Archive for the ‘cricketing icons’ Category


Ford and Clementine in Praise of Kusal Mendis

March 12, 2017

Rex Clementine in The Sunday Island, 16 March 2017

The Galle International Cricket Stadium has witnessed some remarkable moments in Test cricket. Chris Gayle hitting sixes to the Galle bus stand on his way to a remarkable  333, Muttiah Muralitharan picking up a wicket in his last ball in Test cricket to complete 800 Test wickets, Kumar Sangakkara being left stranded on 199 having run out of partners, Brian  Lara’s stunning 178 in 2001, Nathan Lyon taking five  wickets on debut  are all firmly etched in the memories of  cricket fans. Earlier this week, young Kusal Mendis gave everyone another moment to relish with his stunning 194 that contained some of the finest cricket shots that you will ever witness.

 Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis raises his bat and helmet celebrating his century during the first day of the opening Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on March 7, 2017

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A Cricketing Century between Trinity and St. Anthony’s … Hallelujah!

March 11, 2017

Lalin Fernando,  in Daily News, 9 March 2017,where the title runs “A century of friendly rivalry’: Trinity-Antonian big match”

It will not just be a historic moment for Kandy’s two great educational institutions, but a milestone in Sri Lankan school cricket when Trinity College takes on St. Anthony’s College in their Centenary Battle of the Blues in Kandy on March 10 and 11 under the theme of ‘A century of friendly rivalry’ at the Pallekekke International Cricket Stadium.

 Joint Committee heads, Asela Herath (President – Old Antonian Cricket Wing – right extreme) and Nilantha Ratnayake (President – Trinity Cricket Foundation – second from right) handing over the John Halangoda Challenge Trophy to the two principals

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Kaboom Bats and theIr burgeoning market — Harry Solomons of Kingsgrove Sports speaks

March 8, 2017

Speaking to The Australian, Harry Solomons from Sydney’s Kingsgrove Sports Centre, who has supplied bats to everyone from Doug Walters in the 1970s to recent test captain Michael Clarke, told [us] he was selling the oversized Kaboom model of bat endorsed by Warner as recently as Monday afternoon because nobody in the cricketing community expected the MCC’s ban on power-laden equipment to extend to amateur players The biggest-selling bats we  have are the biggest bats.  Yesterday we were stills elling the dAve Warner Kaboom. Everyone knew the rule was coming, but not for amateurs. … It is going to be a whole new ball game in bat-making.” (Australian, 7 marhc 20170).

 Image from Roberts, Essaying Cricket, (Colombo, 2005) — also deployed in an essay presenting Letter from Hary Solomons to The President of Sri Lanka, 18 March 2012, on urgent issues for cricket in the island – see

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New Cricketing Rules from 1st October

March 8, 2017

From ESPNcricinfo, 6 March 2017, under title “New laws mean players can be sent off

Archive: Ponting not looking to rewind clocks too far back

The MCC has confirmed that umpires will have the authority to send players off for serious breaches of behaviour under updated laws of the game which will be used from October 1, 2017. They have also laid out the restrictions on bat sizes and there will be an amendment to the run out law to protect a batsman whose bat has bounced in the air once they have crossed the popping crease.

These new laws follow the recommendations of the MCC Cricket Committee from their meeting in Mumbai in early December.


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Australia’s Lock and Laker decimate India’s Batting

February 27, 2017

Steven O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon reversed the famous Laker-Lock roles in skittling the renowned Indian batting line up at Pune in ways that recall the manner in which Laker and Lock undermined the Aussies during the famous 1956 Ashes series in 1956 .. in the era before wickets were covered.

okeefeO’Keefe celbrates wkt-Pic by Reuters& Danish-Siddiqui

View wickets SNJ O’Keefe 13.1 2 35 6 2.65 55 2 1  
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View wicket NM Lyon 11 2 21 1 1.90 52 2 0


NM Lyon 14.5 2 53 4 3.57 59 5 0
View wickets SNJ O’Keefe 15 4 35 6 2.33 71 4 0

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Melbourne Lankans felicitate SL Cricket Team

February 21, 2017

Quintus de Zylva

Thilanga and Samadara Sumathipala have been the strength behind Sri Lanka’s emergence as a T20 force to be reckoned with. The manner in which they humbled Australia at the MCG and in Geelong must surely have sent shivers up Cricket Australia.

Thilanga and Samadara nursed Lasith back in to a state in which he could believe in himself and provide the backbone to the team for inspiring successes in T20 cricket. His toe-crushing yorkers will be spoken about for many a year to come.

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ASELA fades away from Mark Nicholas

February 19, 2017

For Asela, Henriques, Cummins, Rabada, Chris Morris et al are not a major concern, But Mark Nicholas is! He has a microphone and words of praise!

Yuk! Fearsome! Terrible?