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Dayaratne as school tennis co-ordinator

By Annesley Ferreira

Boshan Dayaratne has been appointed as the schools mini-tennis co-ordinator in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA), recommended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Dayaratne will be directly responsible to both the ITF and SLTA.

The approval for the programme has been given by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Deputy Director General of Education (Physical Education and Sports) Sunil Jayaweera.

Initially three schools have been picked and plans are afoot to expand this programme to other schools in Sri Lanka.

The schools picked are Royal with 2592 students, Ananda with 1137 students and Visakha with 1086 students in the class groups of 1 to 5.

This programme is conducted during school hours, i.e during school periods by the physical education teachers, respective class teachers and parents under the supervision of Dayaratne.

The programme carried, out for the first time in Sri Lanka is fully sponsored by the ITF. All equipment (rackets, balls and nets) are given free to the schools in the process of development of tennis in Sri Lanka by the ITF.

Several training programmes have been held for the physical education teachers, class teachers and parents by Dayaratne.

Those picked to conduct these classes from the respective schools are C.R Weerakoon (Royal), Piyadarshani Godagama(Ananda), Muditha Madanayake and Jayanthi (Visakha).

Lankan cricketers in Italian team

BY Marcus Joseph

Four Sri Lankan cricketers represented the Italian national team in their recently concluded three weeks tour of England where they played ten limited over games against Minor Counties.

The team was led by Kamal Kariyawasam and included Hemantha Jayasena, Samantha de Mel and Prabath Ekneligoda, all Sri Lanka schoolboy cricketers of repute of yesteryear- Kariya–wasam from a school down south represented the schools cricket team that toured India, Hemantha from Panadura is a former St. John’s College skipper who also represented Panadura SC in the Sara Trophy, De Mel played for Sri Jayawardenapura and the BRC.

Of the ten matches played they won 3, lost 5 and the rest were drawn. Hemantha who scored 138 not out followed it up with a score of 94 not out in the next and had a total of 430 runs in ten matches. He also took 15 wickets with his right arm leg spin bowling - the other centurion was Samantha de Mel who hit up 106 runs. He also scored a quick 52 runs in another match.

Kamal is playing for Bergamo CC, Hemantha, Pianoro CC, the Champion club in Italy, Ekneligoda, Lazio cc, and de Mel Cesena.

Favourites in rugby quarters

By Marlon Fernandopulle

The favourites entered the quarter finals of the Mercantile Rugby Sevens at the the end of the first day in the tournament conducted in eight groups at Longden Place and Havelock Park yesterday.

The tournament will continue at Longden Place today.

Quarter Finals: Cup - John Keells vs Red Alert; Hatton National Bank vs Super Industries; Asia Capital vs Maritime; Seylan Bank vs Aitken Spence

Plate - Hong Kong Bank vs Netcom; Sampath Bank vs East West; Lanka Bell vs Tri Star; Connaisance vs John Keells B.

Bowl - Union Assuarance vs Hatton National Bank B; CTC Eagle vs Metropolitan; Sampath Bank B vs Celltell B; Bartleet vs Hemas.

Lanka visit by Kieran Fallon

Kieran Fallon, the champion jockey of English Turf in the current year is due to visit Sri Lanka on the invitation of Sumathi Group.

Fallon will arrive in Sri Lanka on November 17 (Monday) and will be here for a week.

Wide publicity has already been given in the London Press regarding Fallon’s visit to SriLanka.

Bradby Shield plaque

The Old Trinitians Rugby Scrimage which was formed by the past rugby players of Trinity to promote and uplift the standard of rugby at the school, has organised various projects to raise funds.

One of the current projects is a handsome wall plaque which is a replica of the Bradby Shield with the crests of Trinity and Royal in their respective colours on the sides.

The wall plaque is now on sale which no doubt is a very valuable ornament, a beautiful collectors item and a must to all Trinitians and Royalists.The wall plaque is available with Professor S. Ellepola, 24 Malabar Street, Kandy (Tel:08-232692). U.T Molligoda, 90, Sri Dhammadara Mawatha, Ratmalana (Tel:713568/581688,) Mano Ganesar, 209/8, Union Place, Colombo 2 (Tel: 438628) or the Trinity College Office, Kandy and Secretary Royal College Union, Colombo 7.

Trinco Joes are favoured for title

By Annesley Ferreira

The defeat of St. Benedict’s by St. Joseph’s College Trincomalee in their Milo Inter-Schools under 18 division 1 semi final clash at the Sports Ministry grounds, Reid Avenue, conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Football Association has put them as favourites to win the title.

St. Benedict’s, last year’s finalists were beaten by 4 goals to nil.

St. Joseph’s now meet the winners of the semi final clash between Zahira Maradana and St. Joseph’s Colombo on November 19 at 3.30 p.m. at the Sports Ministry grounds.

St. Joseph’s Colombo will meet Zahira Colombo on Sunday November 9 at the City League grounds Slave Island at 4 pm.

Royal making it to a final after lapse of 20 years will confront D. S. Senanayake on November 14 at 3.30 p.m. at the Stanley Jansz Playgrounds Colpetty.

The division 3 final will be a clash between Al Humaizara MMV Beruwala and Muslim MV Kalutara at Kalutara on November 12 at 3.30 p.m.

Maris Stella Negombo will meet Hameediya Al Hussainiya to decide who earns the right to play Zahira Colombo in the under 16 division 1 final fixed for November 19th at 2 p.m. at the Sports Ministry grounds.

Maris Stella will battle Hameediya Al Hussainiya in the semi finals on Sunday November 9 at 3 p.m. at the City League grounds.

A. E. Goonesinghe MV Colombo will encounter Al Adhan MV Badulla in the division 2 final at the Vincent Dias Stadium Badulla on November 15 at 3.30 p.m. while the division 3 final will be fought between St. Mary’s Chilaw and De La Salle MMV Colombo at the Stanley Jansz Playgrounds Colpetty on November 14 at 2 p. m.

Zahira College Puttalam will meet their counterparts from Gampola in the under 14 final on November 14 at the Stanley Jansz Playgrounds, Colpetty at 10 a. m. preceding the under 12 final between Uva College Badulla and Zahira Puttalam at 9 a. m. at the same venue. In all eight finals will be played which will see nine outstation schools battling it out for supremacy which augurs well for the sport in general.

Under 18 Division II

Royal College Colombo Vs D. S. Senanayake College Colombo on Nov. 14 at Stanley Jansz Grounds. 4.00 pm.


S. Sharvendran, T. S. Jumaideen, Sharfath Yousuf, Buddika Lokugamhewa, A. M. F. Cruz, H. Giriharan, M. A. M. Arshad, Chamara Gunatilake, R. K. B. Herath, S. Charavanan, Z. M. Zain, A. Dinesh Kumar, Mano Raj, Sampath Edirimuni, G. M. Perera, A. Rasith.

D. S. Senanayake:

Roshan Kumara, Nuwan Ranika Silva, Sepal Ushantha, Asiri Lamahewa, Ranjan Lalith Perera, Rayan Lakruwan, G. Prasath, R. Osman, M. S. M. Ashraff, Anton Charles, Imthisal Saheed, A. M. M. Rizkan, K. Kamalanthran, P. Nisakaran, Mustaq Jabir, Priyantha Pieris.

Under 18 Division III

Al Humaizara M. M. V. Beruwela Vs Kalutara Muslim M. V. on Nov. 11 at Kalutara Esplande at 3.30 pm.

Kalutara Muslim MV:

M. A. M. Risvi, M. H. M. Sideek, M.N. M. Mowhib, A. W. M. Masarid, M. H. M. Nafeel, M. H. M. Musaweer, M. L. M. Risan, M. R. M. Rismee, M. H. M. Ramees, M. K. M. Farhan, F. A. Iqbal, M. A. M. Afras, M. Z. M. Ishaq, M. T. M. Tasman, M. J. M. Ishan, H. M. Amanullah.

Al Humaizara M. M. V.

M. N. M. Rifas, M. F. M. Asiq, M. F. M. Fasmy, Safras Hussain, Ifhan Ali, M. M. M. Fiham, M. S. M. Himas- deen, M. K. M. Sharan, M. N. M. Shafeek, M. S. M. Marwan, P. M. Rimsan, M. S. M. Sinan, M. M. Imtiyaz, M. A. M. Rislan, M. N. M. Riskan.

Under 16 Division III

St. Mary’s College Chilaw Vs. De La Salle M. M. V. Colombo on Nov. 14 at 2 p. m. At Stanley Jansz Grounds.

St. Mary’s Chilaw

Nadeera Dilantha, Roy Dinesh, Prasad Wasana, Prasanna Perera, Dimusha Premeeth, Nisanka Pradihas, Srinath Malan, Romesh Tharanga, Prageeth Santheewa, Prayanthjith Jayantha, Dilshan Fernando Janaka Romesh, Sanjeewa Prasanna, Nalin Thushantha, Supun Priyanga.

De La Salle M. V.

A. Sumith Leonard, K. P. J. Dilruksha, Janaka Suranga, Sudeera Silva, Deepal Dharshana, Pradeep Kumara, S. P. Dhanushka, A. Samantha, Darshana Sanjeewa, Nishan Dilip, Nuwan Dilip, S. L. Ranaweera, S. N. Priyalath. H. A. Awantha, M. F. Ahamed, Jude Clarence.

Under 16 Division II - Al Adhan M. V. Badulla Vs A. E. Goonesinghe M. V. Colombo on November 15 at Vincent Dias Stadium Badulla at 3.30 p. m.

A. E. Goonesinghe M. V.

W. A. Chaturanga, R. M. A. K. Ratnayake, Sajith Dharmapala, Tilanka Nandasiri, Indika Upananda, Dhammika Prasad, S. Jayalath, Isuru Perera, Danushka Liyanage, Sanath Chandima, A. Deshapriya, Indika Prasad, Vajira Rasanga, A. Ranasinghe, L. Chaminda, R. Prasad.

Al Adhan M. V. Badulla

M. F. M. Mansoor, J. Rizwan, J. M. Rizwan, Anwar Dadath, M. S. Rizky, Nusrath Ali, M. F. M. Siraj, Tuwan Munas, M. Y. M. Irshad, Kaleelul Rahman, M. I. M. Irham, J. M. Aslam, N. M. Suhaib.


Under 12 - Uva College Badulla Vs. Zahira College Puttalam on November 14 at Stanley Jansz Grounds Colombo 3 at 9 am

Uva College;

Amila Sandaruwan, Anju Mahendra Danapala, M. Fahad, Dilum Danushka Ratnayake, M. Azmi Naeem, Sumana Hettiarachchi, Safras Nawaz, M. Muheen, Chandika Pubudu, Imalka Chalith, C. Makawita, D. Rukshan, M. Azwin, M. Rushdy Ameer, T. Dilshan.

Zahira Puttalam:

M. A. Arham, R. M. Soukath, M. M. Musfiq, Rinas Mohamed, P. H. M. Anees, A. S. Irfan, A. W. M. Sifak, M. Mustak, M. Fasloon, B. M. Arshad, T. Safanis, A. Najran, M. M. Nasath, G. T. Vinorth, M. N. M. Asiq, M. S. Ahusam.

Under 14 - Zahira College Gampola Vs Zahira College Puttalam on November 14 at Stanley Jansz Grounds at 10 a. m.

Zahira Puttalam;

H. M. M. Rasmi, A. R. I. Ahamed, J. M. Sanoos, M. A. J. M. Jensan, M. S. M. Sahmy, M. I. M. Rikan, A. R. F. Mohamed, H. J. M. Nimnas, M. A. M. Sarjoon, A. F. M. Hanfal, A. F. Hafi, R. M. Hilfi, M. H. M. Hassen, M. R. M. Alfasi, M. I. M. Rilwan, A. K. Rahman.

Zahira Gampola;

Rifas Ahamed, M. Shams, M. Shiraz, M. Imran, H. Farshan, S. M. F. Safran, M. Safas, F. M. Hafiz, T. S. Hairudeen, M. Azvi, M. Yaseer, M. Rumainas, M.J. Ilhisan, I. Hassan, M. I. M. Ifham.

Madugalle as Match Referee again

By Marlon Fernandopulle

Ranjan Madugalle
Thirty-eight-year-old former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle has once again been honoured by the ICC with another crucial assignment as Match Referee. Madugalle will officiate as the ICC referee in the three Test series between Australia and South Africa, commencing next month.

Billed as the Test series between the two best Test playing nations the South Africa- Australia series promises to be an enthralling one and Madugalle is delighted to be a part of it. Earlier this year Ranjan was the match referee in the England-Australia Ashes series and also the recently concluded Pakistan-South Africa Test series.

Madugalle’s latest assignment will also include part of the Carlton and United Triangular series between New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. West Indian Camy Smith will be the match referee for the first part of the Triangular and the Australia-New Zealand series.


Meanwhile ICC and Sri Lanka Test Umpire K.T.Francis has been picked to officiate in the Four Nation Quadrangular tournament in Sharjah next month. Pakistan, India, West Indies and England will participate in this year’s quadrangular tournament which will be played under lights for the first time in the desert land.

K.T Francis who officiated in the 2nd Test between Pakistan and South Africa last month will be joined by Steve Bucknor (West Indies) and Cyril Mitchaley (South Africa) to form the trio of umpires for the limited over tournament. According to CBSF co-ordinator Asif Iqbal Sri Lanka and England were extended with the invitation to participate as the 4th team in the tournament earlier this year. However the World Champions did not respond in the affirmative but England confirmed their participation. ICC regulations permits a maximum of only four teams to participate in limited over tournaments.

Umpires should not coach - Francis

By Bernie Wijesekera

Cricket umpires must either umpire or stick to coaching, said International Test Umpire K.T. Francis, to The Sunday Times.

Francis, who is a senior member of the Association of Cricket Umpires Sri Lanka and a member of the International panel, was totally against umpires indulging in coaching. There has been several complaints to the controlling body regarding umpires coaching school cricket teams.

They could have a coaching school that has nothing to do with school cricket teams.

Q. What’s wrong with them indulging in umpiring and coaching?

A. The problem is when his school concerned get involved in competitive level, apparently he may influence his colleagues to favour to get the better of the opponent. To this effect there has been several complaints. This isn’t cricket, he added.

Q. That means you can’t light the candle from both ends.

A. You are right, a good example is Dicky Bird, the famous Test umpire retired from the Test panel, but still continued to umpire in county matches. He got an offer to be a radio commentator. Bird, who had played cricket for Leicestershire with Stanley Jayasinghe asked permission from the TCCB to be a commentator. But he was not given the permission to do so. Either umpire or be a commentator. The Indian Cricket Board, too has specifically made it a point that umpires should not get involved in other areas of the game when they don the white coat.

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