CR in thumping win over Havies
The CR and FC scored a resounding win over their traditional
rivals Havelocks SC by 32 points to 5 in a Caltex ‘A’ division
league tournament second round game played at Havelock Park
yesterday. The winners collected their points from two goals,
three tries and one penalty to the Havies’ solitary try. At
‘lemons’ the lads from Longden Place led 10-5.
With this fine win CR retained the Commander Eustace Mathysz
trophy offered for the annual CR-Havies encounter for yet
A thriller was on the cards before the commencement of the match
and also a ‘surprise’ was expected from the Havies outfit to
pull off the game. But it was the opposite. Havies fought like
terriers in the first half giving no room for their opponents
but collapsed in the final session after relentless pressure
from the CR back division. Havies, who went down 9-13 in the
first round game, could not show the same performance and caved
in easily after CR used different ploys to penetrate their
The man who made the difference was CR’s first in center
Mohammed Sheriff. Sheriff normally plays as full back but in his
new position his penetrative runs and booming kicks to touch was
a class act.
CR broke the ‘ice’ in the 35th minute of the game when fly half
Ashen de Costa touched down after a blind side move from a
ten-meter scrum. Full back Reza Mubarak failed to add the extra
points. Then Havelocks levelled the scores after wing three
quarter Wasim Thajudeen sliced through to touch down. The
reliable Samantha Lakshan failed with the conversion. CR took
the lead again when Sheriff dummied his way to score unopposed.
Mubarak failed with the conversion again but CR took a 10-5 lead
at the breather.
In the beginning of second half CR was offered a penalty 35
meters out for an offence by a Havies player. Sheriff obliged
and CR extended their lead to 13-5. Then CR’s wing three quarter
Dinesh Kumar powered his way to touch down and Sheriff converted
it with ease. With pressure mounting on Havies, CR added more
peril on the Park club, when their second in center Niroshan
Karunanayake made a dummy and covered good ground and passed to
Sheriff when challenged. Sheriff effortlessly breezed past the
Havies try line and in turn gave the ball to wing forward
Danushka Perera to touch down. Mubarak converted to make it
27-5. During the closing stages of the game CR’s wing forward
Pavithra Fernando crashed in to score an unconverted try from a
maul. It was a resounding win for the CR outfit who are in quest
to win the league title for the first time after many years.
Wasim Thajudeen was given a yellow card for unwarranted play in
the second half. The match was controlled by Pradeep Fernando.
Next week CR and FC will be hosted by Army SC at Police Park and
Havelocks meet the defending champions Kandy SC at Havelock
Under 23 Division I Cricket
Dasun sets the pace on opening
Lankan CC batsman Dasun Ariyasinghe got the SLC
under 23 division I cricket tournament off to a great start by
making the highest individual score of 156 on a day where two
other batsmen Angelo Mathews of Colts and Tharaka Tendanayake of
Army SC also scored centuries.
Ariyasinghe smashed 23 fours and two sixes in his 216-ball
innings which contributed to more than 72 percent of his team’s
total of 246 against Ragama CC at BRC grounds yesterday. The
rest of the batting however crumbled to the right-arm leg spin
of Ranesh Perera who ended up with figures of 5 for 59. By
stumps Ragama had replied with 85-2.
Mathews struck a 127-ball unbeaten 110 inclusive of 13 fours to
give Colts the upperhand against Sebastianites at Havelock Park.
After the right-arm medium-pace of Thisara Perera had claimed 5
wickets for 23 to rout Sebastianites cheaply for 111, Colts
ended the first day strongly placed at 276-3.
Tendanayake’s undefeated 101 off 115 balls (11 fours, 2 sixes)
supported by an equally good knock of 88 off 100 balls (14
fours) from Suren Jayawardene saw Army run up the highest total
of the day – 354-8 declared against Police at Panagoda.
Kandy Youth CC opener Mohamed Safraz was unlucky to miss out on
a hundred when he was dismissed for an attractive 93 scored off
92 balls inclusive of five sixes and seven fours. In a low
scoring game played at St Anthony’s College grounds Katugastota
Kandy YCC managed to sneak through a three-run first innings
lead scoring 148 in reply to Seeduwa-Raddoluwa’s total of 145.
In another low scoring match played at the Panadura esplanade,
Moratuwa SC gained a narrow six runs first innings lead against
Panadura SC. Right-arm medium-pacer Charith Fernando recorded
the best bowling figures for the day taking 6 for 40 to dismiss
Panadura for 123. Moratuwa in their turn struggled against the
left-arm leg spin of Iresh Pushpakumara who captured 5 for 31.
First day scores:
At Havelock Park (BRC): Lankan CC 246 (71.5) (S Maduranga 43, D
Ariyasinghe 156, G Dilruk 2/42, Ranesh Perera 5/59)
Ragama CC 85-2 (16) at close (T Waduge 25, H Vithana 30 n.o.).
Havelock Park (Colts): Sebastianites 111 (38) (L Fernando 20, K
Elvitigala 3/41, Thisara Perera 5/23)
Colts 276-3 (50) at close (T Attanayake 51, A Mathews 110 n.o.,
K Janitha 50, Roshane Silva 50 n.o.)
At Katugastota: Seeduwa-Raddoluwa CC 145 (46) (C Gayan 36, G
Kumara 29, R Jayatissa 3/34, D Athauda 2/26) and 10-0 (2) at
Kandy Youth CC 148 (37) (M Safraz 93, R Jayatissa 26, C
Ruwansiri 3/13, M Kumara 4/37, G Kumara 3/44)
At Panadura Esplanade: Panadura SC 123 (38) (T Thushara 50,
Charith Fernando 6/40) and 36-0 (8) at close.
Moratuwa SC 129 (39.2) (A Sameera 20, T de Silva 26, P de Mel
21, Iresh Pushpakumara 5/31, M Fonseka 2/27).
At R Premadasa Stadium: Under 20 Schools 215 (62.3) (M Fernando
43, S Pathirana 54, M Peiris 30, JC Ratnayake 28, A
Athulathmudali 2/37, M Gunatillake 2/29, I Sampath 2/34)
Chilaw Marians 121-6 (25) at close (A Athulathmudali 42, P Jansz
31 n.o., M Gunatillake 18, S Pathirana 2/36, H Illangaratne
At Maitland Place: Air Force 249 (68.2) (A Iranga 58, V
Dissanayake 78, V Pushpakumara 26, N Fernando 3/51, L Gamage
4/62, R Laksiri 2/46)
NCC 60-2 (19) at close (S Pussegolla 20, R Mendis 28 n.o.).
At Panagoda: Army SC 354-8 decl (75) (Tharaka Tendanayake 101
n.o., S Jayawardene 88, C Silva 55, P Jayawardene 42, S Fernando
28, P Dharmapala 4/79, R Kumara 2/50)
Police SC 46-1 (12) at close (E Harshaka 20).
At Sara Stadium: Moors SC 182 (66.4) (D Udugasuriya 50, S
Weerasinghe 28, D Randika 22, C Keerthisinghe 23, M Lakmal 4/32,
S Serasinghe 2/27)
Tamil Union 73-4 (23) at close (G de Silva 30 n.o., C Banda
At Kandana: Kurunegala YCC 266-8 (92) at close (R Ratnayake 55,
YS Kanumale 35, N Ranasinghe 57, V Perera 55, K Alwis 2/16, R
Karunaratne 2/43, M Pushpakumara 3/86) v Saracens. – [ST]
takes on Police
By Hafiz Marikar
Police Sports Club will lock horns with defending champions and
table leaders Kandy Sports Club in a second round interclub
rugby game at the Police Park today, kick off at 4.30 pm.
In this game, the forwards of the two sides will have to play a
vital role if they are to succeed. Policemen had a great weekend
last week after bringing second placed CR & FC to their knees.
On the other hand, Kandy SC side possesses a heavy mobile pack
which can outplay any opposition. Imran Bastamin as a top third
row player had an excellent game with some tricky moves and will
to repeat the same to see his team score a convincing victory.
Both the cops and the Nittawela boys are hoping to play their
best sides possible. The cops are capable of upsetting the
pattern of play of the Kandy boys. The Policemen’s trump card is
their forwards, who have been doing their best in the matches
played so far this season. They have done well and have given
some of the top clubs food for thought. Though they lost some
games, most of them were closely fought ones.
The table leaders’ strong point is their speedy three-quarters
spearheaded by playmakers Saliya Kumara and Fazil Marija. Both
these players are a shade faster to the breakdown point and feed
their backline with good ball to phase out moves. The star
studded back division with experienced Sajith Mallikarachchi,
Pradeep Liyanage, Sameera Silva and Sanjeewa Jayasinghe has
shown the ability to thrust themselves at the opportune moment.
Full back Radika Hettiarachchi is in great form. The Police
team’s forte will be their forwards in Nishantha Welagedera,
Mohamed Nizam, Pradeep Wilson, Malith Hettiarachchi, GB Gonawela
and Ashan Dias. These forwards will be under pressure more than
they have experienced in the previous encounters. They have had
mixed fortunes in the past and will need to produce their best
to contain the opposition.
Shield second leg not played
By Samiddha Rathnayake
The second leg of the 41st William Gopallawa Shield rugby
encounter between Ananda College and Vidyartha College which was
scheduled to be played at the CR&FC grounds yesterday has been
When contacted by The Nation, master in charge for rugby at
Ananda College, Kumara Rodrigo, told that the decision was taken
due to their President’s trophy match against St. Anthony’s
being played on Friday. “We thought of not risking players
playing back to back matches. The second leg will be played as
soon as possible,” he said.
Ananda won the first leg encounter played at Nittawela with a
convincing 21 points to 6. They are also hoping to win back the
Shield after a lapse of four years.
86th National Athletic Championships
No records on day two
By Dhammika Ratnaweera
Hambantota District’s upcoming athlete Nimali Liyanarachchi who
set up a women’s 3000m steeplechase national record on the first
day of the 86th National Athletic Championships once again came
to the limelight yesterday when she finished first in the
women’s 5000m event at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. There
were no records on day two but three meet records and a national
record was set up on day one.
Nimali (19) who established a new national record with a timing
of 11 minutes 25.42 seconds at the recently concluded women’s
athletic championships at the same venue bettered her
performance by 5.52 seconds to set up a new Sri Lanka record.
She finished first place with a time of 18 minutes 05.67 seconds
in the 5000m while two women soldiers HMH Gunaratna and DA Inoka
finished in second and third places with a timing of 18 minutes
12.48 secs and 18 minutes 22.60 secs.
National women’s high jump record holder Priyangika Maduwanthi
of Kurunegala DAA cleared a distance of 1.77 meters to finish
first followed by LGHT Vonodini of Army and Sajani Madushika of
Lanka Lions SC.
Meanwhile Premila Priyadharshani who was not in good form in the
recently concluded Grand Prix meet finished in first place in
the women’s 200m with a time of 24.76 secs followed by PDNP
Wickramasinghe and Chamoda Jayampathi.
Nadeeka Lakmali of Sri Lanka Army who has already qualified for
the Beijing Olympics set up new meet record in the women’s
javelin throw when she cleared a distance of 55.07 meters. But
it was not her best performance in the event. Two other meet
records were established on day one. Nadeeka Muthunayaka cleared
a distance of 14.24 meters in the women’s shot putt and Ishara
Udayangani cleared a height of 2.80 metres in the women’s pole
The National Athletic Championship is the last chance for the
Sri Lankan athletes to earn their Olympic qualifying standards.
Manjula Kumara the US based athlete returned home with the hope
of earning Olympic qualification but he was able to clear only a
height of 2.18 meters in the men’s high jump event which was a
disappointing 11 centimeters lower than the qualifying standard.
But he managed to get first place.
The event is sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel and
conducted by the National Athletic Association. Hemasiri
Fernando, chairman of the National Olympic Committee will be the
chief guest today while Telecom chairman Leesha de Silva
Chandrasena will be the special guest.
Quad bike racing champ
Indika Liyanage performs at the Quad Bike Racing
Fiesta 2008 held at ATV Ride Track yesterday. It was organized
by OBA and IT committees of DS Senanayake College. Liyanage went
on to clinch the over 16 championship.
(Pic by Rukshan Chandika)
All Blacks down world champs
New Zealand opened their Tri-Nations campaign
with a bruising victory over world champions South Africa.
Daniel Carter’s superb delayed pass saw Jerome Kaino cross over
in the corner on 46 minutes, with the fly-half adding the
conversion from the touchline. The All Blacks had led 9-3 in the
first half before Bryan Habana reduced the deficit to a point
after finishing off a fine break on 38 minutes. The Test was the
first to be played under the IRB’s new experimental laws.
The defeat - South Africa’s first in almost a year - sees the
All Blacks extend their unbeaten home run to 30 Tests.
A Matt Giteau-inspired Australia produced a devastating
performance to crush an impotent France 40-10 in Brisbane.
The fly-half set up a score for Peter Hynes before a superb
break and reverse offload saw lock James Horwill touch down for
a 26-3 half-time lead. The onslaught continued in the second
half as replacement centre Ryan Cross touched down twice, with
Giteau adding the extras to finish with 20 points.
Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc scored a late consolation try for
France. Although coach Marc Lievremont rung the changes after
last week’s 34-13 defeat in Sydney, France were once again
outclassed by an expansive Australia side brilliantly marshalled
by Giteau. – [BBC]