Colts CC claims championship
By M Naushad Amit
It will take more than a miracle for Badurelia SC to prevent
Colts from taking the Premier Tier ‘A” title though a day’s play
is left in the match today. Colts CC is on top of the world
after getting their opponents Badureliya out for 347, in reply
to the home team’s mammoth first innings score of 426 in their
final round match of the Premier Tier ‘A’ inter-club tournament
at Havelock Park yesterday. Badureliya were looking good when
Nilushan Nonis (73) and Duncan Arnolda (62) composed a steady
but threatening partnership of 134 for the sixth wicket. The
visitors who were 143-5 went on powering their way when Nonis
and Arnolda took them to a commanding 277-5 before being
separated. Roshen Silva (2/22) and Sajeewa Weerakoon (3/101)
grabbed the wickets to bundle out Badureliya and give Colts a
79-run first innings lead. With the first innings lead Colts
managed to topple SSC, who maintained the regime of Premier Tier
‘A’ leader for nearly four weeks, to grab the championship in
the final week of the tournament. Colts were 22-0 at close.
However the match has some interest when play resumes at 9.30am
today though the final outcome may remain unchanged.
Despite a heroic effort by Seekkuge Prasanna who took 8 for 59
to spin out Bloomfield for 226, Army lost their way and conceded
the match to their opponents at Panagoda. Army chasing a target
of 286 lost their consistency in batting and was bundled out for
155 which gave Bloomfield their fourth outright win by 102 runs
with a day to spare. On the first day Bloomfield scored 161
while Army replied with 102. Prasanna took a match bag of 12 for
95 (4/36 and 8/59).
NCC only gained first innings honours as they passed Ragama CC’s
total by just 3 runs at Maitland Place. NCC scored 158 in reply
to Ragama’s 155 and stood solid in their second innings at the
end of the day at 244-5 with Indika de Saram unbeaten on 141.
Ian Daniel stroked a valuable 62. The match will continue today.
At Havelock Park: Colts 426 and 22-0 (5) at
close (Ishan Muthalif 14n.o.)
Badureliya 347 (82.3) (Dilshan Witharana 48, Upul Fonseka
31, TM Sampath 47, Nilushan Nonis 73, Duncan Arnolda 62,
Niroshan Bandarathillake 28, Pradeep Jayaprakash 25, Rajeewa
Weerasinghe 2/91, Chaminda Vaas 2/36, Sajeewa Weerakoon
3/101, Roshen Silva 2/22)
At Panagoda: Bloomfield 161 and 226 (51.2)
(Saman Jayantha 69, Anoj Katapearachchi 44, Tharaka
Gunaratne 31, Chinthaka Jayasinghe 21, Seekkuge Prasanna
8/59, Vishwa Weerakoon 2/79)
Army 102 and 155 (42.5) (Nalaka Kaluarachchi 41, Duminda
Wijewardena 35, Damith Balasuriya 16, Suraj Mohamed 3/44,
Shanuka Dissanayake 3/13, Tharanga Lakshitha 3/43)
At Maitland Place: Ragama CC 155 and 244-5
(67) at close (Ian Daniel 62, Indika de Saram 141n.o.,
Tharaka Kottahewa 2/37)
NCC 96-6 contd 158 (56.2) (Upul Chandana 33, Damith Mapa 31,
Kaushalya Weeraratne 4/51, Dinesh Daminda 3/51, Dharshana
Bill Frindall dies at 69
Test Match Special statistician and scorer Bill Frindall has
died at the age of 69 after suffering from Legionnaire’s
disease. Known as ‘Bearders’ and also dubbed ‘the Bearded
Wonder’ by commentator Brian Johnston, Frindall was the longest
serving member of the TMS team. He joined the BBC in 1966 and
wrote several statistical cricket books, editing the Playfair
annual since 1986.
Frindall was appointed an MBE in 2004 for his services to the
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said: “He brought
scoring alive. This is what Bill will always be remembered for.
He brought to life this weird and wonderful world of cricket
scoring that other people might find tedious and boring. He made
scoring into an art form.
“He had this incredible scoring system that made every ball an
event. If you referred back to something that had happened
earlier in the day, he would know exactly which delivery you
would be talking about. And if you had a query on a statistic,
he would have the answer in seconds, his records were so
meticulous. He also played the role of curmudgeon in the box, if
ever we strayed too far away from talking about the cricket he
would bring us back.”
Long-serving former TMS producer Peter Baxter said: “Bill was
part of the family. TMS has been a family for a long time - I
first set foot inside a commentary box in 1966, he was there
then and he was certainly there when I retired from it in 2007.
He would occupy his corner of the commentary box and woe betide
anyone who tripped over and made a mess of any of his papers.”
Frindall wrote a regular column for the BBC Sport website, and
latterly the TMS blog, in which he invited readers to ‘Stump the
A huge variety of questions on cricket statistics, records, laws
of the game and a number of other more quirky incidents came in
regularly from when it began on 16 May 2001 until it finished
185 editions later in January 2009. – [BBC]
I will resign if proven
NEW DELHI: Rajasthan
Cricket Association President Lalit Modi today hit back at his
detractors for levelling “baseless” charges against him and said
he will himself resign from his post if proven guilty.
“These cases have no value at all. But there is so much kichad
(mud) I want to get rid of this once and for all. I am saying
take my thumb impression and send it to forensic lab. I will
resign if I am proven guilty,” Modi told PTI.
Modi was referring to the FIR lodged against him into an alleged
forgery case of grabbing a piece of land in Nagaur. Police
registered the case against Modi under sections 420, 467, 468,
471 and 120 B of IPC and initiated an enquiry into the
“I have close to Rs 230 crore deal in the Indian Premier League.
I don’t even charge a single penny as TA/DA. Why should I get
involved in such scams,” said the IPL Chairman and Commissioner.
“The cricket establishment is with me but those who are not
involved in cricket, who are not working are the ones agitating.
They are all jealous people who are behind this,” he added.
Modi blamed his predecessor Kishore Rungta of trying to benefit
by the change in regime in the state but said he was sure that
would not happen.
“It’s the Rungta faction which is trying to use politics, the
change in regime in the state to their benefit. They think they
can dictate terms like this. But I am sure Mr Ashok Gehlot will
understand and he won’t let that happen.
“I have worked with multiple regimes in Rajasthan and many other
states but I had no problems ever,” Modi said.
Hoping to put an end to controversies and cases against him,
Modi has also appointed a three-member arbitration tribunal to
look into the contentious issues raised by some district
associations and decide if he is fit to continue at the post.
The arbitrators comprised retired Supreme Court Chief Justice R
C Lahoti, retired apex court Justices Kuldeep Singh and A R
Modi is in danger of being stripped of absolute powers he was
enjoying as the RCA President as about 24 of the 32 district
units, including that of secretary Subhash Joshi, handed a
memorandum to Registrar of Societies.
Asked how much time the committee would take to complete its
probe, Modi said “as soon as possible. There is no time limit to
it. Let me clean it up once and for all. I don’t want to deal
with it on day-to-day basis”.
Modi met Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh in the morning but
denied that it had any political overtones.
“We have a long family association and I have been visiting him
since I was a child. It had nothing to do with my cricket
related cases,” he said. – [PTI]
Angelo reaches the 1000-run
Sri Lanka under 19
player and St. Peter’s batsman Angelo Perera became the second
batsman to pass the 1,000 run milestone in the current schools
cricket season when he clobbered an unbeaten 155 in just 103
balls which included 4 sixes and 17 fours against Maris Stella
yesterday. Ananda batsman Dinesh Chandimal (1080) was the only
other batsman to perform that task previously for the current
With this achievement Perera has got 1018 runs under his belt
after 14 innings. After some rather shaky opening matches Perera
stroked a valiant 157 against Kalutara Vidyalaya which was also
showed signs of things to come. Immediately after that splendid
innings, in their next match against Nalanda, Perera went on to
hammer 239 in just 206 balls. By scoring 239 Angelo broke a
46-year-old Peterite record held previously by Tyronne le
Mercier who scored 235 against St. Anthony’s, Katugastota. His
239 is also the highest ever scored by a Peterite in their
82-year history of first XI cricket. (SR)
A night Mumbai cricket showed off
MUMBAI: There was Vijay Mallya, there was Peter Chingoka,
president Zimbabwe Cricket Union, there was Rajiv Shukla, BCCI
bigwig. They got to know why Mumbai is Mumbai and UP is UP in
They were at an occasion, the MCA’s annual cricket awards, where
Mumbai, uncharacteristically flaunted its wares. Not just its
winning cricketers at Ranji, under-19 and University men’s and
women’s cricket level but also its infrastructure.
Today the bride was not the 7-pitch indoor cricket hall but the
lovely banquet hall of the MCA’s Recreation Centre so well
crafted by Vijay Shirke.
Peter Chingoka’s prompt reaction was to salute the indoor
academy and express a wish for his players to use it. Earlier in
the day the Sharad Pawar-headed BCCI had assured him that India
would give a leg up to Zimbabwe’s cricketers who have suffered
in the political backlash. India would send its junior teams to
play the senior side and get their juniors to train here.
Rajiv Shukla, who heads UP cricket, must have realised why his
team is finding the last step always tough to climb.
Mumbai Cricket Association president Dilip Vengsarkar gave
insights on Mumbai’s grand show. The Ranji side’s planning had
been deep from June when Pravin Amre began off-season work at
the academy where former coach and academy director Chandu
Pandit was also available.
At the season end Vengsarkar said the work of coach Vilas
Godbole and the batting of Bravish Shetty had seen the varsity
side lift the Baria title. “When 9-year-old Bravish came to my
academy he was smaller than the stumps. He was talented. But Raj
Singh and Co. took him to CCI hailing him as the next Sachin and
one didn’t hear about him for four years. I am glad he has come
back with a bang.”
Sharad Pawar said it was the BCCI’s pledge to lift women’s
cricket and he was hoping their international performances would
improve. Charity begins at home and Pawar said he was most happy
the MCA had opened its academy doors to the girls. And they had
vindicated it with the University title through Apoorva Kokil’s
side. The Ruparel girl said she led the way with five fifties.
Ratnakar Shetty paid tribute to Satish Samant who also
vindicated his promotion from u-16 to u-19 coach. “He took the
u-16 side to three finals winning last year. This year he won
the u-19 title.” Shetty said the u-19’s left-arm seamer Saurav
Netravalkar was getting the BCCI’s best young cricketer of the
year award worth Rs one lakh at the Ceat awards next week.
Shetty also said Wasim Jaffer would get the Madhavrao Scindia
trophy for the top-scorer in the Ranji trophy this season. - [PTI]
South Africa is top of the
South Africa has gone to the
top of the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table following
its 39-run victory over Australia in Perth on Saturday.
The match may have been a dead rubber as far as that series was
concerned with South Africa having already won three out of the
previous four matches but there was still plenty at stake and
Johan Botha can now claim to be captain of the highest-ranked
side in the world.
The Proteas had been three ratings points behind Ricky Ponting’s
men going into the fifth and final ODI of the series but now
they move ahead by a fraction of a point and top the ladder for
the first time since April 2008 when they briefly wrestled
number-one spot from Australia’s grasp.
But the good news for Australia is that it has an immediate
opportunity to go back on top as its five-match series against
New Zealand begins on Sunday. The table is so tight at the top
that victory in that first ODI will send Australia right back to
where it has spent the vast majority of the past seven years
since the rankings were devised.
Meanwhile, India is hovering just outside the top two and is now
just five ratings points behind South Africa and Australia after
winning the first match of a five-ODI series in Sri Lanka.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will be doing their best to keep the
pressure on the top two with plenty of ODI cricket coming up on
At the other end of the table, Zimbabwe has moved up one place
to 10th in the rankings after winning the opening two matches of
its five-ODI series in Kenya. Prosper Utseya’s team has now
beaten the home side in the two games in Mombasa and so heads to
Nairobi full of confidence for the remaining three.
That means Ireland slips to 11th position while Kenya loses
ratings points and stays in 12th spot. However, if Kenya was to
win the remaining three matches, it would move to 11th place,
just one ratings point behind the Irish while Zimbabwe would
fall all the way to 12th and last spot on the table. So there’s
still plenty to play for in the series.
ODI Championship (as of 30 January)
1 South Africa 125
2 Australia 125
3 India 120
4 New Zealand 113
5 Pakistan 111
6 England 108
7 Sri Lanka 106
8 West Indies 91
9 Bangladesh 46
10 Zimbabwe 20
11 Ireland 19
12 Kenya 1
Wembley to host 2011 Euro final
Wembley has been chosen to host the 2011 Champions League final.
European governing body Uefa selected the stadium ahead of
Munich’s Allianz Arena and Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
The news had been expected after Uefa delayed its decision to
allow the UK Government to bring in a tax exemption for players
appearing in the final.
Dublin’s Lansdowne Road has been picked to host the 2011 final
of the Europa League, previously the Uefa Cup, as Arsenal’s
Emirates Stadium missed out.
The Gunners’ home ground was ruled out of the running because
the same country cannot host both major European finals in the
The Champions League final was last hosted by the UK in 2003 at
Old Trafford. Wembley has not staged it since 1992 when
Barcelona beat Sampdoria in the year before the competition
became known as the Champions League.
Since then, the stadium has been rebuilt at a cost of over
It missed out on hosting the 2010 Champions League final after
failing to provide assurances that players featuring in the
final would not be taxed, but the UK Treasury agreed to relax
its rules last year.
Staging the final is thought to be worth up to £30m to the
“This is fantastic news for London and the UK,” said Football
Association chairman Lord Triesman.
“It is acknowledgment of Wembley’s ranking alongside the very
best football stadiums in the world.
“As Wembley has been chosen to host the Champions League Final
this means the Emirates Stadium can’t stage the 2011 Europa
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at
Arsenal for all their valuable support during the bid process
and recognise the very strong bid that they put together.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe
both hailed Wembley’s success.
“It is splendid news. There is a huge sense of excitement and
passion in London for sports and indeed for the ‘beautiful game’
of football,” said Johnson.
“London is delighted to have been successful in the bid to host
the 2011 Final and Wembley is a suitably dramatic and superb
backdrop for the event.”
Sutcliffe added: “Wembley hosting the Champions League Final in
2011 will be another highlight in a decade of fantastic sporting
events to be held in Britain.
“With English clubs’ recent form in the competition we could
well see one or even two teams from the Premier League featuring
but I am sure that club sides from abroad will be made more than
welcome if they make the final in 2011.”
The Allianz Arena - home of Bayern Munich - will stage the 2012
Champions League final and Bucharest’s National Stadium the
Europa League final in that year. – [BBC]
WEMBLEY’S EUROPEAN CUP FINALS
1978 Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge
1971 Ajax 2-0 Panathinaikos
1968 Man Utd 4-1 Benfica
1963 AC Milan 2-1 Benfica
Injury-prone Shoaib Akhtar
out of Sri Lanka Tests
Pakistan, (AFP) Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar has been ruled
out of next month’s two-match home Test series against Sri Lanka
due to a knee problem, an official said Friday.
“There are loose bones in his knee which would need keyhole
surgery. That will take two to three weeks’ recovery and that
means he is out of the Sri Lanka Test series,” team coach
Intikhab Alam told AFP.
Alam said such injuries were common for fast bowlers.
“When such an injury occurs one must not wait, and have a quick
operation,” said Alam.
Akhtar, whose career has been blighted by injury and discipline
problems, was dropped from the third and final one-day match
against Sri Lanka earlier this month when he was not found 100
Then-captain Shoaib Malik questioned Akhtar’s commitment and
fitness after the second match, but before the third denied he
had named Akhtar in his remarks and instead said he had been
talking about all 11 players on the team.
Sri Lanka return to Pakistan on February 14 to play a three-day
side match and two Tests -- the final dates of which are yet to
Akhtar had operations to his both knees in early 2006, forcing
him to sit out Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka and England that
The controversial bowler, 33, was this year awarded a Pakistan
Cricket Board (PCB) contract, after playing only three Twenty20
matches in 2008.
A hamstring injury forced him to sit out all three one-day
matches against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi last November.
He missed out on a contract last year because of injury and
In response, Akhtar publicly criticised the PCB, which imposed a
five-year ban on him last April. The ban was later reduced to 18
months with a fine of seven million rupees (100,000 dollars) by
the high court in Lahore.
On appeal, the court later suspended the ban but upheld the
fine. A subsequent appeal is pending.
Mushtaq to extend stay in
England spin coach Mushtaq
Ahmed is to extend his stay on the tour of the West Indies until
midway through the four-match Test series.
The former Pakistan bowler had been scheduled to spend the
10-day warm-up period in St Kitts before departing.
But his impact on the squad, particularly the spinners,
convinced the tour management to retain him.
“He’s created a really good impression with everybody on the
tour,” said ECB managing director Hugh Morris.
“His experience and skill at international level has led us to
the conclusion he would be valuable to have around for a longer
period of time.”
England have three spin bowlers on the tour: Monty Panesar,
Graeme Swann and rookie Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Panesar, who has been working overtime with Mushtaq over the
past week, said: “It’s been great having Mushtaq with us, and
I’ve really enjoyed both his company and the way he’s been
“For me, it has been a good experience so far - and it is great
to see that he is going to be around for a few more weeks.
Panesar claimed seven wickets in a crushing victory over a St
Kitts & Nevis XI earlier this week but was rested for the second
warm-up match with West Indies A, which began on Thursday.
This has afforded him more one-on-one time with Mushtaq, who has
185 Test wickets to his name.
“He has been talking a lot to me about the artistry of spin
bowling,” added Panesar. “Having been an international player,
he knows what this is all about.”
England will also retain fielding coach Richard Halsall until
after the first Test, Morris confirmed. – [BBC]
OBSC Golden Jubilee Soccer
Top contenders in school soccer Zahira went down fighting to
Hameed Al Husseinia by 5 goals to 4 in penalty shootouts after
ending nil-all at fulltime in a nail-biting soccer semi-final in
the schools category of the Old Bens Sports Club (OBSC) Golden
Jubilee Soccer Championship at Kotahena yesterday. The match was
evenly contested for most of the duration and though Hameed Al
Husseinia did having the occasional opportunities they missed
out on scoring. Zahira dished out their usual playing pattern
but rarely had openings to capitalise. Hameed Al Husseinia will
meet the winner of today’s semi-final between St. Benedict’s and
Isipathana which is scheduled at 2.00pm at Kotahena.
In the club category semi-final, high riders Ratnam had the
better of Don Bosco to beat them by 4-1 in a one-sided match
which followed later on in the day. National cap Kasun
Jayasuriya struck the first two goals in the first half for the
winners as they lead 2-nil at half-time. Chathura Maduranga and
EB Channa scored a goal each for Ratnam in the second half. Don
Bosco’s solitary goal came from the boots of Philip Dalpadadu at
the dying stages of the game. Ratnam will meet the winner of the
semi-final between Blue Star and New Youngs which will be played
at 3.45pm today. The finals of both segments are scheduled for
February 7 at Kotahena. The OBSC organised the ongoing
inter-club and inter-school knockout soccer tournament to mark
their Golden Jubilee celebrations. (MNA)
reveals language woes on trips abroad
NEW DELHI: He may not fear anything on field on foreign cricket
tours but off it, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni considers
the “hard to understand” heavily accented English of locals the
“In countries like Australia or England, people speak English in
such an accent that it is very hard to understand. So, at
parties when locals come to us and start talking, even if we are
not getting anything, we say yeah.
“Or if I have a drink in hand, I excuse myself by saying, ‘I’ll
just get a drink’ but never show up in front of that person
again,” Dhoni joked in an interaction with National Security
Guard (NSG) commandos in a TV programme.
His language woes have not been limited to just trips abroad,
Dhoni had similar problems while playing for Chennai Super Kings
during the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I played for Chennai but didn’t know any Tamil. But people
there thought that since I was part of the team, I had learnt
it. So I just picked up a few words and for one and a half
months that I played there, I relied on those to break the
language barrier,” he said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman lauded the NSG for their heroics during
the Mumbai terror strikes, during which they rescued several
hostages before clearing the under-siege Taj and Oberoi Trident
hotels of terrorists.
“When the attack started and I watched it on TV, my first
thought was where is the NSG? I knew that once you guys step in,
the victory would be ours. What you did was remarkable and I
thank you for it,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni also saw the NSG training drill and played some cricket
with the commandos, who took pictures of the star and shared
some light-hearted moments with him.
One of them had Dhoni stumped by asking him about his marriage
“Shaadi ek aisa ladoo hai ki jo khai woh pachtaye, jo na khaye
who bhi pachtaye. Main kha ke pachtana chaoonga, dekhte hain
(Marriage is such a ladoo, those who eat regret and those who
don’t also regret. I plan to eat and then regret)... may be a
year later, don’t want to wait too long otherwise I will be an
old man,” he laughed. – [PTI]