19th December 1999
Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday (Reuters) - A power packed third wicket stand of 144 runs between Romesh Kaluwitharana (99) and Mahela Jayewardena (63) helped Sri Lanka to a convincing six wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the fourth one day international here today.
Sri Lanka, with this six wicket victory, has won the series 3-0 with the fifth and the last one day international to be played at the same venue on Sunday.
Chasing the tough task of scoring 261 to win in 50 overs Sri Lanka had a shaky start of 44 for 2 when they lost two quick wickets, of skipper Sanath Jayasuriya for 8 and Marvan Atapattu for 6.
However vice captain Mahela Jayewardena joined Romesh Kaluwitharana and the pair simply tore into the Zimbabwe bowling as they put on 144 runs in 23.1 overs for the third wicket before Zimbabwe paceman Henry Olonga bowled Romesh Kaluwitharana for 99. With the score at 188, in 30.1 overs, Kaluwitharana's 99 came in 86 balls inclusive of 11 fours and one six.
Sri Lanka lost the wicket of Mahela Jayewardena 25 runs later when he was caught by wicketkeeper Andy Flower off Eddo Brandes. Jayewardena made 63 which came in 80 balls inclusive off six boundaries.
Then the fifth wicket pair of Russel Arnold (42) and Tillekeratne Dilshan (20) carried on the mop up operations when they put on 49 runs to see Sri Lanka through with 5.2 overs to spare.
Earlier Steuart Carlisle hammered his maiden one-day international century to spur Zimbabwe 260 for four from their alloted 50 overs.
Carlisle's undefeated 121, in which he was dropped on 31 and 83, came off 138 deliveries and included eight fours and four sixes.
A.Campbell c sub (Silva) b Chandana 43
G.Flower c Arnold b Vaas 7
S. Carlisle not out 121
M. Goodwin b Jayasuria 26
A.Flower c Muralitharan b Wickramasinghe 53
Extras (lb-8 w-2) 10
Total (for four wickets, 50 overs) 260
Fall of wickets: 1-17 2-79 3-129 4-260
Did not bat: G.Whittall, G.Rennie, G.Brent, E.Brandes, H.Olonga, J.Rennie
Bowling: Vaas 10-0-44-1, Pushpakumara 8-1-37-0, Wickramasinghe 8-0-30-1 (w-1), Muralitharan 10-1-52-0 (w-1), Chandana 5-0-25-1, Jayasuria 7-0-46-1, Arnold 2-0-18-0
Sri Lanka innings
S.T.Jayasuriya G.J.Rennie b J.A.Rennie 8 R.S.Kaluwitharana b Olonga 99
M.S.Atapattu c A.Flower b J.A.Rennie 6
D.P.M.de.S.Jayawardene c A Flower b Brandes 63
R.P.Arnold not out 42
T.M.Dilshan not out 20
Extras (lb 2, w 15, nb 7) 24
Total (4 wickets, 44.4 overs) 262
DNB: U.D.U.Chandana, W.P.U.J.C Vaas, G.P.Wickramasinghe, M Muralitharan, K.R.Pushpakumara.
FoW: 1-25 (Jayasuriya), 2-44 (Atapattu), 3-188 (Kaluwitharana), 4-213 (Jayawardene).
Bowling : Brandes 10-0-52-1 (2nb, 2w), J.A.Rennie 8-0-36-2 (4w), Brent 5.4-0-48-0 (6w), G.J.Whittall 3-0-34-0 (1w), Olonga 10-0-54-1 (5nb, 1w), G.W.Flower 6-0-27-0, Campbell 2-0-9-0
By V.T Rajah - our Badulla Sports Correspondent
Superb bowling spell by Asanka Deepal and M.A Sourjah enabled Old Uvites S.C to score an easy 72 runs victory over Saraswathy Maha Vidyalaya in their Badulla District Division III limited over cricket encounter played on Friday (10.12.99).
Old Uvites S.C scored 138 runs in 28.1 overs. Saraswathy M.V were able to score only 66 runs in 17.3 overs.
Asanka Deepal captured 6 wickets for only 4 runs while M.A Sourjah captured 4 wickets for 8 runs.
Old Uvites S.C 138 (B.S.M Shiran 13, Thushara Subasinghe 23, M.A Sourjah 22, Iroshan Dissanayake 21, S. Shankar 4 for 25 and S. Menon 2 for 14).
Saraswathy M.V 66 (P. Rakjumar 14, S. Rohan 10, Asanka Deepal 6 for 4 and M.A Sourjah 4 for 08)
By Bernie Wijesekera
Old Naladians, who will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year, posted a convincing eight wickets victory over their traditional rivals Old Anandians in the inaugural 15 over tournament for the Col. Henry Steel Olcott trophy tournament at Cambpell Place yesterday.
In today's semi finals, Maliyadeva will meet hosts Nalanda and in the other semi final Dharmashoka will play Mahinda. The third place play off will be at 9.00 a.m
Despite the dull and dreary conditions in the afternoon the participants of yesteryear produced quality cricket.
The much looked forward to clash between traditional rivals Old Anandians and Naladians which was played in semi darkness generated the sparks.
Old Anandians batting first made 87 for 5 in their alloted 15 overs. They made this score thanks to a good start given by Openers Thilan Wijesinghe and Charith Senanayake.
Wijesinghe stroked a fluent 21 while Senanayake gave him good support with an attractive 22. Nalanda chasing Old Anandians target of 87 made it with 5.2 overs to spare. Two good knocks from Hemantha Devapriya 24 (two fours and a six) and Jayantha Seneviratne (43 n.o, 7x4) steered them to an eight wickets victory.
Old Naladians achieved the victory in style when Seneviratne scored three consective fours off the bowling of Thilan Wijesinghe.
In an another intersting confrontation between Maliyadeva and Dharmaraja, the Old boys from Kurunegala won the match after chasing the hard task of scoring 113 runs set by the Rajans.
The outstanding performancess came from I. Dissanayake (4 for 50) and S.Guruge 41 n.o. The chief guest of the event will be Sarvodaya leader A.T Ariyaratne. D.S.I, Hatton National Bank, Nawaloka Group and Nikado are the sponsors of this tournament.
Kandy Sports Club, which won all the trophies on offer last season, is getting ready to repeat their heady successes in the first season of the new millennium.
There has been a change at the helm, and Dr. Sarath Kapuwatte who was the President from 1990-94 and again from 97-98 has taken over. Much of the infrastructure is in place and the new President speaking to The Sunday Times said that his priority would be the management of the Club House. He feels that Kandy S. C. should be made an on-going concern. Among Dr. Kapuwatte's plans for the year 2000 is a restaurant at the Club House.
Priyantha Ekanayake, who coached the team in their successful compaigns in 1999, will not be doing so this time. The grapevine has it that a top level foreign coach will be entrusted with that job. As chairman of the Rugby Commitee, Ekanayake will however have fairly sweeping powers.
Kandy S.C. successfully organised the International Rugby Sevens in August this year. As Chairman of the International Sevens Committee, Izwan Omar, the father of daring flanker Haris will continue from where he left off last season.
The other office-bearers are Senior vice President Maurice Perera, Vice Presidents, Dharmasiri Madugalle, Dudley Gunatilleke, Secretary - Malath Fernando, Treasurer - Deva Amunugama, Ground Secretary - Anil Jayasinghe, Captain - Dunstan de Silva. -A.K
By Marlon Fernandopulle
CCC are left to perform only the final rites against Sebastianites SC, as they are heading for their third outright victory in the current Premier Inter Club season.
At the end of the second day's play the table leaders of Group A sent their visitors Sebastianites crashing to 51 for 9, still needing 109 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
After spinners Nisitha Rupasinghe and Chamikara Mudalige bundled out the Sebastianites for only 50 in the first innings, medium pacers Hemantha Boteju (5/18) and Bradman Ediriweera (2/28) sent the visitors tumbling in their second innings.
CCC vs Sebastianites
Sebastianites -50 & 51/9 at close (Ranga Yasalal 13; Hemantha Boteju 5/18, Bradman Ediriweera 2/28 Chamikara Mudalige 2/4)
CCC-78/4 overnight 210 (Damitha Hunukkumbura 74, Hemantha Boteju 33, Bradman Ediriweera 21, Duncan Arnolda 21; Dinusha Fernando 5/58, Chamara Liyanage 2/31, Dinesha Perera 2/11)
Hathurusinghe leads fight back
Former Sri Lanka allrounder Chandika Hathurusinghe captured 5 for 70 to help Moors stage a good fight back against SSC.
Continuing from a formidable 261 for 4, SSC lost their last six wickets without offering much resistance.Hathurusinghe was the chief wrecker with his gentle medium pacers while spinner Primal Salgado gave good support to take 3 for 29.
SSC vs Moors SC
SSC-261/4 overnight 318 all out (Avishka Gunawardene 75, Shantha Kalawitigoda 49, Upekha Fernando 33, Ruwan Galappathy 30, Tilan Samaraweera 26; Chandika Hathurusinghe 5/70, Primal Salgado 3/29)
Moors SC-95/3 at close (Aruna Gunawardene 16, Heshan Tillekaratne 28, Pulasthi Rangana 15, Primal Salgado 18 n.o)
BRC set challenging total
A 67 run stand for the 7th wicket between Malintha Warnapura and Wendell Labrooy helped BRC to 311 all out in their Premier League inter club game against NCC at Maitland Place yesterday.Warnapura completed a fine half century and Wendell Labrooy a stubborn 33 as BRC posed a challenging total. For the home team Amal Samsudeen was the pick of the bowlers with 4/58 while Ruwan Kalpage claimed 2 for 85
NCC vs BRC
BRC-218/6 overnight 311(Manoj Mendis 57, Chintaka Jayasinghe 81, Malintha Warnapura 50, Wendell Labrooy 33, Sanjeewa Weerakoon 18; Amal Samsudeen 4/58, Ruwan Kalpage 2/85)
NCC-74/2 at close (Kumar Sangakkara 20, Pradeep Hewage 24, Naveed Nawaz 17 n. o)
Colts in easy win
A match bag of 8 for 88 by paceman Eric Upashantha helped Colts to score an innings and 142 runs win over Antonian SC in their Premier league cricket match at Havelock Park yesterday.
Wattala Antonians resuming from their overnight score of 4 for 1, were skittled out for 87 and following on were dismissed for 157 giving Colts an resounding outright victory with one day left.
Colts - 396
Antonian SC - (4 for 1 overnight) 97 all out (L.Chaturanga 16, C.S. Amarasinghe16, C. Kumara 32; S.Fernando 3 for 5, J.Sigera 2 for 41, E.Upashantha 3 for 21) and 157 all out (P.Siriwardena 49, L.Chaturanga 21, C.Silva 30; Eric Upshantha 5 for 67, Dinuk Hettiarachchi 4 for 29)
Panadura shot out for 52
Tamil Union's pace bowlers Mario VIllavarayan and Ranga Dias shared nine wickets between them to skittle out Panadura SC for 52 runs in their Premier league cricket match at Panadura yesterday
Mario Villavarayan took (5 for 23) and Ranga Dias took (4 for 15). Panadura SC were replying to Tamil Union's first innings score of 255. Panadura SC following on with 203 runs behind were 45 for 2
Tamil Union - 255 (Nuwan Shiroman 50, Ruwin Peiris 43, Brigesh Jeganathan 42, C.Fernando 20, B.Jayaratne19 n.o; C.Perera 4 for 55, C. Buddika 2 for 45)
Panadura SC - 52 (B.Perera 12, S.Jayewardena 10; Mario Villavarayen 5 for 23, Ranga Dias 4 for 15) and 45 for 2 (S.Jayawardena 25 n.o) M.J
The Perera brothers an excellent quartet of enterprising entrepreneurs combined superbly to arrange and sponsor a splendid golf tournament at the Ridgeways of Royal Colombo Golf Club dovetailed precisely by the beaver efficient Public Relations figure Nikki Shiek.
William Barsenbech and Dr. Chelliah Thurairajah two tremendous Seniors and excellent golfers in their early youth came in forcefully with great results. Barsenbech chalked in nett 73 to take the 'A' Division Trophy closely followed by Thurairajah with nett 74.
In the 'B' Division Arjun Fernando played an exceptional round quite comfortably to nett 70 and beat young Ron Bakelman who struggled in style to get one stroke behind. In the 'C' Division Dinesh Wijewardena was absolutely outstanding with a remarkable score of nett 57. The handicap committee will collar him soon and he will pay the price with a big chop to his handicap. He richly deserved the handsome Premier Pacific Trophy. Dayananda Hewavasam pulled off a good round but could not match Wijewardena. He struck nett 70 and collected a pleasing award.
The Trophies were absolutely handsome, with the main Trophy really outstanding in size and design. It became Dinesh Wijewardena's prize possession at the end of the award ceremony at which Nimal Perera the Chairman of Premier Pacific International Ltd presided and gave away the awards amidst resounding rounds of appreciative applause .
Playing conditions were extremely pleasant despite a long spell of sharp sunshine. The fairways were trim and several greens played true. The participants were enthralled with the lavishness of the sponsorship which made the l9th one big helluva hive of absolute fun. It was great to get involved in conversation with Jim Robinson, Ray Lapsley and Paul Goh. All three had good reasons to be unhappy about performance but with loads of Carlsberg hastening consumption they were all smiles on the way home
The oriental buffet lunch was mouth watering good. The waves of beverages were never ending and the hospitality stretched to outshine previous occasions. Well done the Perera quartet your sponsorship was as luxurious as your plans for the apartment complex.
The Junior World Cricket Cup tournament is to be hosted by Sri Lanka next month, involving 16 countries. Rover learns that a certain powerful section is going about trying to sabotage the staging of this tournament.
Among them is an official down South who was heard saying that he will only co-operate if his terms and conditions are agreed upon.
Three youthful cricketers on the tour of South Africa were caught misbehaving, one of them for a second time. Rover learns that these three cricketers had apologised to an official. What action does the Cricket Board intend to take against these three cricketers.
Basketball in the Schools at Junior level is thoroughlly neglected. No under 13 or under 15 tournaments were held this year. No wonder the standards are deteriorating. A day before the schools closed for their Christmas vacation, comes the word on Friday that a tournament is to be played on Saturday. What a crazy idea. Over to Mr. Minister of Education.
Everyone was present waiting for the all important election of office bearers to the crisis-ridden Rugby Referees Society. Dilroy Fernando, a highly regarded referee, was to contest for the post of secretary. But his dream turned into a nightmare. One of the top men in the Society directed that everyone should vote against Dilroy for reasons best known to most members of the Society. One member, like many others who came to vote for Dilroy, remarked after the voting, "How can I go against my boss. I may have to go out of Colombo and into the.... front. This is the story of men who are there to check wrong doings on the field. Pity no one can blow them foul.
Why this silence?
Rover learns that the Interim Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka has been informed, that though receipts had been issued the money has not been banked as unrealised amounts in the Bank Reconciliation Statement.
There is no documentaty evidence to show that the money has been banked.
This refers to receipt No. 797 dated 4-1-1997 amounted to US $300 and receipt No. 941 on 28-1-1998 amounting to US $1624.
Meanwhile Rover learns that a cheque bearing No. 423284 for Rs. 87,500 received in June 1998 and receipt No. 1134 issued on 20-6-1998 too has not been deposited in the bank. The Manager of a leading company has said that the amount has been debited to their current account in a letter to the Finance Manager of the Cricket Board.
Over to you, Interim Committee.
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