Teas with six
wins from eight matches followed by Lanka Bell in third with five
wins from seven matches, Lanka Yalta Cubs is in fourth place with
five wins from eight matches, Mobitel is in fifth spot with four
wins from eight matches.
In sixth position
is PCC Lanka with four wins from eight matches, Hemas are seventh
with three wins from eight matches while SAGT and Multivision are
occupying the bottom two places with one win each from eight matches.
The coming weeks will be decisive for the top four teams who will
move into the final stage to decide the champions .-