Hekari suffered its first defeat in the tournament, going down to Team Wellington 4-0 today under chilling weather conditions at the QBE Stadium.Wellington put up a strong fight, scoring two goals in the first half and two in the second half.Hekari struggled in the first half with few opportunities.Tommy Semmy had a half chance for Hekari three minutes into the game but his volley was blocked by the Wellington defence.Wellington’s first goal came 21 minutes into the game 1-0 when Tom Jackson fired a low cross into the box that Captain Bill Robertson turned into the top corner.Wellington extended their lead 2-0 in the 37th minute when goalkeeper Ismael Pole palms a Robertson header but it goes straight back to the defender and he loops his second header into the net.The New Zealanders entered the second half even stronger, scoring the third goal 3-0 in the 55th minute.The fourth goal came in the 63rd minute through Luis Corrales to take his team to victory 4-0.Team Wellington is through to the semi-finals, which kick off on Wednesday, April 20.Meanwhile, the Lae City Dwellers will play for pride on Sunday in their last Pool A match against the Solomon Warriors at 1pm (11pm).
It was only yesterday when half of India blamed Anushka Sharma for a World Cup loss! When only wives or WAGS should also be allowed to accompany Indian players on tour was a hot debate! Australia is still reeling from the debate if WAGS were responsible for the Ashes debacle. India is adopting the Australian policy of only allowing players’ families on select tours.Amidst all of this, Sri Lanka Cricket has no such problem with the players spending all their time with WAGS off the field. They are in fact grooming the women help players meet the demands of modern day sport.As part of a soft skills program featuring eleven areas, one of that involves a program for players’ wives, tutoring them on the history of the sport and ways to help make their men stress free.”We find wives play a major role in lives of players. They also go on tour. They need to understand the pressure that their husband goes through. Little things like knowing what to expect and how they should conduct themselves on tour. We want to continue it on ongoing basis,” SLC interim Chief Sidath Wettimuny says.With Sri Lanka going through a transition phase following the departure of Jayawardena and Sangakkara and increasing number of young cricketers coming from rural areas, not all of them are adequate in terms of etiquette and sometimes remain low on confidence. SLC believes if players’ partners are better equipped to understand the challenges they face, they could boost them on a metal level. “It involves areas like performance life cycle, stress management and nutrition as well. They should know what their husbands need to be fed as well,” adds Sidath.advertisementAlso read: High hopes for fitting end to Sangakkara’s careerThe SLC’ appointed experts would also be looking to help the players’ partners become more aware of the history and tidbits of cricket.So in some ways SLC is helping a Yehali Sangakkara who appeared crestfallen to see her man fail in his farewell series at Galle, not dump her disappointment on him but help lift his spirits when they meet after the day’s play. If that serves the purpose, the experiment is worth trying.