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Pulsating ODI Contest at Adelaide Oval – Tuesday 15 January 2019

January 17, 2019

Michael Roberts

This review will be in disjointed point-form set out in rough temporal order from my observation point alongside Justin Labrooy in the middle layer of Riverbank Stadium at a spot behind long-off.

Pic from web

Pics by Mike R

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Cricket Team’s Problems in Selectors’ Gunsights

January 16, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 14 January 2019, where the title is De Mel urges SLC to stamp out indiscipline”

Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to not to tolerate indiscipline after two senior players were involved in a public spat last week while on tour in New Zealand. ODI captain Lasith Malinga and ex-skipper Thisara Perera were settling scores through social media bringing the game into disrepute.

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Gamini Goonesena’s Brilliant Journey through the Green Fields of Cricket

January 14, 2019

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in Sunday Times, December 2019 where the title is “A ‘net’ bowler storms the cricket world”

Royal College right-arm leg-spinner Gamini Goonesena (1931–2011) first made a dramatic appearance in the 1947 ‘big match’ against S.Thomas’s – and thereby hangs a tale. A bare two weeks earlier, Goonesena had celebrated his 16th birthday and was merely considered a ‘net’ bowler for the first team, and was hard at practice in the final week preceding the annual Royal-Thomian cricket encounter.

Conducting practices on that fateful day was Coach F.C.de Saram. Watching Goonesena bowl, wily de Saram insisted that the leg-spinner be picked for the ‘Big-Match’ despite the fact that the leg-spinner has not been played in a single first XI game previously – a tradition that has not been broken since this encounter began in 1879. Obviously this move must have upset many in this tradition steeped school. Read the rest of this entry »

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ICC Team Rankings … Early 2019

January 14, 2019

From ESPNcricinfo

ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women’s ODI and T20

ICC Test Championship

07 January 2019
Team Matches Points Rating
India 43 5007 116
England 49 5310 108
New Zealand 30 3213 107
South Africa 35 3712 106
Australia 41 4143 101
Pakistan 28 2579 92
Sri Lanka 45 4103 91
West Indies 35 2463 70
Bangladesh 25 1727 69
Zimbabwe 11 138 13

 

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Thrilling Last Over Victory snatched by SL Under 19 Team

January 13, 2019

 Karuppiah Ramakrishnan in Sunday Observer, 13 January 2019

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/01/13/sports/sri-lanka-u-19-snatch-victory

A brilliant all-round show helped Sri Lanka Under-19 thrash Australia Under-19 by three wickets in their youth Test match at the SSC ground yesterday. The Sri Lankans reached the required target of 112 runs in the last over of the day with just two balls to spare. Rohan Sanjaya and Sandun Mendis played major roles in the second innings to wreck the Australian line up by taking four wickets each. The visitors were bowled out for 151 runs in the second innings with Jarrod Freeman making 52.

Australia under-19 batsman Ian Carlisle is bowled by Sandun Mendis (not in picture) Pictures by Saman Mendis

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Sri Lanka’s Adventurous Cricket downs Australia U19 in Test Match

January 13, 2019

A bold declaration and aggressive cricket seems to have enabled SL Under 19 to upstage Australia in theri single Test Match at the SSC grounds: Editor, Cricketique

ONE = News Item in ISLAND, 13 January 2019

Tissa Central, Kalutara spinner Rohan Sanjaya and Richmond’s Sandun Mendis took four wickets each to restrict Australia Under-19s to 151 runs in the second innings as Sri Lanka Under-19s pulled off three wickets victory in the three-day Youth match at the SSC grounds on Saturday. Commencing from the overnight score of 287 for seven wickets in the morning the hosts declared their innings after three overs with a lead of 40.In their second essay the visitors batted for 66 overs but could muster only 151 as Sanjaya and Mendis bowled the bulk of overs. The duo bowled almost 50 overs and provided the key for victory.

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ICC Investigation of Corruption in SL Cricket Scene in Full Bore

January 10, 2019

News Item in Island, 10 January 2019  …. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=197452

ICC Anti Corruption Unit officer Steve Richardson, Sports Minister Harin Fernando, SLC chief Ashley De Silva and other officials address Sri Lanka’s First Class players and officials.The International Cricket Council yesterday held a meeting for all First Class cricketers at the Sports Ministry premises urging them to provide details if they are aware of any corrupt practice in Sri Lankan cricket.

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