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Flower of Scotland down English in Nail-Biting Finish

June 11, 2018

Peter Della Penna, in ESPNcricinfo, June 2018, where the title is The Stockbridge soundtrack to Scotland’s sensational Sunday”

Five minutes before the start of play on Sunday morning at The Grange, a bagpiper led the players onto the field. Moments later, the Scotland players cleared their throats to sing “Flower of Scotland”. The consensus amongst local journalists in the media box who had stood on the boundary edge to take it in was that none of Scotland’s 13-man squad was ever going to stand a chance against Paul Potts in a sing-off, let alone any other contestant past or present on Britain’s Got Talent.

But a funny thing happened. As the players’ off-key voices grew louder, so did those of the Stockbridge faithful who had poured into The Grange through the gates off Arboretum Avenue to the east and Portgower Place to the west. The fans didn’t care how they sounded, and the players had sung their last false note of the day. From here on, their willows would produce a melody for the ages.

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Duleep Mendis: Doughty Fighter, A Man to Command

June 11, 2018

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 9 June 2018, where the title runs:  “Duleep’s grit and courage – need of the hour”

A Tamil demonstration kinda opened proceedings when the Aussies were batting at the Oval — Editor, Cricketique

It was on a day like this, 43 years ago, Sri Lankan cricket made its biggest impact in the world stage. The six full members of the ICC were automatic choices for the 1975 World Cup and in a bid to make up the numbers, Sri Lanka and a team comprising cricketers from East Africa were invited to play the inaugural event. The quality of Sri Lankan cricket was displayed on this day at The Oval against an Australian side comprising the Chappell brothers, Dennis Lille, Jeff Thomson and others.

A century by Alan Turner and half-centuries by Rick McCosker, Greg Chappell, and Doug Walters had propelled Australia to a total of 328. Many would have thought that Sri Lanka had little chance. But they did well; reaching 150 for two and needed 179 runs in 30 overs with eight wickets in hand.  Australian skipper Ian Chappell was a worried man. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Al-Jazeera’s Sensation: Two More Presentations

May 28, 2018

ONE =Sport24: Sri Lanka suspends two caught in pitch-fixing sting,” https://m.sport24.co.za/Cricket/sri-lanka-suspends-two-caught-in-pitch-fixing-sting-20180527

Colombo – Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday suspended a player and a groundsman who allegedly agreed to tamper with the pitch to alter the result of an upcoming Test against England, as police launched an investigation into the claims.The Sri Lankan board (SLC) said it had suspended the curator of the Galle International Stadium as well as a professional player, who were featured in an Al Jazeera documentary on corruption in cricket. The board also lodged a complaint with the local police, who launched a criminal investigation into the scandal exposed by the Doha-based television network.

 A View of the Galle Cricket Ground from the Fort -where marriages are made beyond the bed

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Al-Jazeera Doctoring Claims: Two Lankan Reports

May 28, 2018

ONE = DAILY NEWS Item: “Sports Minister directs SLC to take prompt action on ‘pitch fixing’, 28 May 2018

Sports Minister Faiszer Mustapha has in a letter addressed to the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket has directed the national body for the sport to promptly initiate an independent investigation into the alleged incidents of ‘pitch fixing’ at Galle International Stadium as exposed by TV channel Al Jazeera yesterday and to impose strict punishment on those who are found guilty of such offence.

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A Straight Bat, Young Lad

May 20, 2018

Yes, the bat is an extension of your forearm — Keep both straight and you will meet the ball four ‘n square.

So, says the occasional coach and ancient cricketer to a part-time cricketer at Kirinde in Sri Lanka.

PS:  the chair was not for me… It was the wickets.

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Enter Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal: All of 17 plus Years and in IPL

May 13, 2018

Sandeep Lamichhane     

Born August 2, 2000, Syangja ….. Current age 17 years 284 days

Major teams Nepal, Delhi Daredevils, Kowloon Cantons,Nepal Under-19s

Playing role Bowler ……..Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Sandeep Lamichhane

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Sustaining Honour in Cricket: The Soul of English Cricket

May 13, 2018

John Barclay, courtesy of The Telegraph, 4 May 2018, where the title runs How John Arlott and EW Swanton fought to keep cricket honourable”

John Arlott and E W Swanton, with their instantly recognisable voices and incisive prose, defined English cricket commentary in the second half of the 20th century. Their place in cricketing history has already been cemented by comprehensive biographies, which makes Stephen Fay and David Kynaston’s decision to embark on this joint study seem, initially, an odd one. The result, however, is one of the best pieces of cricket writing of recent years, a book that is as much about politics and social change as it is about the men themselves. It is the tale of an age in which British identity – and the sport that defined it – changed for good.

John Arlott commentating in the late Forties CREDIT: COURTESY OF BOUNDARY BOOKS2 May 2018

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