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The Aloysian INVINCIBLES of 1956/57

April 16, 2019

Johnny de Silva

The invincible SAC cricket team in the 1956-57 season carried all before them becoming the unofficial Southern Group champions for the first time. Melvin Dias kept wickets for the St John’s Panadura and the Mahinda matches while I was ‘behind the stumps’ for the St Servatius’, St Sebastians’ and Richmond College matches.

Standing l-to-rt: Oswin Silva, Melvin Dias, Nalin Peiris, D. Jayanetti, Vinnie Vedamuttu, Roy Vanderpuut, Shiraz Cassim, Cedric Auwardt, Johnny de Silva,

Seated: Carlyle Rodrigo, Vernon Regis, Coach Marcus Jayasinghe, Skipper Mohamed Anwer, Michael Roberts, Lakshman Abeysundera

We defeated St Servatius’ College Matara by 165 runs, St Sebastians’ College outright by 5 wickets, Richmond College by an innings and 23 runs, St John’s College Panadura by 1 wicket on the first innings and Mahinda by 72 runs in the most awaited encounter of the season.

All players were awarded their Cricket Colours that year in recognition of the signal achievement of becoming the unofficial Southern Group cricket champions and for having played all matches in the true spirit of the game.

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VALE: Coach MARCUS,  Carlyle, Lakshman, Shiraz, Vinnie, Melvin, Oswin, Nalin, Roy are no longer with us   … but we shall remember them.     

A FURTHER NOTE: An year or so before this snap was taken I was among the lads in the Aloysian cheering party watching the Walles brothers, Anwer, Noel Edema. Somapala and others taking on the mighty teams from Richmond and Mahinda. The cheering squad was led by Royle Barthelot and Percy Abeysekera, (subsequently known, loved and hated as “Pissu Percy”). Among the chants were

* Walles Patau, Goni Goni

  • Gahapan Machan, Boundary Boundary

These were memorable moments ….. among them the century collected by Mohamed Anwer versus Mahinda if my memory is on the spot. Mahinda then had the Amendra brothers and both DH and DP de Silva in their team. Anwer, I stress, was an astute captain and a sportsman to the hilt. Our success in 1956 was due in good measure to his guiding hand, with important inputs from coach Marcus. Seniors Carlyle and Vernon were critical elements. As important for our triumphant journey was the fielding — -with Cedric at slip and one Johnnie behind the stumps taking some terrific catches. 

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A NOTE to a Fellow-Richmondite from Nandasiri Jasentuliyan


Memories! I played with all of them and 1955 to 1958 and captained with Micheal Roberts in 1957. Unfortunately, I was a member of the young 1956 team that got thrashed by SAC! The following year we nearly made amends when time ran out with 30 runs to be made with 5 wickets in hand! ………………………

Nandasiri (Nandi) Jasentuliyana …. President Emeritus, International Institute of Space Law……..Former Deputy Director-General, United Nations, and Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs


Selection of SL Fifteen for World Cup: the Process … and Beware Fake News

April 16, 2019

Bipin Dani in Asian Age, 15 April 2019,

The Ashantha de Mel-led selection committee will debate the composition of World Cup team for three consecutive days. Captain is a member of the selection committee. De Mel also denied both the media reports stating that (1) Mathews has denied the captaincy (2) Malinga has insisted to be in the squad only, if he is made the captain. (Photo: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter)

We are first meeting the physio and the other support staff members on 16th to ascertain the fitness level of the players. The next day our meeting is scheduled with the head coach (Chandika Hathurusingha) and will seek his inputs”, the chief selector, speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, said on Sunday.

 Captain is a member of the selection committee. De Mel also denied both the media reports stating that (1) Mathews has denied the captaincy (2) Malinga has insisted to be in the squad only, if he is made the captain. (Photo: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter)

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India’s World Cup Squad: Remaining Knots

April 15, 2019

Jamie Alter, in Cricket Country,15 April 2019, where the title is India’s World Cup squad: No 4, second ‘keeper and third spinner the issues to sort out

The BCCI selectors will meet inside the corridors of the Wankhede Stadium today to pick the 15 men who will comprise India‘s squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. India’s predicted World Cup squad is unlikely to be different from the last ODI pool picked in March. Virat Kohli said earlier this year that IPL performances will not be criteria for World Cup selection, but whether the selectors look at the past three weeks of IPL 2019 remains to be seen.  Ahead of today’s selection meet, here are the issues facing the men who matter.

India’s World Cup squad: No 4, second ‘keeper and third spinner the issues to sort out

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Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad: Punting from Down Under

April 10, 2019

Michael Roberts

I am venturing bold and proceeding to select fifteen players without the ‘data’ issuing from the trial matches taking place in Sri Lanka. I have taken serious note of Asantha de Mel’s provocative and thoughtful media session and been assisted materially by comments from a pal in Lanka who keeps a close eye on events within the island, but wishes to remain in the background. He will feature in my essay as ‘The Ghost’.

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When Sri Lanka had to ‘mankad’ Buttler and Co.

March 31, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 31 March 2019, where the title runs “Marvan on ‘Mankading’ Buttler in 2014”

There are certain places visiting teams would hate play overseas. As for Sri Lankans, they avoid Wanderes in Johannesburg like the plague as it always seams around there. So is Edgbaston in Birmingham where the seam bowlers come into the equation all the time. Sri Lanka have played at Edgbaston on five times but won only once. That win came in 2014 in a bitterly contested ODI. These days teams tend to make most of the scheduling and invariably the hosts would want to play the final game of a series at a venue that favours them, just in case if that happens to be a decider. So was the case in 2014. The five match ODI series was squared 2-2. Sri Lanka won a low scoring thriller with Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene posting half-centuries to wrap up the series 3-2. Rather than celebrating a famous series win, the cricketing world was busy discussing the ‘Mankading’ of Josh Buttler. Some ex-England players found fault with the Sri Lankans.

Sachithra Senanayake gestures to the umpire after ‘mankading’ Jos Buttler.

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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 ?


Himalayan Cricket Epic at Dehradun: Afghanistan beat Ireland

March 30, 2019

in mid-March 2019 .… and Benjamin Golby and Nicholas Brookes were there to take it all in within the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium set among the hills, valleys and mountains of the Himalayan Ranges

Pic of Stadium sent by Nick & Ben

314 (106.3)
149/3 (47.5)
172 (60.0)
288 (93.0)

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