5th December 1999
SRI Lanka's six wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test match at Harare last Tuesday was the fifth occasion where Sri Lanka has scored a Test win abroad.
Sri Lanka had to wait for 13 years before achieving the elusive dream of scoring a Test win abroad when they scored a 241 runs win over New Zealand at Napier in 1995.
Few months later Sri Lanka scored two Test wins over Pakistan in Pakistan. Sri Lanka lost the first Test but won the second and third match by 42 runs and 144 runs respectively.
In the five Test wins aboard Sri Lanka were led by Arjuna Ranatunga on four occasions while Sanath Jayasuriya led the country in their latest win over Zimbabwe
The Colombo Rowing Club team of fours A and B, pairs and a sculler qualified for the finals at the 30th Far East, Amateur Rowing Association Regatta at the Beira Lake yesterday.
Defending champions Hong Kong together with Malasiya, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are the four countries which are participating in this 26 race regatta.
The Sri Lanka fours team which qualified comprised: A team - Deva Sagayam, C.Wickremasuriya, D.Seneviratne, K. Jeerasinghe and K. Keerthisinghe while the B team comprised C.Talphewa, D.Maurice, D.Athukorale, U.Hettiarachchi and Ekanayake.
The Sri Lanka pairs team comprised A team - D.Maurice, D.Aluvihare, B team - A.Aslam, K.Abahyaratne.
The sculler that qualified for the finals was A.Aslam.
Events will be held for the ladies, fours, pairs and sculls while events will be held for veterans fours and sculls too.
The regatta will be continued today commencing at 3.00 p.m.
Top seed Asiri Iddamalgoda will meet Thimathi De Abrew while Thivanka Atukorale will lock horns with Danindran Subaramanium in men's singles semi finals at the Queen's Club Centenary Celebrations tennis tournament at the Club courts at Bauddhaloka Mawatha today.
In the boys under-18 semi finals R.L.Peiris will battle it out with D. Abeygunawardena while Thimathi De Abrew will meet number two seed Thivanka Atukorale.
These semi-finals will also played today.
In the under 18 boy's singles quarter finals R. Peiris beat N.S. Nishendran 6-0, 6-1, D. Abeygunawardena received a walk-over from Samitha Wickremasinghe who fell ill after the latter was leading the first set 3-2. Thimathi De Abrew outclassed R. Perera 6-0, 6-1 and Thivanka Atukorale beat S. Sabanandan 6-1-6-1. In the women's semi finals Sobini de Silva will meet Manisha Seneviratne while Dushinka Subramanium will battle it out with Nicola Bastian.
In the quarter finals S. de Silva beat K. Bergmann 6-3, 6-2, M. Abeywardena beat M.Seneviratne 6-3, 6-1, D Subramanium beat N. de Silva 7-5, 6-1 and N. Bastian beat U. Dias 6-1, 6-0.
Pavithra Fernando was crowned the most outstanding sportsman at the Royal College awards ceremony held at the Navarangahala yesterday.
Pavithra won this award for representing Sri Lanka as a schoolboy, in rugger. Pavithra is the son of Hemasiri Fernando, President of the National Olympic Committee.
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