a gigantic task with so many problems - Thilanga
By Bernie Wijesekera
It was a peaceful election without any incidents. "Thanks are
due to the Ministry of Sports Director Milton Amerasinghe and his
officials, the Police, for the security arrangements led by Bodhi
Liyanage, the club membership and the media", said Thilanga
Sumathipala after he was elected President of the Cricket Board,
at its Annual General Meeting held on Friday. He won by 111 votes.
He thanked the
membership for the confidence bestowed on him. They had the right
to vote after three years when the last meeting was held in year
2,000. Its affairs were run by interim committees, since then.
said he was grateful to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and
the Minister of Sports Johnston Fernando for giving the membership
the right to elect its office-bearers under a democratic system.
He further stated,
that his committee will strive to fulfil its obligations with a
concerted team effort. There should be total commitment and the
past should be forgotten. At present the game has hit a new low.
Yes. All must work with total dedication and strive to develop the
game and bring it to its former glory.
In the past
the Interim Committee took ad-hoc decisions which failed to help
the game to put it on its course, which is one of the main causes
for the ongoing problems. Its a gigantic task with so many financial
problems to be sorted out. You have to be transparent. That will
be done. Through the media, the cricketing public, too, will come
to know what our programme is going to be from time to time. Every
policy decision taken by the Ex-Co. will be made public. Even suggestions
will be most welcome, he said.
An extra general
meeting, too will be held shortly for further discussions, he said.
How did you manage to get so much of votes? I carried my reputation
and sincerity and the membership had the confidence in me, he said.
I am quite used
to facing setbacks and I have fought back well on and off the field
said former Sri Lanka Captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Friday. Ranatunga
contested for the top post - the presidency with Thilanga Sumathipala,
the former president of the BCCSL and Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom.
Thilanga won the contest. He had 121 votes, Mohan de Silva 10 and
After the meeting
whilst speaking to the media Ranatunga said, "This is a minor
setback and nothing to be worried about. I wanted to prove a point
to the nation as to what is happening. Let them know what is good
for cricket and what is bad. It's a matter of time. I am very grateful
for those seven who courageously voted for me".
"With this system no sane person will come forward to help
develop or do any administrative work," he added.
started playing cricket at the start, I lost by big margins. Later
I followed up by winning by much bigger margins. I had to prove
a point to the nation and to the cricketing public by contesting
for this top post. I will do the needful at the appropriate time,"
The Clubs who
voted for Ranatunga were: Old Anandians, Badureliya CC Bloomfield,
Moratuwa SC., Wattala CC., Polonnaruwa CC.. Bloomfield had two votes.
edge out spirited CR
By Shamseer Jaleel
CH and FC remain unbeaten in the Caltex "A" Division round
one when they edged out CR and FC by 22 points (two goals, one try
and one penalty) to 14 (two goals) yesterday at Maitland Crecent.
was dished out by both teams. CR and FC played a much better game
in the second half. The red shirts have to do lot of basic things
right if they are to win the league this year as their was a lot
of communications failure between forwards and the three quarters.
CR and FC missed
as many as three penalties within kicking range. CH played as a
team in the line outs as well as in the loose. Duminda de Silva
was at his best, Nalin Dissanayake was in good form with his boots
finding a lot of ground with his booming kicks to touch. He put
over two conversions as well as a penalty.
In the second
half the Red Shirts changed their ploy and had a lot of possession
but failed to capitalize on CH's mistakes. With two minutes to the
final whistle the score stood 17-14 in favour of CH. When CR got
a good attacking chance and only 20 meters to cover Kishan Musafer
knocked it on.
on this Duminda de Silva ran about 20 meters to touch far left and
give CH a well earned victory. They will meet Kandy SC next weekend.
For CH and FC
Dinuk Wijeratne, Duminda De Silva and their Samoan Jimmy scored
the tries with Nalin Dissannayake goaling two of them. He also put
over a penalty. For CR and FC their Fijian centre scored one try
and the other was a penalty try which Asanga Rosdrigo converted.
For CH Duminda de Silva, Nalin Dissanayake and Dinuk Wijeratne played
their hearts out. For CR Asanga Rodrigo and skipper Shamly Nawaz
- Nizam Jamaldeen. Touch judges - Denzil Darling and Ruwan
Windsurfing activity is going to have a change with the Windsurfing
Association of Sri Lanka (WASL) breaking traditions of holding an
event at the Ibbankatuwa Reservior in Dambulla from the usual sea.
The event which is named the Open Midsummer Windsurfing Championships
2003 is scheduled to be held on July 6 2003 and will be the first
of many events designed to popularize and develop aquatic sports
activities in the numerous inland reservoirs of Sri Lanka.
This is the
brainchild of the Minister of Central Region Development Tissa Attanayake
and the event will be organized by his ministry along with the assistance
of many other organizations including the Mahaweli Authority of
Sri Lanka, Central Environmental Authority, the Central Province
Council, Members of the Cutlural Triangle Hoteliers Association
and many more. It will be conducted by the Windsurfing Association
of Sri Lanka.
speaking at a press conference held at the Tourist Board said we
are going to combine tourism and sports together where a tourist
who comes over to Sri Lanka could enjoy their stay instead of only
sight seeing. We have many other programmes and there will be some
event that will be held every month for the tourists to enjoy.
are excepting to attract a large number of participants as this
is an open event even the foreigners are elgible to participate.
Before the championships is scheduled to begin at 2.30 p.m. there
will be an exhibition demonstrating the art of jet sking, canoeing,
and various other sports involved with water sports. The winner
will be awarded the Midsummer Challenge Trophy and a special trophy
will be awarded to the up and coming windsurfer. -MSA
wastes no time, signs up Dyson as Coach
By Marlon Fernandopulle
President elect of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka,
BCCSL Thilanga Sumathipala addressed the most pressing need when
he secured the services of an International Coach for the Sri Lanka
cricket team a few hours after he was elected as the Cricket Board
who was almost certain of being elected to the hot seat when nominations
were called for the elections a month ago has negotiated with former
Australian Opener John Dyson and sealed a deal prior to being elected
as the CB President. The 49-year-old Australian is now expected
early next month to take charge of the Lankans who are on a downward
trend in the game after the World Cup and are currently facing an
uphill task to salvage their pride in the Caribbean.
Dyson who played
for Australia between 1977 and 1984 scored 1359 runs in 30 tests
which included two centuries.In addition Dyson also has a Masters
Degree in Physical Fitness and is a specialist in psychology. Two
areas that will be of great benefit for the Sri Lanka team.
It was a pity
that the last Interim Committee was unable to secure the services
of a foreign coach in time despite being well aware that the contract
of former coach Dav Whatmore was coming to an end as schedule. This
left the Lankan team without a professional coach and at the hands
of Duleep Mendis who was appointed as stop gap coach. Already the
results are seen with Sri Lanka failing to qualify for the finals
in successive Triangular tournaments in Sharjah and at home. On
top of this Sri Lanka had to settle for a drawn test series at home
against a New Zealand team that was minus a few regulars.
Dyson, no doubt,
will have a huge task ahead of him not only in arresting the downward
trend ,but also to ensure that Sri Lanka once again reagains its
lost position in the Test and One day circuits. Only time will tell
whether Dyson succeeds or not. However for the moment cricket fans
could be satisfied that a genuine effort is being made to put Sri
Lanka Cricket back on the right track.
hold the edge
The Sri Lankan Air Force will be in action up at Nittawela today
when they confront the Kandy Youth Sports Club. Both teams have
lost all their games upto date but the Airmen are having slightly
better record when compared with the Up country youth team this
started the season by losing to the CH & FC by 11 points to
38 and in their next outing they went down fighting to the Cops
by 26 points 36 . In this game they got their act together as a
team only in the 2nd half, if not for this they could have pulled
it off in style.
The 3rd game
was against the Soldiers which they lost by 10 points to 56. After
leading in the first half they went down to the Red Shirts by 9
points to 32. They met the star studded Kandy sports Club at their
own den and went down by 16 points to 58. In this encounter they
crossed the Champion sides line. In the last outing at Katunayake
they went down to the havies by 12 points to 47. While the Airmen
have conceded 267 points in 6 games, they have scored 75 points.
The youth team
from the upcountry started the season by losing to the Soldiers
by 13 points to 55 and continued by losing the rest to CR &
FC by 6 points 86, Kandy SC 5 points to 100. Havies 11 points 40.
CH & FC 6 points to 89, and the Cops by 6 points to 56. The
Youth team has conceded 435 points and scored 47 in their outings.
The Airmen are
led by former Pathana Hooker Sanjaya Fernando who will be expecting
much from players like Rohan Anthony, Ruwan Chandrasekera to deliver
the goods. Special mention must be made about the former Vidyartha
full back Rohan Anthony with his safe pair of hands, touch kicks
and conversion he has helped his team tremendously.
Zahirians host Kurunegala RFC
The Old Zahirians coached by former national player Hisham
Abdeen will be all out to register their first win this season when
they confront the Kurunegala RFC today at Longden Place. This season
both teams have lost all their matches playing without any foreigners.
The Kurunegala RFC has conceded 598 points while the Old Zahirians
have given away 649 points. According to the performances there
is hardly anything between the two sides. As the match is to be
played in Colombo, the Old Zahirians have a slight edge over their
retains Mercantile B Div title
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Hatton National Bank B led by Nimesh Perera retained the Mercantile
B Division title when they beat East-West by 32 runs in the final
at the NCC grounds yesterday. HNB batting first made 259 for 9 while
East West needing to score 253 in 47 overs after rain intervened
were all out for 221 in 44.4 overs.
East West won
the toss and invited HNB to take first lease of the wicket. The
Bankers were off to a flyer with openers Nilantha Bopage (37) and
Damitha Hunukkumbura (76) putting on 83 for the first wicket in
13.4 overs. Hunukkumbura was in cracking form as he smacked 10 boundaries
and a six in a 91 ball innings that formed the backbone of the innings.
All-rounder Ranil Dhammika then thumped a 25 ball 44 which included
three sixes and three fours for HNB to finish on 259 for 9 in 50
score over five runs an over East West found the going tough as
their top order batsmen failed to provide the perfect start. Only
opener Nilan Jaymon looked comfortable as he anchored the Eat West
innings with a solid 69 before being run out.
Duncan Arnolda grabbed four wickets in his 10 over spell as East
West slumped to 128 for 7. But a stubborn 62 run stand for the 8th
wicket between Dhammika Prasad (38) and Sisira Kumara saw East West
to reach 190 for 7 wickets and have a sniff at the Bankers imposing
target. But with the exit of Prasad and Kumara the writing was on
the wall as East West folded up for 221 in the 45 th over.
HNB B- 259/9
(Nilantha Bopage 37, Damitha Hunukkumbura 76, Nilan de Silva 30,
Ranil Dhammika 44 n. o; Pubudu Ranaweera 2/15, Dhammika Prasad 2/61)
East- West - 221 all out in 44.4 overs (Nilan Jaymon 69, Dhammika
Prasad 38, Sisra Kumara 41; Duncan Arnolda 4/29)
shock as Isipathana succumb to St. Anthony's
St. Anthony's 20 Isipathana 15
By M. Shamil Amit
St. Anthony's played like terriers in the second half to register
a 20-15 win over the fancied Isipathanians in the Under 19 inter-schools
rugby tournament match played played at Longdon Place yesterday.
The Antonians who were led 15-3 at the breather played to a game
plan in the second half which had the home team guessing.
But it was rugby
of top class produced by both the teams and much credit should be
given to the Kandy boys who came from behind by turning the game
into their side in he last ten minutes. To the surprise of the spectators
the Antonians drew first when fly half Shaheer Riyal made no mistake
with a penalty offered.
with a try from center Nalin Liyanage which was followed by a try
from winger Shanaka Fonseka of which one was converted and then
a penalty put over by hooker Sendil Kumara that gave Isipathana
a healthy 15-3 at the short whistle.
the second half the Antonians never gave the Patanas to settle down
they played to a game plan. In the most part of the second session
the Antonians were in their opponents half. Scrum half Prasad Chaturanga
in particular was outstanding making the necessary moves which kept
the Patanas conclussed. In fact the home team took things easy and
the effort put in by them was not enough.
It was a pity
to see the gutty Isipathanians being unable to add any points in
the second half where as the Antonians succeeded in planting two
tries through scrum half Prasad Chaturanga who scored the first
try in the second half and wing three quarter Sumith Jagaoda going
over for the second try. Shaheer Riyal goaled one of these.
Then came the
moment for the Kandy boys who were rewarded for all the efforts
put in by them when at the dying stages of the second half scrum
half Prasad Chaturanga put the Antonians in the lead when going
over for a try in a five yard scrummage which they held on to earn
a well deserved win. Referee: Shamrath Fernando.