Archive for the ‘welfare through sport’ Category


An ODE for Harry

August 5, 2019

Harry the “Hassett” as “Harry The Bat”

There once was a wee lad

Named HARRY … incarcerated

In boarding school Aloysius

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Two Incisive Broadcasters of Sri Lankan Cricket in the 1980s

July 7, 2019

Premasara Epasinghe in Sinhala and Somasundaram Skandakumar in English brought cricketing nous into their expositions of events on the cricket field  …

The Email Circular NOTE that I received from Samanthi de Silva: “Legends in Radio Commentaries whose voices brought cricket live to our living rooms when TV coverage was rare seen together decades after the inaugural test Vs England they broadcast in Feb 1982……..Premasara Epasinghe ( Sinhala ) and S Skandakumar ( English )”

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Stand Steadfast Together: Cricket’s Message to Sri Lanka and FOR Sri Lanka

May 29, 2019

Nuwan Ranasinghe, in The ROAR, 29 May 2019, where the title is “What Cricket Really means to Sri Lanka”

Contrary to popular belief, cricket has never actually been viewed as a religion in Sri Lanka. Whilst Sri Lankans do love their cricket, they are not essentially a cricket-mad people as is so often stereotypically coined by the Western media. Decades of civil war, a devastating tsunami, soul-destroying floods, monsoon rains and now this latest terror bombing has reminded Sri Lankans that there certainly are more important things in life than a simple game of cricket.

 Lasith Malinga spearheads Sri Lanka’s attack at the 2019 World Cup. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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Robertson’s Warm Message to Bangladesh Cricket team in wake of Christchurch Shootings

March 22, 2019

Vishvas Gupta in Cricket aGE, 21 March 2019, with this title ” Christchurch shooting: NZ sports minister hopes Bangladesh cricket team returns in future”

Police escort witnesses away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Volare! Afghanistan beat Ireland in Historic Test Match

March 18, 2019

ONE: Item in The Hindu, 19 March 2019

Afghanistan’s cricket team claimed their first Test win on Monday, beating Ireland by seven wickets inside four days. Rahmat Shah, who made 76, and Ihsanullah Janat with an unbeaten 65 put on 139 for the second wicket as they chased down 147 to win the match played in Dehradun.. It was Afghanistan’s second Test outing after making their five-day debut last year when they lost to India inside two days in Bangalore. Ireland have also played two Tests.

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Unforgettable Moments for Royal-Thomians

March 6, 2019

Mevan Pieris, in Daily FT,5 March 2019, where the title runs thus: “Moments that make memories of the Battle of the Blues”

Cricket that had germinated among schoolboys of Britain received prominence in the 19th century when leading public schools such as Eton played Harrow as a big match and a few years later in 1837, the only two universities of that time, Oxford and Cambridge played each other for the first time to be labelled as England’s Battle of the Blues. About the same time in Ceylon, an academy sprang up on top of San Sebastian Hill and a few years later in 1851, Bishop James Chapman, an Etonian cricketer himself, started S. Thomas’ College (STC) on top of Mutwal Hill.

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