paddler builds new TT stadium
The inaugural South Asian Table Tennis Championship
is going to be held from April 25 - 28 at the newly
built Jagath Rajapakse International Indoor Stadium
at Galaha, Peradeniya.
All eight SAG countries will take part at this
tournament for both seniors and juniors. Tournament
organiser Brigadier Fadyl Meedin said nearly 80
lakhs is allocated for this event sponsors have to
be found during the next two months. Reza Lathif
former treasurer and assistant secretary of TTASL
was the first person to donate Rs. 100,000 rupees
for this event.
TTASL President, Minister Rohana Dissanayaka said
Jagath Rajapakse, the former national player, who
was away in France for nearly 16 years as a
professional coach, came back to Sri Lanka recently
and spent his own money to build this new Stadium
which is going to be of international standard. This
is great example for the others to come up with this
type of donation to promote the game. Jagath was
also appointed as national TT coach recently.
When The Nation contacted Jagath he said: “My
ambition was to do something for my country as well
as for table tennis. I had to train with limited
facilities those days but with hard practice I came
up and enjoyed good results. This was part of the
reason that prompted me to do something for the
sport. The International TT Federation officials
have already come to look at the progress made on
the stadium and they are satisfied with the work
After peace returned to this land President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appeal to the Sri Lankans abroad
to return and play a role to help develop the
country had a big impact on Jagath. “When President
Rajapaksa invited Sri Lankans who are away in
foreign countries to come back and assist in
rebuilding the country, I wrote to the President and
his response was very positive. I then wanted to go
ahead with the stadium project and I am happy to
have done something to help the progress of table
tennis. It is also good to see the South Asian TT
championships being held out of Colombo. My ambition
is to see our performances reaching international
standard focusing on the 2018 Commonwealth Games as
well as the 2020 Olympic Games and this is the
beginning of the plan for table tennis.”
Rajapakse also said that he had to spend Rs. 9
million for the land and Rs. 22 million for the
construction of the stadium and was grateful to
former TTASL president Pesi Pestonji for donating
ten lakhs for carpeting the stadium floor. He also
expects to get a loan from Seylan Bank and is
hopeful the bank will give him the opportunity to
complete the stadium project which will be of
tremendous benefit for the sport and the country.
Inter-International Schools’ Athletics Meet
Superseding 18 competitive International Schools,
Lyceum International School Wattala excelled in the
11th Inter-International Schools’ Athletics Meet
(ISAC) - 2011.
Reckoned for a positive outcome, Lyceum
International School - Wattala became the champions
for the 3rd consecutive year during the successful
Inter-International Schools’ Athletics Championships
held from February 18th to 20th, at the Sugathadasa
International Stadium, Colombo. The meet was
organised by Lyceum International School.
With a clear-cut lead of 160 points, Lyceum Wattala
was able to bag a total of 994 points exhibiting
their athletic competencies and strenuous
dedication. Also, with great effort, Gateway College
Colombo earned 834 points to achieve second place
while Lyceum Nugegoda was third with 535 points.
The chief guest at the closing ceremony of the ISAC
2011 was Minister of Economic Development Basil
Rajapakshe and Mrs. Sriyani Kulawanse was the guest
Backed by a skillful and able training team, Lyceum
Wattala athletes proved their team spirit by
grabbing a total of 17 challenge trophies and
establishing 12 new meet records.
Trophies won by Lyceum Wattala:
1.Gateway International School Challenge Trophy for
the overall champions of the meet
2. Additional trophy donated by Edexcel for the
overall champions of the meet.
3. Cambridge Challenge Trophy for the relay
4. Two trophies, the Ritzbury Challenge Cup for the
best female athlete and the Optimum Q Trophy for the
best performer of the meet, went to Nirma
Sandarathne for her splendid performance in the
under 17 girls 200m event with a new meet record of
5. Championships of five age groups (under 9,
11,13,15,17 and 19).
Under 9 girls - Salma Badri
Under 11 boys - Vihanga Wijesinghe
Under 13 boys - Shehan Wisanperuma
Under 15 girls - Amasha Polkotuwa
Under 17 girls - Nirma Sandarathna
Under 17 boys - M. Aadil Fareed / Shehan Rodrigo
Under 19 boys - Viyath Anthony
New meet records:
Long jump under 15 girls - Amasha Polkotuwa
Triple jump under 17 boys - Shihan Rodrigo
200m under 17 girls - Nirma Sandarathne
High jump under 15 girls - Sarah Karunapala
Triple jump under 17 girls - Chathuri Fernando
High jump under 13 boys - Waruna Attanayake
Long jump under 13 boys - Waruna Attanayake
400m under 17 boys - M. Aadil Fareed
400m under 19 boys - Viyath Anthony
High jump under 17 - girls Divya Amunugama
4 x 100m relay under 13 boys - Lyceum Wattala
12. 4 x 100m relay under 17 boys – Lyceum Wattala
|All big guns fired once
From the games completed so far we can go for an
early review of conditions and how teams have
reacted to them. Except for the scare that the
English received at the hands of associates
Netherlands all went according to predictions of
But tense moments with regard to weather conditions
were reported and seen in the sub continent in
keeping with whatever natural causes were behind
them. We wish that weather gods would not be
spoilers and be part and parcel of upsets that would
mar the conditions that are well set at this moment
for an exciting finish.
The natural thing was for the teams to get used to
conditions the first time out. That is what happened
with the top teams that emerged as winners. Some
were happy to chase and others opted to go about
setting the target for the opponents to chase.
Out of the one’s that sent the opponents in to chase
were Bangladesh. I feel they got the wrong end of
the stick. A score of three hundred plus is no easy
chase even for the best batting set-up during a
Cricket World Cup. On the other hand it is a score
any team taking first lease would dream of next to
four hundred plus.
The Bangladeshis should have known that the likes of
Shewag’s and Tendulkar’s would look to get into
record books every time they walk into bat and
that’s what took place this time out. Bangladesh
have the bowlers that could upset any batting
line-up with their spinners and winning the toss was
a god-send for them to set a target not chase one.
They had this opportunity on Friday when the won the
toss and batted against Ireland. And, though they
got only 200 plus, their bowlers and fielders
excelled to give them a great win.
The most convincing win was the South African win
over West Indies. The West Indies were put into bat
knowing they could keep them quiet. Protease were in
shock when Darren Bravo got set for a big one they
were lucky in challenging the umpire’s decision and
reversing the original not out, to a face-saving
out. Bravo at the time looked so convincing he would
have gone for a big score. He was a carbon copy of
his famous cousin Brain Lara batting at number three
with such confidence. South Africa looked hungry and
was after their prey as a pack and that looks
interesting with all of the top teams performing
well. We fans are the ones who are going to benefit
with some exciting good cricket.
It will be further strengthened when the proper
eight get into the quarters from stage one and two.
Then we will be in the round that will be most
interesting for those who have their own predictions
of who will come out and play at their best or face
elimination from the semis. Why I make this
statement is because it will be the stage of no
return for those straying off track. One mistake
even in calculations will make teams drop out, if
Duckworth and Lewis formula comes into play. So all
teams to qualify will play with intent not only to
win but not make mistakes.
So have the paper and pens ready to get the final
rounds worked out here in Sri Lanka.
|HNB retains over 40 cricket
HNB, led by Manoj Perera
for the first time, retained the MCA Centenary Year
2011 Over-40 Cricket Sixes title for the second year
running, thus carrying away the brand new American
trophy at the MCA grounds on Sunday.
HNB coasted to a comfortable five-wicket win over
Informatics in the final, with former Sri Lanka
player Sajeewa Silva hogging the limelight with a
fine all-round performance (35 not out).
Silva bagged three of the five special awards
offered, the best batsman (119 in 3 innings/two not
outs), most sixes in the tournament (12) and the
The other two awards went to HNB’s captain, Manoj
Perera (best bowler) and Informatics’ 52-year-old,
Anura Athukorala (most senior player).
Results league: Informatics 64/1 tied with Airport &
Aviation 64/3; HNB 66/2 beat Lanka Bell 42/1;
Airport & Aviation 65/1lost to Singer 69/1(4.1);
Lanka Bell 67/2 lost to Janashakthi 71/1 (4.0);
Informatics 43/2 beat Singer 31/4; HNB 91/0 beat
Final: HNB beat Informatics by 5 wickets.
Informatics 41-1 (5) (Krishan Dharmasena 20 n.o.,
Jagath Perera 17, Manoj Perera 1/2)
HNB 42-0 (2.5) (Sajeewa Silva 35 n.o.)
HNB was represented by Manoj Perera (captain),
Sathiya Jayasuriya, Sajeewa Silva, Waruna Weragoda,
Mahesh Wijenayake and Krishan Pathirana.
The tournament was sponsored by American Premium
Water Systems (Pvt) Ltd for the first time and their
Head of Business Development, Rizwan Jallill was the
chief guest and the post tournament awards
presentation. – [LW]
|Century and two hat-tricks
feature MCA ‘B’ div cricket
and two hat-tricks took centre stage in the ongoing
Coca-Cola /MCA Centenary Year 2011 Division ‘B’ 50
overs League Tournament.
Janashakthi ‘B’, the defending champions recorded
their first win beating the debutants, Union Bank by
115 runs riding on the century scored by Kasun
Bodhitha (116 in 129 balls with 13 fours and 2
sixes) and the hat-trick bagged by Ruwan Sampath (5
for 14 in 5.2 overs)
The other hat-trick was by Charith Bandara (3 for
18) from ETI, who tagged along with Roshan Laksiri
(4 for 14), to rout Singer “A” by 8 wickets. This
was ETI’s fourth successive win.
Kusal Janith scored an impressive 70 to steer MAS
Unichela “B” to their 2nd successive win, beating
NTB by 6-wkts.
At St. Benedict’s College grounds: MAS Unichela
‘B’ beat Nations Trust Bank by 6 wickets.
NTB 171 (36) (A. Liyanage 47, S. Galappaththi 30, R.
Perera 32, M. Lakmal 2/30, U. Manohara 3/49, G.
MAS Unichela ‘B’ 172-4 (31) (M. Wijekoon 21, Kusal
Janith 70, N. Nawala 38 n.o.)
At Thurstan College grounds: ETI beat Singer ‘A’
by 8 wickets
Singer ‘A’ 117 (37.4) (I Sharma 25, J. Francis 20,
C. Keerthisinghe 20, C. Bandara 3/18, R. Laksiri
ETI 120-2 (17.3) (DK Ranaweera 38, Gayan de Silva 64
At Moratuwa Stadium: Janashakthi ‘B’ beat Union
Bank by 115 runs.
Janashakthi ‘B’ 327-9 (50) (Kasum Bodhitha 116,
Charinda Fernando 55, Saliya Saman 36, N. Charaka
3/73, W. Randeniya 2/55, S. Perera 2/45)
Union Bank 112 (24.2) (S. Silva 27, P. Perera 25, R.
Sampath 5/14, C. Amarasinghe 2/25, V. Disanayake
2/14) – [LW]
|Sanath Jayasuriya CF wins
indoor cricket c’ship
CF did well to win the under-15 indoor cricket
championship organised by Fingara International
Cricket Academy played at Rattanapitiya Indoor
The tournament was organised for the first time and
was a unique tournament of its kind. There were more
than 30 teams taking part. This was an eight-a-side
tournament with one pair of batsmen restricted to
batting a maximum of two overs.
This has been their first major title since
inauguration of the foundation. They also created
some major upsets in the 7th Nelson Mendis
International Invitation under-14 Cricket tournament
by reaching the semi-final stages by beating CCC
school of cricket, who were one of the major
contenders for the championship, in the quarter
finals. This helped them to end up as 2nd runner-up
in the tournament.
In this indoor cricket tournament Sanath Jayasuriya
CF beat Fingara ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and Lankans ‘B’ in the
first round. In the semi-finals and final they did
well to beat Gampaha Cricket Academy ‘A’ and ‘B’
teams respectively. Gampaha ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams
displayed some quality cricket and had been in the
forefront by producing some exciting performances in
|Spot Stumpy and Do the Dance
ICC promotion to reward cricket crazy fans with
free match tickets, Hero Honda Motorbikes and LG
The official mascot of the ICC 2011 Cricket World
Cup, Stumpy will be travelling around the official
World Cup venue cities of Colombo, Kandy and
Hambantota and eager cricket fans that spot him,
stand a chance to walk away with free match tickets!
Prior to receiving the tickets, cricket fans will
also have to do the Stumpy Dance! A catchy, easy to
repeat dance move, created by Stumpy himself.
During selected World Cup matches the ICC will also
give away Hero Honda Motorbikes and LG Televisions
to members of the crowd who do the best imitation of
the Stumpy Dance. Match officials will carefully
select the winners from the audience.
Stumpy is aged 10 human years, is enthusiastic and
determined, thinks cricket is the most fun game in
the world, loves playing street cricket - would play
24/7 if he could, worships cricket heroes, their
technique, skill and character, understands there is
a lot to learn and works hard at it along the way
learning to master the art of concentration while he
also dreams of playing in the World Cup, one day!
|Kotte Football League Sevens
The Sri Jayawardenapura
Kotte Football League (SJKFL), which has taken great
strides to change the lives of many in the Kotte
area under their motto “Prevention of crime through
sport,” will be organising the Presidents Trophy All
Island Seven-a-side Invitation Football Championship
for men and women on March 12th and 13th at the
Obeysekerapura MC Playground, Rajagiriya.
The SJKFL will also felicitate Manilal Fernando, on
his election to the FIFA Executive Committee, at
|MCA ‘E’ Division 40 overs
shine for Union Assurance
Half-tons by Sanjaya Attanayake (93 runs in 105
balls, 7 fours and 4 sixes) and Eric Upashantha (65
runs in 45 balls, 9 fours and a six) propelled Union
Assurance Ltd., to their third successive win
beating Dialog ‘A’ by 72 runs, in the on going
Bajaj-MCA Centenary Year 2011 Division ‘E’ 40 overs
- At Ananda Mawatha: Metropolitan Group beat
Alpha Orient Lanka by 3 wickets.
AOL 178 (33.2) (K. Ranasinghe 25, M. Fernando
35, A. Jayasanka 25, T.D. Perera 20, S. Liyanage
2/40, K. Udawatte 3/30)
Metropolitan 179-7 (35) (KL Faber 41, M.
Bandaranayake 38, C. Girihagama 41 n.o., M.
Samaranayake 2/20, N.D. Senaweera 2/45)
- At MCA: Akbar Bros beat SL Telecom ‘B’ by 76
Akbar Brothers 210 (36.2) (R. Urendran 52, CK
Kumara 30 n.o., L. Dissanayake 20, N. Kapila
2/25, KS Amarasinghe 4/55)
SLT ‘B’ 134 (30.5) (S. Wijeratne 25, A.B.
Ekanayake 35 n.o., AS Bandara 38, G. Gomes 4/35,
K. Prasanga 2/9, L. Dissanayake 2/24)
- At St. Benedict’s College Grounds: Union
Assurance beat Dialog ‘A’ by 72 runs.
UAL 265-8 (40) (F. Aron 42, S. Attanayake 93, E.
Upashantha 65, M. Wattegedera 2/35, K. Ruwan
Dialog ‘A’ 193 (35) (M. Wattegedera 40, R.
Kaleel 42, S. Chsthuranga 20, U. Ruberu 25 n.o.,
E. Upashantha 3/35, I. Perera 4/25)
- At Thurstan College Grounds: Asian Alliance
Insurance beat Trellerborg Lanka by 8 wickets.
Trellerborg Lanka 84 (14.3) (S. Dinesh 27, A.
Meemanage 2/30, C. Jayaminda 3/20, D. Fernando
AAI 85-2 (15.1) (C. Boteju 49, S. Dinesh 2/25) –