helps HNB to knock-out cricket title
By Marlon Fernandopulle
to replace Dilhara, Murali
Akalanka Ganegama and Tilan Samaraweera are expected to fly
to England tomorrow as replacements for Dilhara Fernando and
Muttiah Muralithran for this week's Nat West Trophy Triangular
who was earlier officially named by the National Selectors
for the One-day Tournament was suddenly replaced by Pramodya
Aravinda de Silva who is in England and on stand-by for Marvan
Attapattu is also expected to join the Sri Lanka one day squad.
now reported that Atapattu will be fit for the Triangular
tournament,but Aravinda will remain as a cover up for Muralitharan.
struck an unbeaten 71 to guide Hatton National Bank to a three wicket
victory over John Keells in the Mercantile A Division knock-out
final at NCC grounds yesterday. The win gave the bankers a fine
double after they won the league tournament earlier.
the HNB innings with a stubborn knock and ensured that the reigning
champions took custody of the knock-out trophy. The all-rounder
faced 76 balls and hit four boundaries as he helped HNB reach 222
for 7 wickets in reply to the John Keells total of 220 all out.
Sent into bat
John Keells were restricted to 220 all out in 50 overs. Despite
two half century partnerships the John Keells innings never gathered
momentum. Left hander Jehan Mubarak(49) top scored for Keells and
added 51 for the third wicket with Sumalka Perera (18) while Ruwan
Dissanayake (33) and Dilshan Witharana(31) were associated in a
58 run stand for the seventh wicket that helped Keells to a challenging
Needing to score
at 4.5 runs per over, HNB lost an early wicket but were helped by
a fine half century from Sanjeewa Silva (57) who gave the Bankers
a good platform to launch their victory. Silva who was fortunate
to be dropped by Micheal Van dort when on 18, made good use of the
opportunity to strike five boundaries and a six in his 69 ball knock.
Bankers lost their way mid way in the innings, Kumar Dharmasena
used all his experience as he held one end up and accumilated runs
freely to take HNB to victory in the penultimate over.
- 220 all out in 50 overs (J. Jayasuriya 16 Sumalka Perera 18, Jehan
Mubaraq 49, P. Abeyagunasekera 22, R. Dissanayake 33. D. Witharana
31; Chithaka Jayasinghe 2/23, Saman Jayantha 2/29)
HNB - 222/7
in 48.2 overs (D. Hunukumbura 20, Sanjeewa Silva 57, Kumar Dharmasena
71 n.o; Ruwan Dissanayake 2/32)
Isipatana thrash Trinity
Isipathana ran rings round Trinity as they annihilated them by 45
points (5 goals, 2 tries) to eight (a try, and a penalty) at Pallekele
were a delight to watch as they kept moving the ball around, with
the forwards hovering around in support. It seemed as though they
had plenty of time to think about the best attacking option.
with an early flourish with fly half Inaaf putting over a penalty
for that early lead. But the euphoria was short lived. Winger Dinesh
Kumara rounded off a good move by coming round to touch down under
the posts. Prop Senthil Premanath converted, shortly after, a lapse
by the full back resulted in a Gayan Fernando try (12-3).
Anuruddha Dharmatilleka touched down next, and he was followed by
Senthil Premanath who intercepted the ball in the Trinity twenty-five
and ran through. The score at half time was 26-3.
at the start of the second half and were just outside the Pathan
25 for a good 15 minutes. Duminda de Silva who had just returned
from the sin-bin, touched down (26- 8).
put a stop to any further threats by re-establishing their authority.
Premanath touched down to make it 31-8. Dinesh Kumara zig-zagged
his way through and when challenged skipper Aruhanga Walpola took
over and scored (38/3). The Pathans final try came from Duminda
Priyadarshana. This too was converted.
This is Trinity's
fourth straight defeat and they can hardly relish the prospect of
meeting the Thomians and the Royalists in their next two outings.
The tackling certainly needs to be improved.- Referee - Aruna
Jayasekera. Isipathana beat Trinity 10 - 5 in the 2nd XV game.--A.K.
new records at schools swimming
Six new records were established at the Sri Lanka Schools Swimming
and Diving Championships 2002 ciurrently being conducted at the
Sugathadasa Stadium swimming pool.
At the time
of going to press Minuruwani Samarakoon of Hillwood College, Kandy
established three new meet records. Others amongst the records were
Unia Kavya Dharmadas of Musaeus College, Chathuri Abeykoon of Ladies
College, Prabha Dharmawardena of Musaeus College and Shirantha Ariyawardena
of St. Peter's College.
At the end of
Friday's events Ladies College and S. Thomas' College Mt. Lavinia
were leading the senior age groups. In the junior age groups Mahamaya
College, Kandy and Trinity College, Kandy are in front.
will be decided today as the meet enters its last day and the relay
events are worked off. The meet considered the main event of the
Sri Lanka Schools calendar is sponsored by Milo.
Joseph's in thrilling win
In the match preceded the Wesley-Kingswood game. St Joseph's registered
a thrilling 7 points (one goal) to nil win over Science College.
At he breather the score was nil all.
The try for
the Josephians was scored by No 8 Misha Wijesundara with the conversion
being put over by full back Pradeep Priyantha. Referee: Ranil de
crush Galle RFC 101-6
By M.Shamil Amit
Police made humble pie of the Galle RFC when they annihilated them
by 101 points (eight goals nine tries) to 6 (one penalty one drop
goal) in the Caltex 'A' division inter-club rugby encounter played
at the Koggala FTZ grounds yesterday. At 'lemons' Police led 72-0.
The score was two points short of the highest this season when Kandy
SC beat Old Zahirians at Bogambara.
The try scorers
for the winners were Wijeweera (3), Galewala (3), Nilusha Fernando
(2), Ayaz (2) with Welagedera, Samaranayake, Wilson, C.Silva, Priyantha,
Susantha and Udaya Dissanayake one each. While for the losers Ravi
Kumarage put over the drop goal and Amila Ganegoda the penalty.
D.Nimal *TODAY - Old Zahirians take on Air Force at Longden Place.
Old Zahirians hold the edge over the Airmen with several schoolboys
in their fold. Kick-off at 5 p.m.