NCC takes vital first innings lead

By M Naushad Amit
NCC are well placed to book a berth in the final of the Under-23 Inter-Club cricket tournament with a comfortable lead of 300 runs against Colts at stumps on the second day in a semi-final encounter played at Maitland Crescent yesterday. However NCC who dominated the first day’s proceedings with an overnight total of 434-6 lost the rest of their wickets after just adding 42 runs. Overnight batsman Chathura Peiris failed to add to his overnight score of 193 and was out the very first delivery. Right-arm fast bowler Ishan Jayaratne claimed his best bowling figures with 5/124. In reply Colts injury hampered top-order batsman Roshen Silva struck a fighting 117 but his team fell apart for 254. When stumps were drawn NCC were 78-2 in their second innings with opener Rishan Kavinga scoring a rapid 61.

The other semi-final between Chilaw Marians and Tamil Union is evenly poised at Havelock Park with both teams looking eagerly to advance to the final which is scheduled for the following weekend. After dominating the opening day with 304-4 Chilaw Marians were tamed by the Tamil Union bowlers and dismissed for 402 in the first innings. Medium-pacie Lahiru Gamage (3/95) and leg-spin duo Udara Peiris (4/111) and Naveen Kavikara (2/87) foiled Chilaw Marians from going on a run feast. In reply Tamil Union got off to a flying start and was strongly placed at 115-1 at stumps. Both semi-finals will continue today.

  • At Maitland Crescent: NCC 434-6 contd 476 (102) (Chathura Peiris 193, Imesh Udayanga 21n.o., Ishan Jayaratne 5/124, Chathuranga Kumara 3/78) and 78-2 (15) at close (Rishan Kavinga 61, Dilanka Auwardt 2/19)
    Colts 254 (57.4) (Roshen Silva 117, Akshu Fernando 39, Kusal Janith Perera 28, Ishan Jayaratne 21, Roshan Laksiri 4/47, Chathura Peiris 3/66, Roshan Wijenayake 2/34)
  • At Havelock Park: Chilaw Marians 304-4 contd 402 (126.5) (Shihan Kamileen 82, Buddhi Samarawickrema 59, Sanath Silva 18, Udara Peiris 4/111, Lahiru Gamage 3/95, Naveen Kavikara 2/87)
    Tamil Union 115-1 (55) at close (Sajith Kelumpriya 49 n.o., Gayashan Weerasekara 42 n.o.)


Stiff competition at the Layton Cup Boxing Meet

The 68th ABA Layton Cup Boxing Meet will begin today (August 29) at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo. The meet is open to all the winners and runners-up of Novices, Intermediate, Stubbs Shield and winners of the Junior National Championship conducted by the Amateur Boxing Association of Sri Lanka (ABA). In addition, any boxer who is between the ages of 17 to 34 and has previously taken part in any major meets conducted by the ABA will be qualified to take part.

This year’s Layton Cup is expected to be a major clash between top contenders representing the Armed Forces, Slimline and MAS Southern. In addition Sri Lanka Police, Kalutara District Boxing Association, Unichela, Vidyarathana, Silverline, Kingswood, Polonnaruwa Boxing Association and Silueta BC also have entered their top boxers to battle it out at the meet.

The Layton Cup will also serve as the trials to select boxers for the upcoming boxing championship against India which will be held later on the week. All men’s bouts will consist of three rounds of three minutes each with one minute intervals in-between. The women’s bouts will consist of four rounds of two minutes each with one minute intervals between each bout. According to the international standards the ABA will provide the competitors with gloves and head guards. All winners, runners-up and semi-finalists will be presented with medals and certificates. The best boxer at the Layton Cup Meet will receive the Admiral Sir Jeffery Layton Cup while the best female boxer will be awarded with a special cup.

The Layton Cup boxing meet was inaugurated in 1942 during the British rule in Sri Lanka, where the top-ranking boxers, particularly from the three Armed Forces, fought for major honours with the Cup being awarded to the Most Scientific Boxer. Last year MKA Sanjeewa of Slimline and SDNS Karunaratne of the SL Army walked way with the honours in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. The meet which is conducted by ABA of Sri Lanka will end on September 1. [MNA]


47th Saints Quadrangular

SPC meets SACK in final today

St. Peter’s will take on St. Anthony’s at Bambalapitiya today in the main Saints Quadrangular 50-over final after recording comprehensive wins against arch rivals St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in the semi-finals respectively yesterday.
National prospect Sohan Boralessa made a good double with 28 runs and six wickets to help St. Peter’s record a massive 98-run win against St. Joseph’s at Bambalapitiya. In the other semi-final St. Anthony’s recorded a comfortable 4-wicket win against St. Benedict’s at Darley Road.

In the Veterans Over-40 cricket tournament St. Joseph’s thrashed St. Peter’s by 7 wickets while St. Anthony’s recorded an easy 5-wicket win against St. Benedict’s at Kotahena. In the first match St. Peter’s who elected to bat first scored 211 runs in 25 overs to which the Josephians replied with 212-3 in 22 overs. In the second match St. Benedict’s scored 208 in 25 overs and the Antonians reached the required target in 23 overs.

The 47th edition of the annual Saints Quadrangular Sports Festival kicked off yesterday at three venues in Colombo with old boys of St. Anthony’s, St. Benedict’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Peter’s playing against each other in a 50 overs per side and a veterans over-40 25 overs per side cricket tournaments. The Maldives High Commissioner to Colombo, Ali Didi Hussain will grace the occasion as the chief guest today. - [MNA]
Results of Main Quadrangular

  • At Bambalapitiya: St. Peter’s beat St. Joseph’s by 98 runs
    St. Peter’s 261 (48) (Lahiru Peiris 53, Prajeev Jansz 29, Ranga Dias 29, Shehan Wijetunga 24, Sohan Boralessa 28, Lakshan Rodrigo 38, Dilshan Perumal 2/24, Sanjeev Rasiah 2/51, Sameera Weerasinghe 2/53, Ranesh Perera 2/41)
    St. Joseph’s 163 (29.4) (Hashan Gunathileke 69, Ranesh Perera 23, Charinda Fernando 57, Sohan Boralessa 6/29)
  • At Darley Road: St. Anthony’s beat St. Benedict’s by 4 wickets
    St. Benedict’s 149 (36.3) (Amila Perera 16, SK Perera 15, Chanaka Wijewardena 42, Prasad Ranawaka 2/32, Nipuna Ratnayake 2/22, M Patrick 2/22)
    St. Anthony’s 150-6 (29.1) (Gimhana Dissanayake 56, Nipuna Ratnayake 38 n.o., Kasun Ekanayake 34 n.o., Ferrin Silva 2/29)


John Keells Mercantile ko champs

John Keells Group emerged champions of the Ram Ratnavale Memorial Mercantile Services Basketball Knockout ‘D’ Division Tournament 2010, defeating Standard Chartered Bank by 100 points to 95 in a closely fought final on Wednesday 18. The spectators present at the Otter Aquatic Club Court witnessed a thrilling game of high standard basketball.


Kalutara Vidyalaya Old Boys get-together today

The annual family get-together of old boys of Kalutara Vidyalaya will be held today (August 29) from 9.00am to 4.00pm at Wadduwa Holiday Resort which is managed by the Sri Lanka Army.
The event has been organised as a family event concept and the organising committee is planning to have a lot of fun events benefitting the entire family members - kids, ladies, men and couples. Valuable prizes will be distributed among the winners and the events and prizes are sponsored by leading companies in Sri Lanka. All the families will be given a special souvenir at the entrance.
The Old Boys Association of Kalutara Vidyalaya invites all the old boys to participate in this wonderful event with their spouses and kids to share the fun whilst refreshing sweet memories of their school days.


Reggie Ranatunga Memorial trophy T20 tournament finals on Tuesday

The finals of the Reggie Ranatunga Memorial trophy Twenty20 cricket tournament organised by Asian Cricket Academy will be held on Tuesday (August 31) at the Mutwal grounds.
The tournament which began on August 19 is being held in three age groups – under 13, 15 and 19.
The participating teams are: (Under 13) – Asian Cricket Academy ‘A’, Asian CA ‘B’, Global CA, NSC CA, Joes CA ‘A’, Joes CA ‘B’; (Under 15) – Asian CA ‘A’, Asian CA ‘B’, Global CA and Joes CA; (Under 19) – Bora CA, Joes CA, Asian CA ‘A’ and Asian CA ‘B’.

The following are the results of matches played so far:
(Under 13) Match 1: Global 88 (17) (S Kalpa 32, S Vimukhti 2/19) lost to Joes CA 89-4 (15) (R Dileesha 20, D Hasith 18, S Nipun 15)

Match 2: Asian CA 113-8 (20) (M Anfaz 44 n.o., S Manuja 15, C Rakitha 2/15, B Asintha 2/25) lost to Joes CA 115-7 (18.3) (D. Manidu 28, C Rakitha 24, V Pathum 20, S. Manuja 2/16)
Match 3: NSC 98-8 (20) (S Bimantha 32, D Akesh 20, R Moditha 2/10, R Induwara 2/12, J Gevindu 2/13) lost to Asian CA 100-2 (10.5) (T Praneesha 50, V Madura 27 n.o.)

Match 4: Asian CA 108-9 (20) (W Sahan 59 n.o., R Moditha 17, S Vimukthi 3/15, R Dileesha 3/12) Joes CA 31 (R Induwara 3/4, S Basitha 2/1)

Match 5: NSC 178-9 (20) (S Bimantha 86, S Manuja 4/29) v Asian ‘B’ 49-5.
Match 6: Joes CA 104-6 (20) (C Rakitha 40, B Asintha 20, S Anurada 2/4) beat Global 28 (D Malindu 5/4)
(Under 15) Match 1: Asian CA 146-5 (20) (V Madura 49, W Lahiru 26, M Zahoor 3/22) beat Global CA 55 (R Romesh 14, R Induwara 4/8, G Sachi 3/10)

Asian CA 96-5 (Anjana 41, Walidh 16, Praveen 2/25) lost to Joes 100-2 (Vimash 35 n.o., Praveen 33, Gevindu 1/7).
Match 2: Asian CA 87 (Lahiru 31, Madura 17, Reeno 3/18, Jeffan 3/12) lost to Joes 48 (Shiam 17 n.o., Bsitha 6/10, Sachi 2/6).


Sunil, Suresh SSC over-50 badminton champs

Sunil Galbadage partnered by Suresh Tawarajah did well to win the over 50 Badminton doubles trophy at the tournament organised by the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) recently. Galbadage is seen receiving the trophy from WV Ellawala, President SSC