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The need to review the reviews

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by Rex Clementine

Many things in our cricket have fallen apart; including common sense. Here’s a case in point. Jerome Jayaratne has been a career coach and his loyalty has been with Sri Lanka Cricket for over two decades. His thesis on coaching was recognized by the International Cricket Council and that’s the one that modern day coaches follow. For some strange reason, SLC opted to take him out of coaching and put him in administration. They wanted to accommodate a British national as head of the coaching department. It didn’t work out. Sanity prevailed and Jerome has returned to coaching.

That’s not the only area where we have lacked common sense. Our choice of reviews over the years have been appalling.

It is now up to the likes of Jerome and Head Coach Mickey Arthur to do a review on Sri Lanka’s recent use of reviews. Statistically, we would fare badly compared to most nations. It is common knowledge that Sri Lanka in recent times lost quite a few series due to poor fielding and below par fitness levels. Poor use of reviews too has contributed heavily towards this. Maybe, the Bangladesh series is an opportunity for us to correct this.

When Sri Lanka were whitewashed by England 3-0 at home in 2018 it was a bitter pill to swallow for most fans. Galle had been a strong fort for Sri Lankan cricket and for ages given the scorching heat there, the Englishmen barely lasted three days. But in 2018, they won in Galle and went onto complete an emphatic series win.

No doubt England played some terrific cricket but Sri Lanka committed hara-kiri with their poor use of reviews. Often, Sri Lanka would have exhausted both their reviews even before the team’s number one bowler – Rangana Herath had been introduced to the attack. The main culprit of poor use of reviews was Niroshan Dickwella.

The point was conveyed to the team management then but it was difficult to convince them. They seemed to be more hooked onto the idea that the bowlers were not creating any opportunities. No wonder they didn’t last long.

Now, Dickwella is one of the brightest talents around and there’s no doubt that he should play in all three formats of the game. But, he needs to watch his enthusiasm for reviews. Often, when urging the captain to go for a review, his immaturity and compulsive nature become too evident. Every appeal, according to Dickwella it seems, should result in the umpire raising the finger. He has forgotten the golden rule that reviews are there to rectify the glaring blunders.

It’s a catch 22 situation for Sri Lanka. Your wicketkeeper is in the best position to tell the captain whether to review or not. It appears often that Dickwella rather than weighing the merits and demerits of an appeal, goes with the gut feeling and urges the captain to consult the third umpire.

The captain had to be firm with Dickwella driving home the point how vital reviews were and the negative impact their improper use was having on the team.

It’s a pity because Sri Lanka was one of the countries that used reviews so well when it was introduced first. Playing against India when Decision Review System made it debut in 2008, Mahela Jayawardene had an amazing success rate compared to his counterpart Anil Kumble.

Given how poorly the Sri Lankans have reviewed in recent years, it is not a bad idea to give bowlers, captain and the keeper bit of training on the matter. It may sound bizarre but what else could you do when you have given away so much of advantage to the opposition due to poor reviews.



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Piyumal, Shehan hog limelight with notable feats

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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.

Results

Tier ‘A’

Wesley beat DSS by five wickets at Campbell Park

Scores:

DSS

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)

Wesley

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

Scores:

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

Scores:

Nalanda

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)

Royal

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

Gurukula beat De Mazenod by three wickets at Kandana

Scores:

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)

Gurukula

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

Scores:

Mahinda

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

Scores:

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

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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

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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

Runners-up:

Tissa Central College

Girls Champions:

Central College, Badulla

Runners-up:

Bishop’s College

Division D:

Boys Champions:

Lalith Athulathmudali MC, Mt. Lavinia

Runners-up:

AS Siraj College, Kandy

Girls Champions:

Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha

Runners-up:

Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena

Division C:

Boys Champions:

Wesley College, Colombo

Runners-up:

Mahinda College, Galle

Girls Champions:

Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala

Runners-up:

Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa

Division B:

Boys Champions:

Lumbini College, Colombo

Runners-up:

Bandaranaike College, Gampaha

Girls Champions:

Maliyadeva Balika MV, Kurunegala

Runners-up:

Viharamahadevi Balika Vidyalaya

Division A:

Boys Champions:

St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (A)

Runners-up:

Richmond College, Galle

Girls Champions:

Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo

Runners-up:

OLV Convent, Moratuwa

Super A:

Boys Champions:

St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa

Runners-up:

Ananda College, Colombo (A)

Girls Champions:

Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle

Runners-up:

Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara

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