17th February 2002

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Flower, Friend lift Zimbabwe

VIJAYAWADA, India, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Andy Flower hit an unbeaten 89 to lift Zimbabwe after a middle-order slump on the second day of the tour opener against the Indian Board President's XI on Saturday.

The left-hander put on 110 for the sixth wicket with Travis Friend to help the tourists reach 292 for six after the home side declared their first innings at the overnight total of 361 for three wickets.

Flower struck 12 fours to revive Zimbabwe's fortunes after they had slid to 169 for five. Earlier, openers Stuart Carlisle and Trevor Gripper had started cautiously against tight bowling by medium-pacers Ashish Nehra and Tinu Yohannan.

But the introduction of Sharandeep Singh yielded immediate results for the Indians as the test off-spinner dismissed skipper Carlisle for 20.

Gripper, who made a circumspect 52, put on 75 with Gavin Rennie for the second wicket before Sharandeep removed him.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra tore out the middle order, removing Rennie (52), wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu (2) and Heath Streak (0) as three wickets fell for just four runs.

Shehan wins TT double 

By S.M.D.Sirisena
Shehan Vithanachchi of Mahanama College bagged the double crown in the Novices and Intermediate Table Tennis championships conducted by the Westeren Province Table Tennis Association held in collaboration with Gampaha Table Tennis Association at Sugathadasa Indoor Staduium yesterday.

Shehan won the under 15 and under 17 novices titles and missed the triple crown when he lost to Sajith Kavinda of St. Benedict's College, Kotahena. 

In the under 15 semifinal, Shehan took sweet revenge from Sajith Kavinda. when beat Sajith after ding-dong battle and entered the final and carried the under 15 trophy. In the under 17 final Shehan beat Nisanda Mitharatna in straight sets,


Novices Men: (Semi Finals) Sajith Kavinda (St .Benedict's) lost to N.E.Wanniarachchi 1-9,9-11,11-6; Y.S.Jayakody (Bandaranayaka MV Gampaha ) beat Gayan Dileepa (Isipathana); Final : Y.S.Jayakody (Bandaranayaka M V Gampaha) beat N.E.Wanniarachchi 11-9,9-11.11-6 

Under 7 (Final): Sanjula Kodikara beat Jiffry Saheed (Royal) 

Under 9 (Final): Shan Gunasekara (Royal ) beat Ashan Sasanka (Holy cross Gampaha) 

Under 13 (Semi Finals) Sajith Kavinda (St. Benedict's) beat Shehan Vithanachchi (Mahanama); Chatura Weerakoon (Royal ) beat Shashi Madushanka (Aluthgama MV) Final : Chatura Weerakoon (Royal) beat Sajith Kavinda (St. Benedict's)

Under 15: (Semi Finals) Devinda Fernando beat Vindula Ganegoda 12-10, 8-11,13-11; Shehan Vithanachchi beat Sajith Kavinda 11-9,11-9 Final: Shehan Vithanachchi beat Devida Fernando. 

Under 17: (Semi Final) Shehan Vithanachchi beat Roshan Prabuddha; Nisinda Mithraratna beat Shasanka Dias. Final Shehan Vithanachchi beat Nisanda Mithraratna 11-9,11-6

Under 11: (Semi Final):Duminda Attygala (Royal) beat Thilina Samaraweera; Dushan Ranatunga beat Malitha Dilusha Final: Duminda Attygala beat Dushan Ranatunga 11-5,11-5

Intermediate : (Semi Final): Prabath Indrajith beat Sajith Niroshan (Prince of Wales); Nalinda Amaratunga beat Dinesh Viduranga (Isipatana). Final : Prabath Indrajith beat Nalinda Amaratunga. 

Middle order steal batting limelight

Chandana, Jayawardena bolster Sri Lanka
Bernie Wijesekera reporting form Dambulla 
Sri Lanka middle order batting stole the limelight with a 92-runs 6th wkt.stand in the highest between skipper Upul Chandana 73 (with 6 fours and a six in 126 balls) and a sedate 75 not out by Prasanna Jayawardena (in 152 balls in 244 minutes with 8 fours) helped to keep the batting together on day-three of the third unofficial Test against Kenya continued here today. 

The Lankans declared at 361 for 8 leaving the visitors to make 404 runs in 19 overs and a day.

The Lankans lead 2-0 in the series. The Kenyans have a Herculean task. The openers with better concentration and application batted to the close - 61 for no loss. Kenya has the batting skills, but has to broaden their run scoring with better application to gain recognition in the international scene when play begins today. They need 343 runs to win on a pitch still good for batting with all their wickets intact. 

Sri Lanka 'A' resuming their innings at 125 for 3 in cool and sunny conditions suffered an early setback with an addition of a single run to the total. 

Dilshan on 7, caught behind for 8. With the addition of 16 runs, Chamara Silva, the other not out batsman was stranded run out from a direct hit by Modi for 17 (with 3 fours in 55 balls) - double trouble. It was an unstilted team effort by the Kenyans who infused tremendous enthusiasm on the field. 

The bowlers - especially the seamers exploited the bouncy pitch getting accoustomed to the conditions. Both Chandana and P. Jayawardena, played watchful cricket. The first hour - a run- crawl, 19 runs. 

The first session 75 runs, Upul on 44, threw caution to the winds. 

He hit his via-a-vis Odumbe, for a straight six to the stands. The wiry all-rounder maintained his consistency in the ongoing international scene.

After the luncheon break Chandana and Jayawardena accelerated the run-rate increasing in brilliant sunshine. 

The pair finding the gaps, with a scorching outfield, provided entertaining cricket. Upul was on the run-chase, 'Jaya' played a subdued role. 

The 92-run stand between the pair - for the six wkt. - the best for the day. 

Jayawardena on 23, had a 'life' missed by Shah in the slips, off Obuya. Chandana driving and pulling effortlessly on 73 attempted a big hit off Odumbe, was well held at deep mid-on by (sub Tonyango). 

His 126-ball assault included (6 fours and a six) Pushpakumara joined "Jaya". 

Left-hander 'Puspa' was on the offensive constantly found the ropes. Pushpakumara had a 'life' on 32, when Odumbe failed to hold on to a return catch. Five runs later Shah again missed him in the slips - unlucky bowler - Odumbe. 

Jayawardena completed a workman like 50 off 130 balls in 192 mts. Prasanna was batting with growing confidence. 

Finally Pushpa's beefy knock ended out for 105 with 6 fours in 81 balls. And aggressive 9th wkt. unbeaten 50 runs in 30 mts. between Prasanna 75 n.o. (in 126 balls in 244 mts. with 8 fours) and Rangana Herath 26 n.o. with 4 fours off 20 balls before the declaration was made. 

Sri Lanka 'A' 

1st innings 262 all out( D.A.Gunawardena 70, M.G.Vandort 55, H.A.P.W.Jayawardena 46 not out, C.O.Obuya 4/48)

Kenyans 1st innings 220 all out( S.O.Tikolo 42, C.O.Obuya 49 not out, Upul Chandana 5/59)

Sri Lanka 'A' 2nd innings (125 for 3 overnight U.A.Fernando 61)
T.M. Dilshan c Otieno b Angara 8
(Attempted to cut, caught behind)
L.P.C. Silva run out (Modi) 17
(Going for a cheeky single direct hit from mid-on)
U.D.U. Chandana c sub (LN Onyango) b Odumbe 73
(Going for a big hit caught at long-on) 
H.A.P.W. Jayawardene not out 75 
M.Pushpakumara c Odumbe b Ongondo 45 
(Attempting to force on the back foot caught at covers)
P.W. Gunaratne lbw b Angara 1
(Tried to pull, trapped in front)
H.M.R.K.B. Herath not out 26 
Extras (b 6, lb 3, w 1, nb 2) 12
Total(8 wickets dec, 102 overs, 444 mins) 361
D.N.B: P.D.R.L. Perera

Fall: 1-76 (Gunawardene), 2-91 (Vandort),3-111 (Fernando), 4-126 (Dilshan), 5-142 (Silva), 6-234 (Chandana),7-303 (Pushpakumara), 8-311 (Gunaratne).

Bowling : Suji 4-0-22-0 (1nb), Angara 25-8 -70-3, Tikolo 12 -1-41-0, CO Obuya 21-1-101-1 (1w),Ongondo 19 -5-52-2 (1nb),Patel 3-0-10-0, Odumbe 17-3-48-1,Shah 1-0-8-0

Kenyans 2nd innings (target: 404 runs)
K.O. Otieno not out 31
R.D. Shah not out 27
Extras (lb 3) 3
Total (0 wickets, 19 overs) 61

To Bat: S.O. Tikolo, H.S. Modi, M.O. Odumbe, D.O. Obuya, B.J. Patel,
C.O. Obuya, P.J. Ongondo, M.A. Suji, J.O. Angara.

Bowling : Perera 3-1-12-0, Gunaratne 3-1-9-0, Fernando 2 -0-7-0, Herath 4-2-15-0, Chandana 5-1-11-0, Pushpakumara 2-1-4-0

Nalanda thrash Dharmapala, gain outright win

By M.Shamil Amit
Nalanda secured their second outright win for the season when they trounced Dharmapala Pannipitiya by an innings and 14 runs in the Elephant Lemonade Cup inter-school cricket match concluded at Campbell Place yesterday. 

Nalanda - 233

Dharmapala - 92 and 127 (S. Perera 15, S. Bowela 39; Ishara Dilshan 5 for 22, Y. Hewavitharana 3 for 27)

Royal retain shield
Skipper Ganganath Ratnayake with figures of 5 for 59 helped Royal to retain the Frank Gunasekera shield and also register a narrow first innings win over Wesley in the Elephant Lemonade Cup inter-school cricket match concluded at Campbell Park yesterday. 

Royal - 219 and 133 for 6 (V. Arunprakash 22, Navin Dias 25, Ganganath Ratnayake 16, Menuka Keeniwinna 24 n.o; Farveez Mahroof 2 for 38, Charith Karunaratne 3 for 50)

Wesley - 215 (Anderio Toussaint 29, Nuwan Samith 47, Thushara Waduge 39, P. Makalanda 45, L. Fernando 29; Ganganath Ratnayake 5 for 59, Pasindu Chamikara 3 for 53)-MSA

Ananda: 278/5
On the first day's play of of the Elephant Lemonade Cup inter-school cricket between Ananda and St. Joseph's being played at Ananda Mawatha, the former taking first lease of the wicket were 278 for 5 at close with two half centuries by Damindu Kularatne and Mahela Udawatte being the feature of the game.

Ananda - 278 for 5 at close (Damindu Kularatne 56, Mahela Udawatte 71, Yohan Wickramage 36, Eshan Abeysinghe 19, Thilina Kumarasinghe 42, Nadeeshan Jayakody 28 n.o.; Ranesh Perera 3 for 75)-MSA

Raddoluwa MV 239
In another match of the same tournament between Rad-doluwa MV and President's College Rajagiriya which began at Raddoluwa yesterday, Raddoluwa MV taking first lease of the wicket scored 239.

Raddoluwa MV - 239 (Chinthaka Kulasinghe 50, Namal Chaturanga 33, Heshan de Silva 32, Gayan Silva 38, Charith Kodikara 38; Lasantha Ananda 3 for 46, Tharindu Ranatunge 3 for 48, Poorna Munasinghe 2 for 38, Mohamed Shazmil 2 for 43)

President's Rajagiriya - 69 for 3 at close (Chamara Kodituwakku 29, Nuwan Kariyawasam 23 n.o.; Gayan Fernando 3 for 29)-MSA

Mini Battle drawn
The Mini Battle between Thurstan and Isipatana ended in a draw. at the BRC Grounds yesterday.

Isipatana - 159 (N. Sambreen 32, A. Bandara 31) and 84 for 9 dec. (T. weeraratne 43; G. Amarasinghe 5 for 11)

Thurstan - 134 (C. Perera 30, R. Balasuriya 19 n.o.; U. Indika 6 for 25) and 52 for 5 (C. Perera 31 n.o.; N. Munawar 3 for 8)-MSA

Devans on top
From Vijitha Senaratne, Kurunegala Sports Corr.
In a high scoring Inter-School cricket match Maliyadeva obtained first innings points over Dharmaraja Kandy at the Maliyadeva Grounds in Kurunegala yesterday.

In reply to Dharmaraja's 222, Maliyadeva made 333 with Saman Priyntha (106, one six and 15 fours) and skipper Damith Gunatilleke (158 - one six and 19 fours) leading the run hunt.

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