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Kandy's Flanker Manasa Qoro evades a flying tackle from CH wing three quarter Chanaka while skipper Bimal comes to his rescue. Action at the CH - Kandy match played at Maitland Crescent yesterday. Pic by Dunstan Wickramaratne

Bradby Shield rugby

Trinity get slim lead in 1st leg

By Shane Seneviratne reporting from Pallekelle

Amidst much fisticuffs, Trinity held off a late Royal challenge to win the first leg of the 53rd Bradby Shield rugby fixture at the Pallekelle Stadium by 14 points to 6 last evening.

The Trinitians' points were made up two goals to Royal 2 penalties.

The winners led 7 nil at the half.

The Trinitians who started off with a bang, failed to snatch the lead with two penalties being kicked astray by Nuwan Fernando from easy distance, but later made amends by goaling the try scored by Flanker Migera Meegahakumbura.

Incidentally Jayawardena scored three of the Trinitians tries last year and was a well marked man yesterday.

The second try was scored by substitute Anjula Weerakody with the extra points been added by skipper Nuwan Fernando.

For Royal, Rananjana Gonaduwa put over two penalties in reducing the lead, one from 45 metres out, to keep their chances alive to pulling off the second leg in Colombo on July 5.

Referee, Sanjeewa Saranapala controlled the game ably assisted by his two touch judges.

In the under 17 game Royal ran off easy winners to retain the C.E. Simithrachchi Trophy by 24 points to nil.

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Most Popular Horlicks Schoolboy Cricketer Award Ceremony on June 24

The glittering under - 15 and 13 'Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer' Horlicks awards ceremony will be held on June 24 at the BMICH at 4. p.m.

The winners of this contest were picked on a coupon published in the Sunday Times, Midweek Mirror and Lankadeepa.

Arshad Junaid of D.S. Senanayake College won the under - 15 award while Ishan Muthalip of Maris Stella, College Negombo won the under 13 title.

Both are all rounders who have done their schools proud in the on-going inter-schools cricket with Junaid having the pride of playing the Mini World Cup in England.

Damith Gunatillake of Maliyadewa College Kurunegala has been picked as the under - 13 'Most Promising Cricketer' while Mahesh Haren Perera of St. Peter's College Bambalapitiya was picked as the Most Promising Cricketer under - 13 by a panel of judges of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association.

Wickremabahu MMV Gampola and Rajapaksa MMV Ahungalle were picked as the Most Up and Coming Schools.

The other award winners who will receive their awards from the Chief Guest, the Speaker K.B. Ratnayake who was incidentally the first ever Sports Minister of Sri Lanka will be:

Under 13

Division 1 - Maliyadeva Kurunegala and St. Anthony's College Kandy Joint Champions.

Division 2 - Champions Joseph Vaz, Wennapuwa, runners up Lumbini MV.

Division 3 - Champions Moratuwa MV, Runners up Wickremabahu MMV Gampola.

Under 15

Division 1 - Ananda, St. Anthony's Kandy joint champions.

Division 2 - Champion Kottawa Dharmapala, runners up Kalutara MV.

Division 3 - Basilica Ragama and Isipatana joint champions. – AF

Touching win for Kandy

By Marlon Fernandopulle

Title favourites Kandy SC went through a few anxious moments before defeating CH & FC by 23 points(02 goals,02penalties & o1 drop goal) to 05 (01try) in a Carlsberg A Division league game at Maitland Crescent yesterday.

Although the scoreline will not give an indication CH & FC put up a gallant performance and prevented the current knock-out champions from scoring any points for a good 30 minutes. However the individual brilliance of Fijian Opethi who scored a peach of a drop goal and a superb try helped Kandy SC to finally run out as easy winners and score their sixth succesive victory for the season.

CH & FC attacked with the kick-off and had Kandy on the defensive.Helped by a marauding set of forwards the Maitland Crescent club made inroads into their opponent's territory and threatened to score on a couple of occasions but were let down by their back division who were guilty of sloppy ball handling.

Kandy drew first blood in the 30th minute when winger Suranga Koddithuwakku playing in place of Imthie Marikar put the finishing touches to a three quarter move.Nalaka Weerakkody added the extra points for Kandy to lead 7-0.CH & FC's chances of reducing the deficit was lost when place kicker Josai Watachi fluffed three penalties.

Soon after the breather, Kandy increased their lead with aWeerakkody penalty Watachi's misfortune with his kicks continued as he missed two more penalties early in the second half.However the home side struck back when winger Ajith Upawansa touched down off a second phase move that was initiated after a short tap in Kandy territory.Jude Dimithri failed with the conversion as CH & FC trailed 5-10.

Full back Nalaka Weerakkody put over another penalty in the 62 nd minute,after which Opethi executed a 50 metre drop goal to take the initiative from the home side.On the stroke of full time Opethi who had a grand game collected a ball from his centre ,kicked ahead ,charged ,and touched down by the post.Weerakkody made no mistake with the conversion as Kandy scored an impressive 23-5 victory.

Refree:Dilroy Fernando

St. Paul's, Bishops Yasodhara win

St. Paul's Milagiriya crushed Sirimavo BMV 13 goals to nil in their Colombo schools under 15 girls hockey encounter played at the CR & FC grounds last morning.

Dilini Navodini scored 5 goals, assisted by Dinesha Perera (4) Dilmini Erangika and Nadeera Jayangani (2) scored for St. Paul's.

In two other games, Yasodhara BMV beat Ladies' College 1 nil with Pramila Tikirikumari scoring for Yasodhara and Bishops helped by a goal by Rushani Jayasuriya beat Ananda Balika 1 nil.

In a under 15 boys clash Prince of Wales drew 1 all with Wesley. – (AF)

Minister denies giving Okay

The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, S. B. Dissanayake denies giving approval for the Sri Lankan contingent to participating in the World Scholar-Athletics games in USA.

These games are scheduled to commence today June 22 and conclude on July 2 at the University of Rhode Island & Newport Rhode Island USA.

The events will be held for those in the age groups of 16 to 19 with participants coming from 125 countries and all 50 States with Sri Lanka being representated by the largest, 29. Events to be held are basketaball, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

McGrath singing in the rain

LONDON, June 21 (Reuter) - Glenn McGrath, relishing the sun on his back for the first time in the rain-affected second test between Australia and England, took a record eight for 38 on Saturday as England tumbled to 77 all out in their first innings, their lowest score at Lord's this century.

The lean, laconic Australian fast bowler, who took all three wickets to fall in Friday's second day, bowled unchanged from the Pavilion end throughout a morning's play interrupted by 15 minutes for rain.

His figures were a record for England v Australia tests, bettering the eight for 43 recorded by England left-arm spinner Hedley Verity in 1934 and Bob Massie's eight for 53 for Australia in 1972. Only 90 minutes play had been possible on Friday after

Thursday's washout and further rain had been forecast for Saturday. In the event, only a quarter of an hour was lost and the black clouds soon rolled away and the sun broke through.

McGrath, who had not previously taken five wickets in an innings against England, bowled with pace, venom and an immaculate off-stump line when England resumed at 38 for three. After Paul Reiffel had dismissed Graham

Thorpe caught at short-leg for 21, McGrath swept through the England middle-order. John Crawley, prodding uncertainly forward, was caught behind for one, Nasser Hussain fell lbw for an obdurate 19 to the first ball after the rain break and Robert Croft was also caught by wicketkeeper Ian Healy for two.

Darren Gough crashed McGrath for consecutive fours through the off-side but was then caught for 10 while Mark Ealham (7) pushed a tame catch to Matthew Elliott at mid-on off Reiffel.

McGrath took his eighth wicket for his best haul in test cricket when Andrew Caddick was lbw for one and led his team off the field knowing he had given the Australians a chance of squaring the six-test series.

In reply Australia were 70 for one at tea after captain Mark Taylor had played on to Darren Gough for one. Matthew Elliott had scored 23 while Greg Blewett had played some delightful cover-drives to reach 44 not out.


England first innings (overnight 38-3)

M.Butcher c Blewett c McGrath 	5
M.Atherton c Taylor b McGrath 	1
A.Stewart b McGrath  		1
N.Hussain lbw b McGrath 	19
G.Thorpe c Blewett b Reiffel 	21
J.Crawley c Healy b McGrath 	1
M.Ealham c Elliott b Reiffel 	7
R.Croft c Healy b McGrath 	2
D.Gough c Healy b McGrath 	10
A.Caddick lbw b McGrath  	1
D.Malcolm not out  		0
Extras (b-4 nb-5)  		9
Total				77
Fall of wickets: 1-11 2-12 3-13 4-47 5-56 6-62 7-66 8-76-9-77
Bowling: McGrath 20.3-8-38-8,, Reiffel 15-9-17-2 (nb-3), Kasprowicz 5-1-9-0 (nb-2), Warne 2-0-9-0.

Sri Lanka in charge against West Indies

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Friday (Reuter) - Sanath Jayasuriya hit 80 not out and led Sri Lanka quickly past a paltry West Indies first innings total of 147 on the opening day of the second and final test on Friday. World Cup champions Sri Lanka dismissed the home side before tea, with pace bowler Ravindra Pushpa–kumara claiming five wickets, and ended the day on 157 for three, 10 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.

Jayasuriya showed scant respect for the West Indies pace attack, striking 11 fours in 107 balls and three undefeated hours at the crease to raise Sri Lankan hopes of squaring the series after losing the first test in Antigua by six wickets.

The left-handed opener held centrestage in a fine third-wicket stand of 76 runs in just 63 minutes with Aravinda de Silva, who made 35 off 45 balls.

Pushpakumara, 21, took two wickets off consecutive balls in the day's second over after Sri Lanka had won the toss and put West Indies in to bat. He finished with figures of five for 41 off 12.4 lively overs.

Pushpakumara received admirable support from off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who took three for 28 off 12 probing overs.

West Indies, at one stage five for three, were indebted to Carl Hooper for saving them from greater embarrassment with a majestic innings of 81, including 10 fours and a six. Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama provided the visitors with a solid foundation, featuring in an opening stand of 63.

Fast bowler Franklyn Rose struck twice in the space of 13 runs by dismissing Mahanama (28) and Marvan Atapattu (7) but then Jayasuriya took over and flayed the West Indies pace attack with good support from de Silva. De Silva was caught at slip, cutting at a Hooper off-break just before stumps.

Flash-at lunch with 55 minutes lost through rain, Sri Lanka were 185 for 4 with Sanath Jayasuriya unbeaten on 90 and with him was Sanjeewa Rantunga. Skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was out for 13 caught by Brain Lara off Courtney Walsh.


West Indies first innings

S.Campbell c Mahanama b Dharmasena           	20
S.Williams c Kaluwitharana b Pushpakumara     	0
F.Reifer lbw b Pushpakumara                    	0
B.Lara c and b S.de Silva                      	0
C.Hooper c Atapattu b Pushpakumara            	81
R.Holder c Atapattu b Muralitharan            	16
I.Bishop b Muralitharan                       	11
C.Browne b Pushpakumara                        	0
C.Ambrose b Pushpakumara                       	7
F.Rose b Muralitharan                         	1
C.Walsh not out                                	2
Extras (b-3 lb-3 nb-3)                         	9
Total                                        	147
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-2, 3-5, 4-34, 5-92, 6-126, 
7-133, 8-140, 9-145
S.de Silva 13-2-46-1 (nb1);
Pushpakumara 12.4-1-41-5;  
Dharmasena 7-1-26-1;  
Muralitharan 12-1-28-3.

Sri Lanka first innings

S.Jayasuriya not out               	 80
R.Mahanama c Browne b Rose          	28
M.Atapattu c Hooper b Rose           	7
A.De Silva c Lara b Hooper          	35
A.Ranatunga not out                  	0
Extras (lb-2 nb-5)                   	7
Total (for 3 wickets)              	157
Fall of wickets: 1-62 2-75 3-151.
Bowling Ambrose 6-1-16-0;
Walsh 13-1-42-0 (nb3);
Rose 7-0-33-2 (nb2);
Bishop 7-0-51-0; Hooper 7-2-13-1.

Cricket meeting in Polonnaruwa

The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka has decided to register on June 29 all cricket playing clubs, including the newly formed ones and schools at the Co-operative Conference Hall, Polonnaruwa at 10 a.m.

All clubs and school representatives are requested to report to Thilanga Sumathipala, Chairman, District Development Committee with a letter of authority and other relevant documents. (AF)

Match was a ti

A fine all round performance by Ranjula Sumein, who took four wickets for 51 runs and scored 72 runs against Prince of Wales College helped to tie their under 15 cricket tournament match played at Moratuwa.

Prince of Wales:154 all out. (S. Shiroz 29, R. Pieris 22, C. Fernando 16, S. Cooray 32, B. Mendis 22 n.o., Ranjula Sumein 4 for 51, Amila Dharmapriya 5 for 34).

D.S.Senanayake M.V.: 154 all out. (P. Liyanarachchi 13, Amila Dharmapriya 1).

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