community in UK to felicitate Jayasuriya
Thawfeeq reporting from England
BRISTOL, Saturday - The Sri Lankan community in
England is planning to give one of Sri Lanka’s
cricketing legends Sanath Jayasuriya a memorable
farewell next month.
The veteran cricketer who turns 42 on June 30 is
retiring from international cricket after the first
One-Day International against England at the Oval on
June 28 ending an illustrious 22-year-old career.
The Sri Lankan community in UK feels that Jayasuriya
deserves to be felicitated for the number of hours
he has entertained them with his mesmerising batting
and the contribution he has made to Sri Lanka
The event is scheduled to take place
sometime around July 20 (the date has to be
finalised) before Sri Lanka end their tour of
England and is sponsored by a well-renowned
restaurant in Wembley ‘Chak89’ which is owned by
Pakistani F Khalid, a keen follower of Sri Lanka
The community is looking at inviting former England
fast bowler Darren Gough to perform the duties as
Dinner Dance today
The Sri Lanka Cricket UK Committee headed by former
Sri Lanka under 19 captain Asitha Jayaweera will
host the Cricket Ball 2011 where members of the Sri
Lanka cricket team will be the guests of honour. The
event is scheduled to take place at St Paul’s Grange
Hotel in London today (Sunday).
The committee has been a strong supporter of Sri
Lanka schools cricket over the years and has been
instrumental in sponsoring promising young schoolboy
cricketers from Sri Lanka to UK to play in the
English leagues, players in the calibre of
all-rounders Farveez Maharoof and Angelo Mathews are
some of them.
Presently Chaturanga Kumara of St Joseph’s College,
Colombo is benefitting by the scholarship arranged
by the committee representing Southgate CC as their
overseas amateur player in the Middlesex league.
Proceeds of the dance will go towards this scheme.
The committee has also helped provide cricket
equipment, bags and matting to schools in the North
and East through Sri Lanka Cricket.
One of Sri Lanka’s top music entertainers Sohan and
Damien, a Sri Lankan born guest artist from
Switzerland will be in attendance backed by one of
UK’s leading nine-piece bands ‘Exceed’.
Amongst the invitees are over 100 officials from
English clubs and counties and top corporate
The Sri Lanka Cricket UK Committee comprises Asitha
Jayaweera (chairman), Ajith Dandeniya, Deepal
Ahangama, Faleel Marikkar and Upali de Zoysa.
Cup preparations delayed
general Jerome Valcke is concerned Brazil has fallen
behind schedule with its preparations for the 2014
A new stadium in Sao Paolo will not be ready for the
2013 Confederations Cup, seen as a World Cup dress
Airports and transport links are also reportedly
behind schedule and Valcke said: “I won’t say Brazil
started too late but we are not advanced in Brazil.
“We don’t have stadiums, airports, or a national
Brazil are the most successful World Cup nation with
five victories, but the country has been
much-criticised for its planning since winning the
rights to host its first tournament since 1950.
“To deliver stadiums is the most important part...
it’s a lot of work. The Sao Paulo stadium is
definitely not a World Cup stadium and that is why
it is closed,” Valcke said.
Valcke was addressing Russian officials in Moscow
who will host the 2018 World Cup tournament, and
informed them they should aim to have everything in
place two years before the start of the event.
Alexei Sorokin, chief executive of Russia’s World
Cup organising committee, told the forum the 2016
deadline was “absolutely realistic,” despite having
to build or renovate every stadium.
“We have to build a lot. We have never hid the fact
that we do not have a single stadium that is up to
FIFA standards,” he admitted.
Russia has nominated 13 host cities for the event, a
figure that will eventually be reduced, while
estimating the total bill for new infrastructure at
$10bn (£6.26bn). (BBC)
|Serena befriends little Jack
The American thought she was in a dark place coping
with the injury and illness that kept her from
tennis for almost a year until she came across Jack.
On Thursday, all wrapped up in blankets against the
blustery wind, Jack looked on as Williams battled
through in three sets against Simona Halep.
Williams was surprised when questions were asked
about Jack afterwards because she had thought it a
private matter that she had befriended the boy,
having lunch with him and his family at Wimbledon on
Wednesday and inviting them along to yesterday’s
match. But it all came out on Twitter, which is
where Serena came across his desperately sad story a
few months ago.
According to her advisers, Williams herself was
having a hard time then as she recovered first from
a foot injury and then the pulmonary embolism that
almost killed her. Jack’s tale struck a chord and
contact was made, a remarkable turn of events given
that Serena has some two million followers on the
social networking site. It became more than a
fleeting relationship, Serena establishing regular
contact, culminating in meeting the family in person
over the last couple of days.
“I read his story and my heart kind of went out to
him,” said Williams, who, like many others, is able
to follow his story on
“This has given us the opportunity to make some
special memories,” said Jack’s mother, Tracey
Marshall whose son was diagnosed in October 2009.
“I’d been posting pictures of Jack each day and the
fight he’s had. Serena picked up on it and it
blossomed from there. She’d seen those pictures of
him smiling no matter what he’s going through. It’s
gone from there. She’s a beautiful person as well as
beautiful personality. Jack kissed her hand, flashed
winks at her and enjoyed all the attention he’s had
from her. ”
A sense of perspective does not always accompany
multi-millionairesses. It’s a welcome development.
Williams had more mundane issues to contend with
yesterday, notably the sprightly opposition provided
The No 2 court graveyard may have moved but it took
a few phantoms with it as Serena Williams will
testify. The defending champion was a set down on
the relocated court that has seen many a star perish
down the years and looking as if she were hearing
the ghosts of upsets-past whispering words of doubt
in her ears.
Halep stretched and teased her throughout a first
set of high quality, deservedly taking the honours
6-3. Halep had even had to stop for five minutes
treatment on a strained calf but recovered well. But
that was as much damage as the demons managed to
wreak, Serena Williams moving into the third round
to meet Russian Maria Kirilenko. She had to graft,
and she’ll be all the better for it. There were no
tears this time as there had been after her return
to action on Monday but her satisfaction at being a
contender once again was clear to see.
Williams relished the experience, even if the
blustery conditions did cause her difficulties. As
with her sister, she’s a fighter.
Halep, a former world junior No 1, was clever and
decisive in equal measure, a woman who knows her own
mind as illustrated by her bold move to undergo
breast reduction in order to help her career.
The manner in which she lost the second set, to a
lucky net cord, finally seemed to drain her spirit.
The third set was a romp. Williams could even afford
to waste three match points at 5-0 on Halep’s serve
but eventually closed out the deal to secure a
satisfying win in just two hours.
|Andy Murray beats Ivan
By Piers Newbery
British number one Andy Murray secured his place in
the second week of Wimbledon with a tense four-set
win over Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic.
Rain meant Murray had to wait until 1853 BST for his
third-round match to start under the Centre Court
roof, but he prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4).
Ljubicic threatened with his huge serve but Murray
found a burst of form in the third set and edged a
The Scot goes on to face Richard Gasquet in the last
16 on Monday.
That will be a repeat of their five-set epic at the
same stage three years ago, and Murray can expect
another testing encounter after being pushed hard by
The Croatian is the world number 33, and at 32
years old remains a player capable of threatening
the very best, in large part because of his
That proved to be the key shot in the early stages,
faltering under sustained pressure from the Murray
return in game six but getting him out of trouble
from 0-40 and seeing off four break points.
A rasping Ljubicic forehand winner then earned a
break point in the following game and Murray dumped
a mid-court forehand into the net to fall 4-3
This was not what the Centre Court crowd had
expected to see, and the sense of shock appeared to
transfer to Ljubicic as he barely had time to enjoy
his advantage before a double-fault handed the break
straight back in game eight.
Ljubicic could not afford to give the world
number four any gifts but at 5-4 down he misjudged a
Murray defensive lob that landed inside the
baseline, allowing the Scot to take the point and
moments later convert his second set point with a
brilliant forehand pulled down the line.
But the lapses in concentration that still blight
Murray’s game were to reappear early in the second
set, successive double-faults rounding off a
dreadful service game and handing Ljubicic a lead he
would not relinquish as he served out to level at
one set all.
Another set, another Murray, and the Briton was
switched on from the start of the third, a drop shot
and a sweet backhand winner carrying him to a break
at the start, and a tracer-like backhand down the
line helping move 4-0 clear in no time.
Andy Roddick suffers third-round
Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick
suffered a third-round exit as he was beaten 7-6
(7-2) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 by Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.
Both men offered few breaking opportunities on
serve, forcing the first two sets to tie-breaks won
by Lopez, ranked 44 in the world.
Eighth seed Roddick’s 16 unforced errors proved
crucial as Lopez broke his serve in the third set.
And he held on for his first victory in eight
attempts against Roddick.
“It was a great win for me, I have never beaten
Andy,” an estatic Lopez told BBC Sport.
“Even leading two-sets to love I knew that he would
still be a great fighter as he is such a great
“It’s a very important win. I was a little nervous
towards the end as it’s always difficult to close
out a match.”
Roddick gives up racquet but not dreams
Roddick praised Lopez, saying: “He came out and
served as well as a person can. He played an
The former US Open winner, 28, added: “I haven’t
played well this year, for sure. It has to get
better, there’s no doubt.”
Two-time quarter-finalist Lopez will play either
France’s ninth seed Gael Monfils or Poland’s Lukasz
Kubot in the last 16. (BBC)
|Till the winner of the protest game is
prevails over Sri Sumangala
|By M. Minhaz
Protests and counter protests were the order of the
day as Sri Rahula, Katugastota scored a 17 points (1
goal, 2 tries) to 12 (1 goal, 1 try) win over their
home town rivals Sri Sumangala, Kandy in their
schools under 20 Division ‘C’ rugby tournament match
played at the University grounds, Peradeniya
yesterday. At halftime the scores were deadlocked at
Before the commencement of the match both teams
lodged their written protests to the Match
Commissioner, WDO Wijewansa alleging that their
opponents were fielding players who were not
eligible to remain in school and play in this
Sri Rahula’s protest stated that a particular player
from Sri Sumangala, though underage, had failed the
G.C.E. O/L examination and was not eligible to
remain in school. Sri Sumangala in turn alleged that
two of Sri Rahula’s ruggerites had not declared
their proper age and as a result could not play in
The President of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby
Football Union Ranjith Chandrasekera said that an
inquiry into these protests will be conducted
Sri Rahula scored their tries through Y R Kumara (2)
and center T Jayasekera (1) and fly half A P
Dushantha added the extra points to one of the
tries. For Sri Sumangala full back R C Tillakasiri
(1) and prop C P Jayawardena (1) scored tries and
one of them was goaled by fly half D. Sandaruwan.
Saman Edama refereed.
|The Finance backs Havies
Lanka’s oldest finance company now known as The
Finance Co. PLC, and Havelocks Sports Club, which
was established 93 years ago, forged a mutually
beneficial relationship. This year, The Finance
Company PLC will be sponsoring Havelocks rugby in
the on-going inter-club rugby season. The team,
which is a blend of youth and experience (including
two foreign internationals from the Pacific
Islands), started off the season by almost rattling
reigning champions Kandy Sports Club.
|Matale stickers trounce
trounced Kandy District by 8 goals to nil to become
Central Province Men’s’ hockey champions in the
inter-district hockey finals organised by the
Ministry of Sports of the Central Province played at
the Nandimithra Ekanayake Astra turf, Matale
yesterday. At halftime Matale District scored their
goals through fullback Prasanna Abeyweera (1), left
inside Dhammika Abeyratne (2), left extreme Traneesh
Cramer (3), right extreme Keerthi Kumara (1) and
centre half D T Panditharatne (1).
S M Wijesinghe and Mangala Karunaratne umpired.
Netball Tournament 2011
competition was witnessed yesterday among the teams
of the corporate sector and girls schools in the
above tournament organised by gamezmag and Kotte
Sports Club, which will continue today (26th) at
Angampitiya Sports Grounds, Sri Jayawardenapura