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Lanka whip Aussies to head Group D

By Marlon Fernandopulle

Sri Lanka crushed Australia by eight wickets to record an emphatic victory in a key Under 19 Youth World Cup game at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

It was the third successive win for the Lankans after they tharashed Ireland and Namibia earlier in the week. The victory took Sri Lanka to the top of Group D. Yesterday's triumph over tournament favourites should boost the morale and confidence of Malintha Gajanayake's team further and put the Lankans among the top contenders for title.

Australia paid the price for opting to bat in overcast conditions and on a damp wicket. Their top order were skittled out by Sri Lanka's opening bowlers Prabath Nissanka (2/17) and Kaushalya Weeraratne (2/25) who were menacing.

After being reduced to 21 for 4 the Kangaroos never recovered with the Lankan spinners Ranil Dhammika, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara and Kaushalal Lokuarachchi throttling the middle order with accurate bowling .The Ausies batsmen were at sea with the deceptive flight and the tempting line of the Lankan spinners. The spin trio combined to wipe off the tail as the visitors crumbled to 90 all out in 37.1 overs.

Australia's World Cup centurion Shane Watson (25) top scored before he was smartly stumped by wicket keeper Peiris. All the Lankans bowlers were well complimented by their fielders who were excellent in their ground fielding and held on to some good catches.

Needing to score just over two runs an over the Sri Lankan openers Ian Daniels and Kaushalya Weeraratne added 44 in only 11 overs before Weeraratne was trapped lbw by Nathan Hauritz for 19.

The inform Daniels continued to dazzle and grow in confidence. His flowing drives on the off side and his strokes off his toes underlined his growing reputation as a fluent batsmen. He carried his bat once again (following his 73 n o and 25 n o in earlier games) to be not out on 40 as Sri Lanka reached the target in the 28th over to inflict a humilating defeat on the Aussies.

Lopez: 42 n.o

West Indies beat Americas by 143 runs in their Under 19 Youth World Cup league game at Police Park yesterday.

Originally this match was arranged to be played at the newly constructed Kadira Grounds, which was not fully ready for play yesterday.

West Indies who beat defending champions England earlier totalled 216 for six in their alloted 50 overs with Calistos Lopez top scoring with an unbeaten 42.

West Indies - 216 for 6 in 50 overs (Brendon Parchment 29, Callistos Lopez 42 n.o, Camilus Alex 33 n.o; Kevin Sanders 2 for 37).

Americas - 73 all out in 40 overs.

SCOREBOARD

Australia

Shuan Marsh b K Weeraratne 1

Edward Cowan c R Dhammika b P Nissanka 1

Micheal Clarke c Mevan Fernando b P Nissanka 0 7

Andrew Macdonald lbw b K Weeraratne 5

Shane Watson st R Peiris b Dhammika 25

Tim Welshford b I Daniels 12

Adrian O'Brien run out 11

Nathan Hauritz c & b M Pushpakumara 7

Chris Hartley c Gajanayake b Lokuarachchi 00

Paul Rofe c R Peiris b Lokuarachchi 00

Mathew Baker not out 02

Extras (lb-3,w-11,nb-5) 19

Total (all out in 37.1 overs) 90

Fall of Wickets: 2,4,19,21,52,74,84,87,88,90

Bowling: P Nissanka 6-0-17-2 Kaushalya Weeraratne 7-0-25-2 Ian Daniels 3-0-10-1 Ranil Dhammika 8-1-18-1 Muthumudalige Pushpakumara 9-1-14-1 Kaushalya Lokuarachchi 4.1-2-3-2

Sri Lanka

Kaushalya Weeraratne lbw b N Hauritz 19

Ian Daniels not out 40

Jehan Mubarak c Macdonald b Clarke 8

Thilina Kandamby not out 8

Extras: (lb-1,w-4,nb1) 6

Total: (for 2 wkts. in 27.2 overs) 91

Fall of wickets: 44,60

Bowling: Paul Rofe 3-0-13-0; Mathew Baker 2-0-10-0; Nathan Hauritz 8-0-25-1 TimWelford 3-0-9-0 Micheal Clarke 8-0-26-1 Shane Watson 3.2-1-7-0.


England take thriller

By Bernie Wijesekera

Despite gloomy overcast skies, high drama was enacted at the CCC Grounds when defending mini- world under 19 champions England, scored a sensational three runs win over a gritty Zimbabwe XI from the jaws of defeat to enter the final round yesterday.

There were thrills and spills aplenty yesterday in this do-or-die 'decider' for the evid fans.

England sent in to bat on a damp pitch were all at sea and were struggling at 130 for eight, mainly due to indifferent batting by their top order.

But a lion-hearted effort by young England skipper, left hander, Gary Prat and tail-ender T. Murtagh in a back-to-the wall unbeaten 57-run stand for the ninth wicket sewed up their innings.

Prat, batting with assurance, his a stroke-filled unbeaten 68 (with three fours and a six in 93 balls) and and Murtagh 13 n.o, gave admirable support.

Tim Boon, who played for CCC is thecoach of the team. When interviewed by the Sunday Times said, ˘The batting was below par to date÷. But commended the team who staged a stirring fight-back to score a nerve-tingling victory on the post.

Zimbabwe in reply lost four for 49, chasing 188 for victory.

A sterling batting display by all rounder M. Nkala (53) run out (with three fours and 70 balls) and a dashing 63 n.o by Guy Croixford (with five fours in 92 balls). The pair batting with charm and aggression was in control, added 101 runs for the fifth wixket. Skipper Nkala, who has played forthe national side, excelled inthe sweep shot.Helped by a runner Zimbabwe were in sight of victory until he was foolishly run out going for a suicide run-152 for 5

The game took a dramatic turn. England giving nothing away despite Croxford stroking the ball powerfully. They had to make eight runs in two overs and seven runs in six balls.

But Warren, the most economical bowler bowled a crafty last over and henderson facing the last two balls needing five runs- assured England of Victory.

Though Zimbabwe lost 184 for 6, gave an all-round display to put tremendous pressure too the defending champion's cliff-hanger victory.


Scoreboard

England

Ian Bell ct Ervine b Friend 4

M.Carberry ct and b Friend 8

J.H.K.Adams lbw b Henderson 31

J.J.Phillips ct masakadza b Ervine 4

A.G.Loudon ct Ervine b Ewing 9

G.J.Pratt not out 68

G.Bridge lbw b Ewing 2

M.A.Wallace b Croxford 13

N.Warren run out 3

M.Murtagh not out 13

Extras lb 13; w 18, nb 1 32

Total for 8 wickets in 50 overs 187

Fall - 5, 26, 47, 72, 76, 82, 118, 130

Bowling - N.Kala 10-1-34-0; Friend8-2-28-2; Ervine 3-0-15-1; Ewing 10-1-27-2; Henderson 8-1-23-1; Sherren 2-0-14-0; Croxford 2-0-8-1. Masakadza 7-0-25-0

Zimbabwe

Maragwed lbw b Bridge 10

Ewing lbw b Warren 8

T.Taibu ct Carberry b Philips 7

G.Lamb ct Warren b Phillips 11

G. Croxford not out 63

M.Nkala run out 53

Friend st Wallace b Phillips 3

Henderson not out 0

Extras b 1; lb 11; nb 3; w 14 29

Total for 6 wkts in 50 overs 184

Fall - 29, 29, 45, 49, 152, 172

Bowling - Murtagh 10-0-36-0; Bishop 8-1-24-0; Bridge 10-1-33-1; Warren 10-1-31-1; Phillips 9-0-38-3; Bell 3-0-10-0


Umpire Annesley Jayasundara's sad tale

The death of umpire Annesley Jayasundara, who was scheduled to umpire in the under-19 Youth World Cup match between Ireland and Namibia cast a pall of gloom over the tournament yesterday.

Jayasundara (57) had his breakfast at the Taj Samudra Hotel yesterday and was taking a walk to the ground when he collapsed. He was rushed to the Nawaloka Hospital but had met his destiny before reaching the hospital. Annesley Jayasundara was to stand with T.H.Wijewardena for yesterday's match. Jayasundara is the father of two children. May the turf lie softly over him.

-SI


First ever 'tie' in Youth World Cup

By Saif Izzadeen

The under-19 youth World Cup match between Ireland and Namibia ended in tie after the Ducksworth,Lewis Formula came into force after bad light intervened at Braybrooke place yesterday.

This is the first occasion that a match has ended in a tie after the Ducksworth and Lewis formula was introduced by the International Cricket Council.

Before the match two minutes silence was observed by both teams as a mark of respect for umpire Annesley Jayasundara who passed way last morning.

Ireland chasing 187 to win in 48 overs were 127 for 5 in 36 overs when bad light stopped play. With the light not improving the match officials decided to term the match as a tie.

Ireland in pursuit of their total were reduced to 33 for 2 at one stage when they lost the wickets of Alan O' Prey for three and Conor Armstrong for six.

However a 61 run stand for the third wicket between Dominic Joyce (43) and Andrew White (28) brought the score to 94 before White fell leg before for Burger for 28.

Ireland lost two more wickets for the addition of 33 runs at which stage the match was stopped due to poor light. The batsmen who were at the crease at that time were skipper Peter Shields (0) and Ryan Haire(15). Before the match was stopped Ryan Haire hit a massive six which saw the ball going out of the ground. It had to be replaced with a new ball.

Namibia - 186 for 7 in 48 overs (Stepehen Swanepoel 39, Marius Van de Merve 70, Stephen Ludik 34; Johnathan Gardenir 2 for 22, Andrew White 3 for 32)

Ireland - 127 for 5 in 36 overs (Dominic Joyce 43, Andrew White 28, Ryan Haire 15 n.o, John Mooney 12 n.o; J. Burger 2 for 19)


Thuhashini Selvaratnam wins 12th Thai-Open

By Nilika de Silva

Sri Lanka's golf star Thuhashini Selvaratnam, started the new millennium in her own inimitable way, winning the 12th Thai Open Ladies Golf Championship.

One hundred and twenty players from 14 countries participated in the tournament which concluded on Friday at the Bangkok Golf Club course. Thuhashini beat the defending champion, a Thai national, by five shots to win the tournament. She scored 69 three under par on the first day, par 72 on the second, and one under par on the third.

The twenty-three year old golfer who once confessed, ˘It's an addiction when you start winning÷, won the Sri Lanka Ladies Amateur Open, Singapore Open, Hong Kong Open, China Open and the Epson Saujana last year.

Thuhashini who has established herself as an Asian wonder will be going over to the Phillippines to play in the Philippines Open Ladies Golf Championships scheduled to take place from January 19 - 21.

Thuhashini first brought Sri Lanka fame in 1988, when at the age of twelve, winning the Sri Lanka Open, she made it to the Guinness Records as the youngest to win a national tournament.

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