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Murali celebrated in Sri Lankan Musical Rhythms via Alston Koch

Murali the official music video & song

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George Munsey hammers 127 n.o. in 56 Balls

For Ireland vs Netherlands at Malahhide in the tri-series with Scotland

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Afghan Unique! Seven Successive Sixes in Seven Balls from Two Different Batsmen


A rather monotonous T20 international between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe was brought to life by Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran when they smashed seven consecutive sixes across the 17th and 18th overs in Dhaka on Saturday. It was the second match of the tri-series being played between Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, which the latter ended up winning by 28 runs.

Afghanistan batted first and were ambling at 123/4 after 16 overs. Tendai Chatara bowled the 17th over with Nabi and Zardan in the middle and the pair took singles off the first two balls. Nabi, who recently retired from Test cricket after Afghanistan’s triumph over Bangladesh last week, started the carnage with a six over deep mid-wicket off the third ball of the over.

 Nabi was dismissed off the last ball for 38 off 18 balls.
Nabi was dismissed off the last ball for 38 off 18 balls..
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Statistical Oddities and Other Odds and Ends from the Galle Test Match and Beyond

133* – The partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne is Sri Lanka’s highest for the first wicket in the fourth innings of a Test. Karunaratne was involved in the previous highest as well – 124 with Kaushal Silva, against Pakistan in Dubai in 2014. Sri Lanka were chasing a target of 137 then, and won by nine wickets.

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A Nightwatchman’s Record from Jack Leach

George Dobell, in ESPNcricinfo, 25 July 2019, where the title is Ireland battle back after Leach falls short of nightwatchman hundred”

Jack Leach fell eight short of becoming the first England nightwatchman to make a  Test century, but Ireland retained the upper hand of their maiden Test at Lord’s. Leach made 92, easily his highest first-class score, and by the time he left the pitch – bat raised to all corners of the ground – had converted England’s first-innings deficit of 122 into a lead of 60.

And while batting looked relatively straightforward while Leach and Jason Roy, who also recorded a maiden Test 50, were putting together a partnership of 145, the dismissal of Roy precipitated something of a collapse. England lost four wickets for 23 runs, renewing Ireland’s hopes of registering a maiden Test victory. By tea, England’s lead was 87 with five second-innings wickets in hand.

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Pinnacles, Troughs and Trends in Sri Lanka’s Cricketing History

Michael Roberts, reprint from Lions of Lanka, produced by the Lanka Monthly Digest, 2019, to coincide with the 2019 Cricket World Cup ….

Cricket was one channel of Westernisation during British colonial rule. But it was also a medium for Ceylon to challenge the ideas of racial superiority so prevalent among the island’s ruling Britons. By the 1920s the Ceylonese team were proving their superiority over the Europeans in annual matches. The Maharaja of Vizianagram was so captivated by all-rounder Edward Kelaart in the early 1930s that he invited him to play for his Indian team. Meanwhile, F. C. de Saram made the headlines when he scored 128 runs out of a total of 218 for an Oxford University side that faced the touring Australians in May 1934.

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Shattering Collapse at Cardiff by Sri Lanka gives England a Test Win – in 2011

Phil Dawkes in BBC Sport, 13 May 2011, with this title  “Sri Lanka batting collapse hands England shock victory”

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann bowled England to a remarkable innings victory after Sri Lanka were bowled out for 82 in the first Test in Cardiff.A draw seemed likely after rain delayed the start of day five until 1500 BST. But England declared after two overs on 496-5, a first-innings lead of 96, as soon as Ian Bell reached his century.

Tremlett (4-40) grabbed two early wickets, before he and Swann (4-16) combined to tear through the tourists, with Stuart Broad finishing them off. With the last eight wickets falling in just over an hour after the tea interval, it left England victorious by an innings and 14 runs.

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The Aloysian INVINCIBLES of 1956/57

Johnny de Silva

The invincible SAC cricket team in the 1956-57 season carried all before them becoming the unofficial Southern Group champions for the first time. Melvin Dias kept wickets for the St John’s Panadura and the Mahinda matches while I was ‘behind the stumps’ for the St Servatius’, St Sebastians’ and Richmond College matches.

Standing l-to-rt: Oswin Silva, Melvin Dias, Nalin Peiris, D. Jayanetti, Vinnie Vedamuttu, Roy Vanderpuut, Shiraz Cassim, Cedric Auwardt, Johnny de Silva,

Seated: Carlyle Rodrigo, Vernon Regis, Coach Marcus Jayasinghe, Skipper Mohamed Anwer, Michael Roberts, Lakshman Abeysundera

We defeated St Servatius’ College Matara by 165 runs, St Sebastians’ College outright by 5 wickets, Richmond College by an innings and 23 runs, St John’s College Panadura by 1 wicket on the first innings and Mahinda by 72 runs in the most awaited encounter of the season.

All players were awarded their Cricket Colours that year in recognition of the signal achievement of becoming the unofficial Southern Group cricket champions and for having played all matches in the true spirit of the game.

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VALE: Coach MARCUS,  Carlyle, Lakshman, Shiraz, Vinnie, Melvin, Oswin, Nalin, Roy are no longer with us   … but we shall remember them.     

A FURTHER NOTE: An year or so before this snap was taken I was among the lads in the Aloysian cheering party watching the Walles brothers, Anwer, Noel Edema. Somapala and others taking on the mighty teams from Richmond and Mahinda. The cheering squad was led by Royle Barthelot and Percy Abeysekera, (subsequently known, loved and hated as “Pissu Percy”). Among the chants were

* Walles Patau, Goni Goni

  • Gahapan Machan, Boundary Boundary

These were memorable moments ….. among them the century collected by Mohamed Anwer versus Mahinda if my memory is on the spot. Mahinda then had the Amendra brothers and both DH and DP de Silva in their team. Anwer, I stress, was an astute captain and a sportsman to the hilt. Our success in 1956 was due in good measure to his guiding hand, with important inputs from coach Marcus. Seniors Carlyle and Vernon were critical elements. As important for our triumphant journey was the fielding — -with Cedric at slip and one Johnnie behind the stumps taking some terrific catches. 

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A NOTE to a Fellow-Richmondite from Nandasiri Jasentuliyana


Memories! I played with all of them and 1955 to 1958 and captained with Michael Roberts in 1957. Unfortunately, I was a member of the young 1956 team that got thrashed by SAC! The following year we nearly made amends when time ran out with 30 runs to be made with 5 wickets in hand! ………………………

Nandasiri (Nandi) Jasentuliyana …. President Emeritus, International Institute of Space Law……..Former Deputy Director-General, United Nations, and Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

A FURTHER NOTE by Michael Roberts, 16 February 2020

In attaching two news clippings from that era let me add further details about the Richmond match …dredged from my memory. I recall walking out to bat when we were in dire straits; but it ws Carlyle who shaped the recovery. Our victory, however, was due to

(A ) Anwer Jawath’s astute captaincy;

(B) our use of what we called “leg theory” at a moment in cricket history when you had no field restrictions behind the line of square leg …. with Roy Vanderputt bowling slow/medium pace left-arm round the wicket towards the batsman’s legs and Vernon Regis bowling right-arm fast medium round the wicket down the line of the body;

And, last but not least,

(C) excellent catching -with Carlyle (or was it Cedric?) and keeper Johnny snaffling two sliding hook shots …. while one Michael at gully calmly pouched a shoulder height catch off the left-handed opening bat with Vernon the bowler;

and (D) Lakshman Abeysesundera — easily our worst fielder –pouching two catches at cover point off Vanderputt when the latter strayed down the vacant off side

LEG THEORY = two fielders on the off at mid-off and cover point;………AND …… seven on the leg: 3 leg slips; deep fine-leg;  deep square-leg; short mid-wkt; midon.

PS: I believe one Nandi de Silva, a bright spark and budding hero if ever there was one,  was caught by Jayanetti when he hooked Vernon in the air.

POST MORTEM …. the death of leg theory THEREAFTER

Anwer’s leg-theory tactics was nothing like that of Jardine and Larwood’s leg theory. Vernon Regis was medium pace and on those matting-on-turf wickets was nowhere near a threatening Larwood.  The leading Richmondites batsmen were mostly outed because they took Regis on and were caught out; while two of their top order were tempted by the vacant of -side and slashed at Vanderputt and sent he ball to one of the only fielders in that vast space.

BUT leg-tthoery was a no-no. The Principla of Mahinda College phoned his Aloysian counterpart and told him in no uncertain terms that they would not tolerate such cricket. So: we cricketers were summoned to Fr Kotaa Peiris’ room with Fr Morelli present and Anwer in position and informed that we would not be deploying that strategy. There was no room for debate; it was an order.

PS : We beat Mahinda that year …. without any leg-theory.

PPSBoth wins, I insist, were fair and square. That against Richmond remains in my memory as a concerted work of genius.

**  Note that an earlier version of this pot pourri item can be found in


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Volare! Afghanistan beat Ireland in Historic Test Match

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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Gayle: Incredible 77 in 27

George Dobell, at ESPNcricinfo, March 2019 It’s been an honour to wear the crest’ – Chris Gayle bows out on home soil with flamboyant farewell”

It looked like a goodbye. And, as Chris Gayle reflected on his remarkable ODI series against England, it started to sound like one as well. Gayle had just rounded off his incredible series – 424 runs in four innings at a strike-rate of 134.17 with an innings of 77 in 27 balls that included the fastest half-century (19 deliveries) by a West Indies batsman in the history of this format. He hit 39 sixes from the 316 balls he faced in the series – a record in either series or tournaments of any length – meaning he hit, incredible though it sounds, every 8.10 balls he faced for six.

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