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Kevin Roberts pitches in –within Galle Fort

Open season –Kevin as non-striker

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Al-Jazeera’s Sensation: Two More Presentations

ONE =Sport24: Sri Lanka suspends two caught in pitch-fixing sting,”

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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A Straight Bat, Young Lad

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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Langer anointed as the LORD SAVIOUR of Australian Cricket

Those privileged to watch the TV media presentation of Justin LANGER as Australian coach with great fanfare would be excused if they recoiled at the double-speak indulged in by this new “Saviour” of the Mighty Aussies — just a few days after we heard the poignant “Last Post ” marking the reflective moments of death in war and  the  role of martyrdom in the foundation of Australianness and the Australian nation. 

Pi from AAP

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Cricket Here, There and Everywhere –It is Sri Lanka

Swimming Cricket?  …. well maybe just beach cricket – Pic by Nick Plaister ….

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Don Bradman as Youth

Ashley Mallett, courtesy of CRICKET MONTHLY and ESPNcricinfo where the title of this article is “Bradman as a Boy”

At Bowral Primary School in the summer of 1915-16, Don Bradman, not yet eight years old, built a reputation as a cricketer. When the bell tolled to end another school day, Bradman didn’t dally to chat with others. In a desperate rush to get home, he ran helter-skelter through the small township of Bowral, turned into Shepherd Street, hurdled a white picket fence, breezed through his front door, and tossing his school bag in the hall and grabbing his cricket bat, yelled, “C’mon Mum, how about bowling me down a few?” Emily Bradman smiled. She discarded her apron, shifted the kettle on the stove and dutifully followed her son into the backyard. As Mrs Bradman wheeled down her own brand of left-arm deliveries, she could never have imagined that the small boy facing her at the other end of the back lawn would one day become the greatest batsman the world has known.

 Bradman at 21, about to set sail for the 1930 Ashes, with a trophy for his world-record 452 made earlier in the year

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Media Madness in Sumathipala

Andrew Fidel Fernando,  in ESPNcricinfo, 19 April 2017, where the title runs Why is SLC in public-relations overdrive?”  … and the by-line urns: “Thilanga Sumathipala’s board has done as much for Sri Lanka’s cricket as any other, but the chairman’s desperation for the limelight does them no favours;”

Five men stand in front of the sponsors’ backdrop at the presentation that follows Sri Lanka’s T20 win over Bangladesh. Four of them are holding cheques; the man who holds nothing is Thilanga Sumathipala, SLC president and unelected deputy speaker of the House. He stands closest to the presenter, and his presence seems gratuitous at first. When proceedings begin, however, it becomes clear that the camera is smitten with Sumathipala and that he is smitten with it. When Kusal Perera comes up to be interviewed about his Player-of-the-Match performance, there Sumathipala is, looking paternally over the player’s shoulder with a benevolent grin. While other awards are being handed out, the camera may stray, but as if bound by fate, it always has a way of finding its way back to Sumathipala. It captures his coy smirks and his firm handshakes.  Continue reading

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The Rousing Tale of Pradeep Matthew, ambidextrous and bowling Chinaman

Benjamin Colby, courtesy of The CRICKET MONTHLY, October 2016, and ESPNcricinfo, where the title runs “The greatest cricketer who never lived” …  In the first of a series on cricket in fiction, a look at Chinaman, in which the game isn’t so much plot driver as plinth

There is more cricket fiction than is probably thought to exist. Screeds of it, in fact, with a curious abundance of thrillers and murder mysteries stretching from Dorothy Sayers’ Oxford Blue amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey to Ted Dexter’s Testkill. As is often the case with artistry, novelists tackle cricket in a manner one might not otherwise think up. “How different would English summers be without slip fielders?” Jennie Walker’s 24 for 3 contemplates. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Spedegue’s Dropper has a schoolteacher bowling 50 feet upward for the ball to fall vertically onto the stumps. Anthologies of cricket’s gilded writings tend toward literary pedigree, such as All-Muggleton’s jolly trouncing of Dingley Dell in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. Evergreen in the game, too, is celebrating an England of green fields surely more emerald than ever was the case in life. Upstanding here is the nostalgic village-cricket schmaltz of Hugh de Selincourt’s The Cricket Match ….shehan Shehan Karunatillaka-Pic by Alamy …

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How to avoid Bouncers: Ashley Mallett Sermon

 Ashley Mallet, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, October 2016, t: Bouncer-safety starts with watching the ball

Fast bowlers use the short ball as a legitimate weapon to unsettle any batsman. It is a fair and reasonable tactic that has stood the test of time. On that terrible day at the SCG in November 2014, Phillip Hughes appeared to misjudge the pace of the ball and looked to be through his hook shot before he was struck in the neck, clear of the protective face of the helmet. It was a shocking, freak accident and, especially for Phil’s family and friends, so terrible in its finality.In the wake of the Hughes’ tragedy there has been a disturbing number of quality batsmen being struck on the helmet. The “hit” list is not dominated by mid- to lower-order batsmen.  bouncer-isssue-pa-photos   Ian Chappell: “When you’re quickly on to the front foot it’s impossible to get inside the line of the delivery to play the shot more safely” © PA PhotosIn recent times players of the calibre of Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers and Virat Kohli have copped heavy blows to the helmet. When looking at footage of the incidents, you see all too clearly that all of the players who were hit were not watching the ball and they were struck on the side of the helmet.

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Striking Scenes from the 1975 World Cup in England

teams in colmnsThe eight teams in the finals lineup –spruced up …. The captains are, front row from left: APB Tennekoon (Sri Lanka), Asif Iqbal (Pakistan), Clive Lloyd (West Indies), Mike Brearley (England), Kim Hughes (Australia), Mark Burgess (New Zealand), S Venkataraghavan (India), GE Brisbane (Canada) … Photograph: Patrick Eagar via Getty Images

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