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Savin Perera of Middlesex and England U19

January 15, 2018

Data from ESPNcricinfo

Full name Savin Perera

Born May 3, 1999, Colombo

Current age 18 years 257 days

Major teams England Under-19s, Middlesex 2nd XI

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Savin Perera A compact left-handed opener, Perera is strong square of the wicket and elegant all around the ground. He earned his Under-19 chance after impressing as an over-age player in the Super Fours series last year and then seized that opportunity with a good showing on tour in South Africa in December 2017. Perera moved over to the UK from Sri Lanka as a teenager and has since become a regular in the Middlesex 2nd XI side.

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Sri Lanka’s Test Squad vs Bangladesh …. Two Reports

January 14, 2018

Sri Lanka Test squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Lahiru Gamage and Lahiru Kumara.

ONE: Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 14 January 2017

Sri Lanka have dropped promising top order batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama for the two match Test series against Bangladesh. Samarawickrama, who made his Test debut against Pakistan during the tour of UAE, played all three Tests against India and finished with 74 runs in six innings. The 22-year-old is one of the brightest prospects around having finishing the last domestic season as the highest run getter. His close-in fielding earned the praise of former Indian cricketers as he fearlessly stood at short leg after begin repeatedly hit by Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Riddle. A Controversial Photograph

January 13, 2018

ONE: When presenting my summary information on one of the most momentous moments i Sri Lankan cricket when a “Ceylon”team beat India in an unofficial four-day Test match at Ahmedabad in early 1965, I came across two photographs sis by side: one showing captains Tissera and the Nawab of Pataudi shaking hands at the toss and another of a third slip or gully taking a catch. I assumed [wrongly] that this was catch snaffled by Anura Polonowita referred to in phone conversation by Mano Ponniah.

This identification has been challenged by Mevan Pieris … but his reading is now questioned by Darrell Lieversz. So cricketing aficianados must address ths puzzle.

TWO: A Note from HSM “Mevan”Pieris, December 2017

 “The picture which states Polonowita taking a brilliant catch off Fredrick is wrongly stated. Neither the catcher is Polonowita nor the bowler Fredrick who was a short stocky cricketer. The tall bowler I believe is Mevan Pieris and the fielder taking the catch is Lionel Fernando. The wicket keeper is Russel Hamer and slip I believe is Anura Tennekoon. This photograph probably is one taken when the Sri Lanka Board team under Anura Tennekoon’s captaincy toured South India, about 1971. The bowler is certainly not Norton Fredrick. When Polonowita and Fredrick played for the country in India, Russel Hamer was not in the team and the wicket keeper was HIK Fernando. Anura Tennekoon could probably help to confirm what I say.

THREE: A Note from Darrell Lieversz, 30 December 2017

Hi Michael, A friend of mine sent me a copy of your article “Tensions and Tales from Sri Lankan Cricket: An Essay from 2009”.  I refer you to the paragraph and photograph titled “Correction” which I have “cut and pasted” and attached a copy to this Email for your perusal.

It is with embarrassed reluctance that I wish to bring to your notice a further correction to the paragraph and photograph.The photograph was taken in Bangalore (India) at the 1st Test Ceylon vs India in 1963. It is of a dropped catch by Stanley Jayasinghe from Abhas Ali Baig off my bowling. From Left to Right : H I K Fernado (Wicket Keeper), Abhas Ali Baig (Batsman), Dillip Sardesai (non striker), Abu Fuard (1st Slip), Umpire (??), Stanley Jayasinghe (2nd Slip) and Darrell Lieversz (Bowler).

It was a sad moment indeed, because Baig went on to score 96 and was ultimately caught by H I K Fernando off the bowling of Abu Fuard.

However, the article in its entirety is as usual very well written with some incredible facts making it an extremely good read.

Kind regards, Darrell  ….   at full bore then

 

Mevan Pieris in later life

Darrell Lieversz in later life

 

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Leg-Spinners: Run-Stopping Strike Force in BBL

January 12, 2018

Tim Wigmore  …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8044/report/1114875/

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Three Striking Images

January 12, 2018

Lanka’s Present Cricketing Leaders

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New Structure for Local Cricket Competition

January 7, 2018

Rex Clementine, in Island, 7 January 2018, with title “Domestic cricket set for complete overhaul”

Following the national cricket team’s disastrous showing in 2017 across all formats of the game, Sri Lanka Cricket has been under the pump for messing with the domestic cricket structure. SLC’s decision to increase the number of First Class teams from 14 to 24 had drawn much criticism forcing the Sports Ministry to intervene. It resulted in a high profile committee put in place to restructure domestic cricket and the committee has now forwarded its recommendations to the Ministry.

Former Test captains Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara were part of a high profile committee that was formed by the Sports Ministry to address the woes of domestic cricket.

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Australian Aboriginal Cricket Team vs MCC at Lords 1867

January 4, 2018

Scyld Berry The Telegraph, 3 January 2018, where the title is  “Australian Aboriginal team became cricket pioneers 150 years ago this week

Exactly 150 years ago this week, a team of cricketers were preparing in Sydney for the first sports tour by Australians, and for the first cricket tour to England. Before they set sail on Feb 8, the Duke of Edinburgh attended their practice on a couple of days, although when Queen Victoria’s second son watched cricket, he was normally not amused.

These pioneers were Aboriginal Australians. Five years earlier, they had never seen cricket, let alone played it. Yet they took to the sport with such natural dexterity that when they played MCC at Lord’s, they led on first innings and might have won if two of their players had not been injured.

 The first Aboriginal cricket team outside the MCC pavilion of the Melbourne Cricket Ground -Pic fr Wikipedia

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