Archive for the ‘Sri Lanka Cricket’ Category

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Dhanasiri Weerasinghe passes away in Melbourne

July 28, 2020

ONE: Elmo Rodrigopulle in Daily News, 15 July 2020

The death of any outstanding personality in any form of life saddens many as was the passing away of Dhanasiri Weerasinghe a cricketer who in his own unique way and style contributed to make cricket what it is in the country today.

DHANASIRI WEERASINGHE passed away last week in Melbourne, Australia after an illness bravely borne. Cricketers of an era gone by – the 1950s and the 1960s – will mourn Weerasinghe who made his bat talk and his intelligent captaincy brain tick with great efficiency.

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The University College Cricket Team 1938/39

June 17, 2020

Seated l-to-rt:  WA Wijesingha, CH Fernando (Vice-Capt), Professor Robert Marrs, E. Felix Dias Abeysingha (Capt), P. Roberts, M. Sivanathan

Standing l-to-rt: RJL Fernando, S. Coomaraswamy, L. Arndt, T Appadurai, B. La Brooy, D. Kannangara, MG Andree. R.joseph. A. Rajakaruna

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Gamini Goonesena in Pictorial Mode

June 13, 2020

Photographs to complement Rohan Wijeyaratna’s classic account in Thuppahi = https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/gamini-goonesena-leading-cambridge-to-victory-in-1957/

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Roshan Mahanama: Staying True in Tempestuous Cricketing Times

May 20, 2020

Sanjeewa Jayaweera, in Island, May 2020, with this title Roshan Mahanama a gentleman par excellence” ….. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=222098

I recall meeting Roshan Mahanama and his father Upali Mahanama 15 years ago, both not known to me, while climbing a narrow staircase in a hospital. Presumably, the elevator was not functional. I was taking my mother for a consultation. What struck me and my mother, who was then about 75 years, was the innate politeness and humbleness of Roshan and his father. They quickly got aside and made way for my mother and me to go up as they were coming down. Also, they acknowledged us with a heartwarming smile despite not knowing us.

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Galle Cricket Stadium tops the Twitter Chart

May 2, 2020

Rex Clementine in Island, 1 May 2020 where the title reads “Galle voted world’s best cricket ground ahead of Lord’s”

Galle International Cricket Stadium has been voted as the best cricket ground in the world ahead of home of cricket – Lord’s and other leading international cricket grounds. In a survey conducted by cricket statistician Jarrod Kimber through twitter, an audience from all over the world voted and Galle earned the top price. 

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Sanath Jayasuriya’s Near-Misses … in Records

April 22, 2020

Anonymous, In Island, 20 April 2020, with this title “Jayasuriya on missed World Records”

In the space of three years, Sanath Jayasuriya came agonizingly close to break the two most important batting records in cricket. The highest score in Test and ODI cricket was there for the left-hander’s taking but he missed out on both milestones by a whisker. In 1997 at RPS, Jayasuriya missed out on Brian Lara’s highest individual score of 375 in Test cricket and in 2000, now captain of Sri Lanka, he missed Saeed Anwar’s highest score in ODIs by just five runs in Sharjah. Both efforts were against his favourite opponents – India.

Hero Sanath greeted by his mother

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West Indies vs Ceylon at the Oval in January 1967

April 19, 2020

Sanjeewa Jayaweera, in Sunday Island, 19 April 2020, with this title “Ceylon vs. West Indies in 1967”

Neil Chanmugam in full flow

I have been fortunate to have watched two World Cup finals at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia and Wankhede in India in addition to several matches at Lords and Oval in England and Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Australia. However, my fondest and most precious memory as a spectator was the encounter between West Indies and Ceylon played at the P.Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo, then known simply as ‘Oval.’ The three-day match was played between 21 and 23 January 1967.

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Ashantha’s Frank Thoughts on Team Selection

April 5, 2020

Champika Fernando, in Sunday Times, 5 April 2020, with this title Continuity’ – De Mel’s mantra

Chief cricket selector Ashantha De Mel often speaks of ‘continuity’ to give players a fair run in the team. The strategy seems to be bearing fruit. Sri Lanka’s 3-0 triumph against West Indies in the ODIs came against the backdrop of resolute selection, something that will be adhered to again as the team prepares for the World T20 qualifiers in Australia later this year.

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A Cricketing Treasure Trove: SLC Museum

March 24, 2020

 

The Sri Lanka Cricket Museum at Maitland Place seemed to attract few visitors even during the Royal-Thomian …. so our sparkling moments in cricket history enshrined in trophies remain buried though not quite dead.

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England Cricket Matches in Lanka scuttled by Coronavirus

March 13, 2020

Andrew Miller, in ESPNcricinfo, 13 March 2929, where the title is England tour of Sri Lanka postponed amid COVID-19 spread”

England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka has been called off at the request of the ECB, due to the growing threat of the the COVID 19 pandemic, but on the understanding that it will be rescheduled at a later date.

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