Archive for the ‘English cricket’ Category


Dhanasiri Weerasinghe enters the Fray: Stormy Currents in Ceylon Cricket in the 1960s

May 6, 2018

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News 21 April 2018, where the title is “The cricket tour that never took place but changed national selection policy” …. AND where Thawfeeq’s sub-title line runs thus:Dhanasiri Weerasinghe a key figure in the controversy spills the beans after 50 years

It is fifty years since Sri Lanka first attempted a full cricket tour of England, that failed to materialize for several reasons. Many are of the view had that tour taken place in the summer of 1968, Sri Lanka would not have to wait to gain Test status for as long as 1981 but become a full member of the ICC much earlier.

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Bodyline Bar Adelaide Oval

February 4, 2018

Amateur Photographs in bad light while play –on field and in the bar –continued

  Woodful hit by Larwood

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Savin Perera of Middlesex and England U19

January 15, 2018

Data from ESPNcricinfo

Full name Savin Perera

Born May 3, 1999, Colombo

Current age 18 years 257 days

Major teams England Under-19s, Middlesex 2nd XI

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Savin Perera A compact left-handed opener, Perera is strong square of the wicket and elegant all around the ground. He earned his Under-19 chance after impressing as an over-age player in the Super Fours series last year and then seized that opportunity with a good showing on tour in South Africa in December 2017. Perera moved over to the UK from Sri Lanka as a teenager and has since become a regular in the Middlesex 2nd XI side.

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Australian Aboriginal Cricket Team vs MCC at Lords 1867

January 4, 2018

Scyld Berry The Telegraph, 3 January 2018, where the title is  “Australian Aboriginal team became cricket pioneers 150 years ago this week

Exactly 150 years ago this week, a team of cricketers were preparing in Sydney for the first sports tour by Australians, and for the first cricket tour to England. Before they set sail on Feb 8, the Duke of Edinburgh attended their practice on a couple of days, although when Queen Victoria’s second son watched cricket, he was normally not amused.

These pioneers were Aboriginal Australians. Five years earlier, they had never seen cricket, let alone played it. Yet they took to the sport with such natural dexterity that when they played MCC at Lord’s, they led on first innings and might have won if two of their players had not been injured.

 The first Aboriginal cricket team outside the MCC pavilion of the Melbourne Cricket Ground -Pic fr Wikipedia

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Mellawa’s Inside/Outside View of Sri Lankan Cricket

November 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, reviewing Ranjan Mellawa’s Wind Behind the Willows… for ESPNcricinfo,

First, allow me to lay out a bias: I was probably always going to like this one. Sri Lanka does not, alas, produce a wealth of cricket books. Where Ben Stokes already has a hardcover in circulation, Muttiah Muralitharan is yet to flog a 400-page grievance – the likes of which have recently become the prerogative of so many retired cricketers. (And of endured hardships, who could possibly have a greater store than Murali?)

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Test Cricket of A Different Kind, 1 November 1948

October 7, 2017

Srilal Fernando

This article appeared earlier in The Ceylankan, a quarterly produced by the Ceylon Research Society, a body of Lankan enthusiasts in Australia.

Sometime around 2001 a couple of autographs came up for sale at Christie’s auction house in London: they were of the visiting English women cricketers who played a match in Colombo against the Ceylon women in the first “test” of its kind in 1948. I was lucky to trace two of the test cricketers from the Ceylon team who now live in Victoria, Beverley Roberts (now Mrs Juriansz) and Enid (Gilly) Fernando. Incidentally Gilly is called Gilly after AER Gilligan the Australian cricketer and answers to no other name. 

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Sanga stirs Surrey Cricket Scene 2017

September 24, 2017

Having been presented with his honorary life membership of Surrey CCC, Kumar Sangakkara took to the stage to deliver a rousing speech that will live long in the memory of all present on the evening. Here it is in full:

First of all, with the honorary life membership; I think someone has read my mind. About three days ago I was thinking about whether I should ask for the chance to be a fee paying member at Surrey. When I received honorary life membership at the MCC I thought nothing could top that because that was something that was on my list but this, from Surrey, has actually topped that so thank you very much.

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