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Big blow for Lanka....

'Ara' will be out of action for 10 days

Sri Lanka's little dynamo, Aravinda de Silva, who hurt himself while going for a cheeky single, in their warm-up game against Aussie 'A' team at the MCG on Friday has been advised to rest his muscle injury for ten days after a magnetic resistance intec. This was revealed by tour manager, Ranjit Fernando, to the Sunday Times. 'Ara', who is rated very high as a dynamic batsman in Australia was batting with authority on 45 n.o, until he hurt himself. It's a big setback for Lanka's aspirations when they take on England in the 'opener' of the Carlton United W.C. series, on Monday Jan. 11.

Fernando, said they are calling for standbye allrounder Mahela Jayawardena, who left Sri Lanka yesterday to Australia.

Sri Lanka Manager, Ranjit Fernando, whom I met at the ACB office, told The Sunday Times, that the Lankan team after their disastrous start to their tour at WACA, on a fiery pitch gave a much improved performance at the Adelaide Oval overlooking the picturesque Cathedral Church.

The boys have got their act-together and are woking hard to make an impact in this triangular series. Pity the Lankan team had to confront with the unpredictable conditions in Melbourne.

The boys had a practice session in the afternoon, assisted by the former W.A. coach Darrell Foster, who is assigned as a consultant. Incidentally, Foster, was the coach of Kent C.C., when little dynamo Aravinda de Silva, had a heart- throbbing country season in Canterbury.

This scribe met Mark, too at the ACB office. Mark, looked relaxed and composed and is one of the players to watch.

According to former Aussie legend, Alan Border, he has tagged "Ara" ahead of Brian Lara at this point and says he deserves a place among the best three in the world, with Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh. Border, is now an advisor to the ACB and handles Australia's junior squad. He's a good reader of the game and studies well about the player ability.

Border, says in the past 'Ara's temperament was a bit loose. He could be fired which is not to the betterment of his ability. Today he is much more in control and plays fewer rash strokes. He has a stupendous Test record for 1997-'98. He has rattled nine Test 100s in the process. During this period according to Border, Lara has gone off the boil and has not concentrated on his batting. Apparently, the pay dispute may be one of the factors.

This is what Aussie paceman Glen McGrath says about Aravinda de Silva. "He played a gem of an innings against us in the 1996 World Cup final. He is the dangerman in the Sri Lanka line-up. Unlike many batsmen in the sub-continent he has the ability to bat with success on Aussie pitches as well. Never afraid to pull over mid- wicket or over deep square-leg."

Praise for Sanath

McGrath also has a word of praise for lefthander Sanath Jayasuriya, too. Like most bowlers I've seen some of my deliveries disappear over long on, to deep square-leg or to third man, when the Sri Lanka's One-day hitter is at the Adelaide Oval. He followed it up by triple - 100 against India. He attributes this to scientific-hitting and a superb eye. These two players are certainly going to be the catalyst in the Carlton United series and generate tremendous excitement to the fans.

Both Fernando and coach Roy Dias are confident of the Lankans giving of their best. The team is staying at the Sofitel Hotel in Collins Street.

Umpire Prof. Sharma dies in a road accident

Chandigarh: Prof.R.C.Sharma, an International cricket umpire died in a road accident early on Thursday at Jaitpur near Mahulpur in Punjab, when a bus hit his jeep. The jeep was on its way to Chandigarh when this mishap occurred.

Born on September 5, 1945, Prof. Sharma was working as principal of the Government Polytechnic College of Hoshiarpur, stood in one test match (vs Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993-94) and 11 one day internationals.

Inter-School cricket

Handsome win for Joes

By Gokulan Nadarajah

St.Joseph's recorded a ten wickets win over St.Benedict's in their Inter-School cricket match concluded at Darley Road yesterday.

This win was achieved after 11 years. In the overall series of this encounter the Josephians have won 37 encounters while the Bens have won only four.

Batting first St. Benedict's scored 101 in the first innings and 129 in the second. The Josephians put on 216 for 9 in their first innings and 17 runs in their second innings before tea on the second day's play to win the match.

St. Benedict's - 101 and 129

(Joel Sawaranamutthupulle 25, Jeremy Sawaranamutthupulle 24;

A. Fernando 4 /9, R. De Silva 2/37)

St.Joseph's - 216/9 dec. (D.Pathirana 45, D.Ramanayake 32, I.Hettiarachchi 25, I. Danial 20, D.Fernando 20; S.Perera 4 for 75, A.Gunathilaka 2 for 39, Jeremy Sawaranamutthupulle 2 for 37) and 17 for 1.

Gajanayake 72

Malintha Gajanayake of D.S.Senanayake made a fine 72 runs in the second innings in their drawn Inter-School cricket match against Isipatana which ended in a tame draw at Wijerama Mawatha yesterday.

Isipatana - 188 all out and 152 for 7 in 49.2 overs (M.Fernando 30, C. Sampath 25; M.Alwis 2 for10, M.Maduwantha 2 for 36)

D.S.Senanayake- (93 for 3 overnight) 176 for 5 dec. (.M.Maduwantha 20, M.Gajanayake 72, S.Rajakaruna 23, N. Abeywickrema 27; 2 for 32) and 56 for 1 (N.Pradeep 23 n.o) - (S.I)

Easy for Mahanama

A spirited team effort saw Mahanama College Colpetty scoring a resounding innings and 21 runs victory over Moratu Vidyalaya in their Inter-School cricket match at the Nomads Grounds yesterday.

Moratu Vidyalaya-149 all out (S.Perera 29, C.Warnapura 26, C. Fernando 26 n.o; P.Sathyapala 6 for 38, D.Perera 2 for 43) and 42 all out (C.Fernando 13; D.Perera 3 for 18, D. Ratnayake 4 for 18, P. Sathyapala 2 for 0)

Mahanama - 212 all out (L.Sumedha 77, C.Fernando 60, Y. Gampath17; A.Indrajith 3 for 17, C.Warnapura 2 for 19, C.Dilruk 2 for 41).

Tame draw at Mt. Lavinia
By Saif Izzadeen

A match which promised a lot, however didn't live up to expectations as the Inter-School cricket match between Ananda and S.Thomas' ended in tame draw at Mt.Lavinia yesterday.

It was a dull affair from start with Ananda crawling, to 197 for 9 in 80 overs from their overnight score of. 89 for 3. This was in reply to S. Thomas' first innings score of 189.

For Ananda, Lahiru Chaturanga (51) and Mutumudaliage Pushpakumara (44) made useful contributions for S. Thomas' Suranga Pieris (3 for 50) and Ravi Gunawardena (3 for 30) bowled well.

S. Thomas batting in their second turn with eight runs behind batted for the remainder of the game to make 141 for 7 at which stage the stumps were drawn.

S.Thomas' - 189 and 141 for 7 in 42 overs (D. Gunawardena 16, M.Hasan 13, Z.Kanake 30, G.Fernando 14, S.Caldera 20; T.Kandambi 2 for 27, M.Pushpakumara 3 for 44)

Ananda - (89 for 3 overnight) 197 for 9 in 80 overs (L.Chaturanga 51, M.Pushpakumara 44, A.Ganegama 18, E.Abeysinghe 19; S. Pieris 3 for 50, R.Gunawardena 3 for 30)

Primesh 82
By Ravi Nagahawatte

The inter-school cricket fixture between St. Peter's and St. Sebastian's ended in a high scoring draw at Bambalapitiya yesterday.

The highlight of the match was a gallant 82 by St. Sebastian's Primesh Perera who helped his team to a mammoth first innings score of 311 for 6 declared in reply to the hosts score of 244 for 5 declared .St.Sebastian's were prodding on at 145 for 5 when stumps were drawn on the final day.

St. Sebastian's -311 for 6 declared (P.Perera 82, N.Fernando 56, S.Fernando 41, S.Perera 2 for 49) and 145 for 4 at close (Maishan Fernando38, Manoj Fernando 24, N.Fernando 20 n.o; D.Rupasinghe 2 for 34)

St. Peter's - first innings 244 for 5 declared ( J.Fernando 60, A.Fonseka 46, M.Perera 52, S.Gunasekare 40, S.Fernando 26; D.Fernando 3 for 53)

Tarindu, Nalaka excel
By S.M.D.Sirisena

A dazzling stand of 150 runs for the fifth wicket between Tarindu Wickremasinghe (90) and Nalin Randika(52) was the highlight of the drawn Inter-School cricket match between Thurstan and Prince of Wales at Moratuwa yesterday.

Thurstan-155 and 250 for 9 in 56 overs (N.Silva 35, D.Permadasa 20, A.Dayananda 25, N.Randika 52, T.Wickremasinghe 90; K.Ranaweera 6 for 50)

Prince of Wales- (155 for 6 overnight) 283 for 7 in 52 overs( K. Deavinda 44, S.Wijeratne 55 n.o, A.Wannakuwatte 32n.o)

St. Anthony's hold Royal
By Shane Seneviratne

In a high scoring match, Royal were held to a draw by St.Anthony's at their home grounds in Katugastota yesterday.

St. Anthony's totalled 255 for 3 with Kasun Jayaratne remaining unbeaten on 105, ably supported by Ravi Wickremapala (78) and A.S.Pinnaduwa (41).

Royal replied with 227 for 8 declared with skipper Thushan Amarasuriya stroking a fine 72. Batting a second time, the Antonians collected 265 for 5 at close mainly due to a fluent 84 by Anushka Pinnaduwa and C.M.Nizam who made 73.

St. Anthony's - 255 for 3 dec and 265 for 5 at close (Ravi Wickremapala 11, Kasun Jayaratne 24, Anushka Pinnaduwa 83, C.M.Nizam 73, S.Burke 23 n.o, P.D.Ranawaka 35 n.o).

Royal - 227 for 8 dec. (Thushan Amarasuriya 72, R.Jayasuiriya 29, A.Perera 37, Dinushka Perera 15,A.Perera 15 n.o; P.Jayaratne 4 for 63, P.D.Ranawaka 2 for 20)

Trinity-Dharmaraja draw

Trinity settled for a draw against Dharmaraja in their Inter-School cricket encounter at the Asgiriya Stadium yesterday.

Trinity -141 all out (K.Weeraratne 61, R.Gamage 18, A.Imbulgoda 16; A.Marapona 3 for 26, P.Seneviratne 2 for 42) and 115 for 8 (K.Weeraratne 34, A.Imbulgoda 27; A.Marapona 5 for 23)

Dharmaraja -187 for 8 dec. (P.Seneviratne 63, Y.Jayawickrema 40, N.Wickremaratne 17,S.Ranasinghe 14, C.Wickremanayake 12; N. Azeez 5 for 25)

Hathurusinghe in form

By Marlon Fernandopulle

Former Sri Lanka opener and Moors skipper Chandika Hathurusinghe struck a solid 161 to help Moors SC to a strong position and be in contention for an outright win against NCC in their Premier Championship match at Maitland Place yesterday.

Overlooked from Sri Lanka's World Cup and 'A' team squads Hathurusinghe struck 13 boundaries and four sixes to play a sheet-anchor role and helped Moors to take a commanding 244 run first innings lead.The Moors skipper added 121 for the 5th wicket with Asela Jayasinghe (64) after the visitors slumped to 88 for 4 at one stage. Off spinner Ruwan Kalpage did most of the damage claiming 4/79.

SSC's stand-in-skipper Hemantha Wickremaratne thumped an unbeaten century to rescue his team against Tamil Union. Chasing Tamil Union's 346, SSC slumped to 43/3 before Wickremaratne performed another one of his rescue acts for his club.The stubborn left hander added 85 for the 4th wicket with Aruna Gunawardene (45) and 153 for the 5th wicket with R Galapathi (89) to frustrate the Tamil Union bowlers.The home side finished the day at 281/5 with Wickremaratne unbeaten on 106 .

At Maitland Place:NCC vs Moors SC

NCC-162 & 36/1 at close (Pradeep Hewage 18 n.o)

Moors SC-406/9 decl.(M S Sampan 26, Sampath Perera 41, Chandika Hathurusinghe 161, Asela Jayasinghe 64, Rasika Priyadarshana 40, Kesara Jayasinghe 21 n.o, Primal Salgado 15; L. Hanibal 3/101, Ruwan Kalpage 4/79, J. Sigera 2/93)

At Maitland Place: SSC vs Tamil Union

Tamil Union-346

SSC- 281/5 at close (Shantha Kalavitigoda 20, Mahela Jayawardene 15, Anura Gunawardene 45, R Galapathi 89, Hemantha Wickremaratne 106 n. o; H Rushdy 2/22)

At Maitland Crescent: CCC vs Colts SC

Colts SC-222

CCC-259/6 at close (Bradman Ediriweera 46, Damitha Hunukumbura 38, Yasas Tilekaratne 54. Duncan Arnolda 57, Romesh Fernando 32; Eric Upashantha 4/59)

At Havelock Park:BRC vs Bloomfield

BRC-165 & 99 for no loss

Bloomfield 351/9 dec.

At Moratuwa:Sebestianties vs Singha SC

Sebestianites 460/6 decl.

Singha SC -110/2 (Janaka Kumudu 41, Saman Ranjeeva 40 n o)-SMDS

Panadura well placed

Panadura SC were well placed in their encouter against Matara SC.After hitting up 402/9 declared. Panadura reduced Matara SC to 133/5 at the close.

At Panadura:Panadura SC vs Matara SC

Panadura SC-402/9 dec. (Kapila Silva 127, Hisala Mendis 76, S Jayawardene 52, Surendra Kumar 39, M Silva 24, M Jayasena 23; R Pulasthi 3/62, P Jayasekera 3/113)

Matara SC - 133/5 (E.Priyantha 56 R Pulasthi 22; S Jayawardene 2/14, M Jayasena 2/17)

- Marcus Joseph

New system helps NZ

TAUPO, Saturday (Reuters) - A second wicket stand of 105 between Craig McMillan (73) and Matthew Horne (57) helped set up victory for New Zealand in the first one-day international against India on Saturday.

The home side's task was also eased by the failure of the floodlights during the 31st over of their innings in the day-night match.

A 45-minute stoppage for repairs meant the Duckworth/Lewis formula had to be applied and New Zealand's target, originally 258, was reduced to 200 from 40 overs.

On the resumption, they required only 32 runs from 50 balls and they scored them with two overs to spare, although they lost two more wickets in the process ending on 200 for five in reply to the Indians' 257-5.

India - 257 for 5 in 50 overs( S.Ganguly 60, R.Dravid 123 n.o A.Jadeja 10, R.Singh 27 H.Kanitkar 17; Cairns 1 for 53-1, Larsen 1 for 46, Harris 1 for 35-1, Vettori 1 for 26)

New Zealand - 200 for 5 in 38 overs (R. Twose 10, M.Horne 57, C.McMillan 73, C.Cairns 23, A.Parore 16 n.o, C.Harris 13; Srinath 2 for 35, R. Singh 1 for 36, Tendulkar 1 for 34

Result: NZ beat India on the Duckworth/Lewis system applied because of floodlight failure.


The bookmaker menace

I wish to offer a big bouquet to Mr. Anthony de Silva for his contribution to eliminate the 'Bookmaker' menace from cricket and all other sports governed by the Ministry of Sports. I also wish to thank all the leading newspapers for strongly campaigning to clear this disgusting catastrophe that has befallen particularly on the game of cricket in Sri Lanka.

It is heartening to note that the power blocks representing the entire Test playing nations are meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand on 10th & 11th January, 1999. The burning topic of discussion will be to take meaningful and urgent steps to eliminate this Bookmaker involvement with cricketers, which has brought this time honoured gentlemen's game to total disrepute. Here again, we must all applaud the stand that is going to be taken by these respected gentlemen to guide the destiny of this great game of cricket in the future. This game of cricket has been played for well over one and half centuries without any interference from any kind of Bookmakers and the like. Sadly it now appears that the bookmakers have in the last five or six years driven their tentacles into this game of cricket.

It is said to clap you need two hands. Likewise, these Bookmakers cannot do their rounds without the help of some cricketers and other interested parties. In order to completely destroy this menace, one has to take immediate steps to either eliminate the bookmakers from the cricketing scene or eliminate the cricketers themselves altogether. The most sensible thing is to eliminate the former.

The saddest part of it all is that we, Sri Lankans are now placed in a very embarrassing situation. It is said that the President of our Cricket Board is a well-known Bookmaker. The only descent thing to do now is for our Cricket Board President to graciously stand down from his office, as any gentleman would do if he has the game and the country at heart. If he fails to do so, the next best thing is for the Hon. Minister of Sports to request him to do so. Even if this fails then, the President of The Republic of Sri Lanka should step in and save the country from this untold misery and embarrassment.

Stanley Perera,

Kuruppu Road,

Colombo 08.

Rebel referees ignore call

By Callistus Davy

Chief of the Rugby Referees Society Brigadier Japuna Jayawardena expressed optimism that the impending threat of an exodus by senior referees could be prevented with sincere talks despite his failure to hold an informal session last Friday.

The talks he said will be aimed at healing the rift between senior and junior members of the Society which has resulted in some veteran referees threatening to quit the upcoming season.

"There is no point in fighting, it is the game that has to win. I don't know how this rift came about but we must patch it up", said Jayawardena in an interview with The Sunday Times.

A spokesman for the rebel group said they had not shut the doors to any talks, but one condition before any meeting he said will be that Jayawardena takes into account the role secretary Sam Samarasekera will play in the Society.

Rover pinpoints…

Big mouth

A big mouth was heard repeatedly telling all those present that journalists of today do not have even the 8th standard qualification. When contested, he was asked from which school he was. When told that he came from the same alma mater he was amazed and wanted to know whether he started his schooling from Grade 1.

Heard this?

Two clubs were involved in playing a limited over match at the Police Grounds Kandy. One team had 12 batsmen. Alas the culprit club and the other through no fault of theirs, were both suspended.

Change of Coach

A long distance runner in Bangkok was asked to meet two top notchers in their room for a friendly discussion. An hour talk saw the runner come out a dejected man since he was pressurised to give up his coach and train under them as help was promised to be given by the top man himself in charge of sport. The reason for this, Rover learns, is that these two are running short of budding champions.

Bet for a meal?

Susanthika Jayasinghe was approached by a leading member of the selection committee of the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) and a close associate of a top runner who posed a question to the athlete who was in training at the Sports Ministry grounds just before the Asian Games.

The question was what her timing was in the 100 metres. She answered 10.9 Oh No! What about 10.8 and you'll get a meal in Bangkok. Susanthika irritated by this blurrted out. What do you think. You think I am starving,? Then the big mouth walked away dejected.

loud clapping

The Minister of sports S. B. Dissanayake who was at hand to welcome the Asian games medal winners at 2 am on December 22 at the Bandaranaike International Airport again received these winners at the Sports Ministry Complex at torrington Square at 10 am and spoke ill of some newspapers which drew rounds of applause from a particularly noticeable person, who is the big boss of a popular sport in the island. Not done sir!

Power corrupts?

The first was Nuwan Soysa of Isipatana who was told to play for SSC and not his school except the 'big un' and now comes the news that a second cricketer knocking on the door for selection to the national team from a popular school by the coastline has been told to play for the same club and not the school except in the 'big un.' Rover learns that the school has given permission to this cricketer to play for the club since the request has come from a cricketer who wields a lot of power? What has the old boys of this popular school have to say?

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