a captain with humility and team spirit
By Bernie Wijesekera
Stephen Fleming the young Kiwi captain commands respect from his
team mates. He is highly respected even by his opponents said Jeff
Crowe the manager of the New Zealand team when interviewed by The
Sunday Times, during their game against Zimbabwe, last Thursday
(Sept. 12) at the NCC grounds.
He gets about
with his team mates with much understanding and in turn they give
of their best for the team's cause. Appointing the youngster to
lead the team with an eye for the future has paid dividends said
Crowe. Humility is the Wiseman's rod.
to this to the fullest. He has with him at least five to six years
of cricket before him. He could contribute much for the country's
upliftment. Kiwis, at all times respect their opponents and their
But the Black
Caps will answer them with their abundant team spirit one-dayers,
he said. What about your batting. There are no stars, but its reasonably
good and has shown consistency.
You will have
to confront playing on slow turning pitches in the sub-continent.
But must be prepared to adjust and learn to play on any wicket.
What's going wrong with your outstanding bowling allrounder, Chris
Cairns. He had to undergo a knee operation and recovering fast.
But we don't want to rush him. What is most important is a fully-
fit Cairns, who will give of his best rather than falling on the
Dion Nash and
Adam Parore have retired. C. Nevin a young 'keeper is manning the
fence in place of Parore. There is an Academy run by the New Zealand
Cricket Board. The talented players are groomed to the Academy at
Provincial level. Its being managed by Dayle Hadlee, brother of
Richard. All have to work hard if they are to make the grade they
must have self belief in them.
has variety Shane Bond, Oram, Hitchcock, Tuffy are lively pacemen,
well supported by Chris Harris, Nathan Astle and orthodox left-arm
spinner Adam Vettori. Vettori is one of the best left-arm spinners
in the world.
is somewhat humid, but its still beautiful and sunny for cricket.
Any tours in the offing. Kiwis play two test series and seven one-dayers
against India in Dec. 2002 and Jan. 2003, In India. Followed by
the World Cup in S.Africa. Kiwis are expected to play in Sri Lanka,
too, a test and one-day series.
You and your
brother Martin has played in Sri Lanka. Both of us played together.
I made 121 in a test match played at the CCC grounds in 1987. Martin
made a highest test score in his career 299 against Sri Lanka at
the Basin .
made 116 at the SSC grounds. He was given out in the early part
of his innings when Asanka Gurusinha yelled at forward short-leg
for a catch despite the ball taking off from the ground.
The head umpire
ruled him out, but Crowe refused to walk out. After consulting the
leg-umpire it was revoked by the head umpire. Martin, went on to
smash a stroke -filled 116.
At a ceremony
held after the series Martin was given a special award by the then
president of the CB, Tyronne Fernando. Gurusinha in the end was
seen apologising to Martin. It was a bad lapse indeed on the part
of the fielder.
character that matters not fame and records - Jonty
Jonty Rhodes the little dynamo, who has served South African cricket
well on and off the field is back here to take part in the ICC Championship
tournament now in progress.
It was for the
first time in 1993, '94 that the South Africans made an official
tour to Sri Lanka and Jonty was a member of that team led by late
Hansie Cronje. A great team man, he always puts his country before
self and maintains the spirit of the game.
and determination was shown in abundance on that epoch-making first
tour by the S.Africans. With his simple ways plus human qualities
he was the idol for the youngsters, wherever he played.
a game played at the Premadasa Stadium, he set an example for others
to emulate on the field. With an acrobatic dive he had Sanath Jayasuriya
caught at short extra-cover. The umpire ruled the batsman out. But
Jonty said, 'no', as the ball came an inch off the ground.
He was the best
judge. Speaking to this writer later he had this to say. "My
parents have taught me not to cheat even on the field. Both of them
were teachers". That was Jonty the "Gentleman Jonty"
S. Africa was
on the edge of the knife facing defeat against Sri Lanka at the
Moratuwa Stadium. Rhodes was batting with grit and determination
to save the game. Sri Lanka were poised for a win with two sessions
He held on for
a long time with Jimmy Cook and later with the ninth man Clive Eksteen
to save the game for his country, with last man Donald to come.
In the end he made an unbeaten 101.
the Man-of-the-Match award for his heroics, but the adjudicator,
Daya Sahabandu gave it to a Lankan player Ranatunga, who made a
100 for Sri Lanka. It was a big suprise to fans who expected Jonty
to be named Man-of-the-Match. But Rhodes is a Christian and believes
in Faith no matter the Award. For him his country always comes first.
To date they
are talking about Jonty's great 101 n.o., one of the best seen here
by a player under pressure. S. Africa won the series with a win
at the SSC grounds. The game in Kandy was abandoned due to rain.
up was met by this scribe at the NCC grounds in a warm-up game against
the Kiwis. Speaking to The Sunday Times. He said, "I am a father
now with a two-and-half-year old daughter named Daniella. She is
an exciting kid and keeps my wife Kate, on the run at home while
I am chasing the ball on the field."
You are still
fit and strong to play in the established game. Why did you retire.
"It's time consuming unlike in the overs game. Now its time
to spend some time with my growing family.
At present I
am enjoying a comfortable life thanks to my parents who laboured
to bring us up (including my brothers) Jonty said. My Mom and Dad
understood problems. At times it was exhausting, but they ungrudgingly
put us on the correct track to live with dignity.
Now we must
give something to them and to the game which helped me to go places
in life he said. In what way you are giving back. Actions are permanent,
but there are no permanent enemies. Yes. In whatever walk of life
everything is temporary. One must strive to do something good in
this short period.
kids especially the less affluent - (community service) to develop
their talent and improve their image sans any barriers - for a better
future. This is a jont team effort with my team mates.
My mom and dad
had a great hand too in this. At present my wife Kate gives a helping
hand. Via sports one could bring about reconciliation and build
the bridge for peace and harmony and to live with understanding,
is not merely meant for fame and records. But in the end what matters
is character building. All other things are forgotten said, amiable
Rhodes. Jonty - best fielder in the world, like former S.A. Test
player, Lollin Bland.
said, he still loves the game which he learnt whilst playing at
his home backyard. In the process smashing quite number of glass
shutters in the end cost his parents dearly to repair them.
is in my blood-Rachel
By M.Shamil Amit
Isipatana College who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee this
year commemorated the celebrations last Sunday International Schools
Rugby 7's with seven overseas teams participating and four foreign
referees which consisted one from New Zealand, Thailand and two
from England. Englands lady referee Rachel Allen was one of the
referees who officiated at the sevens.
Rachel who is
thirty two years inspired many of the male players and referees
who participated at this colourful event which was well organised
and acclaimed by the big wigs of international rugby.
from an English family is now based in Switzerland and the Sunday
Times took some time off to speak to this rugby crazy lady. Rachel
has never played rugger it was her father who is a referee that
made her to come into rugger.
She has been
in this field for the last twenty one years which has taken her
to most of the best known rugby countries in the Asian circuit and
to some Europe countries. Rachel started her career as a time keeper
and scorer and has gone on to act as liaison officer, touch judge
and referee. Her first assignment was in 1981 assisting the referees
in a rugby tournament in Hong Kong. She said at that time there
was no live telecast but came into effect only in the late eighties.
She did this
for another two years. For three years from 1990 to '92 Rachel was
the Liaison Officer for the team managers at the Hong Kong Sevens.
From then she never turned back being involved in rugby courses
for referees held in various countries.
Her first assignment
in a rugby tournament was in the year 1996 when she was assigned
as touch judge and referee at the Federation Suisse de Rugby tournament
held in Switzerland which she said is a major rugby tournament in
Switzerland. In 1997 she was a pitch Marshall and touch judge at
a Rugby 7's tournament in Hong Kong.
The next year
she went a little further when acting as a touch judge and being
a reserve referee at the Hong Kong Carlsberg Ten a Side rugby tournament.
Rachel's first assignment as a full referee was at the International
Women's Rugby 7's held in Hong Kong in March 1999.
In between she
was liaison officer to teams and managers of many teams at Dubai
7's Rugby tournament held in Dubai. Her first major assignment as
a referee was in the year 1999 when she was assigned as referee
at the International Dubai Social 7's (Men's) rugby tournament and
was called again the next year.
In the year
2001 to improve her standard of referring she concentrated in following
rugby courses for referees and underwent coaching in Denmark. In
the early part of her career she has undergone training in Brunei
University, London, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Switzerland.
to Rachel I felt that the training that she has undergone is not
sufficient for her. Her aim is to referee at a world cup match which
is a daunting task. In May this year she was a touch judge at the
IRB 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup tournament which was held in Barcelona,
Spain. She is a dedicated and determined rugby referee so it wont
be a surprise to see a lady referee blowing in a major world rugby
tournament in the days to come.
the organising of the Isipatana Internationals Schools Rugby 7's
saying it was a fantastic tournament. And was highly praiseful of
Dilroy Fernando who spearheaded the organizing of this tournament.