22nd October 2000

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AIDEX Sports Meet

The Colombo Friend-in-Need Society will hold its 10th anniversary AIDEX sports meet next Sunday, October 29th at the Reid Avenue Grounds, Colombo 7.

A specialty in this event is that its participants are Jaipur limb users. The event is anticipated with much enthusiasm by the participants who are from different walks of life and of varied ages.

Unlike, other sports events that we usually flock to, the AIDEX sports meet is unique in nature. The capabilities of the artificial limb users is remarkable and is exceptionally better than that of a normal person.

Events range from bicycle races to putt shot for which the Friend-in-Need Society has received a lot of applications for participation.

The Society has received application from 350 candidates and said that more are likely to apply during the course of the week. The events have been organised to suit the different participants and to make it fair by all.

Of the 35 events are the 100 metres and 200 metres, the long jump, putt shot, discus throwing, the walking race and bicycle race. The events will be held separately for males and females. Those winning the bicycle race will be given a bicycle, Prof. A.H. Sheriffdeen said.

Of course, the Society's voluntary members are an important part of the event. It would not be possible if not for the dedicated work of the society and the voluntary contributions by many private institutions.

Some institutions have undertaken to provide the participants with caps and T-shirts. In addition to the prizes won, several giveaway prizes are also distributed.

Among the voluntary donors were students of Colombo International School who had collected Rs. 25,000 for the AIDEX sportsmeet.

The society called on the public to give their fullest support to encourage the participants by attending the full day event.

Prasanna and Sujeewa take Sebs closer to Under 23 title

By Marlon Fernandopulle

Sterling performances from two discarded cricketers - Prasanna Jayawardene and Sujeewa de Silva - helped Sebestianites SC to hold the whip hand over Panadura SC at the end of the second day in the Cricket Board's Under 23 final at Maitaland Place yesterday.

After being bowled out for 125 on Friday, the Sebestianites fought back to bundle out Panadura for just 82 runs and take a valuable 43 run lead.

The chief wrecker was their main strike bowler Sujeewa de Silva. The 20-year-old left arm medium pacer, a product from Kalutara Vidyalaya, bowled a lively spell and picked up 7 for 34 to break the back of the Panadura innings.

Sujeewa took his tally of wickets in the under 23 tournament to 38 in only six matches. However the dusky lad has not caught the eye of the National Selectors who have ignored him from the Development Squad that has been picked.

Enjoying a 43 run lead the Sebastianites were soon in trouble losing both their openers to be 17 for 2. But the advent of Prasanna Jayawardene to the crease changed the equation. Jayawardene better known for his wicket keeping skills (and arguably Sri Lanka's number one wicket keeper) held the innings together with a polished half century.

Together with Janaka Siriwardene he added 67 runs for the fourth wicket and guided his side to safety. Jayawardene was stumped with his individual score on 72 but not before he proved, once again, that his talents are not confined to the wicket keeping gloves alone.

After Jayawardene's departure Siriwardene anchored the innings to complete an unbeaten half century. Siriwardene smacked 10 boundaries and a six and added 47 runs for the sixth wicket with Laknath Fernando to help Sebastianites to a match winning total of 196 for 6 by the close - a overall lead of 239.

Sebastianites - 125 & 196/6 at close (Prasanna Jayawardene 72, Janaka Siriwardene 55 n.o, Laknath Fernando 13; Amila Perea 2/51)

Panadura SC-49/6 overnight 82 all out (Dilruwan Perera 21, Roshan Wimalasena17; Sujeewa de Silva 7/34, Dinusha Fernando 2/34)

Shanki on track for title

By Bruce Maurice

All seeded players in the girl's under 12 age group won their matches when the Moors Junior Ranking tournament was continued yesterday at Braybrooke Place.

Shanki Dandeniya, the number one seed, who already has three titles under her belt this year, is on track to add another title to the ones she has already won.

Results: Girl's Under 18 Singles - Sulochana Sabanathan beat Dilrukshi Ratnayaka 6/1, 6/0; Suwini Fernando beat Umadanthi Dias 6/7,(8/6), 6/1, 7/5.

CH & FC sink Navy in rugby final

CH & FC led by centre Manjula Damith emerged as the undisputed Under 21 knock-out champions when they scored an effortless 25 points ( one goal, three tries, and one penalty) to 8 (one try, and a penalty) win over sluggish Navy in the Cup final worked off at Longden Place last evening.

CH going into the game as the more fancied team churned out a superb display of rugby as their backs combined effectively to nail the sailors with ease.

From the smooth halves combination of Ashan Cooray and Dave Wijewardene to wingers Nuwan Kumara, Hamesh Gunarathne,and full back Dinuk De S Wijerathne the Maitland Crescent three's stood out with their attacking game which finally accounted for Navy.

For the sailors their forwards who were expected to roll over the opposition on the day was totally off colour and the clever marking of playmaker and skipper lock Ruwanthileke saw them caving in.

CH opened scoring in the 10th minute when winger Nuwan Kumara went over by the left corner flag from a third phase attack but Wijerathne missed the conversion to put them at 5-0.

Navy hit back soon through a 40 metre penalty by fly half Shiyam Pradeep to make the scores 5-3.

CH three's playing cohesive rugby with their forwards then scored their second try in the 23rd minute when scrum half Ashan Cooray sprinted over 40 metres having received a pass from winger Nuwan Cooray to go by the left corner flag.

The try went unconverted as CH took the breather at 10-3.

Winger Nuwan Kumara showed a fine pair of heels soon after the turn around to record his second try of the match as CH tightened the screws for Wijerathne add the extra points to make scores 17-3.

Full back Wijerathne also touch downed went he formed the overlap to a three quarter move but he failed to convert his own try as CH went ahead 22-3

During the dying stages of the game Navy skipper Ruwanthileke scored a consolation try from a close range line out soon after which Wijerathne arrowed a sitter penalty to hand over the inaugural Under-21 trophy to CH.

Earlier CR & FC crushed Galle RFU by 43 points ( four goals and three tries) to nil to win the Plate final. JK


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