pulls off thrilling win to enter semis
The inaugural Inter-Club and Inter-Schools knock-out rugby tournament
for the Premier Champions Trophy got under way yesterday at the
Sugathadasa Stadium with only the pre-quarter finals and quarter
finals of the Inter-School and Inter Club being worked off. The
planned opening ceremony which was scheduled to be held at 4.30
p.m. had to be cancelled due to heavy rain.
which was previously played for the Premadasa Trophy had its named
changed to Premier Champions Trophy. The competition is organised
by the Ministry of Sports. The absence of rugby champs Kandy SC
cut out the glamour in the club tournament while many prominent
schools have kept off from the inter-schools tournament due to exams.
With the exception
of Isipathana and St. Peter's the schools section is filled with
weak teams and the two teams mentioned here are the favourites to
enter the finals. The tournament started off with pre-quarter finals
of the Under 13 (Ten-a-Side) games where Vidyartha beat Prince of
Wales 20-0, Isipathana beat St. Sylvester's 9-6, Zahira beat Ananda
5-0 and Science College beat Nalanda 24-0. In a quarter final game
of the Under 15 (12 a Side) game Royal overcame Vidyartha 10-0.
Science College 36-nil in an Under 17 encounter and Isipathana drubbed
the hapless Carey ruggerites 43-nil in the Under 19 category. Both
were quarter final encounters. The much looked forward to inter-club
encounter between CH and FC and Havelocks turned out to be a thriller
in the pouring rain. The players had difficulty in handling, the
wet ball. CH took the lead with two tries and the Havies replied
with a goal.
At the breather
the scores read 10-7 in favour of CH. Resuming the second half CH
increased the lead with a goal to make it 17-7. Havies fought back
with a goal to make it 14-17. A few minutes later Havies equaled
through a penalty. When the long whistle sounded the score remained
deadlocked at 17 all. Extra time too produced no result and the
winner was decided on penalties. CH succeeded by putting over three
as against two by the Havelocks.
games - Under 13 - St. Joseph's vs Wesley, St John's vs S. Thomas
Prep. Under 15 - Thurstan vs Nalanda. Under 17 - Wesley vs Mahanama.
Under 19 - Dharmaraja vs Nalanda. Inter Club - CR and FC vs Galle
Day for Jaipur limb users
The Colombo Friend-in-Need Society will hold its annual Sports Festival
for Jaipur Limb users on November 2 (Sunday) at the Reid Avenue
Grounds, Colombo 7.
About 500 participants
are expected to take part in the Sports Festival out of which 50
will be children under 14 years of age. Five of the best young performers
will be given the opportunity to participate at the Asia Pacific
Games for the Disabled in 2003 to be held in Hong Kong.
The Sports Festival
will comprise 46 track and field events some of which include 100,
200 and 400 metres running, cycle races, putt shot, long jump and
archery. Every participant will be given a gift pack, a 'T' shirt,
cap, lunch and a travelling allowance while the winners will be
awarded gifts, medals and certificates.
elected Galle captain
L.W.J. Madugoda of Mahinda College, Galle will lead the Under 13
Galle District hockey team for the Under 13 All Island Inter-Schools
hockey tournament to be held in Colombo at the end of this month.
L.W.J. Madugoda, Y.B.T. Madushan, T.D.K. Kohoban, R.S.A. Anushka,
H.M. Kalansooriya, C.T. Weeratunge (all from Mahinda College). S.L.
Godage, M.K. Krishan Chaminda, R. Sirimanne, Sarinda Jayasinghe,
H.A.R. Arjuna, A.H.M. Sampath, R.N.P. Nanayakkara (all from Richmond
College). U.D.A. Chandana, S.H.M. Unufus, R.G.D. Lanka, L.L. Kodagoda
(all from St Aloysious College). K.M. Sandun Tharaka, J.K. Janith
Shantha, K. Chaturanga, J.L.P. Madushanka, Prabath Sanjeewa (all
from Siri Dharma College). G.H. Shanuka Viraj, G. Gayan Madushanka
(Vidyaloka College) -MSA
are burdened with too many games
ICC should expand the Umpires Panel
By Marlon Fernandopulle
The move by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce the
Panel of International Test Umpires from 20 to an elite panel of
eight earlier this year was perceived to be a step in the right
direction. However after just a few months where around 20 -25 tests
were played it has been observed that the ultimate objective of
the exercise which was to minimize the errors by the onfield umpires
has not been met.
Some of the
Tests played in the recent past and the ongoing Test series between
Australia -Pakistan and India-West Indies is testimony to the current
situation.What is alarming is that errors or mistakes are made by
the elite umpires who not so long ago had an exceptional or a commendable
record. Infact it was due to this record that the eight umpires
were selected from the original panel of twenty.Why then are these
elite umpires making the wrong judgement more frequently now?
Is it due to
the pressure of officiating in too many games within a short period?
When the twenty umpires were in the fray, one of them was picked
by the ICC to stand along with a home umpire picked by the home
Board for a Test match. Today, it is mandatory for two umpires from
the elite eight to officiate in each and every test match.Whether
it is played between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe or Australia and England
the ICC insists that two of the eight umpires officiate the game.
In addition one of these eight umpires are also required to stand
in every One day International played.
With the quantum
of test and one day cricket played around the globe at any given
time, it is ridiculous to think that eight umpires elite or not,
could handle all the games. In many situations they are required
to travel from one country to another within a couple of days of
officiating in one test match.
is indeed too much. To think that an umpire will be fully focused
and concentrating totally for five days after successive tests and
excessive traveling is unimaginable. They are human, and the tendency
is that there would be a lapse of concentration which may result
in a wrong judgement. Umpires should be allowed a minimum number
of days between tests inorder to re-charge their batteries and gather
their concentration and be fully focused on their job.
Take the case
of Steve Bucknor. First week of October he is in Colombo officiating
in the first test between Australia and Pakistan. The second week
he is in Sharjah for the second and third test and is likely to
fly to Australia or South Africa for his next assignment before
the end of the month.
Shepherd was in Colombo earlier this month after which he flew to
New Delhi and then to Madras to officiate in the India-West Indies
test. Soon he will be heading either to South Africa or Zimbabwe
for his next assignment. So many tests, and so much of travelling
in a month! No wonder these umpires have been making glaring errors
With the Five
Ashes Tests and a triangular in Australia, Bangladesh & Sri
Lanka touring South Africa, West Indies in India and Pakistan in
Zimbabwe the Tests and One-day International scheduled for this
summer is hectic. Umpires will be flying from Calcutta to Capetown
and from the Wanders to the WACA. Even the ICC would not have envisaged
such situations when they pruned down the Umpires from twenty to
Thus it's best
that the ICC re-think their strategy on the appointment of Umpires
for tests and one dayers. One option that is readily available for
the ICC would be to expand the current elite panel to at least twelve
umpires. thereby reducing the pressure on the current eight umpires
which in turn should help to get the best of the men in white coats.