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Marvan’s blitz- Durban 2003



by Aravinthan Arunthavanathan

In a world full of glitz, glamour and grandeur more often than not the old schoolers often go unnoticed. Sri Lankan cricket has been blessed with many who have embodied the former and a few who have lived by the style of latter. Marvan Atapattu is the torch bearer for the old school traditionalist. Having opened with the flamboyant Sanath Jayasuriya for most of his career it is no surprise Marvan’s deeds have unfortunately being overlooked.

Recently a famous sports page in Sri Lanka ran a poll figuring out the best knock ever by a Sri Lankan in ODI cricket. A knock which glaringly failed to grab the limelight was Marvan Atapattu’s 124 vs South Africa in Durban during the 2003 World Cup. The knock in writer’s viewpoint shall rank amongst one of the top knocks by a Lankan for a plethora of reasons.

Sri Lanka going into the 2003 world cup were rank outsiders given a torrid run up to the tournament getting hammered in South Africa and Australia winning only three out of thirteen games. However as always Sri Lanka pulled their socks on the world stage gaining momentum in the tournament. Having beaten the Kiwis in the curtain raiser followed by bashing of minnows Sri Lanka were well on their way to the super eights. However an ambush by the Kenyans in Nairobi meant Sri Lanka were back to suqare one. A win against the Windies in Newlands set the campaign back on track. However ahead of the final group game against the home nation South Africa the complexities of qualification led to chaos. All of a sudden Sri Lanka risked elimination if handed a hammering. The skipper Jayasuriya and the management had expressed dissatisfaction at the ambiguity surrounding qualification. Nevertheless it was a situation where stakes were high.

Durban definitely had to be one of the last places Sri Lanka would have preferred to play a crunch game. It was a wicket which was green and hand bounce and sideways movement which exaggerated towards the evening session. It was a track where technique would prevail over flamboyance. This meant Sri lanka’s natural instincts had to be curbed. Given the hammering received in the run up a big loss was not an improbability.

Taking first lease of the wicket Marvan uncharacteristically raised the tempo early on the innings playing fabulous straight drives and a confluence of cover drives off proteas skipper Shaun Pollock helping Sri Lanka grab the momentum early in a crunch game. However faced with the early loss of Sanath Jayasuriya, Atapptu had to pull back to add stability to the innings.

However with Hashan and an out of form Mahela at the other end Marvan relaized he did not have the luxury of playing sedately, instead Marvan targeted the rookie Monde Zondeki cracking him through the covers and points for boundaries and stepped up the gaps against Andre Hall and Kallis who were the weak links in an attack led by Pollock and Ntini. Marvan’s time aggression led him reach his half century while the team score was around ninety showcasing the dominance he had displayed in the innings.

With Mahela too back in the hut Marvan was joined by Aravinda in whose company Marvan continued his domination. Marvan stepped repeatedly down the wicket to Lance Klusner’s cutters needling the off side field along the ground and through the aerial route a rarely seen feature in Atapattu’s standard approach. Keeping up the momentum Marvan would reach a marvelous century with a exquisite coverdrive with the Lankan score on 183.

Having reached his century before the 40th over, Marvan set foot on the accelerator boosting Sri Lanka’s score with effortless ease. Finally when he held out in the 45th over in the deep it was safe to say he had put Sri Lanka beyond the risk of elimination setting the platform for a 250 plus score.

The game would be filled with drama later on with rain and miscalculations of South Africa’s part but it was no reason to take the glee off one of the finest ODI knocks played by a Sri Lankan on the biggest of stages with high stakes. It’s a knock which is not recollected mainly because it did not rely on pyrotechnics and power but subtle touch and grace.

It is often said that when the going gets tough the tough gets going and Marvan certainly did that with aplomb in this instance and later on against Zimbabwe in the super six stage ensuring Sri Lanka’s qualification to the Semi Finals which was a surprise given the performance in the lead up to the tournament

Successful teams are built upon match winners. However for those glamorous match winners to do what they do best it’s the characters like Marvan who have to play the second fiddle when the going is good and step up when faced with storms. Marvan has played many similar knocks but this would definitely be a stand out.


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Piyumal, Shehan hog limelight with notable feats



Under 19 Division I Cricket Round Up

by Reemus Fernando

A captain’s knock of 96 runs by Janitha Shehan and a five-wicket haul by Kavisha Piyumal were among the highlights as Tier ‘A’ and ‘B’ matches of the Under 19 Division I Limited Overs cricket tournament continued on Wednesday.

Janitha Shehan almost single handedly guided Gurukula to victory with an unbeaten knock (96n.o. in 114 balls, 9x4s) as he anchored the batting line up to reach a target of 188 runs in the penultimate over. They were 78 for four wickets at one stage.

At Katugastota, left-arm spinner Kavisha Piyumal produced his best figures in a limited overs match as St. Anthony’s, registered a three wickets victory against St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa according to the Parabola Method.

The match which commenced as a 41 overs-a-side encounter saw the visitors being bowled out for 117 runs as Piyumal impressed with a five-wicket haul. His figures read 7.1-0-14-5.

In their essay, the home team had a revised target of 114 runs to chase in 39 overs and they achieved it in the 26th over with three wickets to spare. That was the third victory registered by St. Anthony’s. However, despite the victory they will remain in the fourth position in the points table behind St. Sebastian’s, who have four victories under their belt.

Wesley will remain in the second place in their group after registering their fourth win of the tournament yesterday. They beat D.S. Senanayake by five wickets after Shakesh Minon lead their attack with a four-wicket haul to contain the visitors to 159 runs at Campbell Park.

At Campbell Place, Nalanda were reduced to 126 runs before Royal pulled off a three wickets win to remain on top of the table in Tier ‘A’ Group ‘A’. Royal have four victories against their name now after six outings.

In a Tier ‘B’ match played at Kadirana, St. Joseph Vaz’s pulled off an exciting two wickets victory over St. Sylvester’s as their ninth wicket pair kept their cool to add an unfinished stand of 34 runs to win with three balls to spare.

In the other Tier ‘B’ match, a century by Amitha Sandeepa (121 in 131 balls, 11x4s, 2x6s) was in vain for St. Anthony’s Wattala as Mahinda restricted them to 259 runs to win by 17 runs at Galle. For Mahinda, Shehan Hasaranga hogged the limelight cracking 69 runs in 31 balls. His hurricane knock included three fours and seven sixes.


Tier ‘A’

Wesley beat DSS by five wickets at Campbell Park



159 all out in 37.5 overs (Gaviru Senhas 54, Manura Pieris 30, Akidha Weerasuriya 27n.o.; Uvin Perera 3/32,  Shakesh Minon 4/41, Linal Subasinghe 2/19)


161 for 5 in 29.2 overs (Sanithu Amarasinghe 28, Chamath Gomez 48, Ashan Sudarshana 34, Uvin Perera 24; Senura Silva 3/48)

St. Anthony’s beat St. Sebastian’s by three wickets according to Paraboala Method at Katugastota


St. Sebastian’s

117 all out in 39.1 overs (Ryan Dissanayake 28, Sanesh Fernando 28; Kaveesha Piyumal 5/14)

St. Anthony’s

117 for 7 in 26 overs (Janith Rathnasiri 39, Thisara Ekanayake 42n.o., Sajan Wijerathna 2/19, Nadeesh Fernando 3/29)

Royal beat Nalanda by three wickets at Campbell Place



126 all out in 37.3 overs (Yasiru Samarakoon 29, Manupa Manmitha 40; Dasis Manchanayaka 2/17, Sineth Jayawardena 2/20,  Thamod Madularachchi 2/15)


127 for 7 in 38.2 overs (Sineth Jayawardena 37; Sajitha Vithanage 2/23)

Gurukula beat De Mazenod by three wickets at Kandana


De Mazenod

187 all out in 48.5 overs (Hasith Sandeepa 23, Neshan Dias 30, Uvindu Perera 22, Sithum Fernando 24, Mishen Fernando 52n.o.; Janitha Shehan 2/45, Hiruna Nimsara 4/27)


188 for 7 in 48.5 overs (Janitha Shehan  96n.o.; Sithum Fernando 2/17, Neshan Dias 2/39)

Tier ‘B’

Mahinda beat St. Anthony’s Wattala by 17 runs at Galle



276 for 7 in 50 overs (Dinura Kalupahana 55, Dhanuja Induwara 64, Hareen Achintha 22, Hiruna Mandila 23, Shehan Hasaranga 69; Madura Bashitha 2/57, Amitha Sandeepa 2/49)

St. Anthony’s Wattala

259 all out in 49.3 overs (Harsha Weerasooriya 26, Amitha Sandeepa 121, Pathum Vihaga 22; Dinura Kalupahana 2/38, Shehan Hasaranga 2/58, Dhanuja Induwara 2/38)

St. Joseph Vaz’s beat St. Sylvester’s by two wickets at Kadirana


St. Sylvester’s

184 all out in 50 overs (Malith Lakshan 35, Dion Fernando 44, Yoshitha Isuranga 36, Chandupa Waduge 21; Janith Shehan 3/41, Menusha Perera 3/33)

St. Joseph Vaz’s

185 for 8 in 49.3 overs (Kavindu Nishara 41, Dasun Perera 30, Vishwa Rajapaksha 26, Janith Shehan19n.o., Raveen Chethana 14n.o.; Khanka Wickramasinghe 2/35, Akila Wickramasinghe 4/19)

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HFC champions at Western Province Schools Basketball Tournament



Basketball players of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya.

Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya emerged undefeated champions in the Western Province Schools Basketball Tournament and advanced to the All-Island School Games Basketball Championships.

The Western Province School Games basketball tournament concluded during the last weekend. 29 girls’ teams featured in the tournament with 16 teams in the Under 17 category and 13 teams in the Under 20 category. Matches up to quarterfinals were played as knockout matches and the winning four teams (from each category) advanced to the semi-final stage. The girls’ semis and finals were played at the St. Peter’s College Basketball court.

In the Under 20 competition the Familians secured a dominant 53 – 7 win against Colombo International School at the finals after defeating Bishops College 67 – 20 (quarter-finals) and Our Lady of Victories 69 – 30 (semi-finals).

The younger Familians saw off St. Joseph’s Girl’s School to win their final with a score line of 28 – 17. HFC’s Under 17 team clinched the win defeating Our Lady of Victories (quarterfinals 57 – 22) and Lyceum Wattala (semis 47 – 27).

Both teams started strong and kept the momentum throughout the tournament scoring in each possession they could, pressurizing the oppositions with a tight defense, dominating in terms of pace, steals and rebounds which led to many fast breaks.

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St. Sebastian’s and Sangamitta Balika clinch ‘Super A’ team titles



Under-19 Inter-Schools Badminton Team Championship

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle, clinched the boys’ and girls’ Super A Division titles respectively at the Under-19 Inter-Schools Badminton Team Championship which took place in Colombo.

The all-island tournament, organized by the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association (SLSBA) at the Royal College Sports Complex and the D S Senanayaka College Indoor Stadium, saw teams from 84 schools in action under five divisions, namely A, B, C, D, E and Super A.

The Super A Division saw Ananda College, Colombo (A) and Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara becoming runners up in the boys’ and girls’ categories respectively.

Division A titles were won by St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (A) and Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo while Lumbini College, Colombo and Maliyadeva Balika MV, Kurunegala, clinched the Division B victories.

Wesley College, Colombo, and Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala won the Division C titles.

Lalith Athulathmudali MC, Mt. Lavinia, won the Division D boys’ championship while Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha, clinched the girls’ title.

Both boys’ and girls’ Championship crowns were won by shuttlers from Central College, Badulla.

Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) President Rohan de Silva graced the final day’s prize distribution ceremony held at the Royal College, as the chief guest. SLSBA President Atula Wijewardena, officials of the SLB and SLSBA and the principals of the participating schools were also among the attendees at the occasion.

Under 19 Inter-schools

Division E:

Boys’ Champions:

Central College, Badulla


Tissa Central College

Girls Champions:

Central College, Badulla


Bishop’s College

Division D:

Boys Champions:

Lalith Athulathmudali MC, Mt. Lavinia


AS Siraj College, Kandy

Girls Champions:

Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha


Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena

Division C:

Boys Champions:

Wesley College, Colombo


Mahinda College, Galle

Girls Champions:

Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala


Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa

Division B:

Boys Champions:

Lumbini College, Colombo


Bandaranaike College, Gampaha

Girls Champions:

Maliyadeva Balika MV, Kurunegala


Viharamahadevi Balika Vidyalaya

Division A:

Boys Champions:

St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (A)


Richmond College, Galle

Girls Champions:

Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo


OLV Convent, Moratuwa

Super A:

Boys Champions:

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa


Ananda College, Colombo (A)

Girls Champions:

Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle


Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara

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