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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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That Ground-Breaking Scotland-England Match: Implications

June 11, 2018

ONE: The Statistical Story

371 – Scotland’s total, the highest by any Associate team in ODIs.The previous highest was Kenya’s 347 for 3 against Bangladesh in 1997. Scotland’s previous best was 341, against Canada in 2014. In matches between an Associate and a Full Member team, the next highest is Ireland’s 331 for 8 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. (Afghanistan made 333 for 3 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah, but that was after they gained official Test status.)

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Flower of Scotland down English in Nail-Biting Finish

June 11, 2018

Peter Della Penna, in ESPNcricinfo, June 2018, where the title is The Stockbridge soundtrack to Scotland’s sensational Sunday”

Five minutes before the start of play on Sunday morning at The Grange, a bagpiper led the players onto the field. Moments later, the Scotland players cleared their throats to sing “Flower of Scotland”. The consensus amongst local journalists in the media box who had stood on the boundary edge to take it in was that none of Scotland’s 13-man squad was ever going to stand a chance against Paul Potts in a sing-off, let alone any other contestant past or present on Britain’s Got Talent.

But a funny thing happened. As the players’ off-key voices grew louder, so did those of the Stockbridge faithful who had poured into The Grange through the gates off Arboretum Avenue to the east and Portgower Place to the west. The fans didn’t care how they sounded, and the players had sung their last false note of the day. From here on, their willows would produce a melody for the ages.

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Ugly Scenes Mar Exciting End to Bangla-Lanka Match in Nidahas Trophy

March 20, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 15 March 2018

Bangladesh 160 for 8 (Tamim 50, Mahmudullah 43*) beat Sri Lanka 159 for 7 (Kusal Perera 61, Thisara 58) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mahmudullah, sublimely poised while chaos roiled around him, hoisted an Isuru Udana ball over the square leg boundary when six runs were required off the last two balls, propelling Bangladesh to victory in scintillating fashion. It is difficult to overstate the importance of his innings, though the numbers – 43 off 18 balls – bear witness to its quality. Incensed by several mistakes from his team-mates, maintaining his focus even through an ugly final over in which a Bangladesh sub was given a shove by a Sri Lanka player and Shakib Al Hasan seemed intent on bringing his batsmen off the field, Mahmudullah completed the chase of 160 with No. 10 batsman Rubel Hossain at the other end.

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Michael Wille’s Cricketing Journey: Ceylon and Melbourne

February 21, 2018

Michael Wille, courtesy of Island, 11 November 2017, swwhere the title is My cricketing journey, from big dreams to big matches””

I have been asked to write an article about my cricketing journey from Colombo to Melbourne. I have some reservations about how relevant my article will be. However, I trust that it will serve essentially as an insight to the exhilarating schoolboy cricketing era of the 1950s.

I debuted for Royal in ’54 and captained in ’57. A couple of weeks after the Royal-Thomian I migrated to Australia and was the first Sri Lankan to play District (Grade) cricket in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Riddle. A Controversial Photograph

January 13, 2018

ONE: When presenting my summary information on one of the most momentous moments i Sri Lankan cricket when a “Ceylon”team beat India in an unofficial four-day Test match at Ahmedabad in early 1965, I came across two photographs sis by side: one showing captains Tissera and the Nawab of Pataudi shaking hands at the toss and another of a third slip or gully taking a catch. I assumed [wrongly] that this was catch snaffled by Anura Polonowita referred to in phone conversation by Mano Ponniah.

This identification has been challenged by Mevan Pieris … but his reading is now questioned by Darrell Lieversz. So cricketing aficianados must address ths puzzle.

TWO: A Note from HSM “Mevan”Pieris, December 2017

 “The picture which states Polonowita taking a brilliant catch off Fredrick is wrongly stated. Neither the catcher is Polonowita nor the bowler Fredrick who was a short stocky cricketer. The tall bowler I believe is Mevan Pieris and the fielder taking the catch is Lionel Fernando. The wicket keeper is Russel Hamer and slip I believe is Anura Tennekoon. This photograph probably is one taken when the Sri Lanka Board team under Anura Tennekoon’s captaincy toured South India, about 1971. The bowler is certainly not Norton Fredrick. When Polonowita and Fredrick played for the country in India, Russel Hamer was not in the team and the wicket keeper was HIK Fernando. Anura Tennekoon could probably help to confirm what I say.

THREE: A Note from Darrell Lieversz, 30 December 2017

Hi Michael, A friend of mine sent me a copy of your article “Tensions and Tales from Sri Lankan Cricket: An Essay from 2009”.  I refer you to the paragraph and photograph titled “Correction” which I have “cut and pasted” and attached a copy to this Email for your perusal.

It is with embarrassed reluctance that I wish to bring to your notice a further correction to the paragraph and photograph.The photograph was taken in Bangalore (India) at the 1st Test Ceylon vs India in 1963. It is of a dropped catch by Stanley Jayasinghe from Abhas Ali Baig off my bowling. From Left to Right : H I K Fernado (Wicket Keeper), Abhas Ali Baig (Batsman), Dillip Sardesai (non striker), Abu Fuard (1st Slip), Umpire (??), Stanley Jayasinghe (2nd Slip) and Darrell Lieversz (Bowler).

It was a sad moment indeed, because Baig went on to score 96 and was ultimately caught by H I K Fernando off the bowling of Abu Fuard.

However, the article in its entirety is as usual very well written with some incredible facts making it an extremely good read.

Kind regards, Darrell  ….   at full bore then

 

Mevan Pieris in later life

Darrell Lieversz in later life

 

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Virat and Anushka unfurl Marriage Knot

December 13, 2017

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