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Cricket-Soccer-Athletics Squads at St. Aloysius Collge, Galle, in the Mid-1950s

April 22, 2018

Courtesy of Johnny de Silva ,,,, Keeper of the Scrolls

Cricket Team 1954 with Marcus Jayasinghe, Coach and person extraordinary

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Ball-tampering Earthquake rocks the Cricket World

March 31, 2018

Mark Nicholas, as Editor, Cricinfo in Newsin Asia, 30 March 2018 where the title is “This is another wake up call for cricketers”

It was remarkable that on the front page of yesterday’s Cape Times, beneath a picture of a quelled township riot, the headline printed in large bold font announced: “Disgraced Aussies kicked out. ” The Cape Argus was barely less coruscating: “Guilty trio on first flight home.” The words might as well have had an exclamation mark after them. If you didn’t know better, the immediate assumption would be that drug-trafficking, manslaughter or some such terrible crime was the reason. But no, it is ball-tampering.

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Royal College Cricket Report for 1931

March 28, 2018

Courtesy of Lionel Gunesekera of Dickman’s Rd, Colombo, with re-typing by Nadeeka Paththuwaarachchi of Battaramulla

Royal—St. Thomas 

This match was played on the 12th and 13th March on the S.S.C. grounds. The usual preparations were made and everything was set for a fine match. Rain which had threatened on the 11th kept off, and the wicket was in ideal condition. The two teams sat for the usual group photograph. At, 11-45 R. Senanayake and F. C. de Saram inspected the wicket and Senanayake tossed. To the great joy of all Royalists de Saram won and decided to bat. This is the fourth year in succession that S.T.C. have lost the toss.

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Fernando and Moncrieff on the Aussie Cricketing Kolahaalaya

March 26, 2018

ONE: Errol Fernando to Emil Vanderpoorten, 26 March 2019

I have heard that there is another person who shares my name and now you say that you have his address. If this is so,please tell me something about him, presuming that he really exists!

Let me answer your question about Aussie cricketers by telling you that during my school days I was an avid supporter of the Australian Cricket team. My heroes were players such as Keith Miller and Neil Harvey.When I arrived in Melbourne in 1963 I quickly found my way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and started watching the Test matches.

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What a Violent and Unique Six-Balls in Test Cricket! …. with Just Desserts!

March 23, 2018

Rabada to Warner in Over 03

3.4 = Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, too full, rifled to the cover boundary! Warner climbs into a cover drive, low in his stance and using 141kph to his own advantage
3.5 =Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, oh, even better, a murderous scyth past extra cover for four! This wasn’t a half-volley but he dispatched it via first-class delivery to the ropes
3.6 =Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, skelped off the pads, three in a row! Morkel gamely gives chase but he can’t reel it in, Warner lets his bat do the talking in his battle with Rabada – this could become a proper brawl (within the confines of the Laws, of course!)
Rabada to Warner in Over 05
5.1 =Rabada to Warner, SIX runs, digs the ball in short… and Warner hurls his bat, KABOOM! over fine leg! That has gone miles, high up into the stands – someone is going to have to fetch it!

5. 2 =Rabada to Warner, (no ball) FOUR runs, FETCH THAT! Five boundaries in a row for Warner off Rabada! Just a touch of width and he slashes it through backward point, and you can sense KG’s temperature rising!…………….Rabada had overstepped too… Literally, not figuratively this time

5.3 =Rabada to Warner, OUTbowled hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim! Rabada lands the decisive blow, up off the canvas and demolishing off stump! This enthralling duel is ended by Rabada slicing through Warner’s tentative defence and sending the stump pinwheeling back. An extraordinary innings from Warner, struck on the arm and then responding with a flurry of boundaries before being run through, bowled off stump for the third time in the series

DA Warner b Rabada 30 (28m 14b 5×4 1×6) SR: 214.28


SL Selectors are on Whats App… and have Malinga on Their Radar

March 9, 2018

Item in DAWN

Colombo, Mar 8: Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga who has not been included in the squad for the ongoing Nidahas Trophy is very much in the selectors’ radar and is not ruled out for the next series.  On Thursday, the three selectors (Jerry Woutertz, Sajith Fernando and Gamini Wickramasighe) were present at the P. Sara Oval ground, where the 34-year-old fast bowler, playing for Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC) took three wickets against Sri Lankan Army team and impressed the selectors.

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The Groundsmen and Tactical Thinkers behind Sri Lanka’s recent Success

February 21, 2018

Rex Clementine, in ISLAND, 21 February 2018, where the title is Mendis was used as opener for tactical reasons – Samaraweera

Sri Lanka’s Batting Coach Tilan Samaraweera shedding light into the decision to open the batting with young Kusal Mendis during the just concluded tour of Bangladesh said that it was more a tactical decision and wasn’t sure whether Sri Lanka would stick to the same strategy moving forward.

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