Inter-school under 19 cricket

Royal wins despite Jaleel’s haul of nine

By Samiddha Rathnayake
Royal warmed up for next week’s ‘Big Match’ against S Thomas’ with a 64-run win at Reid Avenue yesterday despite a fine bowling performance by Trinity off-spinner Rukshan Jaleel who captured nine wickets for 90 in the second innings. It was Royal’s ninth win of the season in 16 matches.

Jaleel’s magnificent bowling was overshadowed by Royal’s victory as the Trinity batting collapsed disappointingly in the second innings for 117 after being set a target of 181 to win off 54 overs. Left-arm fast bowler Yasitha Abeykoon (5/15) and left-arm spinner Manisha Tantrigoda (3/15) took the major honours. Royal were dismissed for 157 in their second innings after resuming from their overnight score of 24-1.

Royal 153 and 24-1 contd 157 (52.1) (Chalaka Bogoda 34, Lakshitha de Silva 22, Ramitha Rabukwella 28, Rukshan Jaleel 9/90).

Trinity 129 and 117 (34.5) (Sameera Wijesuriya 34, Manisha Tantrigoda 3/51, Yasitha Abeykoon 5/15).

Tense finish at Ananda Mawatha

Good bowling and fielding by both Ananda and St. Joseph’s resulted in their match ending in an exciting draw at Ananda Mawatha yesterday. The Josephians were bowled out for 145 in their first innings early yesterday with a deficit of 24 runs. Treshan Rajasuriya’s canny medium-paced deliveries brought him excellent figures of 7/21 which restricted Ananda to a total of 119 in their second innings leaving the visitors an achievable target of 144 in 38 overs. However St Joseph’s was stalled by some inspired fielding by the Anandians which held them to a total of 128 for 7, just 16 runs short of victory. Both teams will be playing their ‘Big Matches’ next week.

Ananda 169 and 119 (44.1) (Sameera Wijesuriya 26, Matheesha Rasuvan 26, Treshan Rajasuriya 7/21).
St Joseph’s 136-8 contd 145 (53.1) (Chathuranga Kumara 24, Hareen Silva 20, Shalindra Perera 42, Ruvindu Shamen 4/43, Ruchira Herath 3/29, Sachithra Perera 2/15) and 128-7 (38) (Shameera Weerasinghe 44, Harin Silva 32, Matheesha Rasuvan 4/35).

Wesley resists

Wesley held on stubbornly to force a draw against St. Sebastian’s in their inter-school cricket encounter played at Campbell Park yesterday. The home team did well to reach 172 after tottering at 57-4 in their first innings. Sebastian’s declared their second innings at 114-2 leaving Wesleyites a tough target of 211 in 31 overs. They were 117-6 at the close.

St. Sebastian’s 264-9 decl and 114-2 decl (30) (Deshan Dias 45, Prageeth Perera 46 n.o.).
Wesley 57-4 contd 172 (58.1) (Ashen Fonseka 34, Shamika Jeewantha 52, Anuk de Alwis 4/31, Charith Fernando 2/40, Amila Aponso 2/42) and 117-6 (31) (Dulanjana Wijesinghe 49, Amila Aponso 3/62, Anoj Gayashan 3/30).

Dull draw at Mt. Lavinia
S. Thomas’, Mt Lavinia and Prince of Wales settled for a tame draw in their inter-school match played at Mt Lavinia yesterday.
S. Thomas’ 177 and 106-6 (40) (H Fernando 41, F Saleem 25, D Chandima 4/25, T Dilshan 2/19).
Prince of Wales 35-3 contd 202 (71.2) (S Dammalage 21, Dilan Chandima 98, Sithum Fernando 22, Dinesh Walpita 4/52, C Fonseka 2/64, F Saleem 2/19).


 Inter-club rugby 7s 

Champs Kandy SC progress to second round

CR & FC players (on right) Ishan Noor, Srinath Sooriyabandara and Dushanth Lewke vie for the ball against Peterson players during their first round match at Longdon Place yesterday. CR beat Petersons by 45-nil
(Pic by Pushpakumara Matugama)

Top contenders and defending champions Kandy Sports Club who remain unbeaten so far will take on Galle RFU in the opening second round game today in the final day of the Inter-Club 7s tournament begins at 9.00am at Longdon Place. This year 24 teams participated in the Inter-Club 7s and all top teams progressed to the second round and are listed to meet 8 other teams who recorded a win each. The 8 teams who lost all their group matches were shown the gate yesterday.

Kandy progressed to the second round after beating the hapless Eheliyagoda RFC by 42-nil and Kurunegala RFU by a massive margin of 71-nil. CH & FC ‘A’ will lock horns with Kurunegala RFU followed by the formidable Navy side against CH & FC ‘B’. Air Force ‘A’ will confront Seethawaka RFC, which comprises schoolboy players at 10.00am. Seethawaka recorded a thrilling 21-19 win over Old Nalandians yesterday.

Army will take on Old Wesleyites at 10.20am while Police SC is set to lock horns with Panadura SC at 10.40am. Havelocks and Petersons will meet at 11.00am followed by the final match of the second round between CR & FC and Old Zahirians. The eight winning teams will advance to the next round. The Bowl final is scheduled at 4.00pm and the Plate final will follow at 4.30pm. The Cup final of the Inter-Club 7s will be worked off between the two unbeaten teams of the tournament. - (MNA)


SLC Inter-Provincial tournament

Dambulla game nicely poised

Ruhuna are 179 runs behind while Wayamba are six wickets away from victory in their SLC Inter-Provincial tournament match that is evenly poised after the end of third day at Ranigiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. Resuming at 37-1 yesterday, Wayamba went on to total 236 after their overnight batsman Damitha Hunukumbura scored a patience knock of 117 but Ruhuna paceman Tharanga Lakshitha emerged as the hero of the day when he captured seven wickets for 59. Ruhuna left with the task of achieving 297 runs for victory were 118-4 at close of play. Ruhuna replied with 215 after Wayamba scored 275 on the first day. Play will resume today at 10.00am.

Wayamba 275 and 37-1 contd 236 (70.2) (Damitha Hunukumbura 117, Mahela Udawatte 24, Shalika Karunanayake 24, Lanka de Silva 23, Tharanga Lakshitha 7/59, Sachitra Senanayake 2/56)
Ruhuna 215 and 118-4 (34) at close (Upul Tharanga 27, Lasith Fernando 34 n.o., Indika de Saram 28, Chanaka Welagedara 2/49)

Basnahira South under pressure

Basnahira South were struggling at 124-6 in their second innings after bowling out Basnahira North for 296 in their SLC Inter-Provincial match played at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday. Basnahira North were cruising from their overnight score of 142-2 but Ruchira Perera (4/61), Malinga Bandara (3/98) and Janaka Gunaratne (2/43) made a collective effort to terminate their innings at 296 in reply to Basnahira South’s first innings score of 405. The trio caused a sudden middle order collapse which helped their side earn a first innings lead of 109. Basnahira North’s overnight batsman Ian Daniel who was 55, top scored with 82 while his partner Angelo Mathews (64) was dismissed in the first delivery of yesterday. Basnahira South has an overall lead of 233 runs going into the final day today.

Basnahira South 405 and 124-6 (37) at close (Chamara Silva 30, Milinda Siriwardene 27, Hasantha Fernando 21 n.o., Dinesh Daminda 2/31, Ranesh Perera 2/38)

Basnahira North 142-2 contd 296 (Ian Daniel 82, Angelo Mathews 64, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara 45, Thilina Kandamby 26, Kaushal Silva 23, Ruchira Perera 4/61, Malinga Bandara 3/98, Janaka Gunaratne 2/43) - (MNA)


AAA elections                                                 

Palitha, Prema re-elected uncontested

By Dhammika Ratnaweera
Major General Palitha Fernando and Prema Pinnawala were once again re-elected( uncontested) for the posts of president and secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association(AAA) at their Annual General Meeting held at the AAA headquarters on Friday .

Earlier there was a contest for the vice president posts as seven officials were to compete for the six vice president posts. However at the last minute one official Chandana Ekanayake withdrew and all six officials became uncontested. GLS Perera who did an excellent job as media spokesman of the AAA last year was elected as the new vice president this time replacing Sunil Jayaweera. All other five vice Presidents Brig Parry Liyanage, PHD Waidayatilleka, Colonel Sudath Madugalle, Anil Weerasinghe and TM Devendran were once again re-elected for the same posts.

Meanwhile for the first time Ekanayaka from Kandy was elected treasurer and Saman Kumara was elected official recorder for the 17th consecutive year. HU Upali and Yasarohana de Silva were re-elected assistant treasurer and assistant secretary.

President: Major General Palitha Fernando. Vice Presidents: Brig Parry Liyanage, PHD Waidyatilleka, Colonel Sudath Madugalle, Anil Weerasinghe, TM Devendran, GLS Perera. Secretary: Prema Pinnawala. Assist Secretary: Yasarohana de Silva. Treasurer: Chandana Ekanayake. Asst Treasurer: HU Upali. Recorder: Saman Kumara.


Ten Sports-Supersport signs multi-year partnership

NEW DELHI: Taj Television, owners of Ten Sports, has signed a multi-year digital content syndication deal with Africa-based sports broadcaster SuperSport.

According to the agreement, Taj TV will distribute its entire portfolio of international cricket rights for the sub-Sahara African territory, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe to SuperSport.
The multi-platform deal also allows SuperSport to provide coverage via a variety of digital platforms, from next generation mobile handsets to SuperSports’ broadband streaming portal.

Taj Television CEO Chris McDonald said: “SuperSport is the network of choice for sports in South and sub-Saharan Africa. Their excellent reach, creative ad packaging, and overall broadcast professionalism make them one of our key syndication partners globally.”

In 2009 Ten Sports will deliver nearly 200 days of live and exclusive cricket like matches between South Africa, India and Sri Lanka to SuperSport.

“We are excited to continue our long standing relationship with Ten Sports in order to provide our subscribers all over Africa the highest standard of International cricket coverage either in the comfort of their homes or on the move,” says SuperSports CEO Imtiaz Patel.


Australia in control after De Villiers century

JOHANNESBURG, (AFP) - Australia built a 297-run lead in their second innings when bad light stopped play on day three of the first Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
The tourists reached 51 for one before the players left the field in the final session, staying off for 45 minutes until the umpires drew stumps 31 overs early.

Debutant Phillip Hughes, the youngest Australian test debutant since Craig McDermott in 1984, avoided the ignominy of making two ducks as he was on 36 not out with Australia captain Ricky Ponting unbeaten on one.

Pace bowler Morne Morkel struck early to have Simon Katich caught behind for 10 in the 12th over of the innings, breaking a 38-run opening stand with Hughes.

Ponting joined the 20-year-old left-hander in an unbroken 13-run partnership for the second wicket but the rain came before the skipper could settle at the crease.

Earlier, AB de Villiers put up a fight for South Africa but ran out of partners, finishing unbeaten on 104 for his eighth Test century as the Proteas were dismissed for 220 runs in their first innings midway through the second session. De Villiers spent nearly five hours at the crease in his overnight contribution.

Dale Steyn made 17 in a 52-run ninth-wicket stand with de Villiers, who was put down by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on 64, either side of lunch but Steyn edged Andrew McDonald to Marcus North at first slip to end the partnership.
Last man in Makhaya Ntini stuck around for 10 minutes, long enough for de Villiers to reach his hundred, before he was removed by Mitchell Johnson to wrap up the innings.

Johnson - who made a stunning 96 not out in Australia’s first innings - returned superb figures of 4/25 to lead the attack while fellow speedster Peter Siddle took 3/76.
Scores: Australia 466 and 51-1 (16.3) at close (P Hughes 36 n.o.)
South Africa 85-3 contd 220 (66) (N McKenzie 36, AB de Villiers 104 n.o., M Johnson 4/25, P Siddle 3/76)


Navin, Randima champs at RCSC Open squash

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
Navin Samarasinghe, a level two coach of the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) and Randima Ranaweera, a student at Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya emerged champions in the Men’s and Women’s Open finals at the Royal College Sports Complex (RCSC) Open Squash championships held at the Royal College squash courts yesterday.

The tournament was organized and conducted by the Sri Lanka Squash Federation.
In the Men’s Open final Samarasinghe beat Gihan Suwaris 11/4, 11/5 and 11/9 and in the Women’s Open final Randima Ranaweera beat Damindi Udangawa 7/11, 11/6, 11/5. Damindi conceded a walkover in the third set as she was indisposed.

Results of other finals:
(Boy’s under 19): Gihan Suwaris beat Dilshan Senaratne 11/9, 11/8, 13/11; (Girl’s under 19): Nadindi Udangawa beat Shariya Guruge 11/4, 11/7, 11/4; (Boys under 17): Binura Jayasuriya beat Yasun Weerasuriya 8/11, 11/6, 11/1, 8/11, 11/8; (Girls under 17): Nadindi Udangawa beat Shariya Guruge 8/11, 11/8, 11/3, 11/3; (Boys under 15): Ravindu Laksiri beat Udantha Hewage 11/2, 11/2, 11/4; (Girls under 15): Kavini Amarasekera beat Nimasha Rupasinghe 11/9, 11/5, 9/11, 11/7; (Boys’ under 15 novices): Balagolla beat Lochana de Alwis 11/9, 8/11, 13/11, 11/1; (Girls under 15 novices): Gihara Jayawardene beat Natheesha Mudalige 11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 11/7; (Boys under 13): Ravindu Laksiri beat NS Jayasekera 11/1, 11/2, 11/3; (Girls under 13): Methsarani beat Dinithi Nanayakkara 11/7, 11/4, 11/2; (Boys under 11): Udantha Viduranga beat Hareen Weerasuriya 11/1, 11/6, 11/7; (Girls under 11): Sanduni Gunawardene beat Mithuni Jayawardene; (Boys under 9): Druvinka beat Osadu 11/7, 11/7, 11/6; (Men’s Novices): Srinath Dodanwale beat Shehan Ranatunga 11/6, 10/12, 11/7, 11/9; (Girls under 19): Shehani Dondeenu beat Natheesha Mudalige 11/5, 11/9, 11/6; (Men’s under 19): Ishara Abeysekera beat Darshith Gamage 11/2, 11/0, 11/1; (Men’s Over 35): Lal Wickramasinghe beat CH Tholagala 11/7, 11/9, 11/4; (Men’s Over 45): M. Ramzi beat Pathmakumara 11/2, 11/4, 11/2; (Men’s Over 50): M. Ramzi beat M.Azmi 11/9, 10/12, 9/11, 11/9, 13/11.


Rotary golf tournament next month

The Rotary Club of Kandy headed by Gowri Rajan, promotes golf and they have also promised football a hand.
The Rotary Club of Kandy will be having their Open Charity Golf tournament for all golfers with a valid club handicap.

The tournament will be played off at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort on March 21and 22 the format being a 36-hole Stableford competition. Attractive prizes will be awarded to both men and lady golfers.

Golf players are invited to participate in this prestigious tournament and enjoy fellowship with a dinner dance on Saturday March 22. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation.
Entries close on March 13. More details and entry form can be had from the tournament co-ordinator Carl on 0773163326. (Mariks)


Over 40 Battle of the Blues today

The traditional cricket match between Old Royalists and Old Thomians for the Chulaka de Zoysa memorial trophy will be played at the SSC grounds today.
In its fifteenth year, the matches will be played in Twenty20 format. Associated Motorways Plc. sponsor the match.