Archive for January, 2013

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Wayamba triumphs in Provincial ODI tournament

January 31, 2013

Roshan Steelman in the Island 31 January 2013

mubarak plus -jude denzil Pathiraja wayamba team Pics by JD Pathiraja

Wayamba batsmen did the trick for their team as they won this year’s Inter-Provincial Limited-over title beating Kandurata/Uva Combined Team by massive 133 runs in the tournament final played at Maitland Crescent, Colombo yesterday. Opener Niroshan Dickwella and Farveez Maharoof scored centuries and on their way shared a 157-run stand. Wayamba who were put into bat by Thilina Kandamby’s side in a good batting wicket scored a mammoth total of 348 for a loss of four wickets in their 50 overs. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“Male, Pale, Stale” is Channel Nine’s Cricket Commentary Team

January 26, 2013

Gideon Haigh, in The Weekend Australian, 25-26 January 2013

kerry-packerKERRY Packer famously said that there was nothing after death. He had been there; he knew. Yet in the last few years he has enjoyed a vibrant video afterlife, brought to the screen in the television series Paper Giants and Howzat, and to be seen later this year in Magazine Wars. His shade hovered over the Sydney Test in the obsequies for Tony Greig, while his image will be front and centre in the World Series Cricket exhibition opening in a couple of weeks at the Bradman Museum. Packer was always larger than life. Posthumously, he seems to be getting even bigger.But might there be more to it? This summer, of course, is the last covered by Cricket Australia’s existing television arrangements with the Nine Network, Packer’s former fiefdom. His heir having sold Nine into a leveraged buy-out that then collapsed last year, the network is a shadow of its former self. Yet its bluster has been vintage Packer, culminating in a breathtakingly arrogant attack on an Australian cricket captain by a Nine officer that was almost as extraordinary as the fact that Cricket Australia remained publicly mute throughout. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka’s Batting Woes: Practices for Courses

January 23, 2013

Michael Roberts

When Graham Ford told the media that the Sri Lankan squad had trained hard and had regular chats about their tasks, one has no reason to doubt him. But the fact remains that Sri Lanka’s batting has been abysmal at times. This feature cropped up again during their ODI victory at the Gabba: with Dilshan’s misjudgment of bounce and the manner in which Matthews and Mendis got bounced out serving as further evidence of a serious malady. Such shortcomings suggest a failure to prepare adequately for Australian pitches. In brief, just as one chooses horses for courses, one should practice for courses.

SIDATHMy review here does not displace the caustic comments expressed by Sidath Wettimuny and Somasundaram Skandakumar after the MCG Test debacle. They called the batting “woeful,” “shocking” and “ill-disciplined.” Both placed the blame squarely on the overriding weight that has been attached to ODI cricket, especially the T20 version, in Sri Lankan cricket circles. “Most of our batsmen were guilty of playing strokes more suited for the limited overs game,” said Sidath; ‘“it is about a whole mindset change that has sadly come about through the advent of T20 cricket,” said Skanda. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cricketers relax in Adelaide

January 22, 2013

Courtesy of www.festivalphoto.com.au

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  champaka singslistening to Champaka sing    

……. .with essential support essential support of various kinds

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or just baila-ing the night away115

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My Friend. Sri Lanka’s Friend. We will all miss TONY GREIG

January 22, 2013

Ranijit Fernando, courtesy of the Sunday Times

52585.2On the 27th if December 2012, I had a mail from Tony Greig and the family which read “Hope you had a great Christmas”, and to it was also attached a video clip of the wonderfully happy family by the Christmas tree and gifts, together sending their Christmas Greetings. The photos that were attached showed Tony with Vivian, his wonderful wife and children Mark, Samantha, Beau and Tom, all around him, looking as happy as they could be, with Tony even playing table tennis with his son Mark. I quickly reciprocated the kind wishes, and told Tony how delighted I was, to see him make such great progress. I had been receiving encouraging updates about his health from his close buddy, Shiran Manasuriya, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and what I saw was looking good. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ford praises Sri Lankan cricketers’ character

January 20, 2013

From the Sunday Island, 20 January 2013

fordSri Lanka coach Graham Ford has praised the fighting spirit of his players after they thumped Australia in the third One-Day International at The Gabba. Australia were bowled out for the embarrassing total of 74, with Nuwan Kulasekara (five for 22) completely bamboozling the top order with a textbook spell of swing bowling. The Sri Lankans stuttered in the chase, losing six wickets along the way, but still managed to surpass the total with 30 overs to spare. After losing the Test series 3-0, then losing heavily to Australia in the first ODI in Melbourne, Sri Lanka have shown great resolve to turn the tables on their opponents in Adelaide and Brisbane, according to Ford. “I’ve always had huge admiration for the Sri Lankan fight and the character that they show,” Ford said. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sixteen times and what have you got!

January 19, 2013

Nimal Sanderatne writes Sri Lankan bowlers dismiss ODI teams less than 100 runs in 16 times …. the alteration of title being a play on that song by Burl Ives !

lasi-and-nuSri Lanka has featured in 25 occasions out of 98 times that a national team was dismissed less than 100 runs in a One Day International. In its 42 year history of One Day Internationals, starting from the match between England and Australia, played at Melbourne on January 5, 1971, there were 3321 ODIs played, including the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia played in Brisbane on Friday. Out of the 25 occasions that Sri Lanka has come into the frame, Sri Lanka has dismissed her opponents for less than 100 runs 16 (sixteen) times. Sri Lankan bowlers are responsible for the three lowest ever totals recorded in ODI cricket as they have dismissed Zimbabwe (35), Canada (36) and Zimbabwe (38) below 40 runs. Read the rest of this entry ?