head for final of Morocco Cup
best bowler with 4 for 44
Wasim Akram (R) celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's
Sanath Jayasuriya (L) during the one day game against Sri
Lanka in The Morocco Cup match at The Tangier Cricket Stadium
17 August 2002. Jayasuriya scored 97 runs.
Aug 17 (Reuters) - Inspired bowling performances by Pulasthi Gunaratne,
who captured 4 for 44 and Chaminda Vaas who had 3 for 30 enabled
Sri Lanka to beat Pakistan by 39 runs in their Morocco Cup triangular
tournament match at the Tangiers Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Sri Lanka are
now heading the Morocco Cup Points Table with two wins while South
Africa and Pakistan have gained one win each. After yesterday's
win Sri Lanka have emerged as the favourites for the trophy.
In reply to
Sri Lanka innings of 242 all out in 49.5 overs. Pakistan were able
to reply with 203 all out in 43.4 overs. Yousuf Youhana batted threw
cautionto the winds as he scored a dashing 80 but he fell victim
to Pulasthi Gunaratne's bowling when he was caught by wicket-keeper
Kumar Sangakara. Sahid Afridigave the Pakistanis somehope when he
scored a cavalier 26 but he was caught by Upul Chandana off Gunaratne's
bowling for 26 and the Pakistan innings fell to pieces.
Jayasuriya fought an almost lone battle against Pakistan's bowlers
making a brilliant 97 as his team limped to a disappointing 242
typically explosive innings ended in the 35th over when Wasim Akram
trapped him lbw with his second delivery after being recalled to
the attack and it immediately ended Sri Lanka's hopes of a commanding
total on a good pitch. The Sri Lankan captain required just 94 balls
for his 97 in which he struck a dozen fours and one six.
promised so much more when Mahela Jayawardene (43) added 111 for
the fourth wicket with Jayasuriya. Smart work from wicketkeeper
Rashid Latif saw Jayawardene run out in the 32nd over, however,
and Jayasuriya followed three overs later.
was the only other batsman to produce a score of note by battling
to 34 from 51 balls but Pakistan's three senior seamers, Wasim Akram,
captain Waqar Younis and Abdur Razzaq kept a tight grip on the closing
a return catch from Arnold to finish with three wickets for 43 runs
in nine overs while Razzaq claimed two for 37 in 10 overs and Akram
an admirable two for 29 in one ball less than his full quota.
creates tennis history
Fourteen-year-old Franklyn Emmanuel of Royal College created history
when he beat the top seed and the defending champion Renouk Wijemanne
in a thrilling five setter to become the youngest National Champion
in the history of Sri Lanka Tennis. Renouk
who started the first set on an aggressive note by forcing Franklin
to make a series of unforced errors won the set 6/1.
regained his rhythm in the second set to get the better of Renouk
and win 6/2. The experienced Renouk bounced back to win the third
set 6/2 and to lead the fourth set 2/1.But a gutsy Franklin fought
back to win the forth set 6/3.
off the fifth set on a positive note attacking Renouk at the baseline
and moving his opponent from side to side before finishing off with
a high percentage of wins.He finished the final set in style by
winning five straight games and not giving his opponent any chance
of coming back.
In the Women's
Single finals top seed Dinali de Silva overcame stiff opposition
from 15-year-old Jancy Paramanathan to win the title 6/4,6/4. Men's
Singles Semi Finals: Franklin Emmanuel beat Amrit Rupasinghe 2/6,6/3,6/4
Emmanuel bt Renouk Wijemanne 1/6, 6/2, 2/6, 6/3, 6/1 Women's Singles
Semi Finals: Jancy Paramanathan bt Sobhini de Silva 6/3,7/6,(7/3);
Dinali de Silva bt Nawchali de Silva 6/3,1/6,6/3 Final: Dinali de
Silva bt Jancy Paramanathan 6/4,6/4. -(M.F)
CH&FC after being led 19-13 at the turn around went down fighting
losing by 20 points (2 goals and 2 penalty goals) to 33 (2 goals,
2 tries and 3 penalty goals) to the Army in the second leg match
played at the Army Grounds at Galle Face last evening.
The robust Army
forwards took control in the initial half and tackled the CH 'eight'
to a standstill. The soldiers did well to score three tries in the
initial half through their back division: centre Vijitha, flanker
H. Karunaratne and winger Fernando. Fullback T.A. Silva fired over
two of them to add the extra points. For CH Nalin Dissanayake put
over a penalty.
In the second
half CH played with a better game plan and decided to move the ball
which resulted in centre Lasantha Ediriweera scoring two tries.
Both tries were converted by Dissanayake. Nalin did well to put
over another penalty for the losers.
Army in the
second half scored their fourth try through Sanjaya. K.A. Silva
who had a good game in the last line, put over two more penalties
for the soldiers to win 33-20. This win helps Army to the third
spot in the League Table. -Referee D. Nimal. (B.W)
revenge for CR&FC
By Bernie Wijesekera
Unbeaten defending 'A' Caltex league champions Kandy SC met their
Waterloo when they were outplayed by the gritty CR&FC in the
final second leg match at Longden Place yesterday. The red shirts
who lost the first leg at Nittawela 31-17 in a rousing contest,
did well to beat them by 32 points (2 goals, 3 tries and a penalty)
to 15 (a goal, a try and a penalty) to dent their unbeaten record.
Both teams before
the start of the match were introduced to the chief guest Mr. Kishu
Gomes, CEO Caltex by the President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football
Union Capt. Harsha Mayadunne.
The red shirts
inspired by Casilan power, their main sponsor, did not let up in
this battle of attrition and took control with some sweeping moves
despite Kandy dominating the line-outs through flankers Pradeep
Basnayake and Asoka Jayasena.
The Hill Capital
side lacked fire-power of the granite-hard Haris Omar to lead the
pack. Omar who was injured in the last game was sidelined. Further
to their woes, sleek running winger Sanjeewa Jayasinghe who suffered
a serious injury to his ankle (fracture) will be out for three months.
Place Club capably led by Asanga Rodrigo who are placed second in
the League Table, had nothing to lose from this match. They displayed
abundant grit and determination and had Kandy constantly running
for shelter. Hawk-eyed flanker Pavithra Fernando was the showpiece.
The wiry forward helped his team's cause immensely. In the process
he scored two tries.
on this day Kandy SC were not found wanting that too without four
regulars. Vidyartha schoolboy Dhanuska Pushpakumara manned the last
line in the absence of Weerakkody. Radhika Hettiarachchi on the
wing was the most eye-catching with his hard running. Kandy SC opened
scoring in the fifth minute off a line out in the '25'. Centre Sajith
Mallikarachchi rolled over. Ibrahim added the extra points. The
second Kandy try was a fine bit of thinking. Centre Chamara Withanage
did a solo 40 yards. When challenged he slipped the ball to Niloufer
Ibrahim who fell over. Ibrahim himself added the extra points. CR
hit back off a five-yard scrum. Nippy Champika Nishantha crashed
over to score by the posts. Halimdeen added the extra points.
the short whistle CR were awarded a penalty in front, but opted
for a short tap. Pavithra Fernando pounced on the ball for an unconverted
try. The score was dead locked at 12-all at the break. CR continued
with their rhythm which resulted with another try off a ruck five
yards out. Sumedha Jayasinghe rolled over for the try. The next
try was scored from a defensive position. Pavithra Fernando picked
the ball from the loose and slipped to winger Hamesh Gunaratne,
who made a 60-yard solo run to touch down. Kodagoda added the extra
points. Radhika put over a penalty for Kandy SC (24-15). Kodagoda
put over another penalty for CR to lead 27-15. A Pavithra 'special'
put the icing on the cake for CR to win 32-15. Referee Anura Jayasekera.