Archive for June, 2013


Powered by Prasanna as batsman Sri Lanka A storm to a win in the West Indies

June 25, 2013

courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

Sri Lanka A 287 for 6 (Karunaratne 89, Dickwella 61, Prasanna 51*) beat West Indies A 282 for 9 (Simmons 106, Deonarine 60, Lakmal 3-45) by four wickets Scorecard

A century stand from openers Niroshan Dickwella and Dimuth Karunaratne and an aggressive fifty from Seekkuge Prasanna set up Sri Lanka A’s four-wicket win over West Indies A in the first unofficial ODI.  Chasing 283, the Sri Lankan openers shared a 138-run stand before Nikita Miller effected the first breakthrough after being brought into the attack. The West Indies bowlers clawed their way back into the game, as Sri Lanka A lost their next five wickets for 85 runs and were struggling at 223 for 6.  Read the rest of this entry ?


Sanga and Mahela captain from behind the screen

June 24, 2013

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam in the Sunday Island, 23 June 2013, where the title reads:Three Aiyas and a Boru Captain”

Knox Tavern 014Puppetry is dying in Sri Lanka due to the rise of television.  But, the cricket team may help revive it. The 26-year-old Angelo Mathews is a captain only in name. The  team is controlled by the old firm of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara,  who are aged 36 and 35. The two veterans whisper field placements to their prodigy. The  fielders look to the old guard for guidance not to the official captain. Master  strokes such as sending Kulasekera as a pinch hitter against England are not  Mathews’ ideas. Read the rest of this entry ?


Sri Lanka’s next series

June 24, 2013

Tri Nation Unofficial Tour

Upul Tharanga & Ajantha Mendis replaces Dilshan & Thissara Perera for the Tour

28th June – vs. West Indies – Sabina Park Jamaica

2nd July    – vs. India – Sabina Park Jamaica

7th July    – vs.  West Indies – Queens Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad

9th July    – vs.  India – Queen’s Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad Read the rest of this entry ?


The Boof takes charge of Australia’s Ashes Quest

June 24, 2013

Chloe Saltau in the Sydney Morning Herald

For the 2005 Ashes tour, in the aftermath of Darren Lehmann’s retirement,  Australia propped a small, rotund Shrek doll at the front of the team bus to  ensure that the spirit of ‘Boof’ lived on. On Monday in Bristol, Lehmann returned as coach of Australia to declare  Australia could still, despite all the on-field malfunctions and dressing room  ructions of the past few months, win the Ashes. Whether or not that is possible  in the current mess, it was easy to see why his refreshingly simple blueprint  appeals to his players.

“Yes, definitely,” Lehmann said of the Ashes. “It’s a challenge for all the  playing group and everyone involved in Cricket Australia. The team is going to  play a certain way, an aggressive brand of cricket that entertains people and  fans but also gets the job done.

“There won’t be any ongoing problems. We will get everything right on and off  the field. It’s important to talk about the game whether it’s over a beer or a  diet coke, I don’t mind being perfectly honest. Read the rest of this entry ?


West Indies A Team Squad for ODI matches vs Sri Lanka

June 21, 2013

Strong Windies A-Team for One-day matches against Sri Lanka-A

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board on Thursday announced a 13-member West Indies A-Team squad for three One-day matches against Sri Lanka-A this coming Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Queen’s Park Stadium in Grenada.


Kirk Edwards (captain)

Nkrumah Bonner

Sheldon Cottrell

Narsingh Deonarine

Andre Fletcher

Shannon Gabriel

Jason Holder

Leon Johnson

Nikita Miller

Veerasammy Permaul

Shane Shillingford

Lendl Simmons

Devon Thomas Read the rest of this entry ?


Siri Kannangara honoured by Australia

June 16, 2013
SIRI KANNANGARA PROF. SIRI KANNANGARA  AM    Significant service to Medicine particularly in the field of Sports Medicine and Rheumatology, by the Queen of England.
Internationally known sports medicine scholar, Siri Kannangara is Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia. Professor Siri Kannangara is a well known international sports medicine expert having functioned as a Physician and Consultant to the Australian Olympic teams at the Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney Games, and at World Cup events for soccer, cricket, net ball and hockey. Prof. Kannangara is also the Director of the New South Wales Institute of Sports Medicine and he served in the FIFA Medical Committee Member from 1999 to 2006. In recognition of his contribution to Sports, Prof. Kannangara was inducted to the Australian Hall of Fame (Sports Hall of Fame) in 2004.
NOTE: Siri has sometimes served the Sri Lankan cricket team in an honorary capacity during their Australian tours.

Fisticuffs in Cricket: Ian vs Ian, Warner vs Root, etc etc

June 16, 2013

Richard Browne, in the Sunday Leader, 16 June 2012, with title: “Warner Incident highlights History of Cricketing Pugilists”

ian vs ian

David Warner the pocket battleship from the tough end of Sydney, has been dominating the cricket press this week after landing a glancing blow on the chin of young Joe Root, the England batsmen. Root, the most cherubic player to don the Three Lions since a young David Gower debuted in 1978 with a head full of blond curls and the demeanour of a slightly reluctant angel, appears to have been the wrong man in the wrong place and fingers crossed the storm will quickly die now that Warner has his ban and fine and we can all return to the cricket. Read the rest of this entry ?