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Harmanpreet Monster devours Australian Women

July 21, 2017

Jarrod Kimber, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 20 July 2017 where the title is  “Australia eaten by Harmanpreet monster”

The helmet is bouncing, the gloves are on the ground, and Harmanpreet Kaur is screaming. She has 100 runs, she doesn’t care. She doesn’t care that her bandana has come off, that she is dirty, that her partner may be out. She is angry that Deepti Sharma didn’t listen to her. Harmanpreet started screaming at Deepti while she was still running. Had she been further down the pitch, she would have picked Deepti up and tossed her like she did the helmet. Deepti is almost in tears; she won’t even look up, she’s afraid of Harmanpreet.

And she should be. In this mood, Harmanpreet is angry, Harmanpreet is a monster. 

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Gods Almighty at the Oval!

June 19, 2017

Errol Fernando

The gods who fix matches are rubbing their hands with glee!!!  They fixed all the matches with consummate skill to achieve their ultimate god-almighty aim. First, they made sure that the best and worst teams were in the same group and were also the greatest arch-rivals in the world.

 

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Rare Images from the Oval, Colombo 1948

June 13, 2017

 Mariamma, one of the groundsmen (sic)

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How Good Fortune and Intelligent Backroom Decisions enabled Lanka to beat India

June 12, 2017

Michael Roberts

Four huge ‘sequoia trees’ stood astride the path to the Champions Cup at the commencement of the tournament: South Africa, India, Australia, England.  But, as I write on Sunday night 11th June, a combination of English rain and good cricket from the minnows has felled Australia as well as that outsider prospect, New Zealand; while the Safs and Indians are battling for one semi-final spot – an outcome that will knock one of them out.

My focus here is on the factors that have given Sri Lanka a 50/50 chance of making it to the finals after they snuffed out India on Friday last with a commanding batting performance. Two sets of factors assisted Sri Lanka: (A) fortune; and (B) strategic choices and good tactics.

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An Aussie Spectator condemns the Sri Lankans at the Oval

May 26, 2017

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Mellawa sails with the Sri Lanka’s Cricketers Yesterday and Today

May 15, 2017

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in The Island, 14 May 2017, where the title reads Winds behind the willows: An encyclopaediac Mellawa’s history of SL cricket with warts and all”

Almost a century ago, S.P.Foenander, referred internationally as the ‘Wisden of the East’, authored his 268-page classic tome ‘Sixty Years of Ceylon Cricket’ (Ceylon Advertising & General Publicity – 1924). That was the first book which authoritatively enlightened the cricket world about cricket and cricketers between the years 1863 to 1923, in the then fair isle of Ceylon. One must also remember that Foenander, who even rubbed shoulders with the legendary Bradman – see photo below- must have experienced the difficulties at that time in collecting/collating information and statistics and so on in compiling his book. After all, the print media at that time was not developed; TV nor Internet was not even thought of. In short sophisticated communication systems were not even in its infancy. So the accolade of being the pioneer of cricket journalism in Ceylon falls squarely on the shoulders of the late S.P. Foenander.

 A rare photo taken in Colombo (October 1930) of S.P. Foenander, then the Sports Editor of ‘Ceylon Observer’, gifting a replica of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (Temple of the Tooth) to Don Bradman. Foenander is carrying Australian skipper Bill Woodfull’s son, Jack, in his arms.– Courtesy State Library of South Australia – PRG 682/16/108

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Middle-Stumped !!! A Cricketing Puzzle

May 10, 2017

Anthony Sherwood, courtesy of  Huffington Post Australia, 9 May 2017,  where the title is “The Bizarre Cricket Dismissal Which Has Umpires And Physicists Totally Stumped”

Last weekend, on a cricket field in suburban Melbourne, something very strange happened. In a Mid Year Cricket Association match between Moonee Valley and Strathmore Heights, a batsman was bowled and the stumps ended up looking like this.

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