|Duleep trophy final
Sri Lanka ‘A’ up against strong
KOLKATA - In their maiden
appearance in one of India’s prestigious domestic cricket
tournaments, the Duleep trophy, Sri Lanka ‘A’ will meet North
Zone in the five-day final starting at the famous Eden Gardens
in Kolkata on Sunday.
Sri Lanka ‘A’ led by Test player Tilan Samaraweera came through
the group stages unbeaten securing victories over West Zone by
195 runs and reigning champs South Zone by three wickets.
The match winners for them in these two encounters have been
fast bowler Akalanka Ganegama, leg-spinner Upul Chandana and
batsmen Chamara Silva and Malintha Warnapura.
Ganegama and Chandana starred in their win over West Zone taking
match bags of seven and eight wickets respectively. Against
South Zone Ganegama was once more among the wickets taking eight
in the match while Chandana picked up two. But the highlight was
the excellent fight back staged by young Malintha Warnapura,
nephew of former Sri Lanka captain Bandula Warnapura.
Along with Kaushal Silva who made 65, the pair set up an
improbable victory which saw Sri Lanka ‘A’ enter the final. They
added a valuable 137 for the seventh wicket to enable Sri Lanka
‘A’ successfully chase a target of 273 after being reduced to
131-6. Warnapura went onto complete a match-winning century
remaining 111 not out. Silva has been the other consistent run
getter for Sri Lanka ‘A’ having notched up three fifties in four
North Zone came through from the other group by virtue of
leading their opponents on the first innings in both matches
which ended in draws. North possesses a strong batting line up
with Joginder Sharma being outstanding scoring back to back
centuries against Central and East Zones. In their two group
encounters North has rattled up impressive totals of 443 and 504
but failed to convert them into outright victories.
Zee stumps rivals with US$900m bid
MUMBAI - Zee TV has stunned the sports marketing and
broadcast world with an astounding US$900m plus bid for all
rights to the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cups and
tournaments for the next eight years.
Zee’s bid is closely followed by that of ESPN-Star Sports at
over $600m just for the rights to telecast matches in the Indian
subcontinent. Ten Sports, which teamed up with German sports
Infront, has submitted a bid worth $650-750m, while
Singapore-based Nimbus Sports has bid $160-180m for only the
Hair was second best before sack
SYDNEY, (AFP) - The International Cricket Council
rated Australian Darrell Hair the second-best umpire in the
world before it sacked him for alleged incompetence, reports
here said Saturday, citing secret documents.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said it had uncovered a copy
of the last annual personal performance appraisal that Hair
received before the ICC’s board of directors sacked him with a
7-3 vote last weekend.
Rugby star gets 20 years
Grenoble, France AFP: Former French rugby captain Marc
Cecillon was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in jail for the
murder of his wife.
Cecillon, 47, shot his wife Chantal five times in front of
guests at a barbecue two years ago.
The ex-international remained impassive when the verdict was
read out. His 26-year-old daughter Angelique, who had pleaded
with the jury to be lenient, broke down in tears. Her younger
sister, Celine, stared at her feet.
“My client is thunderstruck,” Cecillon’s lawyer, Richard Zelmati,
told reporters after the sentencing. “We have 10 days to damn
the judges but we will make a decision before that.”
On Thursday Cecillon told the Court of Assises in the Isere
department, southeastern France, that he had been consumed with
resentment towards his wife -- with whom he no longer had sexual
relations -- and was depressed by the emptiness of his life
after leaving top-level rugby.
“My wife worked all day. She didn’t come home till late. I
finished early, I had nothing to do, I was lonely, I needed
human contact -- so I went to hang out in bars. I was enclosed
in a bubble,” the former back-row forward said.
On the day of the murder in August 2004, Cecillon went in search
of his wife to a party given by a friend in the town of Saint-Savin.
In a drunken state he slapped the host’s wife and was asked to
“I felt humiliated. I had the feeling no-one was listening to
me. I was in despair,” he told the court.
Cecillon went home and dug out a Magnum revolver that he had
brought back from a tour of South Africa. He then returned to
the barbecue and shot Chantal five times. He was immediately
overpowered by other guests.
“I wanted my wife to come back with me. I wanted the two of us
to leave together. Why did I shoot? It is a question I shall ask
myself all my life. I didn’t plan anything. I wish I could
understand,” he said.
At a press conference held on Wednesday at the Old Thomians
Swimming Club board room Sarath Gunaratne, President of The
Mercantile Table Tennis Association made a short address on the
achievements of the association. To mark the occasion of their
50th anniversary an invitation table tennis tournament was held
on Friday at the S. Thomas’ College Indoor Stadium, Mt. Lavinia.
The sponsor of this tournament was Ceylinco Grameen Automobiles,
a member of the Ceylinco Grameen Group who are totally service
oriented and operate on the lines of The Grameen Bank in
Malaysian shuttlers dominated the third day’s play at the Sri
Lanka International Satellite Badminton Championships at Royal
College Sports Complex yesterday.
Hopes of Sri Lanka producing a winning pair vaporized into thin
air when Thilini Jayasinghe and Gayanthi Nadeesha lost their way
in the women’s doubles match to the Malaysia’s Haw Chiou Hwee
and Lim Yin Loon (21/3, 21/9).
It was only the Indians who could match the powers of the
Malaysians. India won the semi final matches in the mixed
doubles and women’s doubles events to book berths in the finals.
Today is the final day of the tournament. (SKR)
Gul destroys West Indies
LAHORE- Fast bowler Umar Gul took five wickets and fellow
paceman Shahid Nazir grabbed three to dismiss the West Indies
for 206 on the first day of the opening Test at the Gaddafi
stadium in Lahore on Saturday.
Gul returned figures of 5-65 and was ably supported by Nazir
(3-42) after West Indies captain Brian Lara fought a lone battle
with a pugnacious 61.
West Indies 1st innings
C. Gayle lbw b Nazir 34
D. Ganga c Younis b Gul 3
R. Sarwan c Younis b Na 3
B. Lara c Akmal b Gul 61
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Na 5
D. Bravo c Nazir b Kane 32
D. Ramdin c Hafeez b Kaia 12
D. Mohammed c Akmal b Gul 35
J. Taylor lbw b Gul 8
F. Edwards c Malik b Gul 2
C. Collymore not out 1
Extras: (lb8, nb2) 10
Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-41, 3-46, 4-52, 5-96, 6-122, 7-174,
Bowling: Gul 15.1-2-65-5, Nazir 14-4-42-3, Razzaq 7-2-22-0,
Kaneria 18-3-58-2, Malik 2-0-11-0
Pakistan 1st innings
Mohammad Hafeez not out 11
Imran Farhat lbw b Taylor 9
Younis Khan not out 10
Extras: (b4, lb1, w4) 9
Total: (for one wkt) 39
Bowling: Edwards 5-1-13-0, Taylor 7-2-11-1, Collymore 2.5-0-10-0