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Appreciating Sr Garfield Sobers … as he reaches four score years

August 28, 2016

Thc Cricket Monthly on  The man who could do everything”

The greatest all-round cricketer that ever was and may ever be. As a tribute on his 80th birthday we invited his team-mates, opponents and observers to share their memories of Garry Sobers. Bottom line: he was a genius like no other (and loads of fun too)……
sir garfield--getty images The Moment of Knghthood
Everton Weekes, former West Indies batsman
I have seen Garry Sobers since he was a 12-year-old boy growing up in Barbados. I had only started playing for West Indies then. Soon after that he joined us in the West Indies dressing room as a 17-year-old youngster. I remember him saying he was more nervous sitting in the dressing room than running around the field because of seeing himself sit next to the name players.
We never had to teach him anything. He taught himself. He started making runs, taking wickets and holding catches to overcome that nervousness.
The only thing I once told him is when we were batting together in England. Frank Tyson, who was supposed to be the fastest bowler in the world at the time, was bowling to Garry, who had a very high backlift. I told him to be careful otherwise Tyson could get him with a yorker. Oh yes, he survived.

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Aussie and Sri Lankan Cricketers socialize in Dressing Rooms after the SSC Test Match

August 22, 2016

Courtesy of A Lover of Cricket 

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An Unique Event: The Royal College Tour of Australia in 1936

August 20, 2016

Senaka Weeraratna

The Royal College First Eleven Cricket Team tour of Australia under the captaincy of Ryle de Soysa in 1936 has a unique place in world cricket History. It was the first cricket team from an Asian country to visit Australia (at whatever the level of cricket). I wrote this article based on research gleaned mainly from the memoirs of Lucien de Zoysa entitled ‘ My First Love’. It was written over 22 years ago (in 1993) and published in the Sunday Observer (May 2, 1993) on the day which had as its main item of news the assassination of President R. Premadasa (on May 01, 1993, while walking in a May Day procession). The Editor of the ‘Sunday Observer’ then was the well-known Journalist H.L.D. Mahindapala.

aa=royal 1936 team Royal College Team that went to Australia in 1936 Standing (from left): L.E. De Zoysa, P.C.D. McCarthy, S. Pathmanathan, W.B.V. Thiedeman, D. Vellenheven, E.F.E. De Kretser, J.W. Subasinghe, D.R.R. Porritt. Seated (from left): F.H. de Saram, L.H.W. Sampson (then Principal), G.R.J. De Soysa (Captain), L.V. Gooneratne (late Master-in-Charge), M. Sivanathan. On ground: A.I. Macan Markar (left) and R.L. De Kretser

20150301113009 Keith Miller- www.cricketcountry.com

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Sri Lankan Squad Celebrates at SSC

August 20, 2016

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Five Facets stand out in the Australia/Sri Lanka Test Series

August 19, 2016

Faisal Kamal,.. for AFP …http://www.france24.com/en/20160818-five-things-we-learned-sri-lanka-v-australia-test-whitewash

There are five things we learned from Sri Lanka’s first series whitewash against Australia after the hosts won the third and final Test in Colombo.

KUSAL MENDIS Kusal SANDAKAN Sandakan

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath celebrates with his teammates after he dismissed Australia's Usman Khawaja during the second day of their opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 27, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

dhananjaya-de-silva Dhananjaya

— Future’s bright for Sri Lankan cricket: Sri Lanka’s youngsters belied expectations with a string of match-winning performances against a side who came into the series as world number one. After a poor tour of England, players such as Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan came of age back home. A maiden century from Mendis and the debutant Sandakan’s seven wickets in the match laid the platform for victory in the opener in Pallekele. The 24-year-old de Silva scored a century in the final Test in Colombo to help clinch the whitewash. Their emergence is a huge boost for a team that had been struggling to come to terms with the retirements of star batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene and reverses their slide down the rankings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Victorious Under 19 Team Feted and Rewarded

August 19, 2016

Sajeeva Jayakody, in The Daily News, 19 August 2016: “SLC rewards victorious U19 cricketers with Rs. One million: Juniors knocking on door of national team – Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka Under-19 cricketers are knocking on the door of the national side, Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors and former Test captain Sanath Jayasuriya said at a press briefing held at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters soon after the victorious Sri Lanka Under 19 team arrived from England following a successful tour.

UNDER 19 RECEIVE

 

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Clementine Reviews the Aussie Series

August 19, 2016

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 19 August 2016, where the title is Cherishing our finest hour in cricket”

The great game of ours is filled with uncertainties. Steven Smith arrived in Colombo having not lost a Test match in the 11 games he had been in charge as Australian captain. Australia were world’s number one ranked team. Their preparations were meticulous.

By arriving 17 days before the first Test, the tourists wanted to be well prepared for the turning tracks here. They used Sri Lankan experts such as Muttiah Muralitharan and Tilan Samaraweera to stay one step ahead of the opponents.

Sri Lanka meanwhile arrived in the island following their tour of England with their heads down. To sum it up, the England tour was a nightmare. The experts were of the view that it will take a considerable time for Sri Lankans to be competitive in international cricket again. Coach Graham Ford wasn’t sure how he was going to make the turnaround happen. He had toiled tirelessly with little result. But he didn’t lose hope. John Wooden, one of the finest basketball coaches used to say, ‘Don’t complain about not having talented athletes. If you keep working hard, talent will emerge.” Ford seemed to have believed in that mantra for some of the younger players he backed in the series made a huge difference. Read the rest of this entry »

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