Archive for August, 2015
Scott Oliver, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title reads “Herath’s cold summer at Staffs ”
The United Nations is yet to release the definitive figures on this matter, but there cannot be many countries with a higher per capita average of hours spent smiling each day than Sri Lanka. At the risk of ethnic stereotyping, they are a happy bunch. Not Rangana Herath, though, at least not when he’s bowling. At least not when I was fielding to his bowling. If you were to manufacture a range of international-cricketer teddy bears, Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath would surely be the biggest seller. But don’t let those cartoonishly cute and pudgy contours fool you. Herath’s on-field manner is that of a prickly, pernickety upcountry bureaucrat, who, for his own barely acknowledged pleasure, is going to keep you occupied for hours doing something of little consequence. Just business, see.
An unremarkable English league stint in 2009 was hardly an indication of his impending rebirth as an international bowler
George Dobell, 30 August 2015, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo
Lancashire 166 (Davies 47, Prince 43, Afridi 3-14) beat Northamptonshire 153 for 6 (Cobb 44*) by 13 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
There have been many disappointments and much heartbreak along the way, but Lancashire have clinched their first limited-over silverware since 1999 with a 13-run victory over Northamptonshire in the final of the NatWest T20 Blast. Since that 1999 success in the Sunday League, Lancashire have been defeated 15 times in the latter stages (quarter-finals, semi-finals or final) of limited-overs competitions. Five times previously they had reached T20 finals day and twice they had been thwarted in the final. It is no wonder they have earned a reputation as domestic cricket’s version of South Africa.
Steven Croft lifts the NatWest Blast trophy as Lancashire broke their duck © Getty Images Read the rest of this entry ?