of Appeal’ bags Thai Pongal Cup
By M. Shamil Amit
Anurath Abeyratne's 'Court of Appeal' was victorious at the Thai
Pongal race horse meet held at the Nuwara Eliya race course and
bagged the Thai Pongal Cup sponsored by Master Divers. But the cynosure
of all eyes was the horses of owner trainer Nigel Austin. Nigel
had a field day when three horses 'Pretty Girl', 'Millenium Debutante'
and 'Satin Streak' which he trains grabbed three of the six prizes
on offer. Court of Appeal ridden by one of the top jockeys in Sri
Lanka V. Mathialagan had a double winning the fifth race too. Jockey
Ashok Kumar too won a double winning the first and third race.
two of the horses Pretty Girl and Satin Streak while the third horse
Millenium Debutante was formerly owned by him has now changed hands
with Roshan Motha purchasing the thoroughbred but is trained by
Nigel. He has been one of the most successful owner trainer in the
horse racing fraternity in Sri Lanka.
The Abeyratnes also won the fifth race on 'Orange King' and two
other horses 'Singing Melody' and 'Sonali' came second and third
in the race won by Millenium Debutante. Master Hasanga Jayaratne
was the other successful winning owner of the days proceedings.
There was a
large crowd present to witness the races which was organised and
conducted by the Sri Lanka Turf Club. The next scheduled races are
due to be held on February 2 which is the Independence Meet.
Sita Eliya Trophy for 1/2 Bred Horses in Class I- (5 Furlongs-Handicap)
- 'Pretty Girl' Owned by Nigel Austin - Jockey -Ashok Kumar. 'Bold
Venture' -Nigel Austin - R. Selvaraj. 'Titanic - Sridhar Selvaratnam
- Arul Prasad. (2) Kelani Valley Trophy for Thorughbred Horses Class
III - (5 Furlongs - Handicap) - 'Helen of Troy' - Hasanga Jayaratne
- R. Siva Kumar. 'Nuclear Power' - Miss. Nishara Jayaratne - L.
Ravi Kumar. 'Simply Inspiring' - Thiyagarajah & Monaro - Punitha
Raj. (3) Ginganga Trophy for Thoroughbred Horses Class IV - (5 Furlongs-
Handicap) 'Millenium Debutante' - Roshan Motha - Asok Kumar. 'Singing
Melody' - Master Saveen Abeyratne - V. Mathialagan. 'Sonali' - Master
Saveen Abeyratne - A. Christopher. (4) Thai Pongal Cup for Thoroughbred
Horses in Class I - (7 Furlongs - Handicap) 'Court Appeal' - Anurath
Abeyratne - V. Mathialagan. 'Libo Queen' - Gamini Kodituwakku -
S.D. Mahes. 'Turn to Gold - Ashif Noohu - R. Razik. (5) Mahaweli
Sikuru Trophy for Thoroughbred Horses Class II- (7 Furlongs - Handicap)
'Orange King' - Mrs. Malani Abeyratne - V. Mathialagan. 'Nicomadus'
- Ashif Noohu - R. Razik. 'Savage' - Kumar Abeywardana - Selvaratnam.
(6) 'Satin Streak' - Nigel Austin - S.D. Lalith. 'Tamana' - Nigel
Austin - Asok Kumar. 'Flowra' - Sridharan Selvaratnam - Vijaya Anand.
Sri Lanka crush Singapore in the
5th Asian Cup Baseball Championship
Asian Baseball Cup Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand from the
9th of December -15th of December 2003, opened the eyes of the International
Baseball Community, when the young Sri Lanka National team pulled
a mammoth 15-4 win over Singapore to record Sri Lanka's first ever
International win in a tournament of this standard.
Being the new
entrant to this tournament, our team made Sri Lanka proud by putting
up a spirited performance against strong National sides of China,
Hongkong, Thailand and Pakistan.
tournament was attended by many top officials of the baseball federation
of Asia, who were highly impressed by the skills displayed by the
local lads. The current Sri Lanka team is well represented by players
from around the country, mainly from schools such as Richmond and
Mahinda from Galle, Kingswood from Kandy, Royal and D S Senanayake
The team is
as follows: Mahendra Prasad - Captain, P Jayawardena - V. Captain,
W. Somaratne, S. Kumarage, S. Jayaweera, S. Gunaratne, A. Darshana,
N. Weerasinghe, B. Nandana, D.S.M. Silva, A. Pathiraja, T. Vithanage,
H. Thilakaratne, N. Shashika, B. Suraweera, L. Illeperuma, R. Ekanayake,
N. Bandara, Mr.K.Ueda- National Coach, I. Abeyratne - Coach, C .
Jayasekera - Coach, Y.Hewage - Umpire, D.Pinto - Manager.
This team is
coached by Mr Kazuhisa Ueda, who is a highy reputed coach in Japan.
Mr. Ueda will provide voluntary services for the next two years
with the involvement of JAICA.
introduced to Sri Lanka in 1985 and since then has progressed steadily.
At the moment 12 schools and 8 clubs are actively involved in the
This tournament was a great opportunity for Sri Lanka to realise
its true potential to develop baseball to the international standard
in the near future.
The Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball/Softball Association is grateful
for the generous contributions made by M/s. Captains Holdings, Junior
George, Union Assurance, Expeditors and many individual donors,
who made this tour a reality and Hiru FM for bringing live updates
Lanka created history in 1996
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka hosted the 6th edition of the World
Cup. Earlier in 1987 India and Pakistan Co-hosted the World Cup.
In this World Cup 12 teams participated. The non-test playing nations
were Kenya, U A E and Holland. After the group matches 4 teams from
each group were selected for the quarter-finals for the first time
in the history. In this year there were 30 matches at the qualifying
stage, played over 21 days and lot of travelling for teams. Zimbabwe
was the only test-playing nation, which could not secure a Quarter
West Indies cited security reasons and stayed away from their matches
against Sri Lanka, which the home team got full points. In one of
the semi final matches played at Calcutta between Sri Lanka and
India, the match was abandoned due to crowd violence where bottles
were thrown at Sri Lankan players who were fielding close to the
boundary line. Correctly, the Match Referee, former West-Indies
captain Clive Lloyd stopped the match. After the restart again the
crowd behaved in the same manner after India were chasing the Lankan
score of 251/8 off 50 overs.
When India was
120/8 the match was abandoned and victory was given to Sri Lanka
who marched there way to the first World Cup final at Lahore in
Pakistan. In the other Semi-Final Australia edged out the Windies
by 5 runs and qualified to meet Sri Lanka in the Lahore final. The
shocker came when the Kenya beat the Windies at Pune in India. Windies
were shot out for a low 93 and the Kenyans knocked the required
runs in a very few overs.
Sri Lanka created
history by becoming the 3rd Asian nation to win the World Cup after
India won in 1983 in England and Pakistan won in 1992 in Australia.
But Sri Lanka became the first country to host, chase and win in
the World cup history. Sri Lanka also scored the highest ever One
Day score of 398 for 5 against Kenya in Kandy where Aravinda De
Silva cracked a masterful knock of 145. South African Gary Kirsten
cracked an unbeaten 188 against the U A E at Rawalpindi in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka batting first scored 251-8 off 50 overs with half centuries
from ever dependable Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama while
Sanath Jaysuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were out very cheaply.
India in reply scored 120/8 when the match was abandoned for bad
In a thrilling 2nd Semi Final Australia defeated West Indies by
5 runs. Australia batting first scored 207-8 off 50 overs and in
reply West Indies could only manage 202 all out.
So the centre stage was Gadaffi Stadium in Pakistan saw Sri Lanka
and Australia battle it out for the 6th World Cup. The two most
senior umpires stood in (Shepherd and Bucknor). Batting first Australia
scored 241/7 off 50 overs with skipper Mark Taylor stroking a beautiful
74. In reply Sri Lanka scored 245/3 off 46.2 overs with ever dependable
Arvinda De Silva scoring an unbeaten 107 and Asanka Gurusingha scoring
65 after in form openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana
got out cheaply. Aravinda de Silva was named man of match for his
wonderful century. Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Runatunga scored the