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Neville Turner honoured by Australian Cricket Society

September 11, 2013

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Neville J Turner awarded Life Membership of the Australian Cricket Society

neville turner AND acbLawyer and cricket enthusiast Neville J Turner was awarded Life Membership of the Australian Cricket Society on Monday  2nd September at a meeting at the M.C.G. He is shown here receiving the award from Ken Piesse (left) – President of the Australian Cricket Society.

Neville Turner is well known in Sri Lanka. He has been an ardent supporter of Sri Lanka cricket for many years and has visited Sri Lanka on several occasions to watch Australia play test cricket against Sri Lanka.

On his last visit to watch the test match at Galle he visited the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a guest of Professor P.L. Ariyananda and was especially fascinated by the workings of the Emergency and Trauma Centre that was built by the Victorian government soon after the boxing day tsunami of 2004.

Neville is a past-president of the Australian Cricket Society.

AuSLMAT are proud to have known Neville for many years and thank him for his support at all times. Neville is also an accomplished musician and plays the piano at many functions.

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Neville Turner is also a keen follower of Sri Lankan cricket — in par because he has visited often in connection with philanthropic work with handicapped children, e3tc etc. He was also kind enough to review my book Essaying Cricket Sri Lanka and Beyond, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publishers 2004.

He is of the old school and his passion is Test cricket. On one occasion I walked into a the kade at Galle when a day’s pla yin the Test vs Australia was washed out and lo and behold there was Neville partaking of a bunis and tea. As the match was washed out –the third or fourth day after Herath had The Aussies in trouble– and I had a car I took Neville on a tour of the Fort, showing him some of my favourite haunts. atch the play from the first ball bowled

Guess what though. Neville was lodged in Mount Lavinia and he had got up deadly early and come down every day in order to watch the play from the first ball bowled. Eccentric? Hardy? Keen?

He is not only a keen cricketing person but a keen soccer enthusiast who saw many matched during the World Cup in Mexico and Europe. His piano playing is beyond the ordinary and he is magnificent dancer. All in all, a proud and rounded Lancastrian become Australian in part.

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