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“Opening Bats face Problems in Sri Lanka” says Rajesh Maestro

July 21, 2017

S. Rajesh in ESPNcricinfo, 21 July 2017, … Does Sri Lanka remain a tough country for openers?

Opening the batting is usually easier in Asia than in other parts of the world: the pitches and the conditions normally don’t offer as much by way of pace, bounce, seam and swing as they do elsewhere. However, Sri Lanka is one country that has consistently bucked that trend. The overhead conditions there have often been more favourable for swing, while the pitches too have had a bit by the way of pace and bounce. As a result, bowling with the new ball has usually been profitable, while openers have struggled.

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Sathasivam: The Island’s Greatest Batsman,

July 20, 2017

Says Prof. Ravindra Fernando during Q and A with Dr. Hemamal Jayawardena
When I dropped in recently at the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Colombo to get some guidance on some forensic aspects of child
abuse, a subject on which the professor is a pioneering expert, I noticed a book on his table on a subject that had nothing to do with forensic
medicine. It was titled, “Sathasivam of Ceylon – the Batting Legend”. This interested me and I went over a few pages. It took me a while to
realise that it was Professor Fernando who had authored the book, to my surprise. It was unusual as the book was not on medicine or a medically
related subject as he usually writes. It was on cricket! More accurately, about a cricketer. As we spoke more, I recalled reading a piece he had
written long ago on our ace wicket keeper, Kaluwitharana to the newspaper as well and realised that Professor is a keen cricket fan. This led to the
following interview which I thought will be of interest to all our readers.

 Sobers gifts Satha a memento

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Sri Lankan Heroes at Premadasa Stadium

July 18, 2017

Sri Lankan cricketer Asela Gunaratne raises his bat to the crowd after scoring a half-century (50 runs) during the final day of a one-off Test match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on July 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

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Sri Lanka make over 388 runs in Fourth Innings to beat Zimbabwe

July 18, 2017

ESPN Summary

Sri Lanka stand behind the Champions banner as well-deserved winners. They maintain their proud record at home, and what a start Dinesh Chandimal has had to his captaincy career. This has been a famous win for Sri Lanka. This Test will be spoken of for a long, long time. Sri Lanka will rejoice for now, but it will be back to work pretty soon with a tough series against India looming. This is all we have from here. The first of the Women’s World Cup semifinals has just got underway, so do switch tabs to catch out coverage of that. From here, it’s goodbye from myself and Deiva. Thank you for joining us!

Sri Lankan cricketers pose for photographers after victory in the final day of a one-off Test match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on July 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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An Enthralling Test Match: Lanka beat Zimbabwe … Just!

July 18, 2017

One ILLUSTRATION among the Enthusiasts Comments .. after over 111.2 in the SL second innings

MD FURKAN UDDIN: “What a match we are watching. congratulations both team for play some good cricket.”

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Fernando on Graham’s Ford’s Resignation

June 25, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando. courtesy oF ESPNcricinfo, 24 June 2017, where the title is Ford steps down as Sri Lanka coach”

Graham Ford has stepped down as Sri Lanka coach, ending his second tenure with the side after 15 months. SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said the decision had been arrived at mutually, “after careful consideration and deliberation”. Ford’s relationship with SLC was understood to have been strained due to what he felt were unacceptable intrusions into team matters by the board. Ford had already left the island on leave, which would have ended early next week. One of his grievances was the expanding powers of Asanka Gurusinha, who in February was appointed “cricket manager” – a position with a broadly defined range of duties, some of which Ford is understood to have felt infringed upon his freedom as a coach. In the time since his appointment, Gurusinha was also made a selector.

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Radley Claessen: An Appreciation

June 25, 2017

Justin Labrooy

In January this year, Radley Claessen, a founder member and past President of ASLA, passed away peacefully at home after a full and active 85      dley and Brian years. The first twenty seven years of Radley’s life were spent in Colombo.   He distinguished himself at his Alma Mater, Wesley College, where he was Senior Prefect and Captain of a Wesley cricket team which carried all before it in 1952. Radley’s prominence in sport led onto a career in journalism with The Times of Ceylon where he subsequently became Night Editor.  He married Angela in 1954 and the eldest of their children, Desiree, was born in Colombo.  In 1958 the family migrated to Australia, leaving a country undergoing rapid political change to a new life and the challenges of establishing itself in a new environment.

Wesley College Cricket team in 1952 with Radley as Captain      

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