Ladies topple Army
Winning the second trophy within a week
By M. Shamil Amit
Slimline ladies clinched second trophy within a week in a nail biting
final of the women's Seven a Side rugby tournament organised by
the Western Province Rugby Football Union and played at Longden
Place yesterday. Slimline SC defeated Army by 10 points (two tries)
to 5 (one try) to win the cup.
This is the
second trophy that they have won within a week. Last Sunday they
won the Mercantile Rugby 7's which was also played at Longden Place.
The Plate final was won by HNB who defeated North Central Province
'B' by 5 points to nil and the Bowl was taken by Havelocks SC beat
Tri Star 'A' 10-5.
It was a fitting
cup final with no quarters asked or given as both sides played rugby
of high standard. With the score reading nil all at the breather.
Army drew first blood when play resumed in the second half scoring
a try in the third minute. But Slimline SC skipper and fly half
Anusha Kodituwakku playing a tireless game equalled the score with
a few seconds away from full time. When the scores were level the
long whistle was blown.
The game went
to extra time with the team scoring first declared winners. In the
first half of extra time neither side scored and in the second half
it was skipper Anusha Kodituwakku again, receiving a pass from one
of her team ran over 30 metres to give her side a thrilling win.
For the Plate winners HNB Harshani Vijayalath scored the try while
Nichola scored the try for Bowl winners Havies.
Semi Finals - Cup - Army beat Kelani Valley 10-5 and Slimline
SC beat Central Province 12-0. Plate - North Central Province 'B'
beat Tri Star 'B' 19-0 and HNB beat Air Force 19-0. Bowl - Havelocks
beat North Central Province 'A' 15-0 and Tri Star 'A' received a
Cup - Slimline SC beat Army 10-5. Plate - HNB beat North Central
Province 'B' 5-0. Bowl - Havelocks SC beat Tri Star 10-5.
to miss first half of VB Series
Veteran middle order batsman Aravinda de Silva will miss the first
half of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia after requesting leave for
personal reasons. De Silva, Sri Lanka's highest one-day run scorer,
who will retire from all cricket after the World Cup, will be unavailable
for the first three games of the VB Series against Australia and
has sent a letter to the selectors, requesting leave for the opening
part of VB Series," confirmed team manager Ajit Jayasekera
from Bloemfontein on Friday.
Sri Lanka's three-man selection panel, headed by former Sri Lanka
wicket-keeper Guy de Alwis, was due to pick a 16-man squad for Australia
earlier in the week but will now finalise selection on Monday when
the team returns to Colombo.
batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana is being seriously considered as de
Silva's replacement. -Cricinfo
disappointed with performance
South Africa, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya
said he was less than satisfied with his side's performance after
their six-wicket loss to South Africa in the fifth and final one-day
international on Friday.
were scarcely troubled as they chased down Sri Lanka's 228 for eight
with six wickets in hand and four overs and five balls to spare,
Neil McKenzie finishing unbeaten on 70. The win gave South Africa
a 4-1 victory in the series.
just one game against the South Africans, Jayasuriya said that despite
one or two positive signs, it had been a disappointing series. "Some
players are getting used to playing in these kind of conditions
- people like Marvan (Atapattu) and (Kumar) Sangakkara who played
well today. The problem is we are not consistent, we need someone
to bat long innings.
are plus points, but overall it was not that good," Jayasuriya
said. Sri Lanka's coach Dav Whatmore was also frustrated at the
way some of the batsmen gave their wickets away cheaply during the
series. "It happens too often. Every game you hear Sanath say
the same things and I repeat a few things myself too," he said.
situations where a lovely little gift is given to the opposition.
Our batsmen have to work hard for their runs. They have to really
get stuck in and not let up in the slightest," Whatmore said.
South African coach Eric Simons was happy with a job well done.
set ourselves a five-nil target but I think we're very happy with
what we've achieved," Simons said. "I certainly, as a
coach learned a lot from what happened on Sunday (in South Africa's
only defeat of the series in Benoni). I think the guys did as well
and the way they've come back from that is really good. "We
achieved a lot of targets that we set ourselves so that's good,"
steers Saracens SC
arm spinner Upul Indrasiri with match figures of 5 for 25 steered
Saracens SC to 21 run win over Navy SC in the Segment 'B' Champions
Trophy limited over cricket match played at Welisara yesterday.
Saracens SC taking first lease of the wicket scored 199 for in their
alloted overs. In reply Navy SC chasing the target were able to
muster only 178.
199 for 9 in 45 overs (Maduranga Soysa 48, Sajith Dilantha 41, Mohamed
Ikram 15, Kelum Kumara 17 n.o., Subash Perera 40 n.o.; S. Nanayakkara
3 for 47, L. Hewage 2 for 22, J. Kumara 2 for 22, S. Vishwajith
2 for 29)
Navy SC 178
in 34 overs (K. Kumara 42, M.M. Perera 32, N. de Silva 14, S. Nanayakkara
31, P. Fernando 20; Upul Indrasiri 5 for 25, Mohamed Ikram 3 for
12, Dilshan Rupasinghe 2 for 37)
In another match of the same tournament played at Moratuwa. Lankan
CC overcame Kalutara TC by 65 runs. Lankan CC batting first made
236 in 44.3 overs and bowled out Kalutara TC for 171.
Lankan CC 236
in 44.3 overs (C. Jayasinghe 67, C. Nirosh 64, J. Pradeep 47; S.
Kahingala 3 for 47, C. Hettiarachchi 3 for 31, D. Perera 2 for 26)
Kalutara TC 171 in 34 overs (D. Sampath 23, C. Hettiarachchi 77
n.o.; Selvin Perera 4 for 55, H. Gunawardena 2 for 4)-MSA