stuff as Kandy SC dismantle CH
Kandy - 30. CH - 22
By Aubrey Kuruppu
A glittering first half performance by Kandy SC enabled them to
have a strangle hold on the Clifford Cup for another year. The well
nigh invincible side from the hills gave no quarter as they dismantled
the CH & FC attacks to run out winners by 30 points (3 goals,
3 penalties,) to 22 ( 2 goals, 1 try, 1 penalty). before a packed
Nittawela stadium yesterday.
led from the front as he almost single handedly led his team back
in to the attack after Fred Moe had charged down Weerakkody's clearance,
off the kick off, touched down. Dissanayake made it 7/0 for the
with tigerish ferocity fought his way over the line after side-stepping
a defender or two. Weerakkody converted to level the scores. Kandy
now increased the intensity of their offensive and Laga made a break
from close to the line. allikarachchi materialised from no where
to latch on to the pass and scored his second try.
the points and Kandy led 14/7. Diissanayake converted well a 40
yard penalty that made the score 14/10. In the twentieth minute
Laga scored once more off a five yard scrum and Weerakkody made
no mistake (21/10). Few minutes later, the CH line was blown off
side and Weerakkody accepted the offering with glee (24/10).
Teles made a good run along the left touch line and just managed
to touch down beside the corner flag. Diissanayake failed to convert
and at lemons Kandy led (24/15).
was a bit of a no show. CH needed two scoring efforts as it stood
at half time. Two penalties by Weerakkody made Kandy's final tally
30. In between these penalties, there was a try of great beauty.
who came in to the field in the second half, broke through in the
centre and powered ahead. When challenged he switched an inside
pass to Rakota who did the rest, scoring with a flourish under the
posts. Dissanayake's conversion made CH's tally 22.
half was a let down after an action packed first half. Teles who
played till the 15th minute of the second half, never represented
a major threat, unlike Bolokoro. Possibly the latter's injury necessitated
a late entry.
arrived centre Ryan O'Neil showed a cool head and the ability to
think on his feet. He was in the thick of things till he was replaced
by Jema. Asoka Jayasena made up for Basnayake's absence by jumping
well in the line outs. It was an invigorating performance by him.
Laga was one of the danger men especially near the line situations.
Pushpakumara had a couple of near misses, chasing punts ahead and
almost getting there ahead of the defenders.
gave an error-strewn performance, missing out on a few penalties
and attempted drop kicks. However he seemed to post a threat when
running with the ball..
The CH were
valiant but some defensive lapses in the initial half helped Kandy
to capitalise and put them under pressure. Number Eight Lewke had
a good game and figured prominently in the loose.Out on the wing
Sivakantha seemed a bit short of class when compared to the likes
of Hettiarachchi and Pushpakumara.
CH fought the
good fight, but on this day Kandy was unstoppable. they were in
battle trim, and were poised for action. They took that early goal
in their stride and exacted more than due revenge.
166, Shan 151 n.o on a run spree
By Bernie Wijesekera
Chilaw Marians in reply to Bloomfield's first innings score of 159,
batting on a feather bed helped by an aggressive and attractive
fourth wicket stand of 212 between 23-year-old Janaka Gunaratne
(in 310 balls with 13 fours) and 20-year-old Shan Wijeratne (151
n.o off 261 balls with 13 fours) enabled them to amass 493 for 5
at close at the NCC Grounds yesterday.
- 159 (Sumalka Perera 31; Ranil Dhammika 4 for 13, O. Wijesiriwardena
2 for 44, P. Jayasundare 2 for 2)
- 493 for 5 at close off 155 overs (Janaka Gunaratne 166 n.o, M.
Gajanayake 35, Arosh Perera 19, Ishan Muthalif 19, S. Wijeratne
151 n.o, C. Sylvester 60 n.o; T. Kandambi 2 for 78). Match Referee
- Sylvester Dias.
SC batsmen ousts Colts CC
SSC's formidable batting line up helped them to overcome stiff resistance
from Colts as they took first innings points at the end of the second
day's play in their under 23 Cricket Board semi final game played
at Braybrooke Place yesterday.
Chasing a modest
223 SSC batsmen put up a sensible batting performance to ensure
that their place for weeks final is guaranteed. Continuing from
their overnight 68 for 2 wickets the SSC were propped up by a 57
run 3rd wicket stand between Paranavithana (67) and Jeevan Mendis
Colts - 223
& 46/4 at close (Manjula Silva 2/16)
SSC - 293 (Tharanga Paranavithana 67, Radhiv Fernando 20, Jeevan
Mendis 26 Lasith Fernando 45, Damith Indika 25, Andrew Perera 32,
Manjula Silva 37; M Pushpakumara 2/50, Sudeera de Zoysa 4/57, Ranesh
Perera 4/61) - MF
to retire after Athens Olympics in 2004
Channaka de Silva reporting from France
Olympic long jump champion Heike Drechsler said on Saturday she
will retire after next year's Athens Olympics. The 38-year-old German
was the youngest world champion at the inaugural 1983 Helsinki world
championships when she won the long jump title for East Germany.
She then turned
herself into a sprinter, equalling compatriot Marita Koch's 200
world record in 1986. After missing the 1996 Olympics and the 1999
world championships through injury, Drechsler returned to win the
Olympic long jump title at the 2000 Sydney Games.
will definitely be my last Olympics," she told reporters on
Saturday. "It's time to hand my experience over to others.
"I have been competing for 25 years which is a very long time."
Drechsler pulled out this month's Paris world championships because
of an Achilles tendon injury.
Capel and Darvis Patton won the 200 metres gold and silver respectively
at the ninth world athletic championships here at the Stade de France
in Saint Denis, Paris on Friday night to atone for American failure
to win a medal in the 100 metres event. Capel, who had tried his
hand at American football after the dissapointment of finishing
eighth in the Sydney Olympics three years ago, won in a time of
20.30sec. while Patton was second in 20.31.
But the major
surprise was the indentity of of the bronze medal winner Japan's
Shingo Suetsugu who finished third in 20.38 to become the Asian
nation's first ever sprint medallist at the world championships.
Britain's 100 metres bronze medallist Darren Campbell who finished
in 20.39 was pipped to fourth place by Suetsugu in a photo finish.
In 2001, the
year after the Sydney Olympics, Capel was picked by the American
Football club Chicago Bears and was then transferred to Kansas City
Chiefs but Capel quit, unable to endure the pressure on him. "The
coach and players expected too much of me," Capel said.
back to athletics in 2002. "I am more mature," he said.
"I grew up. Leaving track was probably one of the best things
that ever happened to me." Capel, Patton and Campbell would
be pitted again today, in the 4 x 100 metres semi-finals today.
Capel also said that he did it for the country.
is what we wanted. We knew we could do it, it feels great me and
Darvis doing it for the U.S.A.," said Capel. "We made
up for what happened in the 100," he said. "The U.S. sprinters
have not gone anywhere. We're back and we're back tough."
which turned cold and gloomy on Friday after sunny six days and
heatwave that had reportedly claimed over 10,000 lives in France,
continued on Saturday and spelled bad luck for the Sri Lankans who
were scheduled to run the 4X400 metre relay last night at 7.11 p.m
local time (11.11 p.m. Sri Lankan time).
The team comprising
of Prasanna Amarasekara, Rohan Pradeep Kumara, Ranga Wimalawansa
and Sugath Tillekaratne (in lap order) were drawn in to the first
of the three first round heats in lane one. Great Britain, Kenya,
hosts France, Russia, South Africa, Domincan Republic and Ireland
were in the heat three alongside Sri Lanka.
Only the first two of each heat and the two fastest losers of the
first round heats would qualify for the next round but Sri Lanka's
chances did not look good according to the form book.
Sri Lanka team
which had recorded a best time of 3:02.71, were only ranked 20th
among the 24 teams running in the first round. However Sri Lanka
relay team has not run a single race this summer and it all would
depend on how they perform on the day.
American Dwight Phillips won his second world gold medal this year
in the long jump winning the world championships final with a leap
of 8.32 metres to add to his world indoor championships title earlier
Wearing a red
and blue striped hooded, full-body speed suit which immediately
earned him the nickname "spiderman" from the spectators,
Phillips won the meet on his fifth jump which in British measurements
accounted to 27 feet 3.75 inches. Jamaica's James Beckford finished
second with a 8.28 metres jump while Yago Lamela of Spain claimed
the bronze with his 8.22 metres effort..
a battle," Phillips said. "Great competitors bring out
the best in you, and they brought out the best in me tonight."
By M. Shamil Amit
Defending All Island Under 19 Rugby 7's champions, Isipathana sounded
a warning before the forthcoming Singer Rugby Sevens scheduled to
be held shortly when they clinched the All Island Schools Under
19 Sevens title defeating this year's President Trophy knockout
champions Kingswood by 19 points to 10 in the cup final at Longdon
the day, Isipathana and Kingswood defeated Wesley 24-7 and St. Sylvester's
21-12 respectively in the semi finals. Ananda trounced Vidyartha
41-5 to win the plate championship while Thurstan overcame Prince
of Wales 26-12 to take the bowl title.
In the Division
'B' category of the same tournament played at the Havelock Park
Wesley 'B' defeated Ananda 'B' 19-14 to clinch the cup. St. Peter's
'B' beat Kegalu MV 24-0 to take the plate championship and new comers
to rugby Piliyandala Central beat Harischandra National School Negombo
29-5 to win the bowl championship.