loses warm-up match to Pakistan
Akmal hit 82 off 78 balls and Naved-ul-Hasan took 5
for 41 as Pakistan eased to a 108-run victory
against Sri Lanka in a one-day practice match played
at Benoni in preparation for next week’s ICC
Pakistan was initially in trouble, slipping to 64
for 3, after the experienced pair of Younis Khan and
Mohammad Yousuf failed to get going. Opener Kamran
revived Pakistan by continuing to score at a brisk
pace, and they went on to a massive score after
Misbah-ul-Haq and highly rated youngster Umar Akmal
Mahela Jayawardene had called on the top order to
fire last week, but it flopped in the face of a
daunting target of 307. The biggest contribution
from the top five was Captain Kumar Sangakkara’s 21,
which meant Sri Lanka was struggling at 83 for 5 by
the 23rd over.
Chamara Kapugedera and Angelo Mathews resisted
with a 102-run stand but could only bring some
respectability to the margin of defeat as they
couldn’t keep up with the spiralling asking-rate.
Sri Lanka plays their second warm-up match today
against the West Indies at the LC de Villiers Oval,
Pretoria before taking on hosts South Africa in the
Champions trophy opener under lights at the
Centurion on Tuesday.
|All Blacks thrash Australia in
New Zealand thrashed
Australia in Wellington on Saturday to finish second
in the 2009 Tri-Nations table behind runaway
champions South Africa.
A converted Cory Jane try and three Dan Carter
penalties, to a Matt Giteau penalty and Berrick
Barnes drop-goal, gave the hosts a 16-6 half-time
Carter added a fourth penalty before Ma’a Nonu
thundered over from the 22.
Joe Rokocoko dived over in the corner late on as the
All Blacks made it six wins in a row over the
The two teams meet again in Tokyo on 31 October, the
week before the All Blacks face Wales in Cardiff and
England host Australia at Twickenham.
The convincing nature of the victory will have
come as a big relief to under-pressure New Zealand
coach Graham Henry. The All Blacks dominated
Australia in the line-out and with their pack
monopolising possession, the backs had too much pace
and power for the visitors.
New Zealand showed their attacking intent from
the kick-off as they opted to keep the ball in hand
but it was the Wallabies who scored first, Giteau
slotting a penalty after Brad Thorn was ruled
However, the Wallabies fly-half was off-target with
his second attempt three minutes later and never got
another chance to kick at goal.
Three Carter penalties edged the All Blacks 9-3
ahead and although Barnes reduced the gap to three
with a drop-goal after Isaia Toeava was yellow
carded for a high tackle on James O’Connor, that was
as good as it got for the struggling visitors.
The All Blacks shrugged off the absence of Toeava
to score their first in the 31st minute try.
A well-judged kick by Mils Muliaina was claimed by
Jane off O’Connor’s shoulder and the winger stepped
another tackle before diving over the line.
Carter landed the conversion and added a fourth
penalty soon after the break to make it 19-6.
The hosts hammered away at the Wallabies, who were
barely able to mount a worthwhile attack in the
second half, and the visitors’ defence finally
cracked with five minutes to go.
When the ball was fed into midfield the Wallabies
looked well set but Nonu burst between tacklers to
break the initial line of defence before his power
took him through three more defenders to score a
typically powerful try.
Carter converted and he was on target from the
touchline after the All Blacks finished with a
flourish, Rokocoko scoring with a trademark dive
after New Zealand had spun the ball down the line. –
|Under-23 Division 1 cricket
Rain curtails play in semis
A full day’s play was possible after rain
completely washed off the first day’s play of both
the under 23 division one semi-finals that were due
to commence on Friday. Today will be the final day
of the match.
Eranga Gangoda (84) and Shasrika Pussagolla (44)
chipped in with useful scores as NCC managed to pose
a formidable 293 for their first innings at the end
of the second day of the first semi-final at CCC
grounds yesterday. BRC were 15-0 at the close.
SSC top order batted around Krishal Magage (75
n.o.) to guide their team to 282-9 in the other
semi-final against Ragama CC played at Colts ground
- At CCC grounds: NCC 293 (90) (Eranga Gangoda
84, Shasrika Pussagolla 44, Dinesh Chandimal 24,
Daminda Dahanayake 24, Roshan Laksiri 28, Roshan
Wijenayake 23, Lahiru Gamage 23 n.o., Malan
Madushanka 4/100, Rasitha Chamara 3/64).
BRC 15-0 (8) at close.
- At Colts grounds: SSC 282-9 (96.3) at close
(Dimuth Karunaratne 21, Hans Fernando 48,
Shalika Karunaratne 37, Krishal Magage 75 n.o.,
Sanjaya Fernando 28, Madusanka Ekanayake 2/35,
Hasitha de Silva 2/43 ) vs Ragama CC. - (SR)
Inter-school U-19 cricket
Suresh routs Sri Rahula
Trinity right-arm off-spinner Suresh Wickrama
demolished the depleted Sri Rahula Katugastota team
with a match bag of 8/26 to give Trinity a 92-run
win in their cricket fixture played at Asgiriya
yesterday. It is also the first outright win for the
Trinitians in the season.
Trinity 223-9 dec.
Sri Rahula 103 (49.3) (A Thilakaratne 30, Suresh
Wickrama 5/15, Rushan Jaleel 2/19) and 28 (30.2)
(Suresh Wickrama 3/11, Chinthaka Gokula 3/0, Tissa
High scoring draw
First innings centurion Hiran Wickramasekara
(114) continued his fine form to make 50 not out as,
St. Anthony’s Kandy excelled in their high scoring
drawn encounter against Mahanama played at
Katunayake yesterday. Mahanama declared at 271-5,
after resuming on their overnight score of 23-1.
Diluka Tissakuttige was the main contributor for
Mahanama but was unfortunate to fall at 94. In their
second essay Kandy lads made 88-1 at close.
St.Antony’s 266-4 and 88-1 (20) (Hiran
Wickramasekara 50 n.o., Manoj Sarathchandra 28 n.o.)
Mahanama 23-1 contd. 271-5 (88) (H Perera 36, Diluka
Tissakuttige 94, D Gunathilake 42, C Jayasinghe 59,
Indunil Kumara 20, Adeel Riyal 2/77). – [SR]
|WP Under-14 Division I & II rugby
St. Peter’s, Isipathana dominate
St. Peter’s juniors clinched the Cup championship
of the Division I Western Province Under-14
inter-school rugby tournament beating Royal by 14
points to nil in a low scoring one-sided affair at
the Royal College Sports Complex yesterday. The
scores remained unchanged as both teams failed to
score in the second half from where the Peterites
went for the breather after an early 14-nil lead.
Isipathana beat St. Joseph’s by 7-nil in a keenly
contested Plate final while DS Senanayake won the
Bowl championship beating Mahanama by 19-7. St.
Thomas’ Prep went on to win the Shield championship
in a totally one-sided game as they nailed Prince of
Wales’ 33-nil. Carey beat Lumbini 19-nil to win the
In the Division II tournament Dudley Senanayake MV,
Colombo had to work hard to earn the Cup
championship before they defeated St. Sebastian’s,
Kandana 21-19 in a thrilling encounter earlier at
the same venue. Isipathana ‘B’ won the Plate
championship while Asoka Vidyalaya pinned
Piliyandala Central by 26-7 to win the Bowl title.
Results (Division I): Cup final - St. Peter’s
beat Royal 14-nil; Plate final - Isipathana beat St.
Joseph’s 7-nil; Bowl final - DS Senanayake beat
Mahanama 19-7; Shield final - St. Thomas’ Prep beat
Prince of Wales’ 33-nil; Saucer final - Carey beat
(Division II): Cup final - Dudley Senanayake MV
beat St. Sebastian’s, Kandana 21-19; Plate final -
Isipathana ‘B’ beat St. Peter’s ‘B’ 14-7; Bowl final
- Asoka MV beat Piliyandala Central 26-7; Shield
final - St. Peter’s ‘C’ beat St. Joseph’s ‘B’ 12-7.
|Gayan holds Grandmaster to a
International Chess Championship
Sri Lanka’s Gayan Pieris came up with the best
individual result of the tournament so far, holding
Tigran Kotanjiyan of Armenia to a draw.
With one more round to go in the 10-round
tournament, grandmasters Vladimir Georgiev of
Macedonia (who drew with Iranian GM, Elshan
Moradiabadi) and Georgia’s Mikheil Mchedlishvili
(who beat GM Vadim Malakhatko of Belgium) share the
lead with 7.0 points. Four grandmasters are close
behind them with 6.5 points each: Alexander Shabalov
(USA), Moradiabadi, Anton Filippov (Uzbekistan) and
Merab Gagunashvili (Georgia).
The tournament organised by the Blue and Gold Chess
Club, with the support of the Chess Federation of
Sri Lanka and TIGO as the principal sponsor, is
being conducted over 10 rounds and has attracted
players from 15 countries. The tournament is being
held at the Ceylon Continental Hotel and will
conclude on Saturday, September 19, 2009.
Other key results: Gagunashvili drew with
Filippov, Anuar Ismagambetov lost to Shabalov,
Homayoohn Toufighi lost to Petr Kostenko, T.D.R.
Pieris lost to Krasimir Rusev, Das Sayantan lost to
Niaz Murshed, Gava Siddayya lost to Roy Saptarshi,
Anna Zozulia beat CKD Fonseka, Soumya Swaminathan
beat Akshat Khamparia, Prasanna Kurukulasuriya drew
with Dinesh Sharma (IM).
The last round will commence at 9.30 am on Saturday,
September 19 and the closing ceremony will begin at
4.30 pm at the Ceylon Continental Hotel.
|Sri Lanka loses all first
23rd Asia Women’s
CHENNAI - American Chantelle Anderson’s second
quarter splurge put Lebanon in firm control and the
West Asian hopefuls cruised along thereafter to beat
Sri Lanka 96-54 in Level II on Saturday in the 23rd
FIBA Asia Women’s Basketball Championships here.
Lebanon, who lost to Malaysia on Friday, is now
2-1. Sri Lanka has lost all their three games and
facing the prospect of being the wooden spoonist yet
again. Sri Lanka did manage to breathe down on their
much better-equipped rivals for a major part of the
first quarter, when the scores were locked 20-20.
But Anderson who was rather subdued till then,
converting her only field attempt for the entire
first quarter, began to take charge of the Lebanese
attack. The former WNBA player, naturalized recently
by Lebanon, played the entire second quarter and
utilised her time on the court to score 13 points,
in a 4/5 field record for the quarter as Lebanon
outscored Sri Lanka 29-11.
Anderson played for only 34 seconds during the
rest of the game, but added seven more points for a
game-high 22 points. Premila Beruwalage was the
highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 16 points, but
eight of them in first quarter. Earlier in their
first games Sri Lanka lost to Kazakhstan 94-40 on
Thursday followed by another defeat at the hand of
Uzbekistan who seized control early and cruised
along to an 89-48 win on Friday. Tomorrow (September
21) Sri Lanka plays Malaysia. - [FIBA Asia]
|Army suffers another shock
Defending champs Army received
the second shock of the season as they were beaten
1-0 by Police in their Dialog Champions League
fixture played at Police Park yesterday. After a
scoreless first half, Policeman Radika Pushpakumara
scored the only goal of the match. Earlier in the
opening fixture of the tournament, Army was
unfortunate to face the wrath of the up and coming
Don Bosco team losing 2-1.
Saunders is facing an uphill task of qualifying
for the semi-final stage following their third
successive defeat. They lost 2-1 to last year’s
semi-finalist Air Force after both teams scored a
goal each at the short whistle. The fixture was
played at the City League Football Complex
yesterday. Saunders will now have to win all their
matches if they are to qualify for the next stage. –
Bandara, Dilhani win
3rd stage Open events
By M Naushad
Sri Lanka’s top-ranked long distance runner Ajith
Bandara and Manjula Dilhani won the open events
while Gayan Madhusanka and Surekha Sewwandi took
honours in the schools events respectively at the
third stage of Nestomalt Mini Marathon held in
Kurunegala yesterday. Ajith Bandara from Rangama,
Wellawa clocked 50 minutes and 35.8 seconds to win
the men’s open event while edging over KGR Saman
Kumara from Sorabora, Mahiyanganaya who finished
closely behind the winner at a timing of 50 minutes
36.1 seconds. DMP Bandara from Wattegama finished
third at 52 minutes 54.1 seconds.
The women’s open event winner Manjula Dilhani
from Puttampowa recorded a timing of 1 hour 5.20
minutes to finish her run followed by KG Samanthi
Chandrani (1 hour 8.10secs) from Monaragala and MPI
Dilrukshi (1 hour 13.10secs) from Chilaw who
finished second and third respectively.
Gayan Madhusanka representing JR Jayawardene
Central, Dummalasuriya had tough competition from
fellow runners before he finished the 10 kilometres
run for boys in the schools category at 34 minutes
38.8 seconds. HA Mohan Sanjaya of Awulegama Central
finished second with a timing of 35.28.7 followed by
WM Dinesh Priyantha of Hulugalla Central who
finished at 35.50.2 as the third. The winner of the
girls’ event of the schools category, Sewwandi from
Bingiriya Central clocked 41 minutes 15.10 seconds
to finish the race followed by HM Kalani Yashoda of
Mahasen Central, Nikaweratiya who timed 42.08.10 as
second and RMP Dilhani Kumari of Minuwangate Central
who finished third with a timing of 42.25.10. The
fourth stage of the Nestomalt Mini Marathon will be
held in Galle next Saturday (September 26).
|Police seize Maradona’s
earrings to pay tax bills
Italian police have seized earrings from
Argentina’s football coach Diego Maradona in an
effort to recover unpaid taxes from his playing days
Maradona handed over the earrings, worth some 4,000
euros (£3,600), at a health clinic in northern
Italian news agency Ansa said Maradona faced a bill
of 37m euros from his time at Napoli, where he
played a starring role between 1984 and 1991.
His trip to the health clinic follows a string of
defeats for Argentina.
The results, for which Maradona has taken much of
the blame, have left the team in danger of not
qualifying for the World Cup for the first time