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Whistle-Stop Boosts in Sri Lankan Cricketing History

February 20, 2020

Nicholas Brookes at https://wisdenblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/notes-from-a-small-island/ …. with this chosen title “Play to the Whistle” … with highlighting added and Pix illustrative and not always from such moments

Until 1982 Sri Lanka were stranded on the fringes of international cricket: a small island, marooned. Life on the outside wasn’t easy, but Sri Lanka still had something to make most of the cricketing world envious. You might call it a geographical blessing.

In the days before planes, the only way to get between England and Australia was by boat. It was an arduous journey that could take up to three months and required a stopover. With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, Ceylon (as it was called until 1972) emerged as the natural point of transit.

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FOG stands as One Pillar in SL Womens’ Cricket

February 19, 2020

Three players from the FOUNDATION of GOODNESS at Seenigama in Hikkaduwa are in the Squad representing the island nation at the Womens’ T20 World Cup in Australia

“Three outstanding ladies from our Foundation of Goodness Seenigama Ladies Cricket Squad have been selected to represent the Sri Lanka National Team for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which commences on the 15th of Feb, 2020! Congratulations to Kaveesha Dilhari, Umasha Thimeshani (Seenigama Ladies Captain 2019) and Satya Sanjeewani! ”  …. says Kushil Gunasekera

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Sathya Sandeepani

Age: 20 years 153 days Batting: Right-hand bat Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast

Umesha Thimashini

Age: 18 years 278 daysBatting: Right-hand batBowling: Right-arm offbreak

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Topsy-Turvy: A Tale of Ingenious Tactics from the Aussie Boondocks

February 19, 2020

A Note from Ron Slee …. an Aged Aussie Mate

Michael, my ‘old age indulgence’ lacks the verification of yours and while it bears some similarities, sadly, I have no pictures.

It was ‘64/65.  I was captain of my High School Cricket X1.  I provided leadership in neither batting nor bowling but I had a heightened sense of how difficult it was to score runs against good bowlers and how equally difficult it was to bowl to good batsmen.  This profound weakness at batting and bowling led me to develop a strategy which produced success for my team.

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Sri Lanka spring Surprise in Tuesday’s Round of Warm-up Matches — Womens’ T20

February 19, 2020

Daily News Report, 19 February 2020

Australia and India tuned up for Friday’s blockbuster ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener with hard-fought warm-up victories over South Africa and West Indies respectively. But by far the biggest shock of the day was Sri Lanka’s 10-wicket victory over England as Shashikala Siriwardana snaffled four wickets and Chamari Atapattu starred with bat and ball to earn an unlikely triumph.

Atapattu in full flight

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Massacre! Sri Lankan Women annihilate England Women in Warm-Up Match

February 18, 2020

Michael Roberts ….. and I was present!

Excellent catching and smart work supported a good bowling performance with Sashikala Siriwardene snaring 4 wkts and Chamari Atapattu getting three wkts, and two run-outs being effected, saw England restricted to 122 runs for 9 wkts in their twenty overs.

Chamari Hasini Sashikala

The lefties Chamari Atapattu (78 n.o. in 59 balls) and Hasini Perera (29 n. o.) then hammered 123 runs in 12.3 overs to overhaul one of the top-rated Elevens in the T20 competition in the warm/up match at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide. Chamari’s tally included five sixes.

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Naveed Nawaz: Sri Lankan Coach with All-Conquering Bangladesh U19 Squad

February 11, 2020

Bipin Dani, in bdcricktime, 11 February 2010 where the title is “Sri Lanka hand in Bangladesh U-19 win”

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Bangladesh’s triumph in the U-19 World Cup has a Sri Lanka connection to it. Former middle order batsman Naveed Nawaz, who played one Test and 3 ODIs’ under Sanath Jayasuriya is the head coach of the victorious Bangla team. Speaking exclusively over telephone from South Africa a day after the Tigers won the U-19 World Cup against India, he said, “Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) invested heavily on these boys. I saw these boys become mature and learn fast. Changing habits and being positive to change was the main slogan I used along with my staff.”

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India’s Rise to Superpower Status in Cricket

February 10, 2020

Gideon Haigh, in The Australian, 24 January 2020 with this title

In December 2011, Rahul Dravid delivered a justly celebrated speech at the Australian War Memorial, the Bradman Oration, lyrically evoking the plurality and diversity of cricket in the subcontinent. “The Indian cricket team is in fact, India itself, in microcosm,” he said, describing a dressing room drawn from every corner of the country that spoke 15 different languages and stood “not just for sport, but possibility, hope, opportunities”.

The All-India cricket team prior to their match against Sussex at Hove in 1911.
The All-India cricket team prior to their match against Sussex at Hove in 1911.

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