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From Basin Reserve to Aravinda, Sanga and A Homily

December 18, 2018

Rex Clementine, in Island, 16 December 2018, where the title reads “Two different Basin Reserve classics”

The Basin Reserve where the current Test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand is in progress remains a special place for Sri Lankans in many ways. Generally the Sri Lankans have done well at this picturesque venue. The Basin as they call it is literally one of Wellington’s busiest roundabouts. It is the two mountains – Mount Cook and Mount Victoria in the backdrop that add to the beauty of this ground in New Zealand’s north island.

The first double hundred by a Sri Lankan overseas was scored at the Basin and the last double hundred by a Sri Lankan was also scored at the Basin. In fact after Kumar Sangakkara’s sensational effort in 2015, no Sri Lankan has scored a double hundred – home or away. Aravinda de Silva was the first Sri Lankan to score a double hundred overseas in 1991.

Arjuna Ranatunga once told us that there won’t be another Aravinda for another 50 years. When we asked him why, he told us this story. “I was batting with Aravinda at the Basin and was struggling to put bat to ball as there was quite a bit of seam movement. But Aravinda had no such issues and he was absolutely hitting everything from the middle of the bat. During the tea break, I took Aravinda’s bat and checked whether his was wider than that  of mine. He was making it look so easy,” Ranatunga said. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Barmy Army’s Potent Brew in Sri Lanka 2018

December 7, 2018

Beer Consumption brings Barmy Army a Cricket Match with Lion  Brewery

Lion Brewery PLC hosted a friendly T20 cricket match between the Brewery and England’s Barmy Army at the Colts Ground in Colombo recently. The world renowned ‘Barmy Army’ squad was in Sri Lanka to support their home team at the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour…. Item in Island, 6 December 2018

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Sri Lankan Squad heads for New Zealand: Several Reports

December 4, 2018

ONE: Rohit Pawar, in Cricket Age, 4 December 2018

Sri Lanka National team, led by Dinesh Chandimal, left for New Zealand on Monday. The team will play two Tests, three ODIs and a one off T-20I. However, head coach Chandika Hathurasingha had fled to Australia on Sunday itself. According to sources, SLC CEO Ashley De Silva approved his Australia visit and he will join the rest of the squad in Auckland.

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When Channel Nine was castigated in January 2018

December 2, 2018

Sam Duncan, Sydney Morning Herald6 January 2018, where the title ran “C’mon, Channel Nine’s cricket commentary isn’t as bad as everybody is saying”

Channel Nine’s coverage of cricket has been copping it from all angles this summer.  Cricket viewers and media commentators alike have lined up to stick the boots in, labelling it everything from outdated, stale and boring to too matey and chummy. Many fans reckon there’s far too much banter from the Nine commentators about their careers from the “good ol’ days” at the expense of insightful analysis about what’s happening on the field. On the flip side, Channel Ten’s Big Bash commentary has been seen as cutting edge, punchy, informative and entertaining.

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That Summer of Merchant and Mankad in England in 1946

December 1, 2018

Anindya Dutta, in The Cricket Monthly, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “A dinner in 1946”

It was the last tour by undivided India to Britain. It was the summer of Merchant and Mankad, and independence was around the corner. 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.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. Lala Amarnath, Nawab of Pataudi snr and Shute Banerjee arrive in England for the 1946 tour

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Errol Fernando’s Cricketing Delights This Week

November 27, 2018

Errol Fernando’s EMAIL NOTE to pals, 28 November 2018

I have enjoyed 3 contests – 4 if you include the Aussie ladies winning the World Cup against England which was extremely praiseworthy.

England  men won the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka despite a wonderful last wicket stand between numbers ten and eleven. Well done England winning 3-nil.

Pakistan levelled the series 1-1 against New Zealand 5 minutes ago. Yasir Shah took 14 wickets,equalling the 14 – wicket record of Imran Khan. When making his Man of the Match speech Yasir began by giving thanks to Allah.  When Shane Warne made his many MOM speeches. D o you recall whom he gave thanks to ??

Finally, Kohli won the third match against Australia,levelling the series 1-1. Everyone is expecting the Aussies to be thrashed  in the Test matches by Kohli’s Indians. However,I am not so sure about this. The Aussies have a fearsome bowling attack and I am not at all convinced by the Indian attack. It will not be a one-sided series.

 

 

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Ball-tampering: A Fine-grained Legal Analysis

November 3, 2018

Peter Hunt, 14 September 2018, THE ROAR  where the title is  Ball tampering – a legal analysis and a call for reform”

It’s lunch on the third day of the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town and the Test series is at a critical stage.

A day which will live in infamy 
Australia won the first Test and South Africa won the second. Now, in the third, South Africa enjoys a 56-run lead on the first innings and at lunch, they have lost one wicket in accumulating 65 precious runs. So, with a lead of 121 runs and with nine second-innings wickets in hand, South Africa will resume shortly and look to block, cover drive, leave and square cut themselves into a position of comfort.

Cameron Bancroft of Australia talks to the umpire on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

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