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Edgbaston Roller-coaster in Errol’s Binoculars

August 6, 2019

Errol Fernando to Gavin, 5 August 2019

For 3 long days I  kept wearing out my chairs and couldn’t take my eyes off the match. Constant changes of fortune, ebb and flow, but with the game equally poised. Then on the fourth day the Aussie batsmen, empowered by Smith, broke away and demolished the English bowlers. Moeen Ali looked incapable of dismissing the local kindergarten second eleven.

On the final day the English batsmen, as a sympathetic gesture, felt obliged to emulate their bowlers by batting like the local kindergarten second eleven.

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In Memoriam for Bruce Yardley: A Man for All Seasons & Sri Lanka’s Cricket Coach

March 30, 2019
Heyday: Former Australian offspinner Bruce Yardley.
Heyday: Former Australian offspinner Bruce Yardley.CREDIT:ARCHIVES

ONE: Associated Press Notice in entitled Yardley, ex-Australia player and Sri Lanka coach, dies at 71″

PERTH, Australia — Bruce Yardley, who played test cricket for Australia and coached Sri Lanka’s national team, has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 71. Yardley died Wednesday in a hospital in Western Australia state. He played 33 tests, starting in 1978 during the split in Australian cricket amid the World Series era, after converting from a medium pacer to off-spin bowling. Read the rest of this entry ?


Thrilling Last Over Victory snatched by SL Under 19 Team

January 13, 2019

 Karuppiah Ramakrishnan in Sunday Observer, 13 January 2019

A brilliant all-round show helped Sri Lanka Under-19 thrash Australia Under-19 by three wickets in their youth Test match at the SSC ground yesterday. The Sri Lankans reached the required target of 112 runs in the last over of the day with just two balls to spare. Rohan Sanjaya and Sandun Mendis played major roles in the second innings to wreck the Australian line up by taking four wickets each. The visitors were bowled out for 151 runs in the second innings with Jarrod Freeman making 52.

Australia under-19 batsman Ian Carlisle is bowled by Sandun Mendis (not in picture) Pictures by Saman Mendis

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Sri Lanka’s Adventurous Cricket downs Australia U19 in Test Match

January 13, 2019

A bold declaration and aggressive cricket seems to have enabled SL Under 19 to upstage Australia in theri single Test Match at the SSC grounds: Editor, Cricketique

ONE = News Item in ISLAND, 13 January 2019

Tissa Central, Kalutara spinner Rohan Sanjaya and Richmond’s Sandun Mendis took four wickets each to restrict Australia Under-19s to 151 runs in the second innings as Sri Lanka Under-19s pulled off three wickets victory in the three-day Youth match at the SSC grounds on Saturday. Commencing from the overnight score of 287 for seven wickets in the morning the hosts declared their innings after three overs with a lead of 40.In their second essay the visitors batted for 66 overs but could muster only 151 as Sanjaya and Mendis bowled the bulk of overs. The duo bowled almost 50 overs and provided the key for victory.

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Dilruwan Perera beats Lyon and Rabada to 50 wickets within the Year 2018

December 27, 2018

47.6 Perera strike, Raval fails to reach his century once again. Length on middle and leg, Raval was looking to work it on the leg side, gets an inside edge on to the pads that lobs towards short leg, Mendis accepts it gleefully, tumbling to his right 121/1

An English wicket in 2018– Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)– (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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West Indies mauled and ‘Mirazed’ by Bangladesh

December 4, 2018

Mohamed Isam in ESPNcricinfo, 2 December 2018, where the title is “Mehidy 12-for scripts record Bangladesh win”

Bangladesh 508 (Mahmudullah 136, Shakib 80) beat West Indies 111 (Mehidy 7-58, Shakib 3-27) and 213 (Hetmyer 93, Mehidy 5-59) by an innings and 184 runs

Nearly five months after being beaten 2-0 in a pace-dominated series in the West Indies, Bangladesh served up revenge on a spinning platter to the same opponents with an innings-and-184-run win in the Dhaka Test to complete a 2-0 series win. The victory was their first innings win in Test cricket. Mehidy Hasan Miraz underscored the supremacy of spinners with his match figures of 12 for 117, surpassing his own record for the best bowling figures for Bangladesh.

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Fare Thee Well Rangana

November 12, 2018

Item in Daily Mirror, 10 November 2018, with this title Rangana’s swansong and Lanka’s future in spin bowling”

When Rangana Herath takes the field for one last time in Galle today, there will be tributes for the gentleman cricketer who has an unblemished record on and off field. Sri Lanka will host England in a three-match Test series but Herath will only play the first Test starting on November 6, thereby ending a career spanning nearly two decades.

With 430 wickets and counting, Herath can walk off the field with his head held high. He has achieved what no other left-arm bowler has done in the history of the game. With five more wickets in his last appearance, he will become number seven in the all-time list of highest wicket takers, led by our own Muttiah Muralidaran (800). It is a phenomenal achievement for a late bloomer. Among them are 34 five wickets hauls out of which 26 came off in home conditions. Read the rest of this entry ?