Old Nalandians win Anura Ranasinghe memorial trophy

Two Sri Lankan stalwarts of the not too distant past, Arjuna Ranatunga (Ananda) and Roshan Mahanama (Nalanda) took to the cricket field yesterday at the R. Premadasa Stadium for the second Anura Ranasinghe memorial trophy encounter yesterday. Old Nalandians won the contest beating Old Anandians by six wickets with Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene scoring an unbeaten 89 to guide them to victory. (Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara)


Yousuf’s century helps Pakistan level series

Mohammad Yousuf’s century set Pakistan on course for a 25-run victory over South Africa in Lahore to level the one-day series at 1-1 on Saturday.
Yousuf’s 117 carried the hosts to 265-9 after they won the toss, while skipper Shoaib Malik hit 56, with four sixes.
South Africa lost two wickets in the first two overs, although captain Graeme Smith stood firm with 65.
Umar Gul and Rao Iftikhar Anjum took three wickets each to bowl the tourists out for 240 in the final over.
Yousuf’s century was the 13th by the 33-year-old in one-day internationals - he also has 23 in Tests - and saw him pass 8,000 runs in the limited-overs format.
South Africa never really looked like coming close to that total, although their middle and late-order batsmen battled bravely.
The five-match series continues in Faisalabad on Tuesday.
Scores: Pakistan 265-9 (50) (Younis Khan 32, Mohammad Yousuf 117, Shoaib Malik 56, M. Ntini 2/44, C. Langeveldt 2/47, A. Morkel 2/43)
South Africa 240 (49.3) (G. Smith 65, AB de Villiers 35, S. Pollock 37, A. Morkel 31, Umar Gul 3/59, Rao Ifthikar 3/43).


Pallekelle Stadium drags its feet

By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
The picturesque Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium Kandy can breath easy for at least another four years because work on Sri Lanka Cricket’s Pallekelle Cricket Stadium is not expected to be completed until 2011.
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Kanangan Mathivanan told ‘The Nation’ that work was going on at slow pace because there was no urgency to complete a rush job on the stadium which is a 20-minute drive from Kandy town.
“We are hoping to complete the playing area, pavilion and dressing rooms so that by January-February next year we will be able to play Premier trophy and provincial matches there,” said Mathivanan.

“At the moment the drainage lines are being laid on the ground after which the sprinkler system will be put in place. The entire outfield will be planted with grass and the pitches attended to,” he said.
The scoreboard and sight screens along with the media centre are also scheduled for construction. The total cost to SLC is expected to be around Rs. 120-130 million once the stadium is completed.
“It will take some time before we host Test matches at this venue,” Mathivanan said.


Ailing Cuban boxing coach returns home

By Allaam Ousman
Sri Lanka’s Cuban boxing coach Trotman Dalley has returned home because of ill health a few days before the national team embarked for the upcoming World Amateur Boxing Championships to be held in Chicago, USA.
Dalley had been hospitalised after suffering chest pains and was advised by doctors to return to his native country for follow-up treatment. He was not scheduled to go for the world event.
An elderly coach, Dalley is a Professor of Physical Education and Specialist of Boxing in Cuba. He conducted an Olympic Solidarity coaching programme in Sri Lanka earlier. However, he is not expected to return to Sri Lanka, according to sources in the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA).
Dalley was the second Cuban coach employed by the ABA after Frometha Mathos conducted a three-year development programme.


India live up to T20 world tag

India lived up to their world champions tag in the Twenty20, finishing with a thumping seven-wicket win over Australia in Mumbai, Saturday.
Ricky Ponting’s blazing 76 launched a meaty Australian total of 166-5 but it was soon to be overshadowed by Gautam Gambhir’s swash and buckle knock of 63.
Scores: Australia 166-5 (20) (R. Ponting 76, M. Clarke 25 n.o., I. Pathan 2/34)
India 167-3 (18.1) (G. Gambhir 63, R. Uthappa 35, Yuvraj Singh 31 n.o).


Massa edges out Hamilton

SAO PAULO, Brazil, (AFP) - Ferrari’s Felipe Massa took pole position for the season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix after dominating final qualifying at Interlagos here on Saturday.
McLaren’s world championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s race alongside the Brazilian on the front row.
Hamilton, who leads Alonso by four points with Raikkonen a further three points adrift, only needs to finish second to become the first rookie to claim the driver’s crown.


Lanka ‘A’ held to a draw by Zim Select

Sri Lanka ‘A’ were forced to settle for a draw against Zimbabwe Select after Chamu Chibhabha scored a flawless maiden first-class century in their 4-day tour match concluded at Harare Sports Club on Friday.
Sri Lanka ‘A’ declared their second innings at 203-5 leaving the home side 317 for victory. At stumps they had replied with 221-3 with Chibhabha scoring 103 off 165 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes).
Scores: Sri Lanka A 426 and 203-5 decl. (C. Kapugedara 58 n.o., M. Warnapura 55, P. Utseya 2/37)
Zimbabwe Select 313 and 221 for 3 at stumps (C. Chibhabha 103, V. Sibanda 47, T. Taibu 39 n.o.; D. Prasad 1/27, N. Kulasekara 1/34).


Rain halts school cricket

Persistent rain throughout the day in Colombo prevented any play on the second day in the five inter-school first eleven cricket matches, all of which ended in draws.









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