|Caltex ‘A’ division league rugby
|Havies edge out CR in a
Havelock SC playing to
their potential pulled off a close 25 points (1
goal, 3 tries, 1 penalty) to 24 (2 goals, 2
tries) win over arch rivals CR & FC in their
Caltex ‘A’ division league rugby match played at
Longden Place yesterday. At half time Havelocks
Havelocks dominated the first half to plant
three tries and lead 17-0 in the first 32
minutes of play – the tries coming through
centre Chamara Withanage, outside centre
Anuruddha Wilvara and full back Sajith Bandara.
Havies skipper Amjad Buksh converted one of
CR responded through tries from centre Ashan de
Costa and winger Heshan Gunaratne to cut down
the deficit to 17-10 at half time.
After the turnaround CR equalized through their
skipper and No. 8 Dushanth Lewke with a try that
was converted by full back Mohamed Sheriff. But
Buksh retaliated with a penalty and an
unconverted try to give back the lead to Havies
25-17. The Lewke-Sheriff combination fired once
more for CR to edge them closer to within a
point of Havies 25-24, but that was as far as
they got before referee Priyantha Gunaratne’s
Navy inflicts first defeat on Kandy SC
In another absorbing game of rugby played at
Welisara yesterday, Navy inflicted on defending
champions Kandy SC their first defeat of the
season with a close 29 points (1 goal, 2 tries,
4 penalties) to 25 (1 goal, 3 tries, 1 penalty)
in a Caltex ‘A’ division league rugby match
played at Welisara yesterday. At half time Navy
The tries for Navy were scored by centre Dinusha
Chaturanga, full back Dulip Methruwan and Namal
Rajapaksa with fly half Dev Ananda converting
one of them and putting over four penalties.
Kandy SC’s tries came from No. 8 Sajith Saranga,
Gayan Weeraratne, Mohamed Jabbar and Sanjeewa
Jayasinghe. Scrum half Roshan Weeraratne put
over a penalty and a conversion.
Referee: Nizam Jamaldeen.
to handle Aussies tour matches
By M. Minhaz in Kandy
Central Province CA and Kandy District CA along
with the Sri Lanka Cricket Tour Organising
committee will handle the match arrangements for
the two T20Internationals, one One-Day
International and the second Test match to be
played between Sri Lanka and Australia at
Pallakele Stadium in Kandy from next month.
CPCA secretary Janaka Pathirana stated that
their objective will be to help SLC cut down
costs for the tour and as a result they will be
engaging over 100 volunteers who will perform an
Two tons for Kandy CC
Centuries by Sashith Gunasekera (121 with 19
fours) and Keheliya Athugoda (114 with 17 fours)
helped Kandy CC total 396 for 9 in their SLC
U-23 cricket match against Saracens SC which
began at the Asgiriya Stadium yesterday.
The two century makers were involved in a
massive 233-run stand for the second wicket.
Saracens SC left-arm spinner Eranga Shashan took
6 for 80.
The match will be continued today at 9.30 am.
Kandy CC 296- 9 (98.5) at close (Kavinda
Jayasuriya 40, Sasith Gunasekera 121, Keheliya
Athugoda 114, Lakshitha Dasanayake 44, Dinuk
Wickremanayake 35 n.o., Eranga Sashan 6/80) v
Old Zahirians win by mammoth margin
This match turned out to be of two extremes as a
batsman from one side scored a double hundred
(221) and there were no less than eight ducks
when the other side batted as Old Zahirians SC
Gampola registered a massive 404 runs win over
Galhinna CC in their Kandy segment SLC Division
III cricket match played at Zahira College
grounds, Gampola yesterday.
Old Zahirians SC 439-9 (46) (TS Irudeen 221, M.
Rizmy 34, MH Hassan 35, AK Asfan 42, PM Dilshan
22, M. Rizvan 4/90)
Galhinna CC 35 (10.4) (M. Thariq 18, M. Afnahir
3/18, I Irshard 7/12).
Trinity’s seventh successive win
Trinity Kandy scored a 65-run win over
Dharmaraja, Kandy to record their seventh
successive win and emerge Group champions in the
schools under 17 Division I cricket tournament.
The match was played at Police grounds, Kandy.
Trinity 221-9 (50) (Bhagya Palihawadana 50,
Tharinda Makuldeniya 26, Arjuna Jayasinghe 36
n.o., Dinal Koswatta 36, Deneth Lanka 2/28,
Aravinda Withanarachchi 3/34)
Dharmaraja 165 (45.3) (Deneth Lanka 34, B.
Chandrasekera 36, Rajitha Jayatunga 2/40,
Lakshan Jayasinghe 2/31, Madushan Supendra 3/23)
search for consistent spinner
|Coach Tim Nielsen has backed the selection of
Nathan Lyon as one of two specialist spinners in
Australia’s Test squad for their visit to Sri Lanka
next month and insisted that Steven Smith’s snub is
by no means a long-term move.
Earlier this week the Aussies named a 15-man touring
party riddled with uncapped rookies, including
off-spinner Lyon and seamers James Pattinson and
Trent Copeland, and have since fetched criticism far
and wide for their course of selection.
Nielsen, however, insisted the team’s brains trust
saw great promise in the 23-year-old Lyon, who
performed superbly for Australia A on their recent
tour to Zimbabwe, and his graduation to the Test
fold was not a mere stopgap choice but rather a view
to the future.
The nation has rifled through a host of young
spinners since the retirement of Shane Warne, with
as many as 12 slow bowlers used and abused across
five-day and one-day international cricket since the
legendary leg-spinner called it quits in 2007.
“We are obviously looking for the spinner who can
take us forward in all three forms of the game,”
“To be honest, no-one has taken their opportunity
and made it their own yet. No-one has made their
spot their own.
“That is why we see some fluctuations in who is
selected. Whether it be through injury or
performance we haven’t seen one spinner really take
the job on.
“If you are given a chance at domestic or Australia
A level and do well the selectors will reward that.”
The 43-year-old Nielsen defended the choice to leave
Smith out of the squad, with fellow spinner Michael
Beer instead retained.
Right-armer Smith has been an inconsistent figure in
the Test fold since his debut in mid-2010, while his
ODI appearances have been somewhat more regular due
to his ability with the bat.
“The selectors have been pretty consistent on what
they have said about Steven,” added the coach.
“He has been identified from an early age as someone
who can play for a long time for Australia. But at
the moment he hasn’t had the consistency with either
bat or ball to demand selection.
“I can promise you Steven Smith will play a lot more
Test match cricket for Australia over the next 10
Meanwhile, Darren Berry - Lyon’s state coach at
South Australia - has implored the selectors to
stick with Lyon for the longer haul rather than cast
him back to domestic cricket at the first sign of
struggle at international level.
“I think that now they’ve shown their hand and
they’ve been brave enough to pick him, they’ve got
to give him every chance. Not one or two Test
matches and then say he’s not ready,” said Berry.
“We need to embrace this young spinner and give him
an extended run.”
“He absolutely has the tools to be successful. He’s
a very, very talented off-spin bowler. He does the
rare thing that not many off-spinners do in the
current day - he hangs the ball in the air and he
has wonderful flight and variation. He has an
The tour kicks off with two T20Is on 6 and 8 August
followed by five ODIs and three Tests. The first
Test gets underway on 31 August.
NOTTINGHAM, (AFP): India’s
Praveen Kumar was fined 20 percent of his match fee
for dissent at an umpire’s decision during the first
day of the second Test against England at Trent
Bridge on Friday.
Kumar, who pleaded guilty at a post-play hearing,
couldn’t hide his frustration after an lbw appeal
against England’s Kevin Pietersen was turned down by
South African umpire Marais Erasmus in the 18th
There are no lbw reviews this series because of
Indian objections to ball-tracking technology.
But that didn’t stop an angry Kumar questioning
Erasmus at the end of the over before being pulled
away by team-mate Harbhajan Singh.
Kumar was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of
the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of
conduct which relates to arguing or entering into a
prolonged discussion with the umpire about his
But because Kumar, who led India’s attack with three
for 45, pleaded guilty and accepted Sri Lankan match
referee Ranjan Madugalle’s verdict, there was no
need for a formal hearing.
Pietersen was eventually dismissed for 22 in an
England total of 221. India closed on 24 for one, a
deficit of 197 runs, as they looked to level the
four-match series 1-1.
|Wayne Parnell converts to
JOHANNESBURG: South African fast
bowler Wayne Parnell has converted to Islam after a
period of personal study and reflection and will
celebrate his 22nd birthday on Friday as a Muslim.
Parnell confirmed in a statement on Thursday that he
converted to Islamic faith in January this year and
is considering to change his name to Waleed, which
means ‘Newborn Son’.
“While I have not yet decided on an Islamic name I
have considered the name Waleed which means Newborn
Son, but for now my name remains Wayne Dillon
Parnell. I will continue to respect the team’s
endorsement of alcoholic beverages. I am playing
cricket in Sussex and this is my immediate focus,”
said Port Elizabeth-born Parnell.
“As I am approaching my first period of fasting, I
ask that this special time is treated with respect.
I am a young man, a professional cricketer by trade,
and while I can appreciate and am grateful for the
public interest in my personal life, my faith choice
is a matter which I would like to keep private,”
said the promising Warriors left-arm seam bowler.
Proteas team manager Mohamed Moosajee, himself a
Muslim, said Parnell’s Muslim teammates Hashim Amla
and Imran Tahir had not influenced his decision to
convert from Christianity.
“Wayne already decided a few months ago to follow
Islam,” Moosajee said of the cricketer, who excelled
during the ICC World Cup on the subcontinent.
“The decision to convert was his own decision, but I
know nothing of the name change,” added Moosajee.
Fellow players, preferring to remain anonymous, said
they believed Parnell was very serious about his
choice of religion and that he had not touched a
drop of alcohol, forbidden to Muslims, since the
recent Indian Premier League series.
Supporting Moosajee’s denial of influence by Amla,
the players said he had never attempted to convert
them to his religion, although they had all been
very impressed by the discipline and strict
adherence that Amla showed to his religion, by
refusing to participate in celebrations with them
that involved liquor, staying steadfast in his daily
prayers even while on tour, and refusing to wear the
kit sponsored by South African beer brand Castle
In his first two years after making his debut for
the Proteas in 2009, Parnell developed a hard-living
In October 2009, he was kicked out of the provincial
side Warriors following an incident in a night club
in the city of Port Elizabeth in the early hours of
He came to limelight when he captained South African
Under-19 team in the U-19 World Cup in 2008. He was
the youngest player to get a central contract in
2009 at the age of 20 years.
He is the second Christian to have reverted to Islam
after Pakistan’s Yousuf Yohana (now Mohammad Yousuf)
in 2006. – [PTI]
|Lanka ‘A’ lose to Durham in
112-run stand for the eight wicket dragged Durham
over the line in a tight contest against Sri Lanka A
at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
Entering the third and final day with Sri Lanka ‘A’
184 for 4, Durham did well to force a result but on
a day when 14 wickets fell, they will be relieved it
was the result they wanted. Some gutsy lower-order
batting Sachithra Senanayake and Shaminda Eranga
pulled the visitors up from 192 for 6 with a 75-run
stand. Both batsmen were positive, striking at over
a run a ball and Senanayake was unlucky not to reach
a deserved half-century, being bowled by Scott
Borthwick for 48. Eranga ran out of partners and was
left high and dry on 45.
That left Durham needing 220 for victory which
looked plenty more when they lost their openers with
just 30 on the board. A half-century for Ben Stokes,
on his return from injury helped set the foundations
and will be pleasing for Durham fans who have missed
his hard-hitting in the middle order. He made 51
from 64 balls with five fours and a six.
While he was progressing, though, Durham lost much
of their middle order and looked in real trouble
when Stokes departed leaving the score at 104 for 7.
That’s when the eighth wicket pair of Liam Plunkett
and Mark Wood took over and produced a match-winning
Plunkett finished unbeaten on 65 from 79, stroking
six fours and a six while Wood made a more patient
48 from 82 before being run out near the end.
Plunkett and Chris Rushworth ensured no further slip
ups as the home side edged a good tussle.
Scores: Sri Lanka A 203 (51.4) (B Rajapaksa 20, S
Serasinghe 44, S Eranga 50 n.o., R Brathwaite 3/35,
C Rushworth 2/15, M Wood 2/64, C Borthwick 2/17) and
319 (75.3) (M Warnapura 35, L Thirimanne 42, D
Karunaratne 42, B Rajapaksa 36, S Serasinghe 26, K
Kulasekara 26, S Senanayake 48, S Eranga 45 n.o., L
Plunkett 3/70, S Borthwick 2/63)
Durham 303 (79.5) (M Stoneman 56, S Borthwick 101, G
Muchall 71, G Breese 38, S Senanayake 3/60, S Eranga
4/55) and 222-8 (58.4) (G Muchall 23, B Stokes 51, L
Plunkett 65 n.o., M Wood 48, K Kulasekara 2/49, S
Eranga 3/54, S Senanayake 2/49)
|Former football player/coach
seeks a kidney donor
Farideen Samath a
former national football player, coach and official
is critically ill and has been diagnosed in the
final stages of renal disease and is in need of a
voluntary donor of a kidney to undergo a kidney
His blood group is O positive. Dr. Surjit Somiah who
treats him at Lanka Hospitals states that Samath has
to undergo a renal transplant and is presently
undergoing dialysis twice a week as a life saving
Samath resides at 3/4, Salawatta Road, Wellampitiya
and can be contacted on 011-2531115 and 077-2491362.
Samath, 63 was a product of Zahira College, Colombo
and played football at national level. He was also
one time coach of the national football team. He is
presently the Assistant Director of the Youth
Development section of the Football Federation of
|Zara and rugby star marry in
Britain’s second royal wedding
EDINBURGH, (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest
granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby
star Mike Tindall on Saturday, in a low-key event
far removed from the spectacle of this year’s other
British royal wedding.
The couple, both world-beating sports stars, wed in
a private ceremony at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk
attended by all the senior royals, including Prince
William and Catherine, and some of the biggest names
in English rugby.
Phillips, a former equestrian eventing world
champion, wore an ivory silk gown by British
designer Stewart Parvin.
Tindall, who played in England’s 2003 World
Cup-winning team and captained the side in their
victorious 2011 Six Nations campaign, looked smart
in a formal tailcoat.
Ravindu Ranatunga, (right) an up
and coming badminton player from Nalanda College who
is in the national under-16 pool received a boost to
uplift his career when he was donated badminton
equipment by Pacific Sports (Pvt) Ltd of Singapore
managing director Ahmad Bakar.
Picture shows Ranatunga receiving the Ashway
badminton equipment from local agent Rakita
|Schools VB finals on August
The finals of the DSI Super Sports Schools
Volleyball tournament will be held on August 19 and
20 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
According to a senior official of the Volleyball
Federation, the top teams of each age group in the
National level tournament have qualified to play in
Earlier the district level and provincial level
tournaments were completed with more teams competing
in comparison to the previous year.
The matches on August 19 will commence at 12.30 pm
and on August 20 from 8 am. Live coverage of the
finals will be shown to viewers. - [DR]
|Emphatic All Blacks win over
WELLINGTON, (AFP) - The
All Blacks carved up an under-strength Springbok
side to open their Tri-Nations account with an
emphatic 40-7 victory at Westpac Stadium in
Wellington on Saturday.
They scored six tries to one in the runaway win as
they exposed the inexperience of the South African
A week after being humbled 39-20 by Australia, the
Springboks slumped even further as they found
themselves comprehensively outplayed in the forwards
and could not cope with the speed and width of the
All Black backs.
The New Zealanders stepped up several levels with a
far more controlled performance from the decidedly
rusty shake-down against Fiji last week.