Sri Lanka Domestic Cricket News

28 January 1997

* Bloomfield continued to take a close lead over SSC in the latest unofficial points table of the Sara Trophy division 1 segment 'A'' tournament after last evening's matches. The Reid Avenue club maintained their top position with a convincing 416-run win over Kalutara TC.

Table leaders Bloomfield have registered three outright wins and an equal number of first innings wins in seven outings.

SSC, after conceding a first innings lead to Galle CC did well to register 134-runs outright win at the Galle Esplanade, thus being advanced to the second spot displacing Colts who had a first innings win against Wattala Antonians. SSC has now won four matches outright and one on the first innings in six outings. Tamil Union has climbed up to the third place, followed by Colts.

* The national cricket selectors are due to meet shortly to finalise the 16-member Sri Lanka team for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand which starts later next month. Sri Lanka's cricket pool is currently training under Bruce Yardley and the tour squad is expected to be named later next week.

The national selection committee, headed by Duleep Mendis, is evaluating the progress made by the national poolists in the domestic premier league for the Sara Trophy. Informed sources said Aravinda de Silva (playing for Auckland in New Zealand) and Asanka Gurusinha (playing for North Melbourne in Australia) who are out of the island will return to Colombo within the next fortnight. But Gurusinha's inclusion in the national team depends on what course of action the BCCSL disciplinary committee takes with regard to him giving press interviews here and abroad.

Arjuna Ranatunga has already been appointed captain of the Sri Lanka team which will meet New Zealand in a series of two Tests and three one-day internationals in their one-month tour starting on February 27.

* Senani Perera (53 with 6 fours) and D. Anthony (42 with 2 sixes, 4 fours) steered Wattala CC to a three-wicket win over Southland SC in their division III final round match played at Wattala.

Southland SC batting first, made 203 in 46.1 overs with D. Dissanayake making a top score of 49. In reply Wattala CC made 204 for 7 in 45.2 overs.

* St.Peter's are without a single coloursman, but with most of the players in the second year and eligible to play another couple of years, possess an average side this year. All-rounder Ra- mendra Nonis in his second year, will lead the Peterites this year. Wicketkeeper and opening batsman Jerome Fernando is the player who has scored most this season.He has topped the 400 run mark with the highest score of 93 against Isipathana.

The most consistent all-rounder in the side-left-hander Malinda Warnapura the nephew of Sri Lanka's first Test captain Bandula Warnapura is the second highest run getter.He has over 300 runs to his credit. St.Peter's won a solitary match beating Sri Jayawardenapura MV and lost to Wesley (after thirty years) in the 8 matches played so far. The team is coached by former Sri Lanka Test spinner Roger Wijesuriya.

Source: The Daily News

Contributed by CricInfo Management
Date-stamped : 25 Feb1998 - 15:02