is set for a fresh start
The Indians fell from grace, when they were comprehensively beaten
at Lords by the Englishmen. On that same venue some weeks before
they clinched an impossible victory almost from the jaws of defeat,
against the same opposition to win the tri-nation one day series.
Such are the ups and downs in the game today.
brewed over Sri Lanka's cricket in the past few weeks. Now there
is a hill. All is still not well. It could be said though that the
stage is set for a fresh start.
In the international
scene, Jehan Mubarak, Michael Vandort, Prassana Jayawardena, Naveed
Nawaz, Chamara Gamage, Sujeewa de Silva, are virtually unknown.
Charitha Buddhika, Tilan Samaraweera are not far from that either.
They were presented with an opportunity. It will be considered a
mild test, not a fiery one against the weak Bangladesh team.
The main point
is that they have taken the initial step. They have achieved success
of different propositions. It is a matter of improving and continuing
to stake claims by sheer weight of performances.
produced the best results on the score sheet. Runs flowed off his
bat to the tune of 61 and 140. He was very strong driving on the
front foot. The Bangladesh medium pacers could be tackled coming
into the front foot. It was a rare sight for international cricket
to see him stand inches outside the crease in stance position!
He has two areas
to work on. Time and again he spars at deliveries outside the off
stump. As an opening batsman that is a big no no! He must be certain
of what to play and what to leave. Being a very tall player he will
be tested to the tilt by good quick bowlers, with deliveries aimed
at the body. That is for certain he will be peppered with short
stuff and that will be the real test.
did the hard work but could not go on. Particularly in the second
innings he was looking good when he was unfortunately run out. His
fielding was also impressive. He stood in the short leg position
for the sprinter and displayed agility and sound anticipation.
got off to a promising start, now he must seize every opportunity,
whenever he plays to perform, to be noticed.
has wormed his way to recognition. Has all the ingredients to be
a successful medium-fast bowler. He mainly bowls in swingers and
at times one holds its own and moves as an out swinger. He must
spend most of his daylight hour learning and developing the art
came up with his best bowling performance in a Test picking up four
wickets when Bangladesh batted a second time. He is bowling with
confidence and maturity. He needs to add a couple of variations
to this armour. That is what he must work at during the next domestic
dismissed twice by a combination of Buddhika de Silva, Gamage, Jayasuriya,
Chandana and Samaraweera. Whatever the strength they fell in 62
and 60.4 overs respectively. That was the most satisfying aspect
of the victory.
Kandyan open Squash tourney
Connaissance Group in collaboration with Lanka Oberoi will hold
an open squash championship for the fourth successive year from
August 17 to 25.
Since its inception
this open has roused tremendous interest among the participants
and spectators. It has given opportunities for the youngsters to
indulge in competitive squash at junior level.
Sri Lanka Squash
Federation has done much to promote it among schoolchildren. The
Federation has decided to hold a Workshop (free of charge) mainly
for Kandy schools to be held at the Kandyan Courts on August 23
(Saturday) from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon with a view to promoting squash
at grassroots level in the hill capital. Handled by some experienced
players of yesteryear Gihan Fernando, Shammi Silva and Yasmin Zarook.
round matches will be staged at the Lanka Oberoi Courts from 17
to 22. The semi-final and final matches will be staged at Le Kandyan
Resorts on August 23 and 24. The presentation of awards will be
made on August 25 (Sunday). (BW)
Dejan proves his class
By Annesley Ferriera
Seventeen-year-old Thomian school boy Dejan De Zoysa, driving a
Formula Ford for the first time stamped his class by finishing second
to Formula Ford veteran Rohan De Silva at the inaugural Pannala
Race meet on Sunday 28th July '02.
the second best timing of the day at the trials on Saturday he was
on the tail of Rohan De Silva on race day and was quick go past
him when the champion driver hit an oil patch and spun, only to
suffer the same fate further down the lap, but raced past the entire
field of nine drivers to come in a brilliant second in a twelve
De Zoysa was
the cynosure of all eyes with his determined and spirited drive
earning top ratings from the large crowd present. Dejan who turned
seventeen last month was faced with a non- starters situation in
the meet which was originally to be organized by the Ceylon Motor
Sports Club. Fortunately, Speed Development (Pvt) Ltd. together
with SLAMSC, and Negombo MSC went ahead with the meet.
De Zoysa proved
that he was a class of his own when he performed with sheer brilliance
in an International Go-Kart Meet in Malaysia recently having got
the better of the best Go-Kart drivers of Sri Lanka. Go-Karting
is the stepping stone to Formula driving and some corners see Go-karters
much faster than the Formula drivers.
Dejan the son
of the legendary rally driver Richard De Zoysa won the Caltex All
Island Prokart Championship at the age of thirteen and progressed
to international class Go-Karting at fourteen years under the watchful
eyes of Suren and Sheran Cooke. In his first karting season he ended
up second to dazzling Go-Kart driver Yoga Perera after being tied
on points at the end of the fifth round.
He could not
drive his Kart on the sixth and final deciding round due to mechanical
failure. He attributes his phenomenal success to Randy Batcho, Sheran
Cooke, Yoga Perera, Danuka Nadeera and Rohan De Silva who recently
inspired him to drive a Formula at Pannala. De Silva is a pillar
of strength to budding racing drivers and supports talent tremendously.
De Zoysa drives
for mobile/auto colour racing team and is due to follow an advanced
course in Formula driving later this year at Silver Stone, UK.