Bad back rules out Lawson from Sri Lankan tests
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, June 14 (Reuters) - West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson has been ruled out of the two tests against Sri Lanka with a troublesome back injury, the West Indies Cricket Board said on Friday. The 21-year-old Lawson has been out of cricket for almost a month recovering from bulging discs in his lower back.

Lawson's back problems have also set back remedial work on his bowling action, which is under review by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after umpires David Shepherd and Srinivas Venkatraghavan reported him during the fourth test against Australia last month.

"We cannot make much progress while the injury to the back remains a concern," said Dr. Michael Seepersaud. Seepersaud, who is the West Indies Cricket Board's Chief Cricket Development Officer, is supervising the review process of Lawson's bowling action.

"We have (been) informed that Jermaine has worked almost daily over the last couple of weeks doing core strengthening and has been undergoing tests to determine the state of the back injury," said Seepersaud.

"Initially, he had some stiffness, but now is devoid of pain. "We are pleased to see Jermaine's response to the treatment, but believe that the rigours of test cricket would likely overwhelm his back.

"Jermaine can start the remedial work on his bowling action next week, if it initially involves activities of little intensity."

Seepersaud said the WICB had received an assessment of Lawson and had studied video footage of the bowler's action. Lawson has captured 29 wickets at 24.31 runs apiece in seven tests. During the series against Australia, Lawson claimed a hat-trick in the third test at Bridgetown and career-best figures of seven wickets for 78 runs at St. John's. West Indies' first test against Sri Lanka starts on June 20.

Dimitri Siriwardena slams career best 297
Fifteen-year-old Dimitri Siriwardena of Royal College Colombo slammed a career best 297 in just 149 balls in an Under 16 Division One inter-school cricket match against St John's Panadura. His knock consisted of 18 boundaries and 24 sixes. Though the record in junior cricket stands at 318, his innings is a new record in the Under 16 category which was introduced this year.

Dimitri is a talented cricketer having represented the college senior team this season with top scores of 155 against Richmond and 157 against Ananda. He scored over 600 runs representing the senior team with an average of 30.00. His 297 helped his side score a massive 405 for 2 in 45 overs. -MSA

Unbeaten soldiers take on Havies
The Sri Lankan Army led by flanker Colin Rodrigo will be going all out to be on the rampage and remain unbeaten when they lock horns with the Havies today at Havelock Park in their Caltex 'A' Division first round match.

The soldiers who are unbeaten this season have scored 446 points and given away 36 points in their 6 encounters. Their biggest victory this season was against wooden spoonist Old Zahirians whom they defeated by 145 points to nil. Army's closest game was against the gutsy Navy side which was played at Welisara. -SJ

Athletic officials examination today
All arrangements have been finalised to conduct the Class Four Technical Officials Examination of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka today (June 15) at 2.30 P.M. states Mr. P.H.D. Waidyatilaka, Chairman Technical Committee of the AA of Sri Lanka.

The island wide examination will be held at six centres. They are as follows: Colombo - Royal College; Kandy - Vidyartha College; Matara - Ruhunu University; Jaffna - Hindu Ladies College; Kalmunai - Al Hilal Vidyalaya; Vauvniya - College of Education.

Admission Cards have been posted to individual candidates and if any candidate has not received the admission card he or she may proceed to the examination centre and check with the Chief Supervisor. If the name appears in the list of candidates he or she will be allowed to take up the examination.

Air Force outclass Old Zahirians
Air Force 54
Old Zahirians 14

By Shamseer Jaleel
Sri Lanka Air Force tasted their second victory this season when they had a fine victory over the Old Zahirians by 54 points (4 goals, 4 tries, 2 penalties) to 14 (2 goals) in their Caltex 'A' Division match played at Katunayake yesterday.

The Airmen outclassed their opponents in all departments as the Old Zahirians lacked basics of the game. The Old Zahirians missed at least four scoring opportunities. Most of the Airmen are playing rugby after joining the Air Force. They gave a good account of themselves.

For the Airmen their skipper and former Isipathana player Sanjaya Fernando and their reliable place kicker Ranjith Anthony had an outstanding game. Air Foirce skipper Sanjaya Fernando playing for the 13th year was excellent in the loose play. Ranjith Anthony with his place kicking, booming kicks to touch and with his safe pair of hands, was in good form.

For Air Force Suranga Arunshantha (2), Ajith Prtasanna, Rohan Fernando, Ruwan Chandrasekera, Indunil and Seneviratne scored one try each. Ranjith Anthony goaled four and put over three penalties as well. For the Old Zahirians skipper Mannan and Rinoz scored the tries which were goaled by Mannan.

It was sad to note that there were no Touch Judges available from the Referees Society for this 'A' Division match. Former Air Force player Harsha Fernando and another Airman did the relief job. The match was refereed by Navaratne.

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