Archive for June, 2018


The Decline of West Indian Cricket: A Bajan Voice

June 28, 2018

Revata S Silva, in Island, June 2018,

There are parallel discussions in Sri Lanka and the Caribbean now. The reason is due to a common understanding that the two nations, once domineering forces in world cricket, have slid from their supremacy. Sri Lanka won the 1996 World Cup and since then emerged a super power across all formats. West Indies added a different taste to this gentleman’s game particularly since the 60’s and remained undisputed kings of the sport through the entire 80th decade. But both sides are now in a patchy, topsy-turvy situ.

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Perera Maawatha steers Sri Lanka to Victory …. consolidating Bowling Breakthroughs

June 27, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “Kusal, Dilruwan steer Sri Lanka in nervous chase to level series,” …. with highlights here being the Editor’s imposition

The Pereras – Kusal and Dilruwan – put on a luck-filled but plucky 63-run partnership to haul Sri Lanka to victory on the fourth afternoon of the third Test. There were heart-stopping moments for Sri Lanka in this session, particularly when their best batsman Kusal Mendis was hit in front of the stumps before the team could get off the mark on the day.

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An Indian Summer of Cricket in 1946 …. After One Storm and before Another

June 26, 2018

Anindya Dutta, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly and ESPNcricinfo, 25 June 2018, where the title runs A dinner in 1946″

The year was 1946. England was caught between the exhilaration of emerging victorious from the Second World War and the devastation the war had wrought upon the country, both in terms of people and resources. Rationing was still in place, and the economy was in tatters.

 Lala Amarnath, Nawab of Pataudi snr and Shute Banerjee arrive in England for the 1946 tour

For six long years, while war raged, cricket had taken a backseat. There had been little first-class cricket, and the battlefields claimed some of England’s most talented players, like the venerated Hedley Verity. There were only 11 first-class matches in the 1945 season. Nineteen forty-six was the first year when a normal county season was scheduled and Test cricket could again be played. Cricket was seen as a way to restore a feeling of normalcy to a country severely affected by war and its consequences.

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Jeffrey Vandersay undermines himself

June 24, 2018

Champika Fernando
Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay has been recalled home  from the West Indies on disciplinary grounds. The board did not specify the exact nature of the incident which led to the Lankan leg spinner’s expulsion ahead of the third and final Test in Barbados but can confirm it was related to a late night out by the player concerned.

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Ben Stokes is In His Sights: Ryan Patel of Surrey

June 23, 2018

Ryan Patel was born in Sutton in Surrey in 1997 and has played for England Under 19. Batting at No 4 for Surrey against Somerset this week, he scored 45 runs and then took six wkts for 05 runs in 3.5 overs in the Somerset fist innings with his rt arm medium bowling.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Ryan Patel of Surrey plays to the offside as wicketkeeper Tom Alsop looks on during day three of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Hampshire and Surrey at the Ageas Bowl on September 7, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Sweets. Ball Tampering and Chandimal

June 21, 2018

ONE: Video Show — How sweets help alter the condition of the ball  …

Following the ball-tampering row in St Lucia, Raunak Kapoor explains the legal and illegal ways to shine the ball

TWO: “Cricket’s repository of ball-tampering since 2000,” =

As Dinesh Chandimal becomes the latest cricketer to be punished for ball tampering, we take a look at every ball-tampering offence since 2000 that led to an ICC charge.

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Records Galore as England Thrash Australia

June 20, 2018

George Dobell, in ESPNcricinfo,

England 481 for 6 (Hales 147, Bairstow 139) beat Australia 239 (Rashid 4-47, Moeen 3-28) by 242 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England thrashed the highest score in the history of ODI cricket to set up the most crushing defeat – in terms of runs – ever inflicted upon Australia.

On the same Trent Bridge ground where they plundered the previous record – 444 for 3 against Pakistan in August 2016 in the most recent completed ODI on the ground – England thrashed 21 sixes and 41 fours in becoming the first side to reach 450 in ODI history. Only once in the 56-year history of List A cricket – when Surrey scored 496 for 4 against Gloucestershire at The Oval  in 2007 – has any side scored more.

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