|Petes retains Fr. Basil
M Naushad Amit
St. Peter’s retained the Rev. Fr. Basil Wiratunga
Trophy for the twelfth consecutive year when they
handed St. Joseph’s a crushing 55-0 defeat in their
52nd annual encounter at Bambalapitiya yesterday.
St. Peter’s skipper and No.8 Keith Gurusinghe who
played in his final encounter as a schoolboy made a
perfect farewell by leading his team from the front
in the annual encounter after the success of
emerging as the schools rugby league champions this
Flanker Shenal Dias scored a hat-trick of tries,
all of them in the second half of the game with
centre Danushka Ranjan scoring two for St. Peter’s.
Of the total number of eight tries scored by St.
Peter’s winger Lakith Perera, fullback Kevin
Wimaladasa and fly half Bhanuka Nanayakkara scored a
try each. Scrum half Rizwan Meedin converted six of
the tries and a penalty as the victors led 20-0 at
The Peterites backed by vicious moves of skipper
Gurusinghe, Dias and Meedin totally mesmerised the
Josephians who conceded too many mistakes against a
team with much experience. St. Peter’s though did
not play a serious game were given a few anxious
moments by the Josephians who failed to penetrate
the defence line of the hosts.
However St. Peter’s drew first blood with an easy
penalty in the fourth minute which was put over by
Meedin. Lakith Perera then scored the first try for
the home team in the ninth minute which went
unconverted followed by a peach of try by Wimaladasa
which was put over by Meedin in the 28th minute.
Five minutes later Ranjan breached the Josephian
defence to score a try from the right flank as it
With the kick off after the resumption Dias made
a rampaging move to have the Josephians as mere
spectators to score his first try. In the 55th
minute Nanayakkara gave St. Peter’s another try
which was followed by a Dias special in the 58th
minute. Dias touched down for the third time in the
64th minute to have St. Peter’s near the half
century mark at 48-0. In the 77th minute Ranjan
scored his second try to take St. Peter’s past the
landmark as the game ended at 55-0. Meedin put
across all five tries in the second half. Nizam
service of its CEO
Lanka Cricket has terminated the services of its
Chief Executive Officer Duleep Mendis with effect
from the end of August.
Mendis has been serving in the capacity of CEO since
2004 and is widely experienced in virtually all
fields of cricket having been player, captain,
coach, and manager of the national team and also
served in other administrative capacities as
chairman of selectors. He is the most experienced
cricket administrator in world cricket today.
Since the current interim administration was
appointed under DS de Silva, Mendis’s powers as CEO
were gradually reduced with the appointment of a
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said
that they decided to retire Mendis based on a report
submitted by SLIDA, a government administration
assessment department which has stated that any
permanent employee reaching the age of 55 should be
sent on retirement and could be re-employed on a
contractual basis if his services are further
Ranatunga stated that the rule applied to everyone
at SLC and along with Mendis another four or five
were also served termination notices.
On Thursday, SLC terminated the services of their
marketing manager Charith Senanayake who was
employed on a contract basis.
“We were found that his work was not to our
satisfaction so we didn’t extend his contract,” said
Ranatunga. “We will be advertising for a qualified
marketing manager shortly.”
|Asian Rugby Football Union grants permission
Lanka to host first-ever
international junior Sevens
By Naushad Amit
The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) has granted
permission for Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union
(SLRFU) to host a first-ever International Junior 7s
Championship, Lasitha Gunaratne revealed to The
Nation yesterday. According to Gunaratne, the vice
president of SLRFU the governing body for rugby in
Sri Lanka, the request to host the world’s inaugural
international Under-20 rugby 7s was made to the two
visiting officials of International Rugby Board
(IRB) in Colombo last week.
“The two IRB officials who were on an inspection
visit to Sri Lanka welcomed our request. They are
highly interested in this as it will be the very
first time in the world that a junior international
7s championship will be hosted by any country. SLRFU
has got the permission from ARFU and it will be
worked off as an IRB sanctioned event,” Gunaratne
According to Gunaratne who initiated the request on
behalf of SLRFU the inaugural international junior
7s championship is most likely to be played
alongside the Carlton SriLankan 7s which is due to
be held in November this year.
“The junior championship will possibly replace
the local inter-school 7s tournament and, as it will
be the first year, we (SLRFU) will conduct the
tournament as a trial event. Initially we expect to
go ahead with eight member countries of the ARFU
including Sri Lanka and the number of teams may go
up to 12 depending on the interest of other
countries. Our aim is to convert this to a World
Junior 7s Championship which we are planning to host
in March 2011,” he added.
|Pakistan reel in pursuit of
(AFP) – Pakistan were 11 runs for three wickets
after been set a target of 435 run to win the third
Test against England at
Trent Bridge here on Saturday.
They got off to bad start losing skipper Salman Butt
for eight and Azhar Ali for nought both to Stuart
Broad. First innings hero James Anderson then
snapped up the wicket of Umar Amin for one trapping
him lbw as Pakistan slid to 11-3.
England was boosted by a century from wicket-keeper
Matt Prior who scored an unbeaten 102 off 136 balls
to take them to 262-9 declared in the second
Umar Gul starred with both bat and ball but England
still built a lead of nearly 300 runs against
Pakistan at tea on the third day.
Gul, who ensured Pakistan avoided the follow-on with
a Test-best 65 not out, took three wickets for seven
runs in 21 balls on his way to impressive tea
figures of three for 20 in 10 overs.
However, England in their second innings were 120
for six, a lead of 292. Matt Prior was 13 not out
and Graeme Swann 14 not out.
Given how Pakistan had been dismissed for 182 in
their first innings on Saturday, it appeared England
already had enough runs on the board.
Gul’s spirited innings, which saw him score 30 runs
off Steven Finn’s only two overs on Saturday,
ensured England would have to bat again.
England 354 and 262-9 decl (75.3) (J Trott 26, K
Pietersen 22, M Prior 102 n.o., G Swann 28, S Broad
24, Umar Gul 3/41)
Pakistan 147-9 contd 182 (54) (Umar Gul 65 n.o., J
Anderson 5/54, S Finn 3/50) and 11-3.
about my age now: Tendulkar
epic double hundred in humid conditions should
silence those trying to link performance with age,
Sachin Tendulkar said after the conclusion of the
second Test on Friday.
Now 37, Tendulkar, who batted for a bit more than
eight hours in sapping humidity, said: “I think as
long as you are mentally strong and prepared to go
through the grind, age does not really matter. I
think everyone should just stop talking about the
age factor. If I can score a double hundred at 37, I
don’t think age really matters.”
Tendulkar, who has the unique record of never having
asked for a runner in Tests, ran 72 singles and 13
twos besides hitting 23 fours and a six.
Meanwhile, skipper Dhoni said he had a stiff
groin but was doing okay. Dhoni also said Gautam
Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh too had recovered, one from
a knee injury and the other from flu.
He refused to discuss the probability of Yuvraj
having to sit out for debutant centurion Suresh
Raina for the third and final Test, saying, “You
will come to know on Tuesday. But Raina has been a
real positive cricketer. He capitalized on his
strengths. When you are that aggressive, your
mindset is good, the only thing that’s on your mind
is to make runs.”
As for Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga, who sat out at
the SSC, is also expected to be fit.
Dhoni defended his seamers, commending them for
keeping their spirits up in such tough conditions.
“I’m happy with the effort they put in. It’s
difficult for seamers to either contain or get
wickets on this track. With experience they will
learn that there are alternative ways to get
India have been struggling in this series with
strike bowler Harbhajan Singh not fully fit and also
out of form and pacers Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth
pulling out injured, but unlike coach Gary Kirsten,
who had expressed reservations during the Galle Test
about India handing out so many caps to
inexperienced pacers, Dhoni said India needed a bank
of about eight quality seamers.
“We need a larger bench strength,” he said. “If
we have a bigger bench strength, which means if we
can have a spectrum of around eight fast bowlers to
pick from, it will be really great because we are
not a side which plays three Tests a year. We play a
lot of Tests, ODIs and with the IPL also coming in,
we need fast bowlers who are fit, which means eight
to 10 fast bowlers you can rotate around and still
play with your best bowling attack.” - [TNN]
|C’wealth Games building
certificates faked: report
(AFP) - The New Delhi Commonwealth Games was rocked
by a scandal Saturday with a report alleging that
all construction quality certificates inspected so
far have turned out to be fake or “suspect.”
With barely two months left to go before the opening
of the Commonwealth Games in October, a flood of
allegations of rampant corruption are emerging
involving the 12-day sporting extravaganza. “Fake
certificates were routinely issued to pass
substandard work and material,” an unnamed official
of the Central Vigilance Commission official, a
government watchdog body, was quoted as saying by
the Times of India.
|Tri-series in Dambulla
India rests Tendulkar, recalls Yuvraj
NEW DELHI, (AFP) - India’s cricket selectors on
Saturday rested batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar
and recalled Yuvraj Singh for next month’s
triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka.
New Zealand are the third team in the tournament,
starting in Dambulla on August 10. Each side will
play four league matches before the top two make it
to the final on August 28.
Yuvraj, with 7,345 runs in 250 one-day
internationals, was dropped from India’s squad for
the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka last month. He played his
last match in a tri-series in Dhaka early this year.
India also rested off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and
opening batsman Gautam Gambhir.
“Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan
Singh have been rested,” Indian cricket board
secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement.
Tendulkar has not played for India since becoming
the first batsman to hit a double-century in one-day
internationals, against South Africa at Gwalior in
He is the world’s leading run-getter in both Tests
(13,742) and one-day internationals (17,598).
India, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, will clash with New Zealand in the opening
India squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender
Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma,
Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik,
Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma,
Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha,
Aug 10: India v New Zealand
Aug 13: Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Aug 16: Sri Lanka v India
Aug 19: Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Aug 22: Sri Lanka v India
Aug 25: India v New Zealand
Aug 28: Final