315/5, bad light ends play vs Rest of SA
First Test vs South Africa begins on November 8
Sri Lanka who are preparing for the first Test against South Africa
in Johannesburg from November 8 to 12, added a further 89 runs to
their score of 226 for 4 against a Rest of South Africa XI before
bad weather ended play with the score on 315 for 5 at the Lenasia
Stadium, south of Johannesburg yesterday.]
batsmen in good nick
Johannesburg has been the hub of activity for cricket (Wanderers
Park). It's a venue where memorable matches have been played.
play their first test here next week (Nov.8-12). Lankans have
a great following in SA after the islanders reached the Everest
winning the World Cup, defeating the mighty Australians in
1996. Even the man in the street in Johannesburg has much
admiration for the Lankan cricketers after their historic
win in Lahore. Next year's World Cup is in S.Africa and this
tour is an ideal barometer for the team to get tuned up.
has been built after the discovery of gold in Witwaterstand
in 1886. Since then it has developed into an industrial city.
Legendary Nelson Mandela, who fought for justice and equality
also worked in the mines.
of South Africa, four-day match, the final warm-up game before
the First Test which will begin on Friday. "Mr. Concentration,"
Marvan Atapattu is in good nick. Orthodox Bat Mahela Jayawardena
is batting with assurance. Kumar Sangakkara too is batting
confidently. The middle-order has to show more stability.
application and concentration to play a long innings to make
the first five day test an exciting contest. Skipper Jayasuriya
is confident that the players will rise to the occasion.
has made a name in the overs game, but must prove themselves
that they are second to none in the established game, too.
They are determined to work hard, but if the inevitable happens
then still they are not found wanting.
have done well in their own backyard, but they must prove
their mettle away from home, in this two test series here.
The bowling will play a decisive role. The young pace bowlers,
without much experience in the domestic scene has been drafted
have to be on target. Spin-wizard Muralitharan is much respected
world-wide. But bowlers go in pairs (spinners). Workhorse
Chaminda Vass has to do a lot of bowl. The S.A. batsmen are
quite at home against fast bowling. They have aplenty in their
own cupboard. Watch out for more S.A. tour in these columns.
Only 25 overs
and five balls were possible due to rain. Mahela Jayawardena top
scored with 76 and Hashan Tillekeratne making an unbeaten 71. After
heavy overnight rain left the outfield wet the scheduled start was
delayed by two hours. Under overcast conditions, with more rain
predicted, Sri Lankans won the toss and decided to bat first.
The match got
under way with an eventful over from Garnet Kruger. Atapattu getting
off the mark easily turning the ball behind square on the leg side
and then Arnold cutting one wide of the slips to third man for a
four. Next ball he got one on line, played past it and trapped leg
before for four and Sri Lanka 7/1 in the first over. Kumar Sangakkar
and Atapattu put on a 77 run partnership matching each other run
for run before Sangakkara was sent back for what he thought was
a run to extra cover. A direct hit from Garnett Kruger had a scampering
Sangakkara well short and run out for 40 and Sri Lanka 84/2.
next to go when driving at Pierre Joubert he edged to Kent at first
slip to be caught for 36 and Sri Lanka losing three quick wickets
for only 86. Sanath Jayasuriya came to the crease and was soon into
his stride, thrashing three beautiful boundaries off a Brent Kops
over. Mahela Jayawardene in contrast was prepared to push the ball
around for the odd run.
With tea looming,
Kruger was brought back to the attack, and he had the two at the
crease ducking to some good pace bowling. Jon Kent also bowling
back of a length stemmed the flow of runs as tea approached with
Jayasuriya on 28, Jayawardene on 12 and Sri Lanka 126/3.
his wicket just after tea. Not getting over a cut from Kent. With
Mahela Jayawardene and Hashan Tillakaratne at the crease the runs
steadily flowed with Jayawardene going to his 50 in 166 minutes
including eight boundaries. Looking very comfortable at the crease
they took the score past the two hundred and the partnership approached
in a bouncer in bad light had the umpires offering the light and
stumps was called with Jayawardene on 66 and Tillakaratne on 40,
and Sri Lanka 226/4.
shoot down Police
Isipathana with late burst clinch schools title
By M. Shamil Amit
The inaugural Inter- Club and Inter-School knock-out rugby tournament
for the Premier Champions Trophy came to an end yesterday at the
Sugathadasa Stadium with CR and FC overcoming Police by 26 points
(one goal, two tries, three penalties) to 18 (one goal, one try,
two penalties) in the club final and Isipathana defeating St Peter's
by 16 points (two tries, two penalties) to 11 (one try, two penalties)
in the Under 19 schools final to clinch the Premier Trophy.
Earlier in the
day in the Under 13 schools final Sri Rahula beat Dharmaraja 5-0.
Wesley beat Royal 12-0 in the Under 15 final while Ananda beat Isipathana
in a close game by 12 points to 11 to win the Under 17 final.
In the Under
19 final between Isipathana and St Peter's the game could have gone
either way with St. Peter's taking a slender 6-5 lead at the short
whistle giving way to Pathana who came out with a late second half
burst to win the match in the end. Thus they proved that they were
the kings of of schools rugby having earlier in the season being
pushed to second place in the league championship.
This was the
first time the two schools met in a game this season and they were
engaged in some superlative display of rugby, never giving up though
they were being led. The game started with the Peterites drawing
first blood through a penalty put over by fly half Dinuka Jayasinghe,
three minutes later they increased the lead again through a penalty
by Dinuka. The Isipathanians missed two opprtunities of scoring
when hooker Sendil Kumar fluffed two easy penalties. The Pathans
struck when in the dying stages of this half winger Dinesh Kumara
grabbed the ball off a five yard scrummage to score down the right
corner flag. After which referee D. Nimal blew the short whistle.
the second half the Isipathanians meant business and took over the
lead through a try scored by winger Dinesh Kumara with Sendil Kumar's
kick at goal going astray. With a ding-dong battle being fought
out Isipathana increased the lead when Sendil Kumar at last got
his target correct with a penalty. But five minutes later the Peterites
replied with a try by skipper and number eight Dilanka Wijesekera
to make it 13-11. Two minutes before the final whistle Sendil Kumar
sealed the game for the Isipathanians when he put over a penalty
with the final score reading 16-11.
In the inter-club
final giant killers Police were on their way of repeating the semi
final win when they opened scoring in the fifth minute when winger
T. D. Herath received a pass from Champika Thushara went over for
a try with full Harshana Wijeweera adding the extra points.