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Neil Harvey: Wonderful Batsman, Simple Man, Modest Earnings

October 7, 2018

Gideon Haigh, in The Weekend Australian, 7 October 2018

Today, the world’s best batsman is a 29-year-old multi-millionaire with a sizeable portfolio of premium Sydney real estate — he also, of course, languishes under a year’s ban from cricket. Sixty-five years ago, by contrast, the world’s best batsman shared a bedroom with his younger brother. That summer of 1952-53, Neil Harvey had a season even more prolific than Steve Smith’s last: 834 runs in five Tests against South Africa and 1659 runs in 16 first-class matches, a total exceeded only by Donald Bradman.


Sri Lanka’s Journey to Test Status via Alston Mahadevan’s Video Documentaries

September 15, 2018

ABSORB … setting aside about four hours

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Cricketing Odd Spots: Meeting Odd Questions

July 17, 2018

Steven Lynch in ESPNcricinfo, ….

Was Kuldeep Yadav’s 6 for 25 the other day the best figures by a left-arm wristspinner in an ODI? asked Sudip Chauhan from India
That mesmerising 6 for 25 by Kuldeep Yadav against England at Trent Bridgelast week weren’t just the best figures by a left-arm wristspinner in a one-day international – they were the best figures by a slow left-armer of any sort. The previous record was held by another Indian, the more orthodox Murali Kartik, who took 6 for 27 against Australia in Mumbai in 2007. Sanath Jayasuriya, with 6 for 29 for Sri Lanka against England in Moratuwa in 1992-93, is the only other slow left-armer to take six wickets in an ODI. The previous-best by a left-arm wristspinner was Brad Hogg’s 5 for 32 for Australia against West Indies in Melbourne in 2004-05.

Before Kuldeep Yadav’s 6 for 25, the best figures ODI by a left-arm spinner were 6 for 27 by Murali Kartik, against Australia in Mumbai in 2007 AFP

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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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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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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 ?


Munro creates T20 Record as Kiwis murder Windies

January 3, 2018
Varun Shetty, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 3 Janauuary 2018, where the title is Munro century headlines New Zealand’s drubbing of WI

New Zealand’s Colin Munro scored a powerful 104 off 53 balls in his side’s comfortable 119-run win over West Indies

New Zealand 243 for 5 (Munro 104, Guptill 63) beat West Indies 124 (Fletcher 46, Southee 3-21, Sodhi 2-25, Boult 2-29) by 119 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Colin Munro became the first batsman to make three centuries in T20 internationals as he laid the foundation for New Zealand’s battering of West Indies by 119 runs in their final match of the tour at Mount Maunganui. The left-handed opener followed up his two fifties from the previous games with a 53-ball 104 as the hosts swept the series 3-0. West Indies failed to register a single win on a New Zealand tour for the first time since 1999-00.

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