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Adieu! Adieu! Dear Angelo, Dear Angelo

July 21, 2017

Rip Van Winkle

  My dear Angie,   I thought I must write to you because everyone is talking about you these days, especially after your team lost to Zimbabwe and you resigned from the captaincy. Cricket seems to have become the topic of conversation – more so than changes to the Constitution, the dengue epidemic or even SAITM! I suppose this is one of those moments when all about you are losing their heads and blaming it on you. It does appear as if there are many problems with cricket in Sri Lanka and that several others are responsible for them- but you are the one taking the rap, just because you happen to be the captain.

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Sathasivam: The Island’s Greatest Batsman,

July 20, 2017

Says Prof. Ravindra Fernando during Q and A with Dr. Hemamal Jayawardena
When I dropped in recently at the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Colombo to get some guidance on some forensic aspects of child
abuse, a subject on which the professor is a pioneering expert, I noticed a book on his table on a subject that had nothing to do with forensic
medicine. It was titled, “Sathasivam of Ceylon – the Batting Legend”. This interested me and I went over a few pages. It took me a while to
realise that it was Professor Fernando who had authored the book, to my surprise. It was unusual as the book was not on medicine or a medically
related subject as he usually writes. It was on cricket! More accurately, about a cricketer. As we spoke more, I recalled reading a piece he had
written long ago on our ace wicket keeper, Kaluwitharana to the newspaper as well and realised that Professor is a keen cricket fan. This led to the
following interview which I thought will be of interest to all our readers.

 Sobers gifts Satha a memento

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United Ethnics to play Cricket for British School of Colombo

June 28, 2017

News Item in Island, 27 June 2017

 

Over 15 Squad : Salman Akbarally (Captain),  Rahul Chigullapalli (Wk),  Kyle Crosland,  Akitha Gunadasa,  Senuka Darmakeerthi,  Dillon David, Tevan Buell,  Chamaka Perera,  Rex Tharindu Nanayakkara, Sadhan Jayasuriya, Vishnu Praveen, Hasan Sohail, Siyath Srikanth,  Kavinda Subasinghe,  Heshan Tharindu Read the rest of this entry ?

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Radley Claessen: An Appreciation

June 25, 2017

Justin Labrooy

In January this year, Radley Claessen, a founder member and past President of ASLA, passed away peacefully at home after a full and active 85      dley and Brian years. The first twenty seven years of Radley’s life were spent in Colombo.   He distinguished himself at his Alma Mater, Wesley College, where he was Senior Prefect and Captain of a Wesley cricket team which carried all before it in 1952. Radley’s prominence in sport led onto a career in journalism with The Times of Ceylon where he subsequently became Night Editor.  He married Angela in 1954 and the eldest of their children, Desiree, was born in Colombo.  In 1958 the family migrated to Australia, leaving a country undergoing rapid political change to a new life and the challenges of establishing itself in a new environment.

Wesley College Cricket team in 1952 with Radley as Captain      

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Fakhar and the Pasthun Factor in Pakistan’s Champion’s Trophy Campaign

June 25, 2017

Michael Atherton, in The Times & The Australian, 20 June 2017, where the title isChampions Trophy: Fakhar, Amir lead charge as India lose plot”

It is a game of infinite possibilities and surprises. On a sweltering day, in front of a raucous full house of swaying blues and greens, and to a global audience in the hundreds of millions, Sarfraz Ahmed’s ragtag army, the exiles of the international game, outplayed the swaggering House of Kohli to win the Champions Trophy.

 Fakthar Zaman  

Amir

It was a day for underdogs everywhere and you would need a heart as cold and hard as a taxman’s not to have been moved by it. To flourish, cricket must encourage the notion of equality and fair play and we have to believe that any team, no matter the resources or the situation, has a chance of winning on any given day. India are the “haves” of cricket and Pakistan the “have nots”, but here Sarfraz’s side showed that a team prepared to have a go can succeed against the odds. Two weeks ago, they lost to India by 124 runs; now they beat them by the whopping margin of 180 runs. It showed what a sequence of victories, a dash of confidence and a smattering of new faces could achieve.

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Rare Cricketing Images from Yesteryear: Bodyline

June 13, 2017

W M Woodfull of Australia ducks to avoid a rising ball from Harold Larwood of England during the Fourth Test match at Brisbane on the infamous ‘Bodyline’ Tour of Australia … Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

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“I dropped the chance of securing the Champion’s Cup”

June 13, 2017

Errol’s LAMENT for THISARA in Sri Lanka’s Match vs Pakistan

Mike my friend, ……spare a thought for Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera ,a proud member of St Joseph’s College who has played for innumerable teams all over the world including Melbourne. At a crucial stage of the match yesterday he dropped a SITTER off Sarfraz which almost certainly cost Sri Lanka the game. His mortification, humiliation,discomfiture and embarrassment was palpable and he will need profound psychological treatment to cope with it. I cannot think of a comparable situation in the History of Cricket to match this moment.

 Thisara’s butterfingers -Ishara Kodikara for GettyImages

When it happened, at nearly 3, 00 am Melbourne time,I uttered expletives usually directed against me by other drivers on the road, turned off cricinfo and dashed off to bed. I knew that it was GAME OVER for Sri Lanka. I  cannot imagine NLTC ever getting over this.I feel desperately sorry for him.

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HOWEVER, two other Sri Lankan’s may face the same thoughts. As noted by Andrew McGlashan at ESPNcricinfo 

“Three glaring dropped catches off the bowling of Lasith Malinga were pivotal as Sri Lanka’s “pathetic” fielding cost them a semi-final place” 

 Prasanna’s dropped catch –the more difficult of the three, but