Emirates down SriLankan
United Arab Emirates National player Arshad Ali struck a whirlwind century as the touring Emirates Flight Catering team opened their short tour of Sri Lanka with a 64 run victory over SriLankan Airlines Catering at the Katunayake grounds yesterday.

Batting first the tourist hit up 239 for 4 wickets in 30 overs as they sent their SriLankan colleagues on a leather hunt. Arshad Ali was in cracking form whipping a dozen boundaries in his 104. Skipper Ziad Khan completed a fine half century as Emirates put up an imposing total.

Free clinic for wheelchair tennis players
Wheelchair tennis is catching up fast with more disabled soldiers getting involved due to the effort put in by the committee of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA). Encouraged by its success the SLTA wheelcahir committee headed by its secretary Col. Chris de Silva are planning to start a new campaign with the first ever wheelchair tennis clinic scheduled to get underway tomorrow (August 4) at the SLTA hard courts from 11.30 a.m.

The clinic will be conducted by ITF wheelchair tennis specialists Kathy Fahim of Australia and Dutchman Taco Nijoff who is a disabled athlete himself.

The clinic is free of charge with the SLTA providing the racquets, balls and wheelchairs and is open to all disabled persons who are interested in playing wheelchair tennis.

The SLTA which has involved the army in wheelchair tennis with huge success with some of them representing the Sri Lanka team in international wheelchair tournaments in Thailand and France winning gold medals at both events. -MSA

Daniel and Fernando in century stand
By Marlon Fernandopulle
An unbroken 128 run stand for the second wicket between Ian Daniel and Nadeesha Fernando helped Bloomfield to a strong position against Colts SC in their Under 23 Cricket Board game at Havelock Park yesterday.

Colts SC- 180 (Saman Nishantha 46, Tyronne de Silva 24, Nirmal Wickremaratne 53; Kaushalya Weeraratne 3/31 Buddhika Ranaweera 3/42, Kaushal Lokuarachchi 3/36)

Bloomfield - 156/1(Ian Daniel 80 n.o. Nadesha Fernando 59 n.o.)

Exchanges were even at the end of the first day's play in the Raddoluwa SC -Nuggegoda SC game played at Rifle Green yesterday.

At Rifle Green:Nugegoda SC vs Raddoluwa CC
Raddoluwa SC - 195 (N. Dharmasena 97, S. Chandrasiri 21, V. Silva 3/37, E. Egiliyage 2/47)

Nugegoda SC-115/4 (N. Gamage 69, D. Thotamula 32; N Priyantha 2/110)

Half centuries from M. Fernando (59) and G. Perera (73) helped Tamil Union to 217 all out against Chilaw Marians at the P. Sara Stadium yesterday.

At the Sara Stadium Tamil Union vs Chilaw Marians

Tamil Union - 217 (M Fernando 59, G. Perera 73; M. Chanaka 5/63, T. Lakshita 3/35)
Chilaw Marians- 7/0

Cambrians on top
Old Cambrians held the edge over their home town rivals Moratuwa SC at the end of the first day's play.Old Cambrians- 171-(D. Fernando 64, T. Peiris 54; B. Dhanajaya 5/57, S. Fernando 4/40)

Moratuwa SC-111/7( A Peiris 48 n o D Sampath 3/21 B Amarasinghe 2/19).

Wesley power too much for Ananda
Wesley 20
Ananda 3
A second half onslaught put in by the Wesleyites proved too much for the Anandians in the quarter final match of the President's Trophy rugby encounter at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

Though leading 3-0 at the breather the Anandians succumbed in the second half to lose, with Wesley scoring 20 points through one goal, two tries and a penalty to a penalty. Wesley scored their tries through two from fly half Zakir Badurdeen and one from winger Niranjan Wickramaratne with full back Yasas Nonis converting one and booting the penalty. Full back Nadeesh Chaturanga put over the penalty for the losers. Referee; Dilroy Fernando

S. Thomas' down St. Peter's
S.Thomas' 27
St. Peter's 10
In the other quarterfinal that preceded this game S. Thomas' overcame St. Peter's by 27 points (1 goal, 4 tries) to 10 (2 tries). At the breather the winners led 12-5.

Number eight Namal Rajapakse (2), skipper and flanker Ashen Karthelis, scrum half Dinesh Siriwardena and centre Kasun Kohanna one each were the try scorers for the Thomians with prop forward Chaminda Jayaprakash goaling one. While flanker Sajith Adhikari and winger Jeewanka Gunatileke were the try scorers for the Peterites. Referee: A.C. Tennekoon.

Tomorrow two-quarter finalsThe remaining two-quarter finals of the President's Trophy will be played tomorrow. The quarter final between St. Anthony's and Dharmaraja, which was originally scheduled to be played at the Sugathadasa Stadium, will now be played in Kandy. While the quarterfinal match between Isipathana and Kingswood will be played at the Sugathadasa Stadium.

The encounter in Kandy should be a cakewalk for the Antonians while the game at the Sugathadasa Stadium between Isipathana and Kingswood should be a cliffhanger. Kingswood who are having a dream season this year being the only unbeaten side will be tested by the green shirts and will they able to maintain the unbeaten tag.-MSA

Murali makes winning debut
LONDON, Aug 1 (AFP) - Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan made a match-winning debut for Kent on Friday when he took six wickets to inspire his team to a 55-run win against Essex in the English county championship.

After finishing wicketless in the first innings, Murali turned on the style at Canterbury when Essex batted again as he took 6-61 as the visitors were dismissed for 235.

Set 291 to win the relegation clash, Essex had resumed on 24-1 but they crumbled to 235 all out as only Andy Flower, with 83, standing firm at the crease.

Muralitharan is in his second spell in the county championship having previously played for Lancashire.

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