27th January 2002

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A woman player of Kelani Valley runs with the ball for a try in the enounter against Air Force in the Inaugural Women's Seven a Side Rugby Football tournament played for the Mas Holding Challenge Cup at CR&FC Longdon Place yesterday. Pic by Ranjith Perera 

Aravinda puts NCC on top

By Bruce Maurice
At the end of the second day of their Premier Super League encounter against Tamil Union played at Maitland Crescent, NCC had posted a massive 340 and then captured five of their opponents wickets for 165 runs. 

Continuing from their overnight score of 236, Arvinda De Silva resumed his interupted innings and went onto score 154 with 21 boundries. 

At stumps, Tamil Union were 165 for five with their sheet anchor Shirmans back in the pavillion after compiling a well played 58. 

NCC 340 (A. De Silva 154, N. Nawaz 52, C. Mapatuna 25, R. Pushpakumara 29, G. Wijekoon 3 for 46, p. Wickramasinghe 3 for 62, U. Chandana 3 for 108). 

Tamil Union 165 for 5 (N. Shiroman 58, R. Peiris 24, G. Wijekoon 30 n.o., U. Chandana 21, A. Gamage 2 for 31, R. Pushpakumara 2 for 44). 

Bloomfield well ahead

Bloomfield were enjoying an overall lead of 91 with eight second innings wickets in hand after dismissing BRC for 219 and then replying with 36 for two wickets at stumps on the second day of their Premier Super League fixture at Maitland Place yesterday. 

Starting the day at 28 for no loss, Damitha Hunukumbura 59 and C. Soyza 37 anchored the BRC with a 94 run stand for the second wicket. But after these two were dismissed, only Jayasinghe 23 held up left arm leg spinner Dissanayaka who retuned the impressive figures of 5 for 37. At stumps Bloomfield had extended their lead to 91. 

Bloomfield 274 and 36 for 2 wickets. 

BRC 219 (D. Hunukum–bura 60, C. Soyza 37, C. Jayasinghe 23, T. Lakshita 3 for 59, S. Dissanayaka 5 for 37). 

First innings win for Moors

Replying to Galle CC's moderate score of 163, Moors SC went on to post 285 and gain a first innings lead of 122 runs in their Premier Super League match that was resumed last morning at Reid Avenue. But Galle had made a spirited reply and were 56 for one when stumps were drawn. 

Galle CC 163 and 56 for 1 (C. Vidanage 35 n.o). 

Moors SC 285 (N. Cooray 47, B. Perera 67, C. Fernando 36, R. Ratnayaka 24, K. Jayasinghe 26, C. Komasaru 3 for 73, P. Wanasinghe 2 for 56). 

Liyanage bowls Colts CC to victory

Duleep Liyanage bowled Colts CC to a handsome innings and 75 run win over CCC when their Premier Super League match was resumed last morning at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium. 

Resuming at 186 for 5 with a lead of 40 runs, D. Samaraweera put the CCC attack to the sword to score a swashbuckling 70 and help Colts to a score of 289. Duleep Liyanage (5for22) then wrecked the CCC batting line-up to bundle them out for paltry 58 to give the Colts an innngs and 85 run win in two days. 

CCC 146 and 58 (P. Jayawardena 13, D. Liyanage 5 for 22, E. Upashantha 3 for 36). 

Colts CC 289 (S. Kalawitagoda 27, R. Kaluwitharne 51, J. Kulatunge 20, D. Samaraweera 70, M. Pushpakumara 41, N. Rupasinghe 5 for 85, T. Mendis 3 for 43). 

Rasika and Tyronne match winners
By Shamil Amit
Ragama CC registered an innings and 130 runs win over Rio SC Ambalangoda in the Super Plate championship cricket concluded at Moratuwa yesterday. Two fine perfo–mances put in by Rasika Priyadharshana who made an unbeaten 106 and a eight wicket haul by Tyronne Gamage helped Ragama CC to acheive this victory.

In reply to Ragama CC's score of 348 Rio SC were bundled out for 121 and 97. The match being completed with a day to spare.

Ragama CC 348 (Rasika Priyadharshana 106 n.o.) C.Rupasinghe 4 for 54, S.Prasad 3 for 56, Ruwan Dilruk 2 for 27) Rio SC 121 (N.Dinesh 22, T.Srilal 22; Rasika Priyadhar–shana 4 for 19, Asela Jayasin–ghe 4 for 43) and 97 (N.Dinesh 22; Tyronne Gamage 8 for 32).
Rover pinpoints

Wrong to stay on 

The Minister of Sports should set an example by resigning as the President of the Kurunegala Football League, otherwise many might think that he will have the interest of the club at heart. 

He should follow the example set by former Minister S.B.Dissanayake when he resigned as the President of the Track Masters Sports Club when he assumed office as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. 
Letters to Sports Editor

Maintain fairplay at badminton trials
Badminton player Clarence Homer of 129 Reid Avenue, Colombo 4 has written to the Sports Minister Mr.Johnston Fernando that he has been unjustly dropped from the team for the Thomas and Uber Cup compeitions.

In his letter to the Minister, a copy of which has been sent to The Sunday Times, Clarence states: "I wish to inform you that the Chairman of the Selection Committee was not present at the time of the trials but he has recommended players for the competition. This is not the first time such things have happened. Even at the SAF trials in 2001, this was the issue. I hope that you will look into the matter and see that fairplay is maintained."

Classic cars on the track 

The Classic Car Club of Ceylon will conduct a Members Day Rally on February 10.It will be sponsored by Morris Lubricants. 

It will be flagegd off opposite the Art Gallery near Vihara Mahadevi Park and proceed on a course detailed out which will be given to the competitors only on the start line. This course has been plotted using a 'Tulip Chart'. Instructions on how a 'Tulip Chart' Rally is conducted will be explained to the competitors well before the Rally. The Rally will end at Pegasus Reef Hotel and the club expects a turn-around of 50 participants and a minimum of 150 for lunch. -BM

Joes and Cambrians stave off defeat

By M.Shamil Amit
Of the five Elephant Lemonade Cup lnterschools cricket matches concluded yesterday. Two teams St Joseph's and Prince of Wales saved their matches with outright defeats staring at their faces against Royal and S.Thomas. 

In the match between Royal and St Joseph's which was played at Darley Road. The Josephians going into bat yesterday with a deficit of 103 runs put up gritty fight back but not before having to face anxious moments themselves. The hero of the Josephian fight back was allrounder and number nine batsman Joel Sabreen who cracked a well timed century. With his team down on 207 for 8 he put on two valuable partnerships with Shiraz Illyas for the ninth wicket and Gihan Perera for the last wicket, which helped the Josephians to score a mammoth 345. For the Royalists skipper Ganganath Ratnayake had another five wicket haul giving him a match bag of 12 for 132. Royal chasing a target of 243 runs to win were 53 for 1 at close.

The Cambrians helped by a fine century from Amila Sandaruwan deprived the Thomians of a victory in the match concluded at Mt Lavinia. The Thomians resuming from their overnight score of 174 for 5 went on to score 232 for 6 before declaring with K.Silva making an unbesten 74. The Cambrians going into bat again with a deficit of 146 runs made 232. The Thomians chasing a winning target of 87 runs to win were 61 for 6 when stumps were drawn.

The match between St Benedicts and St Anthony's Kandy concluded at Kotahena ended in first innings win for the Benedictines. In reply St Benedicts scored 111 the Antonians resuming on 38 for 4 were yesterday bundled out for 95. Amila Sudesh and Shehan Dhammika shared the wickets. In the second essay the Bens were 178 for at close.

Isipatana registered a first innings win over St Aloysius Galle after being in a hopeless position. Continuing from the overnight score of 26 for 4 Isipatana fell into more trouble with the score on 52 for 7. A stubborn partnership of 98 runs for the eighth wicket between Saranga Perera who made 60 and Damith Dushantha 40 helped Isipatana score 166.

At Ananda Mawatha St Peter's had to be satisfied with a first innings win over Ananda. In reply the Peterites score of 218 Ananda were bowled for 157. St Peter'ss batting the second time made 146.

At Darley Road:

St Joseph's 74 and 345 (Joel Sabreen 101, Shiraz Illyas 36, Gihan Perera 34, Sheron Gunawardena 34; Ganganath Ratnayake 5 for 110, Pasindu Chamikara 3 for 42)

Royal 177 and 53 for 1 at close (Isuru Mendis 20, Rochana Wijeratne 23)

At Mt Lavinia:

Prince of Wales 86 and 232 (Amila Sandaruwan 115, D.Dananjaya 61; Tharindu Fernando 5 for 37, Vijesh Balasubramaniam 4 for 81)

S.Thomas 232 for 6 declared (K.Silva 74 n.o., P. Rodrigo 19 n.o.; Shan Wijeratne 3 for 60) and 611 for 6 at close (Sahan Wijeratne 4 for 27)

At Kotahena:

St Benedict's 111 and 178 for 7 at close (Lasitha Hettiarachchi 40, Amila Sudesh 21, Angelo Anandappa 22 n.o, Silva 23; A.Ariayaratne 4 for 59)

St Anthony's 95 (Shehan Dhammika 4 for 48, Amilaa Sudesh 4 for 3)

At Galle;

St Aloyisus 145 and 113 for 4 at close (C.Isanka 24, I.Welihinda 29, E.Withana 39 n.o.)

Isipatana 166 (Saranga Perera 60, Damith Dushantha 40; D.Janaka 4 for 47, T.Guneratne 3 for 17, D.Jayasekera 2 for 24)

At Ananda Mawatha 

St Peter's 218 and 146 (Denver Faux 24, Jehan Jayasuriya 27; Lahiru Senarate 5 for 35)

Ananda 157 (Yohan Wickramage 28, D.Kularatne 118, D.Kumarasinghe 24)

Tame draw
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Cricket was the loser when St. Sylvester's batted for an unduly long time in their match against Dharmaraja which ended in the tamest of draws at the Police grounds yesterday. 

Youngster Dhananjaya Karunaratne (84) and Pradeep Athauda ground out half centuries while most of the others clipped in towards a massive Sylvestrian total. 

In a belated reply, opener Muditha Wijekoon batted brightly for an unbeaten 76. 

St. Sylvester's 365 (D. Karunaratne 84, P.Athauda 51, M. Rajapakse 3-47, A. Ekanayake 2-41) 

Dharmaraja 137-2 (M. Wijekoon 76 not out)

Fernando rescues Trinity
Having been skittled out for a paltry 63 and conceded an imposing lead of 156 to Vidyartha, Trinity's batsmen led by the solid Clifford Fernando staged a great escape at Asgiriya last evening. 

Fifties by skipper Harshan Nanayakkara and Sujith Perera took Vidyaratha to a total of 219-8. Going in again, Trinity lost a wicket early. However, left hander Clifford Fernando and Tisitha Jayasinghe joined forces to stall their opponents in a vital second wicket stand. 

Trinity 63 and 181-6 (J. Jayasinghe 37, C. Fernando 105 n.o. and B. Chandrasiri 3-44, S. Perera 2-61) 

Vidyaratha 219-8 - Dec. (A. Nanayakkara 51, S. Perera 67, J. Dharmasena 17, C. Fernando 2-48 S. Muneer 3-52, K. Chandrapala 2-33.)

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