Caltex Clifford Cup Knockout 2011

Havies a threat to hot contenders Kandy, Navy

By Chris Dhambarage
The battle for supremacy in the inter-club rugby scene will resume when the prestigious Caltex Clifford Cup Knockout tournament gets underway in Colombo on Friday.
This year’s tournament promises to be even more exciting after Kandy Sports Club stamped their class and authority by retaining the Caltex Inter-club ‘A’ Division League title for the eleventh successive year.
As a result Kandy Sports Club has been rated as the top seed in the competition once again as they look forward to completing another grand double for the second successive year.
Even then, Kandy SC still has something to prove this season following their shock 25-29 defeat in the league tournament second round fixture against Navy Sports Club which also tarnished their unbeaten record.
Now they will be looking towards avenging that defeat when they take on the Sailors probably in the final showdown of the tournament. Last year too Kandy SC and Navy SC figured in an enthralling final in Kandy where the home side triumphed by 26 points to 11.
But before that, Kandy SC will need to clear their quarterfinal hurdle which will be against CH and FC who were placed last at the completion of the league tournament.
Kandy Sports Club of course has dominated the Clifford Cup tournament during the last few years and is hoping to retain the title for the fifth successive year and overall for the 17th time.
They first won the trophy in 1992 under the captaincy of Maurice Joachim. They went on to repeat that performance in the following year and also clinch the Cup in 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Kandy SC also went on to win the title from the year 2000 to 2005 and after a lapse of one year they again clinched the Clifford Cup in 2007 from which point they have emerged victorious for four successive years.
CH and FC of course will have a tough task as last year the Maitland Crescent Club suffered a 13-32 defeat at the hands of their traditional rivals CR and FC in the Clifford Cup quarterfinals.
However this year the pick of the quarterfinal matches will be the clash between CR and FC and Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club. CR and FC failed to live up to expectations and was pushed to the fourth position in the Caltex League tournament in contrast to their last year’s performance where they emerged league runners up.
This time they will be under tremendous pressure as the Airmen will be determined to produce a repeat performance having reached the semifinals of the Clifford Cup last year as well before going down to the ultimate champions Kandy SC 24-28 in a close encounter.
Air Force SC will be brimming with confidence going into their quarterfinal clash against CR and FC having gone down fighting 22-27 against the same opponents during their league tournament fixture.
Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club completed a successful league tournament where they had the satisfaction of winning the Caltex Inter-club Division ‘A’ Plate Championship.
Meanwhile the last year runners-up Navy Sports Club will be looking to make amends after a highly successful league tournament where they were placed second in the tournament.
In fact the last year’s Clifford Cup tournament was a historic occasion for Navy SC where they reached the final after a lapse of 21 years. Their previous appearance in a final was against CR and FC in 1989.
This time they seem to have even a better chance and will take the field in a good frame of mind having won all three matches in the second round of the league tournament including a historic 29-25 triumph over Kandy Sports Club at Welisara.
Navy SC’s first challenge will be to overcome their quarterfinal hurdle against Sri Lanka Police Sports Club. This game too should turn out to be a close contest even though Navy SC will start as the favourites.
When the two teams played in the league tournament earlier Police SC snatched a 6-5 lead at half-time before eventually going down fighting 14-20 in a hard fought encounter.
But Police SC lost their momentum thereafter following a promising start to their campaign and were pushed to the seventh position in the Caltex ‘A’ Division League tournament.
In contrast Navy SC consolidated their position and went from strength to strength before emerging runners up in the league tournament for the first time. Last year in the Clifford Cup quarterfinals they beat Sri Lanka Army SC 32-22 and had the better of CR and FC 19-12 in the semifinals.
This year’s Clifford Cup tournament should turn out to be even more exciting with the resurgence of Havelock’s Sports Club who enjoyed a splendid season where they surprised many by finishing third in the points table.
The Havies will be determined to make it a memorable outing and will take on Sri Lanka Army Sports Club in their quarterfinal encounter. They should be able to clear their first hurdle quite convincingly having defeated Army SC 36-13 in their league tournament match played earlier.
The draw:
September 2 (Friday)
(a) Kandy SC v CH and FC at Bogambara Stadium
(b) Havelocks v Army SC at Royal Sports Complex
September 3 (Saturday)
(c) Navy SC v Police SC at Royal Sports Complex
September 4 (Sunday)
(d) CR and FC v Air Force SC at Royal Sports Complex
September 10 (Saturday): Winners of (a) v winners of (d) at Bogambara Stadium.
September 11 (Sunday): Winners of (b) v winners of (c) at Royal Sports Complex
September 17 (Saturday) at Royal Sports Complex.


Mahesh coaches Moratuwa University to karate title

By Srian Obeyesekere
Carrying the experience of a 10-year overseas stint in Japan in becoming a fully-fledged black belt instructor in a range of martial arts from Wado Ryu, Iado (mixed martial arts), Jujutsu to Samurai – the most rigorous art of Japanese sword fighting could be attributed to Mahesh Peiris tutoring the Moratuwa University to winning the inter-university overall karate championship for the first time.
Moratuwa University was able to stop its Colombo counterpart’s long domination winning the overall championship and the men’s title with the women in second place in a short time since 33-year- old Mahesh brought it under his wing soon after his return from Japan.
A member of the elite Japanese Ju-Jutsu Club symbolising an elite fold called Pride-1, Mahesh since taking over the Moratuwa university has been like a father figure to the undergrads in essentially imparting character building where he stresses he has inculcated in his pupils the need for discipline having taken over the coaching reigns of the Sri Lanka Wado Ryu Karate Organisation from his father Douglas Peiris a few years ago.
“I treat them like my children and am happy to say that I have made a remarkable turnaround in their lives where they have vastly developed in the technical aspects of karate in a short span,” says a buoyant Mahes, a former student of Japanese exponent Professor Iwao and master Othane who he says is today mellowed in the art like old wine at the ripe old age of 80 years.
For the unassuming Mahes indeed it is quite an achievement in being a guiding light to a bunch of university students in imparting what he calls the highest norms of discipline where he describes the martial arts as a character moulding way of life. Particularly, so to a schooling institution that is ridden by student unrest.
He is full of praise for the Director of the Moratuwa Universities Physical Education Section, K.R.D. Rathnamudali and Sanjeewa Jayasinghe for their unstinted support and dedication in facilitating his coaching classes.
As to his aspirations back home, Mahes says, “My endeavour is to spread the Waso Tyu style in Sri Lanka. The future generation should grow with new concepts in the martial arts, and I believe I can contribute towards that end.”
He hopes that the mixed martial arts of which there aren’t many followers should get more popular here and “I hope to help students acquire that knowledge.”
Following are the achievements of the Moratuwa University at this year’s Inter-University Karate Championships:
Under 50 kg: M.M. Rizwan – 3rd place kumite,
Under 55 kg: D.R.D.H. Dassanayake – 1st place kumite, 2nd place kata.
Under 70 kg: B.M.P.B. Thanayamwaththa – 2nd place kumite, 3rd place kata.
Under 75 kg: K.A. Bandara – 3rd place kumite.
Under 80 kg: L.R. Basnayake – 1st place.
Over 80 kg: S.A.S.G. Jayasooriya – 3rd place kumite.
Men’s team kata:
1st place – D.R.D.H. Dassanayake, L.R.Basnayake, P.M.P.B. Thanayamwaththa
Under 48 kg:
P.K.A. Punsiri – 1st place kumite
Under 53 kg:
S. Gunatilleke – 3rd place kumite.
Under 60 kg:
U.N.D.Perera – 1st place kumite
Over 60 kg:
K.H.A. Madushani – 2nd place kumite.


Does cricket yet glitter more than gold?

By Dyan Pathiravithana
Going on the assumption three different types of play in the same sport will always leave questions to be answered: As it all took off simultaneously and fast, after the longer version being there for such a long period of time we cannot but get the feeling everything is not quite right. The once world beaters West Indies are having problems, Aussies are trying their best to make a comeback fast, India are the latest to crash. One thing is evident in all these failures these teams all allowed their players to play too much cricket outside their country’s own interest.
How did it get to that? Suddenly we saw the emergence of a global thirst for entertainment especially in the field of sport. There were games like football, basketball etc. that already existed but the cricket fever caught on in the subcontinent with such awe the demand grew. With such an appetising thirst waiting to be whetted entrepreneurs were quick to grasp the opportunity with both hands. Without a care to find out about the readiness of the game for such a quick turnaround they went ahead with their own plans.
The cricketers, cricket boards, countries and their politics all fell hook line and sinker to the weight of money that helped propel the balance in favour of the organisers of these strange events.
We could have averted a lot of this crisis and continued to play all the games in normal fashion had it been planned properly; by those who really stood by cricket and would not bend towards the pot of gold. If you look at it from England’s point they have taken something out of their experience with the situation and are trying to change it somewhat and appointed three different captains for the three categories. Soon they might select their cricketers into three groups to carry out a plan to play in all categories without hurting players or the game after all that’s where it all started.
How to get the cricketers unhooked from the all enticing cash benefits surrounding the shorter versions is what creates the difficulty. As long as they have the freedom to move there is nothing controlling bodies could do. The only way out is get a solution to keep cricketers interested in playing as amateurs or get ‘Test’ cricket to the status of playing in the coloured dress. But, that will yet take away everything from the meaning that should adorn the game of cricket.
The story goes that amateurs such as C.B.Fry were so appreciated for his talent in cricket and was offered Kingship of Albania yet refused to take it. Not wanting to give up his gentleman status and carried on writing instead to make up for a profession and he was good at that too.
But how to yet have the cake and eat it is the present situation of cricket with all that is being done to cricketers with money to entice them away from the real thing into the honky tonk world of all that glitters. Let us hope that all’s well that ends well.


Rivira sponsored 6th Annual MCA Cricket Academy tourney

Avinda’s whirlwind century hogs limelight

BRC’s Avinda hit a whirlwind 117 runs to hog the limelight as the first centurion in the ongoing Rivira, Avi, Kotmale Holdings sponsored MCA Centenary Year 2011 6th MCA Cricket Academy U-13 and U-15 Inter-Academy 30 overs league tournament continued on Tuesday.
In the U-15 segment Avinda’s 65-ball knock which included 12 sixes and 6 fours gave BRC a well-earned four wickets win over Narahenpita.
In the same segment Ranjith Siyambalapitiya made a spectacular entrance with a massive 130 runs win over Roy Dias ‘B’.
A well compiled 71 not out by B. Chathuranga propelled Asoka de Silva to a convincing five-wickets win over Ragama.
Roy Dias ‘A’ made amends to their ‘B’ team’s debacle scoring a hard-fought 19 runs win over Lucky Rogers.
In the U-13 segment CCC ‘A’ and ‘B’ made a winning entrance by beating Sanath Jayasuriya and Kurunegala, while the Kangaroo’s hopped to a comfortable seven-wicket win over MCA ‘Red’ and the Lankans annihilated Moratuwa by 131 runs.
In the U-15 tournament, CCC got off to a flying start with their ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams registering convincing wins over Panadura and Moratuwa respectively.
C. Hettiarachchi from CCC ‘B’ became the first half-centurion stroking a stylish 51 runs vs. Moratuwa. In the same game, H. Liyanarachchi, also from CCC ‘B’ came up with match-winning spell bagging 4 for 25.
Rain ruined the third day’s play. Out of the 10 matches only two games were decided that too was played with overs reduced.

Results day 3:

U-13 tournament:

Shalika: BRC vs. Brendon and Panadura vs. Narahenpita – washed out.

Mt. Mary: Lucky Rogers vs. Gampaha Youth – washed out.

Mt. Mary: Kurunegala ‘Kings’ beat Hands on a faster run rate.
Hands 113-3 (17) (W. Hettiarachchi 26 n.o., R. Madusanka 22, P. Thivanka 25 n.o.)
Kurunegala 110-3 (15.3) (Dushan Perera 56)

DSS: MCA ‘Blue’ vs. Asoka de Silva and Roy Dias vs. MCA ‘White’ - washed out.

Under 15 tournaments:

MCA: Brandon vs. Denial Youth and Lucky Rogers vs. Pandora – washed out.

Malay: Asoka de Silva vs. CCC ‘B’ – washed out.

Malay: CCC ‘A’ beat Marian Cooray by 4 wickets.
Marion Cooray 91 (14.1) (D. Silva 35, G. Silva 20, K. Pathirana 5/15, S. Wimalaweera 2/12)
CCC ‘A’ 95-6 (13.5) (S. Mallaarachchi 20, Janith Dias 27 n.o., S. Wimalaweera 25 n.o.)

Results day 2:

U-13 tournament

Shalika: CCC ‘A’ beat Sanath Jayasuriya on a faster run rate.
Sanath Jayasuriya 151 (30) (S. Fernando, B. Perera 30, P. Suriyabandara 25, M. Gamage 2/10, D. Seneviratne 2/30, N. de Silva 3/20)
CCC ‘A’ 147-9 (27.4) (C. Bandara 25, D. Seneviratne 25, N. de Silva 45 n.o., J. Fernandopulle 3/13, P. Suriyabandara 2/20)

Shalika: CCC ‘B’ beat KCA ‘Kings’ by 6 runs.
CCC ‘B’ 159-8 (30) (C. Subasinghe 38 n.o., A. Siriwardena 2/30)
KCA 153 (29.4) (D. Perera 65, K. Mannapperuma 2/13, A. Siriwardena 2/30)

Kotte: Kangaroo’s beat MCA ‘Red’ by 7 wickets.
MCA ‘Red’ 65 (22.3) (N. Gunatillake 20, S. Dilshan 3/12, S. Madushan 2/15)
Kangaroo 67-3 (9.2) (R. Dilute 20 n.o., R. Nipun 30 n.o., U. de Silva 3/20)

Kotte: Lankans beat Moratuwa by 131 runs.
Lankans 192-5 (30) (N. Galappatthi 30, S. Abeywickrama 61, B. Madusanka 30 n.o., SK Seneviratne 3/15)
Moratuwa 61 (17.5) (HD Navod 15, V. Shelumies 3/7, A. Hussain 3/12)

U-15 tournament

MCA: Ranjith Siyambalapitiya beat Roy Dias ‘B’ by 130 runs.
R. Siyambalapitiya 168-9 (30) (S. Pathirana 38, R. Rajapaksa 28, HD Wickramarachchi 37, N. Madusanka 2/20)
Roy Dias ‘B’ 38 (21.5) (HD Wickramarachchi 4/12, S. Pathirana 2/7, H. Chamod 2/1)

MCA: Roy Dias ‘A’ beat Lucky Rogers by 19 runs.
Roy Dias 164-9 (30) (I. Perera 28, C. Mendis 55, S. Sithumina 2/40, S. Roshan 2/25, M. Sanjeewa 3/20)
L. Rogers 145 (27.5) (R. Sasanka 75, S. Fernando 27, G. Dias 3/30, N. Hasaral 3/15)

Malay: Asoka de Silva beat Ragama by 5 wickets.
Ragama 152/8 (30) (Y. Silva 21, P. Dilshan 40, D. Sandaruwan 2/29)
Asoka de Silva 155-5 (27.3) (B. Chathuranga 71 n.o., D. Sandaruwan 21, L. Malwatte 3/20)

Malay: BRC beat Narahenpita by 6 wickets.
Narahenpita 195-6 (30) (T. Hondamunage 85, D. Withanage 35 n.o., L. Sedara 2/10, L. Fonseka 2/25)
BRC 196-4 (26) (S. Avinda 117, S. Ushan 30, A. Warnakulasuriya 20 n.o., K. Dhananjaya 2/25)

Results day 1:

U-13 tournament (2 matches)

Shalika: Gampaha Youth beat MCA ‘Red’ by 7 wickets.
MCA ‘Red’ 98-7 (16) (S. Dilshan 42, J. Angammana 2/14, R. Perera 3/18)
Gampaha Youth 99-3 (14) (C. Tennekoon 31 n.o., G. Weeratunga 2/25)

Shalika: BRC beat Ragama by 8 wickets.
Ragama 110 (24.4) (S. Silva 45 n.o., D. Wijesinghe 4/25, P. Jania 4/12)
BRC 111-2 (15.3) (P. Hansa 42 n.o., K. Promod 21 n.o)

U-15 tournament (4 matches)

+MCA: CCC ‘A’ beat Panadura by 7 wickets.
Panadura 98-9 (17) (K. Lakshan 20, T. Pathirana 2/20, S. Fernando 3/12, S. Wimalaweera 2/19)
CCC ‘A’ 100-3 (15.2) (K. Senanayake 26, K. Pathirana 25 n.o)

MCA: CCC ‘B’ beat Moratuwa by 16 runs.
CCC ‘B’ 173-7 (30) (C. Hettiarachchi 51, R. Ranasinghe 35, R. Opatha 25, K. Perera 20, R. Tharindu 2/30)
Moratuwa 157 (30) (N. Seneviratne 40, R. Tharindu 35, N. Ratnayake 3/30, H. Liyanarachchi 4/25)

Malay grounds: Sanath Jayasuriya vs. Marian Cooray ended in a tie.
Marian Cooray 79-8 (12) (M. Perera 25 n.o., M. Peiris 25, I. Pushpitha 2/20, T. Hettige 3/10)
Sanath Jayasuriya 79-9 (12) (K. Wijewardena 15, S. Liyanage 15)

Malay: Gampaha Youth beat Gampaha CA by 93 runs.
Gampaha Youth 193-8 (26) (S. Shanaka 32, A. Madusanka 47, T. Dilshan 35, R. Withana 4/30)
Gampaha CA 100 (23) (R. Withana 31, J. Wijesuriya 20, S. Madushan 3/19, A. Shiran 3/14, S. Nimalsha 2/10) – [LW]