Zealand test loses day to rain
KANDY, The first day's play in the second Rankatha Test between
Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the Asgiriya Stadium was abandoned
one hour before the scheduled start of play yesterday.
of the outfield were wet and muddy and in the opinion of the Umpires
- Darrel Harper and Simon Taufel - play was next to impossible.
Ironically, the sun was really blazing down in the morning and had
the outfield been in good condition, spectators would have been
assured of a few hours of play, at least.
With the match
reduced to a four day affair and with the prospect of delays and
interruptions on the next four days, the chances of a decision are
somewhat remote. However, the pitch is different from theone at
the P. Sara Stadium as it is more spin oriented. The toss will have
an important bearing on the outcome if the Sri Lankans bat first
and the Kiwis are destined to bat on an increasingly wearing pitch,
the struggle will really beon.
the Sri Lankans could make one change, leaving out paceman Nissanka
in order to include the exrtra spinner - Upul Chandana. New Zealand,
which dominated the drawn first test in Colombo, had been looking
for their first series win in Sri Lanka in 20 years in the hill
town of Kandy.
D.J. Harper said the wicket was playable but the outfield was not
after days of intermittent rain. "We are dealing with international
cricket here and we couldn't even contemplate playing club cricket
on this," he said.
was likely to dry out during the day, but forecasts of rain again
during the evening meant play may be cancelled again or delayed
as well on day two. New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming dominated
the first test with a test-best 274 not out in the first innings
followed by 69 not out in the second innings. After the second test,
the two sides will be joined by Pakistan for a one-day triangular
series. - Aubrey Kuruppu
outclass Kandy Youth
Last year's Premier League 'A' runners-up and President's Trophy
champions CR&FC led by granite hard Shamly Nawaz outplayed and
outclassed Kandy Youth by 86 points (7 goals, 1 penalty goal, 6
tries) to 6 (2 penalties) in their opening league game at Longden
Place yesterday. At the turn-around the Red Shirts led 43-3.
It was lambs
to the slaughter when the CR went on a try-spree when the entire
back division ran the ball to score 13 tries against a hapless KYCC
defence. Zulficar Halimdeen (4), Nishantha Kumara (2), Haren Kaluarachchi
(1), Mustaq (1), Asanga Rodrigo (2), C. Kodagoda (1), Sumeda Jayasinghe
(2) scored. For KYCC Niyandala put over two penalties.Referee
Rohan Nishantha. Navy host CH today
The Sri Lanka Navy host CH&FC in a Premier 'A' league match
at Welisara today. Kick-off at 5 p.m.
The match should
be keenly contested. The sailors with a rock hard set of forwards
should give CH a close run before their supporters.
CH led by scrum-half
Milinda Jayasinghe will pair off with Nalin Dissanayake.
They have a penetrative back division. The Crescent Club has the
edge with their better rugby skills. But the Navy 'eight' could
give them a hard time with their bone-jarring tackling. (B.W)
overcome spirited Air Force
By Shamseer Jaleel
Police Sports Club coached by Asst. Superintendent of Police, Marso
overcame the spirited Air Force by 36 goals (3 goals, 3 tries) to
26 (3 goals, 1 try) after leading 24-7 at half time.
Air Force got
their act together only late in the first half. They crossed the
Police line four times in the match. Though the Police forwards
played a better game than their opponents, they looked unfit late
in the second half. In the line-outs Wilson of Police out-jumped
his opponents. For olice SC the tries were scored by Muthumala,
Hewawasam, Nilusha Fernando, Nishantha Welagedera, Thushara Champika
and Shantha Rohana. Harshana Wijeweera converted three of the six
For Air Force
Rohan Fernando, Ajith Herath and Suranga Arunshantha (2) scored
the tries and Ranjith Anthony goaled three of them. One player each
from both sides were shown the Yellow Card for rough play. Arun
Jayasekera controlled the game.