Archive for June, 2018

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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 mirrorcricket.lk 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  … http://www.espncricinfo.com/

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,” = http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23851788/cricket-repository-ball-tampering-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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Chandimal’s Ball-Tampering and Responses to the Punishment

June 19, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, !8 june 2018, where the title is “Sweet v sandpaper – why Chandimal’s tampering is different”

Only two months ago, three Australia cricketers were slapped with long suspensions for their role in the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town. Dinesh Chandimal, however, is unlikely to face punishments beyond the one-Test suspension the ICC has dealt out for the tampering itself (the “spirit of cricket” charge is a separate one). Here is why the two incidents will be treated differently.

There is minimal outrage in Sri Lanka

Where Cricket Australia’s response was spurred by public condemnation of the Cape Town incident, Sri Lanka’s public has, at most, expressed only quiet disappointment so far. Two possible reasons why the public reactions have been dissimilar:

  • Australian sportspeople are generally put on a high pedestal, and allegations of cheating – even for what was a Level 2 ICC offence – are taken seriously. Sri Lanka’s cricketers are widely admired, but do not face anywhere near the level of public scrutiny that many others from around the world contend with. Several former players, including the super-popular Kumar Sangakkara, have spoken of the relatively laidback nature of Sri Lankan fame. As such, there is not so high an expectation of morality, even from a Sri Lanka captain.

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The Ball-Tampering Issue agianst Sri Lanka at St. Lucia

June 18, 2018

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been officially charged with ball tampering in the ongoing Test against West Indies – a charge he and the Sri Lanka team appear likely to contest when a hearing is held at the end of the Test. Here is the sequence that led to the state of events.

  • Following play on the second evening on Friday, in which Sri Lanka were straining for wickets, on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and television umpire Richard Kettleborough had concerns over the methods Sri Lanka had used to maintain the ball. As a result, they approached the broadcasters for footage which could support or confirm their suspicion.

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Memories: Trinity vs St. Anthony’s 1959

June 12, 2018

Errol Fernando: BIG MATCH 1959

My strongest memory of the Big Match 1959 is that our captain, Nimal Maralande, was banned from playing because he would be twenty on the second day of the game.  This rule had been implemented by the Principal of Trinity because for years we suspected that the Anthonians included overage players in their teams.  It was therefore ironical that in 1959 this very rule dealt a massive blow to Trinity.

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