One-off Twenty20 International v England

Mahela’s classy knock seals Sri Lanka win

Sa’adi Thawfeeq reporting from England

BRISTOL, Saturday - Sri Lanka may have faltered in the Test series, but when it came to the shortest version of the game they brought out all their IPL experience to bear to fashion out a comprehensive nine-wicket win over ICC World T20 champions England in the one-off Twenty20 International played at Bristol on Saturday. It was Sri Lanka’s biggest T20 International victory by the margin of wickets.

The game was turned into a totally one-sided affair after England was restricted to a moderate score of 136-9 and Sri Lanka buoyed by Mahela Jayawardene’s fifth T20 International fifty cruised past that total with 16 balls to spare making 137-1.

Sri Lanka lost the wicket of veteran Sanath Jayasuriya for eight in the fifth over, but that was all the success that England could gain as Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara finished the match off in style against some ordinary bowling. The experienced pair put together 97 runs off 86 balls with Sangakkara’s contribution being 43 off 39 balls (5 fours).

Jayawardene indisputably the Man-of-the-Match with a classy 72 not out off 57 balls (1 six, 8 fours) would have felt relieved to have found his form back ahead of the five-match one-day series starting at the Oval on Tuesday (June 28) following a disappointing Test series where he failed to get past fifty in six innings averaging just 17.

England invited to bat first built their innings in patches. They lost two early wickets that of openers Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter for 12 by the third over and the innings was steadied by

Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan who put on 83 off 55 balls for the third wicket which contributed over 60 percent to England’s final total.
Morgan clearly showed his intentions when he got off the mark with a six off the third ball he faced and followed it up with a four over bowler Lakmal’s head. He looked dangerous and England would have been in deeper trouble if Angelo Mathews had not dropped an easy chance off him at long-on at 22.

The partnership prospered with both batsmen feasting on some high full tosses bowled by Thisara Perera who went for 24 runs in his second over inclusive of three sixes.
Lasith Malinga finally ended the partnership when Morgan holed out to Jayawardene at deep square leg for 47 scored off 32 balls inclusive of three sixes and four fours.

Jayasuriya coming for his first bowl then ended Pietersen’s innings for 41 scored off 27 balls (2 sixes, 3 fours) by bowling him with a quicker ball which he attempted to cut. He later picked up the wicket of Bopara with a similar ball to finish with figures of two for 18. England lost their way after the fall of Morgan and Pietersen within six runs of each other and three wickets fell for seven runs off 15 balls.

Thilina Kandamby in his first appearance as captain of his country kept the pressure on England so that the last five overs produced only 27 runs and one four while four wickets fell. England managed to hit only one boundary after the Morgan-Pietersen stand was ended which gave a clear insight to how Sri Lanka controlled the game.
With Malinga’s presence Sri Lanka suddenly looked like a winning side. He ended up with the best figures of 2 for 15 with the fast improving young Lakmal not far behind with 2 for 26.

The ground which has a capacity to take 7000 was expanded by the erection of temporary stands to accommodate 15,000 spectators.
Two international captains made their debuts and Sri Lanka’s Thilina Kandamby came out on top today ahead of England’s Stuart Broad who turned 25 on the eve of the match.


SLC shakeup after England tour

COLOMBO, (AFP) - Sri Lanka’s cricket administration is set for a major overhaul amid allegations of massive corruption and mismanagement, a sports ministry official said Friday.
The authorities will name a new management team for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the governing body of the sport in the island, after the current tour of England ends in early July, the official said.
“The minister intends to make changes at Sri Lanka Cricket as soon as the national team returns from England,” spokesman Harsha Abeykoon said.

A spokesman for SLC said they were yet to be informed of the impending top management changes.
Local media reports have accused the SLC managing committee of helping themselves to large amounts of cash and a host of other financial irregularities as well as mismanagement. Several probes are underway.
The financially-broke SLC is seeking an unprecedented two-billion-rupee ($18.35 million) bailout from the government and a further 1.5-billion-rupee loan from a state-run bank.

Police have been called to investigate the disappearance of computer disks containing some of the financial accounts relating to the 2011 World Cup the island co-hosted with India and Bangladesh.
Cost overruns and building three stadiums for the tournament left the governing body with bills amounting to $69 million which have forced them to seek the bailout.


DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship

By Dhammika Ratnaweera

Trincomalee, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Jaffna district volleyball teams have excelled after a lapse of 30 years at the DSI Super Sports Schools Volleyball Championships concluded yesterday. The Northern and Eastern districts were very successful with more teams coming in to compete with each other said a senior official of the National Volleyball Federation.
Meanwhile most of the districts like Galle, Matara and Hambantota have already finished their matches to enter the provincial round.

The results

Trincomalee District:
Kantale Central College Grounds
Boys under 14: Champion Al Lassar Maha Vidyalaya. Runner-up Kantale Seewali Vidyalaya.
Girls under 14: Champion Royal College Trincomalee. Runner-up Wan Ela Maha Vidyalaya.
Boys under 16: Champion Raja Ela Vidyalaya. Runner-up Al Lassar Maha Vidyalaya’
Girls under 16: Champion Mihidupura Vidyalaya. Runner-up Royal College Trincomalee.
Boys under 18: Champion Kantale Central College. Runner-up Wan Ela Maha Vidyalaya.
Girls under 18: Champion Mihidupura Vidyalaya Runner-up Jayanthipura Vidyalaya
Anuradhapura District:
At Public Grounds - Kekirawa
Boys under 14: Champion Puwarasam Kulama M.V Runner up Anuradhapura M.M.V
Girls under 14: Champion Puwarasam Kulama M.V Runner up Hadungamuwa Vidyalaya
Boys under 16: Champion Dutuwawa M.V Runner up Ihala Bulnawa Vidyalaya
Girls under 16: Champion Anuradhapura M.M.V Runner up Kadulugamuwa M.V
Boys under 18: Champion Medawachchiya M.M.V Runner up Kedha Thullanchiya M.V
Girls under 18: Champion Anuradhapura M.M.V Runner up Mudunegama M.V
Matale District:
At Naula public Grounds:
Boys under 14: Champion Hadungamuva M.M.V - Hadungamuwa Runner up Madabadda Maha Vidyalaya
Girls under 14: Champion Bogahawewa Primary School Runner up Rusigama Maha Vidyalaya
Boys under 16: Champion Naminioya M.M.V Runner up Rathmalgaha Ela Primary School
Girls under 16: Champion Madawala Ulpatha Maha Vidyalaya Runner up Kabalathanna Maha Vidyalaya
Boys under 18: Champion Rathmalgaha Ela Primary School Runner up Kristhudewa National School
Girls under 18: Champion Naminioya M.M.V Runner up Weera Kappitipola M.M.V


Navy wins see-saw encounter with CH

Caltex Inter-Club Rugby

Navy managed to overcome a fighting CH&FC side by 24 points (3 tries, 1 drop goal, 2 penalties) to 18 (1 goal, 1 try, 2 penalties) in their Caltex ‘A’ Division Rugby Tournament match played at Maitland Crescent yesterday.
It was Namal Rajapaksa, the Navy hooker who opened scoring in the match with a try in the fifth minute of play but fullback Indika Wickramanayake scored a penalty to reduce the lead to 3-5. Indika again converted a penalty to take CH into the lead but Navy hit back through fly half Dev Anand who successfully put over a drop goal to extend the lead to 8 – 6. Fortunes fluctuated once more when centre Salusalu Ilissa planted a try which was converted by Wickramanayake for CH to lead 13 – 8 at lemons.
In the second half Navy took control when Dev Anand came into action again converting a penalty and without much delay winger Niranjan Wickramaratne planted a try for the sailors. Anand and Namal Rajapaksa took over scoring a penalty each to take the lead beyond reach of the hosts. Driu Manoa, lock of CH&FC managed a consolation try towards the closing minutes of play to end the game 24-18. (SR)


Kurunegala in command in Sara Final

By V. Harishchandra
In reply to Kurunegala Youth C.C. first innings total of 331 Galle C.C were 206 for 8 at the close of the second day’s play in their inter-club Sara Trophy Division 1 Cricket Tournament final played at the Surrey Village grounds at Maggona yesterday.
Udesh Perera (77) and Anuruddha Rajapaksha (74 n.o) scored useful half-centuries for Kurunegala while Sameera Perera bowled best to capture 5 for 93 for Galle C.C. Kurunegala restricted their opponents to 206 for 8 at close and are looking for a vital first innings victory.
The match will be continued today.
Kurunegala Youth C.C. 331 (102) (Udesh Perera 77, Lanka de Silva 20, Chinthaka Jayabandara 20, Chamikara Edirisinghe 49, Anuruddha Rajapaksha 74 n.o., Indika Darmawardana 29, Damith Gunathilaka 27, Sameera Perera 5 for 93, Hirantha Wijesinghe 3 for 52)
Galle CC 206 for 8 (72.2) (Asela Wewalwala 65, Primal Buddhika 44, Janith Sameera 27, Damith Gunathilaka 2 for 17, Narada Rathnayaka 2 for 35)


CR wins close game over Havies

Action in a tense game where CR outplays Havelocks by 15 points (2 tries, 1 conversion, 1 drop goal) to 10 (1 try, 1 conversion, 1 penalty). Scores were level (3-all) at half-time

(Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha)