Archive for March, 2015


Sidath Wettimuny to head the new Interim Committee running Sri Lanka Cricket

March 31, 2015

Sajeewa Jayakody, reporting in the Daily News, 31 March 2015

Sidath Wettimuny

In government’s bid to revamp the Sri Lanka Cricket administration, a new Interim Committee has been appointed by the Sports and Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayake yesterday. After facing huge allegation on poor finance control and debt, the former elected body was dissolved by the Minister replacing a combination of past cricketers, professionals and administrators.

Former Test cricketer, one time Selection Committee Chairman Sidath Wettimuny, who was a two-time member of previous interim committees, has been appointed as the new Interim Committee President. Kushil Gunasekara and former Test cricketer Kapila Wijegunawardene chosen as the Vice Presidents.

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Gideon Haigh’s Reflections on the World Cup at the Quarter Final Stage

March 27, 2015

Gideon Haigh in The Australian, 24 March 2015 where his title isA battle of power players in a World Cup with its own rules”

Cricket, they say, is a funny game. But maybe it’s a little less funny than it used to be.  Look at this week’s World Cup semi-finalists, and all you say is … well, yes. South Africa v New ­Zealand, Australia v India: if not perhaps in these precise configurings, it’s this foursome who have stood out from about midway through the Cup, each on their day being capable of beating another.

Look through the annals of the World Cup and it’s seldom been unarguable that the semi-finalists have been composed of the best four teams — and ironically that’s partly due to the teams playing today.

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Crowd Scenes at SCG where Australia downed India

March 27, 2015

… while Indian masses drowned the Aussies

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Two Famous Aussie Cricketers from Yesteryear at the SCG, 26 March 2015

March 27, 2015



….. Ritchie Benaud eye-balled by Rod Marsh OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Sri Lanka’s Quarter Final Defeat in A Nutshell?

March 27, 2015

Gideon Haigh in The Australian. 24 March 2015

“Motivation oozed from the [South African] team’s vehement and comprehensive quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka last week. But Sri Lanka were ­always this Cup’s pretenders, a ­Potemkin cricket team behind the facade of Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Other teams have sought to test South Africa’s fifth bowler; Sri Lanka donated him a hat-trick.”



Frontier Sports Highlights from Cricket World Cup

March 27, 2015


Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates after India's captain MS Dhoni was run out by Glenn Maxwell during their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Sydney Pic from
Summary of previous matches – CWC daily – 5:18 mins
Match Highlights – IND vs AUS – 3:13 mins
Magic Moment – AMAZING MAXWELL RUN-OUT OF DHONI – 0:59 mins
Magic Moment – JAMES FAULKNER HAT-TRICK BALL – 0:55 mins = Bijesh Jeswant’s

The biggest victory in a World Cup semi-final

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An Appreciative Ode in Farewell for Mahela and Kumar

March 25, 2015


You were the mainstay of our cricket for many long years,

Enthralling  fans in Sri Lanka and across the globe

With your scintillating   batting  prowess.

The  free- flowing facile elegance

Displayed in your masterful stroke play

And the brilliant centuries and innumerable runs,

Amassed with effortless ease and grace

Earned you ,well deserved, adulatory accolades,

From a devoted constituency

Of connoisseurs of high excellence, in the Game.

You brought such fame and glory,

To this little island of ours,

That we dreaded the day,

You will hang up your boots and call it quits!

What endeared you to us,one and all ,

Were your self –effacing modesty and gentlemanly ways,

Where the glory you would bring Sri Lanka ,

Always  came first.

We Sri Lankans, stand up and salute you,

Sanga and Mahela

And Wish you both,

Success, in all your future endeavours.

You will remain, two brightly shining stars,

In our cricketing firmament,

For many, many years to come.

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Greens vs Greens at Adelaide Oval — Kaleidescope Images

March 16, 2015

Pakistan take on Ireland, 15 March 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA those who bed together stay together, say this husband and wife – whatever the cricketing result!

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A Landmark Judgement at Adelaide Oval

March 16, 2015



Sangakkara’s Test Performances best those of Tendulkar

March 16, 2015

A Voice from the Middle Eastern Desert … sent to me by Nandasiri JasentuLiyana with the note “Fantastic Stats. Great record keeping effort by whoever the originator was. Have suggested to the sender a Free Lance Journalist in Riyadh Saudi Arabia that this should go into the publication of the Hindu, Tribune , Island, The Gulf papers and other media to which he contributes his  superb articles.”

AVERAGE:               Sanga 58.63                                   Sachin 53.78

Test rankings:         Sanga 938                                        Sachin 898

  KUMAR 2 Pic from

TEST CENTURIES:  Sanga in every 5.97 inns (213 inns / 37 centuries = 5.91 inns) Sachin only in every 6.45 inns (329 inns /51 centuries = 6.45 inns) Read the rest of this entry ?