Archive for September, 2012

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Russell Arnold reviews the T20 Tournament and SL Cricket in Q and A

September 18, 2012

SEE http://www.islandcricket.lk/columns/russel-arnold/answ/202170915 …..

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Helicopter Cricket begins Today in Sri Lanka

September 18, 2012

Pic by AFP

Also read David Hopps: “Fun format has serious issues at stake” …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/582681.html

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In appreciation of Gajan Pathmanathan

September 17, 2012

Jagath Fernando

Gajan attended Royal College from 1966-1974 where he represented the first X1 cricket team in 1971 and 1972. He had the distinction of making the highest fresher’s score in a Royal-Thomian match at that time when he most unfortunately was out just short of a well-deserved century for 97! I was fortunate enough to be able to watch and experience this classy knock at first hand from the other side of the wicket for the entire innings where we were associated in what was then a record breaking stand of 178 runs.
He left for England to complete the first phase of his higher studies where he graduated from Oxford University and represented them in cricket. He then proceeded to Harvard University in the US
to do his Masters after which he returned to the Cambridge University UK to do his doctorate which he did not complete as he was recruited by the World Bank for their Young Managers Program. He has the unique distinction of representing both Oxford and Cambridge at cricket. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies Gajan returned to Sri Lanka and represented the country in a Test match when we were still playing unofficial tests. He also played for Sri Lanka in the ODI team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Murali at Murali Cup at Oddusuddan as Army Ladies beat A’pura Shakthi Ladies

September 13, 2012

Muttiah Muralitharan addresses the tournament finalists of the Murali Harmony Cup in Oddusuddan.

Muttiah Muralidaran greets the Shakthi Anuradhapura Ladies, runners-up of the Murali Harmony Cup at the IODR Oval in Oddusuddan.

Sri Lanka Army Ladies win inaugural Murali Harmony Cup

 Sri Lanka Army clinched the inaugural Murali Harmony Cup with a tense 16 run victory over Shakthi Ladies from Anuradhapura at the IODR Oval in Oddusuddan on Wednesday. Watched by a large crowd, including excited children from all the surrounding local areas and Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralidaran, Army took early control of the match with a solid batting display. Read the rest of this entry ?

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New Attire for Sri Lanka’s Cricketers this T 20

September 13, 2012

 Courtesy of the Daily News

Sri Lanka Cricket, together with MAS Holdings launched the new attire for team Sri Lanka at a grand ceremony held earlier this week. MAS Holdings will be the official clothing partner for the mens and womens national cricket teams for the next three years.

MAS, who already shelter hundreds of national sporting greats who have represented Sri Lanka in over 20 different sporting disciplines, is proud for being a valuable partner of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Commencing with the attire for the ICC World Cup T20 kicking off next week, MAS Holdings will gear the national men’s team, women’s team and A team, U-19 team and junior national teams. The total outfitting solution will consist of all game day clothing for Test, ODI and T20 matches including performance base layer innerwear, sweaters, head wear as well as practice kits and track suits.

The new uniforms of the cricket team were created to enhance performance whilst providing the players with the most comfortable garments, incorporating futuristic design elements and modern technological advancements. The sublimated yellow print on the front of the garment not only celebrates national pride, but also portrays the energy and confidence of the team with futuristic appeal. Thus, symbolizing the complete image that Sri Lanka cricket desires to represent at the T20 World Cup and beyond. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Other Side of Don Bradman — Lean and Mean

September 12, 2012

Sharm de Alwis, in the Island, 12 September 2012

Arunabha Sengupta has opened a can, and I join the feast. Don Bradman has been universally acclaimed as the best batsman who ever lived. Jack Fingleton always added the caveat, “on good wickets.” There had been more enterprising batsmen in the golden era; Ranjit Sinhji and Victor Trumper, come to mind. Of Ranji it was said that the bat was an eastern wand in his hands. Of Trumper, “the very blades of grass bowed in obeisance when he arrived at the crease.” Of Bradman, the celebrated broadcaster Ray Robinson said, “then came Bradman. A single here, a single there, like a millionaire practicing thrift.” Although he grudgingly acknowledged Bradman’s virtuosity, Jack Fingleton always added the caveat “…on good wickets.”

Bradman was an accumulator. Not content with a century, he would sit in a remote corner and plot a double or a triple, whilst his team-mates would have a double scotch. Teetotalers have been known to buy a round of drinks. Even a skin flint like Len Hutton admitted: “I have bought a drink, but not often.”

But Bradman was parsimony personified. He would rather read a book than breast the bar. When Arthur Whitelaw presented Bradman with BP 1,000, For his 334 at Leeds in 1930 (today’s exchange rate is over 200), he didn’t buy his mates a single drink.

Apart from stinginess, Bradman’s problems with team-mates also arose from sectarian issues. As a Mason, he was with Bill Ponsford, Bert Oldfield and a few others, whilst the Catholics, included Jack Fingleton, Bill O’Reilly, Stan McCabe, Leo O’Brien and Fleetwood-Smith. Even though the Don and ‘Tiger’ patted themselves warmly calling each other the best in their respective trade,
O’Reilly said, “Bradman was a chap who never made the slightest effort to be a real hundred percent team man.”

Rancour was fuelled. It is well known that Bradman’s vindictiveness resulted in the premature end of ‘Tiger’s career. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Gaster Tuder, Man of the Match, as Jaffna Combined Schools beat Maliyadeva College to enter Finals

September 11, 2012

… and Yes Percy is there too!

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Percy part of the harmonizing at Murali Harmony Cup

September 11, 2012

 Hai Hoi Babi-Achigey Bicikal eka !!

Gahapan Machan ….. Boundary Boundary!

.….. …… and PERCY is in the thick of celebrations as St. Peter’s College XI celebrate their win in the semi-finals…

St. Peter’s College reach Murali Harmony Cup finals

St. Peter’s College Colombo reached the finals of the Murali Harmony Cup after beating Anuradhapura Central College by five wickets at Kilinochchi on Tuesday.

Colombo’s premier school team of last year produced a professional display after putting Anuradhapura Central College into bat in the morning. Anuradhapura struggled against some aggressive and disciplined bowling with opening bowler Chemila Obeysekera taking 5 for 27.

Set a modest 126-run target, St. Peter’s chased confidently with Man of the Match Dushan Hemantha batting intelligently and stylishly for his unbeaten 56. Jeson Bultjuns, one of the top-scoring batsmen in the tournament, recovered from a nasty head injury while taking a brilliant running catch to score 27. St. Peter’s will on Wednesday face the winner of the second semi-final between Maliyadeva College Kurunegala and Jaffna Combined School later on Tuesday.

The Murali Harmony Cup is a 20-team reconciliation tournament staged to promote community-building and friendship in post-war Sri Lanka. The five-day tournament has been jointly organised by Muttiah Muralidaran’s charity the Foundation of Goodness, travel company Red Dot Tours, the International Cricket Council and the Sri Lanka Army.

Summary Scores:  St Peter’s College v Anuradhapura Central
Anuradhapura Central 124 for 9 in 20 overs (Suresh Nivanthaka 25*, Dilshan Chamika 24, Chemila Obeysekera 5 for 27, Julian de Zilva 3 for 19) v St Peter’s College 128 for 5 in 15.3 overs (Dushan Hemantha 56*, Jeson Bultjuns 27, Kasun Weeranga 2 for 22). St Peter’s College won by 5 wickets
MOM: Dushan Hemantha

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Mahela on Lanka’s plans for the T20 Championship — in Q and A with Rex Clementine

September 11, 2012

from the Island, 11 September 2012

With the World T-20 just a week away, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene gives insight to the national cricket team’s campaign in the 12-nation tournament. A major cricket trophy has eluded the 35-year-old and at the twilight of his career, Jayawardene may not want to leave too many things for the future. During the last five years Sri Lanka has reached finals of three ICC events, but has faulted in the last hurdle and here Jayawardene discusses, although it’s a long shot, how Sri Lanka can avoid a repetition. The Sri Lankan captain also speaks on the possibility of promoting Thisara Perera early in the batting order, what inspired the selection of Akila Dananjaya, his take on West Indies and lots more.

Here are the excerpts.

Question: How has been your preparation ahead of the World T-20?

Mahela: We probably lost about two sessions due to weather. But you can’t control weather. Other than that we have had some indoor sessions. Some of the boys who needed extra bit of sessions had that. Most of the guys were part of the SLPL and as far as match practice is concerned, it’s been very good. Everyone is in good nick and we need to just top up a few things like game plans and stuff like that. We want guys to focus on the game plan. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Day Two Results in the Murali Harmony Cup

September 9, 2012

a direct hit from the Trinco-Batti team runs out a Seenigama batsman
to help seal victory at Kilinochchi

Trinco-Batti upset star-studded Seenigama on day two of the Murali Harmony Cup

 A Trincomalee-Batticaloa Combined Schools team continued the theme of upsets on the second day of the Murali Harmony Cup with a 17-run win against a strong Seenigama FOG XI at Kilinochchi Central College grounds on Sunday. The Seenigama XI from the Foundation of Goodness near Galle, an academy team that includes three outstanding Sri Lanka U19 players, were outplayed by a talented and determined Trinco-Batti team that scored 149-8 in their 20 overs and then restricted Seenigama to 132 for 9. Seenigama struggled to keep up with the required run rate against some disciplined seam bowling and lively fielding in front of another large Kilinochchi crowd and a carnival-like atmosphere that included papare bands, pole-walkers, Jaffna dancers and a brass band.  Medium pacer Asela Sampath sealed Seenigama’s fate with three wickets in an over and finished with 4 for 17 to earn the Man of the Match award, a special ball signed by Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralidaran who will be attending the tournament on Wednesday.

After a dramatic gymnastics display from the Sri Lanka Army to keep the 4000 spectators entertained during the luncheon interval, St Peter’s College proved too strong for a Kilinochchi Combined XI. Kilinochchi started promisingly with the bat, but lost momentum after a middle order collapse and thereafter could only post a modest 96 for 9 against their more experienced opponents. A confident St. Peter’s College, riding high after their one-wicket win against Trinco-Batti on day one, then raced to their target in just eight overs and won by seven wickets. Stylish left-hander Lahiru Milantha top-scored with an unbeaten 48 full of attractive and powerful strokes to pick-up the Man of the Match award. Read the rest of this entry ?