Sri Lankan Board to admonish Murali over television remarks

The thoughts going through Murali's mind must be marvellous as he walks back to the pavilion after having equalled Sir Richard Hadlee's mark of 36 five wicket hauls in a record Sri Lankan win against Bangladesh in the first Test against Bangladesh at the P. Sara Stadium. Murali was adjudged Man of the Match. - Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara


Biggest Bradby battering
Royal bash Trinity by record margin at Bogambara and aggregate 83 points
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Royal went one better by trouncing Trinity by 44 points (2 goals, 6 tries) to nil in the second leg of the Bradby Shield at Bogambara yesterday.

Coming on top of a massive 39-0 win in the first leg, Royal's aggregate was 83 points. This was 27 points better than the efforts of Manik Jayakumar's team that won by a 56 point-margin.

It was an outstanding display by a truly formidable side. Royal skipper Zulki Hamid led from the front with a couple of tries. Forwards Pujitha Jayakody, Shamil Mohammed (both props) and Kushan Atukorale touched down in a blaze of Royal glory. When the ball was sent out to the backs, Rajitha Jayasundare was a joy to behold. He weaved his way through on many an occasion and was responsible for two tries.

Trinity were up against tremendous odds. They did try on occasions, especially towards the end. They spurned many a penalty, looking for that elusive try.

Number eight Maddumapatabendinage was their inspiration, crashing through and taking a few defenders with him. However these sporadic efforts all came to naught in the face of a tight Royal defence.

Trinity pinned Royal to their half in the first few minutes. But when Royal entered the Trinity, they scored at once through Jayasundare. Minutes later Hamid went over after more good work by the forwards, in a second phase move.

After Royal's forwards had driven forward, a defensive lapse in the goal area saw Hameed touching down again. All these conversions were fluffed by fullback Danawansa who had to contend with a swirling wind. 15-0 it was at half time.

Royal added to their tally with the kick off. A long kick by fly-half Ishan Perera was not collected clean and Pujith Jayakody went over. Lewke made a superb break and the move was threatening. But a forward pass spoilt it all. Almost immediately, Lewke teamed up with Jayasundare and went over under the posts, Danawansa couldn't miss this one.

Dissanayake, the Royal winger, now came into the picture with a good run along the touch line. However the move ended because he lacked support on the inside. Shanil Mohammed took a penalty and made for the line. His forwards contrived somehow to push him over the line. Danawansa converted for a 32-0 lead.

The best try of the match came when Danawansa combined with Jayasundare. The former started his run from just short of his goal line, drew the defence and handed over to the centre who justified the faith reposed in him. (37-0).

Another delightful run by Jayasundare followed soon. When confronted, he clipped and followed up, but was beaten by the bounce almost on the goal line.

Shanil Mohammed figured prominently in the last try by making the break, Jayakody carried the ball and Atukorale went over. Referee Dilroy Fernando. Royal beat Trinity by 10 points to five in the Under 17 game. However the latter won the first engagement 5-nil.

Army in hard fought 41-28 win over Havelocks
By M.Shamil Amit
In a closely contested game Army pulled out all their tricks to register a 41 points (three goals, four tries) to 28 (one goal, three tries, two penalties) win over Havelocks in a final round Cup championship Caltex League rugby match at Havelock Park yesterday. At the short whistle Army led 22-18.

The Havies playing without their key players who are on national duty put up a good show but threw away their chances of winning the game. The Army who went out as favourites were given a torrid time by the Havies forwards with winger Jason Jayasekera in full form scoring as much as three tries with his powerful run.

Army went into the lead through a try by full back T.A.Silva who missed the conversion. A few minutes later Army's second row J.A.N.Jayasuriya went over for a try and this time Silva made no mistake with the kick at goal. The Havies not to be outdone scored two tries in succession when centre Nishantha Chanaka smothered over for a try and winger Jason Jayasekera followed with another try of which one was converted by fly half Tikiri Dissanayake who also put over a penalty to give the Havies a 15-12 lead. But that did not last long when Army scrum half Kotalawala and winger K.W.Vijitha going over for two unconverted tries. In the dying stages of this half Havelocks decreased through a penalty put over by Tikiri.

Resuming in the second half Army scored two tries through second row Jayasuriya and Kotalawala. In the 20th and 25th minute winger Jason Jayasekera scored two tries with both conversions being fluffed by Tikiri. Army replied with a try through centre Rajapakse which was converted by Silva to pull off the match. Referee: Aruna Jayasekera.

Sri Lankan Board to admonish Murali over television remarks
Saturday (AFP) - Spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan has run into trouble with the Sri Lankan cricket board for remarks made on a television chat show, a top official told AFP here on Saturday.

The off-spinner has been asked to appear before an interim committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) after criticising the role of businessmen and politicians in the governing body.

The interim committee will meet Murali on Tuesday and warn him to button his lip, said the official who did not want to be named.

Muralitharan, who equalled New Zealand pacer Richard Hadlee's world mark of 36 five-wicket hauls in the first Test against Bangladesh this week, has been rested along with other top players for the second Test starting Sunday.

Muralitharan, the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the world with 430, took 10 Tests fewer than Hadlee to bag 36 hauls of five or more wickets in an innings.

He is now behind West Indian Courtney Walsh (519), Australian Shane Warne (450), Indian Kapil Dev (434) and Hadlee (431) on the all-time Test wicket-takers' list.

Press in the dark at athletics nationals
With the AAA promising the press of prompt services in supplying results at the forthcoming Asian Athletics championships, it was sad to see no proper steps had been taken to provide the press with prompt results at the on going 80th Track and Field nationals at the Sugathadasa Stadium.

On the second day of the nationals media personnel whilst going to the computer room to get a printed copy of the officials results had to wait for a long time but even then it was not provided. It was the same yesterday, only one final - the javelin event - had been worked off in the morning but alas the press were not provided with this official result even at 5.00 p.m.

Yesterday some final events were scheduled to start at 4.00. p.m. but only got off at 5 p.m. p.m. When inquiries were made the press was told it was announced the previous evening. But many were of the view that the AAA should have notified the time in the daily papers or inform by fax messages to the print and electronic media. As most of the media have scheduled programmes for the day.

As a result most of them had to turn back and go on other assignments. With all the support given to uplift sports in Sri Lanka, organising major events such as this should be handled in a more professional manner.

The winner of the women's 100 metres hurdle finals was W.K.I.Umayangani of the Army with the men's 110 metres hurdle winner being A.A.I.Kumara also of the Army which were the only results the press were able to get. - MSA

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