Old Nalandians win Anura Ranasinghe memorial
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)
helps Pakistan level series
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
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).
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
Lanka ‘A’ held to a draw by Zim
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
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