sends Air Force crashing
Kumar Dharmasena, Lokuarachchi and Prabath Nissanka dismiss opponents
By Marlon Fernandopulle Bloomfield were in a commanding position
as they tightened the grip on Air Force SC and were poised to grab
full points at the end of the second day's play at Reid Avenue yesterday.
each from Kumar Dharmasena, Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Prabath Nissanka
sent Air Force crashing to 125 all out in reply to Bloomfield's
226. Enjoying a lead of 101 runs Bloomfield finished the day at
154 for 6 wickets an overall lead of 255 runs.Opener Ian Daniel
top scored for the host with a stylish 42.
vs Air Force
Bloomfield 226 & 154/6 at close (Ian Daniel 42, Kaushal
Lokuarachchi 38; S Cooray 4/62) Air Force 125 all out (A Rizwan
25, C. Rangajeewa 25; Kumar Dharmasena 3/21, P Nissanka 3/33, Kaushal
(7/82) shocks CCC
Despite a minor batting collapse CCC were in a strong position
against Panadura SC at the end of the second day's play at the Panadura
a formidable 170/2 in reply to Panadura SC's 214 all out CCC collapsed
to 247 all out to take a slender 33 run first innings lead. Amila
Perera did most of the damage claiming 7 for 82.
Panadura batsmen failed to capitalise on the good work done by their
bowlers as they finished the day at 146/7 to lead by just 113 runs
with 3 wickets in hand.
SC vs CCC
Panadura SC-214 & 146/7 (Chamara Silva 27, C. Aravinda
38 n.o; C Mudalige 7/60)
CCC- 247 (Micheal Van Dort 95, D. Ranaweera 89; Amila Perera 7/82
S Rohan 2/55)
Galle CC fought back strongly after conceeding first innings
points to Moors SC at the end of the second day at Braybrooke Place
In reply to
Moors first innings total of 273 Galle CC replied with 189 all out
with T. Wanasinghe top scoring with a sedate 55. Allrounder Chandika
Hathurusinghe(4/60) and Nilantha Cooray (5/24) were the pick of
the bowlers for Moors.
the second time Moors were in deep trouble with half their side
out and only 54 runs on the board.
vs Galle CC
Moors SC-273 & 54/5 at close (S. Jayawardene 21; D. Lokuhettige
3/21 N Kulasekera 2/26)
Galle CC - 189 all out (D. Sudarshan 25, H. Wijesinghe 26, T. Wanasinghe
55, D. Wickremasinghe 34, V. Perera 29; Chandika Hathurusinghe 4/60
Nilantha Cooray 5/24)
Ragama CC shocked Sebastianites SC when they grabbed first
innings points at the end of the second day's play at the Moratuwa
first innings total of 247 Sebastianites were bowled out for 208
with M. Perera (60) and D Fernando(60) stroking half centuries.
R. Priyadarshana was the wrecker of the Sebes innings claiming 6
SC vs Ragama CC
Ragama CC- 247 & 43/0 Sebastianites SC-208 all out (M.
Perera 62, D. Fernando 60; R Priyadarshana 6/44)
Exchanges were even at the end of the second day's play in
the Premier League game between Moratuwa SC and Chilaw Marians SC
at the FTZ grounds Katunayake.
Moratuwa SC hit up 237 with S Perera top scoring with a fluent 74.Chilaw
Marians in reply were 99 for 3 wickets at the close
SC vs Chilaw Marians
Moratuwa SC-237 all out (M. Fernando 43, S. Perera 74, L. R.
Fernando 58; D. Perera 4/48, P. Wickremasinghe 4/60) Chilaw Marians-
99/3( A Perera 30 C Sylvester 20 n o)
No play was possible on the second day of the Premier Leage
game between Kurunegala YCC and Burgher Recreation Club (BRC) at
the Welagedara Stadium Kurunegala due to rain and a waterlogged
rugby in a mess
Players in the national squad are not turning up for training,
in preparation for the forthcoming Asiad to be staged in Bangkok
just a week away.
In its wake
the captain has pulled himself out for reasons best known to him.
Worse followed, when the coach, C.P.P. Abeygunawardena resigned
at the eleventh hour - putting the game in total chaos.
Never in the
history of this sport, in the past has suffered such a calamity.
The administration is answerable (the present) for this sad episode.
The talking point among some past stalwarts, who have played at
the highest level, it attributes to poor thinking by those, who
are controlling the game.
in these columns earlier, due to lack of professional management
and planning for the future betterment of the game. Imagine players
skipping national training, excusing themselves saying they have
to attend club practises (Premier Trophy) matches.
Which is more
important - the Rugby Asiad, or the Premier Trophy? It's a common
occurrence here, be it sports or otherwise. Petty politics take
pride of place at the expense of the country.
the Premier Trophy, with the blessings of the Ministry of Sports
had the Rugby Union any idea of planning and the game at least in
the Asian region? They could have postponed this tournament or barred
all national squad players from practising in this tournament with
a view to concentrating on the coming Rugby Asiad.
was played under lights, at much expense, that too before empty
stands. It's a poor reflection among the organisers (Rugby Union).
They are playing politics even with a trophy - three Ps - Premadasa,
President's and Premier. What will be the next - only a soothsayer
Before the disastrous
Busan Games, Sri Lanka was placed eighth in the Asian table. Arabian
Gulf and newcomers China were placed ahead of us. Had the selectors
or the Rugby Union acted with responsibility this could have been
avoided. Ad hoc decisions have ruined the game and public interest.
This was evident if one witnessed the Premier trophy games at the
project been in progress Sri Lanka should have gone places instead
of hitting rock bottom as at present.
of Sports, must not get carried away apparently with cheap publicity
(it has done more damage) than help develop and promote sports.
He should be more transparent and take notice of constructive criticism,
done in good faith for the betterment of the sport at national level.
At least keep politics out of sport and the 'Hurrah Boys', who apparently
leading him off the garden path who are doing more damage than promoting
joins AFC commercial family
the Dubai-based international airline has announced that it is to
become the new official partner of the Asian Football Confederation
The AFC President,
Mohamed bin Hammam and Mr. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Commercial Operations
Director of Emirates Airline, were among those attended the official
signing ceremony at The Ritz Carlton Doha on 30th October, the day
before the final match of the AFC U-20 Championship, Qatar 2002.
In an agreement
that will run until 2005, Emirates Airline will enjoy sponsorship
benefits at Asia's premier football events including the newly formed
AFC Champions League, and the Asian Cup, which will be held in China
feature on all AFC publicity materials, including perimeter boards
in stadiums throughout Asia, and a ticketing facility for all the
official AFC tournaments.
The Asian Football
Confederation comprises of 44 national associations and is the largest
and most diverse of FIFA's six governing bodies. Following the outstanding
success of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Asian football's popularity
has never been higher, and with Emirates Airline, Asian football
fans can soon be flying high too.