Sri Lanka flatter and falter
By Bernie Wijesekera
Sri Lankan men newcomers to World Cup Indoor Cricket
gave stupendous performance to enter the final of the Hutch 5th
world Cup Indoor tournament staged at the Austrasia Sports Complex
at Thalawathugoda, yesterday.
they met the reigning champions Australia since 1995. The little
Lankans led by Asela Pathirana had the Kangaroos on the hop, but
the Aussie experience prevailed ultimately to see them home by 22
skipper Scott Johnson electing to bat after winning the toss could
muster only 70 runs in their allotted 16 overs. The Lankans only
three and half years in the game gave a fantastic effort itself
to enter the W.C. final. They bowled accurately and gave nothing
away. On numerous occasions the Aussie batsmen were stranded. Jayarathne
was the pick of the bowlers with 4 dot balls in one over. Jayaratne
was well supported by Gonaduwa and Iroshan de Silva (in the Aussie
third over there were three run outs and they managed only 10 runs
in 4 overs.)
Lankans were given a rollicking start by Chrishantha Peiris and
Tharindu Mendis, who put 40 runs in the first quarter. At this point
they just had 31 runs to make in 12 overs to make Indoor World Cup
Australians never lost hope. Their abundant experience and skills
saw the Lankans falling by the way side, with some sharp bowling
backed by brilliant fielding. The last pair Asela Pathirana and
Zoysa could muster only 7 runs. 16 runs in the 8 balls - the pair
was dismissed on 7 occasions - Australia won by 22.
big crowd including Sri Lanka 96 World Cup winning captain Arjuna
Ranatunga watched the final.
Batting Australia -70 ( Aaron Mills 07, Robert Fitzerald
15, Jay Otto 05, Scott Johnson 16, Matthew Brouks 17, Troy Gurski
06, Nick Degrys 08, Grey Lills 06,),
Sri Lanka -48 (Chrishantha Peiris 21, Tharindu Mendis 19, Dilshan
Witharana 05, Sanjeewa Jayaratne 10, Iroshan de Silva 05, Sachindra
Gonaduwa 05, Asela Pathirana 05, Thushendra Zoysa 12).
in the morning session the Australian Women's team led by Donna
Dalby came up with a superb allround team effort to defeat South
Africa by 16 runs in a hard fought final at the 5th Hutch men/women
World Cup 2004 indoor cricket championship played here, today. The
Kangaroo girls made 4 in a row. In the Women's W.C. held in England
continued their winning streak to date from the year 2002 . And
last morning despite stiff opposition coming from the Proteas led
by Altra Kotze with superior skills played on excellent game, where
their agile fielding proved to be a winning factor electing to bat
first the Aussie girls made 92.
South African girls lost to Australia in the semis in a tall scoring
match 140 - 129. But defeated the Kiwi girls to enter the last two.
The South African girls bowled and fielded brilliantly. Hilda Nienaper
bowled to a fine line with 4 dot balls one run out and 2 dismissals
though beaten, the Proteas were not disgraced and won rounds of
applause for their gritty display.