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SL Colombo Port spikers win gold

Sri Lanka Ports Authority spikers won the third gold medal for Sri Lanka in the first ever South Asian Ports Games at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday. Colombo Port spikers defeated the strong Indian Port three sets to one in enthralling game (25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17).

Lankans got off to a flying in the first set and were in front from the word go and were in with fine lead of six points 18-12. The Indians could not do anything to prevent the Lankans scoring rate and went down 19-25.

The next set began and it was the Indians who consolidated here. They before reaching the double figures were 4 points ahead of the locals. This lead they maintained until the end to win the set and also come to even terms 1-1. The Lankans failed in this set mainly due to poor serving where they conceded three points to give the advantage for the visitors.

Local spikers entered the count for the third time with determination and were seen going out for the kill. Their tactics paid heavy dividends but the visitors too made every effort to block the forward march of the locals and were on equal terms at five each and seven each. Colombo Port players making no mistakes kept a steady movement and controlled the game in their favour to end at 25-20 to make it 2-1.

With the local team handling the situation well came out to with intention of finishing the game to touch the gold. This they did in fine style. Skipper Prageeth Dissanayake was seen at his best doing a good job keep his side in front. India took the first point here and went also collect three points. Lankans fought hard and equalised at 3-3 and moved away from there onwards. Visitors however managed to come to equal terms once again at 7-7.

Dissanayake leading the side well and served well to earn two points to find the way out. They continued this trend while blocking many scoring opportunities from the Indian spikers. This became a tough job for the Indian Port handlers. Once they reached 17 points against Sri Lanka Port they could not add anything to their tally and lost the set 25-17 giving the victory and the gold medal for the Sri Lanka Port workers.

Maldive went away with the bronze medal.

Cricket

Cricketers from Sri Lanka Port Colombo were the winners of the gold medal in the Twenty20 tourney in the same games. Colombo Port cricketers met the Indians yesterday in the final which was played at Colts Ground and defeated them by six wickets.

Indian who batted first and made a formidable total of 150 for seven in their allotted overs with N. Reddy making a top score of 37 while there were two valuable knocks from K. Ray and S. Dabolkar 31 and 27 respectively. Lanka Port workers reached the target in only 19.2 overs with the help of two half centuries coming from the bats of Gihan de Silva 54 Ashan Priyanjana 50 n.o., C. Seemon made 23, R. Narodkhan had three scalps for 27 runs.

India 150/7 (A. Raj 31, N. Reddy 37, S. Dabolkar 27, D. Dias 2/17).

Colombo Port 153/4 in 19.2 overs (Gihan de Silva 54, C. Seemon 23, Ashan Priyanjana 53 n.o., R. Narodkhan 3/27).

Soccer

Maldivian soccerites defeated the Indian Port five goals to nil to carry away the gold medal in the soccer championship which ended in Badulla Vincent Dias Stadium. Colombo Port beat Airport and Aviation team to take the bronze medal.

Table Tennis

India once again took the gold for Tennis Sri Lanka Port, and the silver was won by the Trincomalee Port workers.

Tennis

Bangladesh defeated Trinco Port team in Tennnis to go with the gold while Colombo Port took the bronze.

 

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