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Sri Lankan Women secure Consolation Win in Style

Alex Malcolm in ESPNcricinfo, 2 March 2020

Shashikala Siriwardene held her own retirement party on her final day in international cricket taking a tournament-best 4 for 16 to help Sri Lanka to a consolation nine-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Junction Oval [in Melbourne].

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Poonam Yadav bamboozles the Aussie Women Cricketers

ESPNcricinfo staff ….

Australia were cruising at 2 for 67 chasing 133 with Alyssa Healy rolling on 51 from just 34 balls. Poonam Yadav didn’t bowl in the first nine overs and Healy hit her fourth ball for six over long-on. But the legspinner changed the game with a dazzling spell. She bamboozled Australia’s much-vaunted middle order to take 4 for 19 and guide India to victory. She nearly took a hat-trick with Taniya Bhatia dropping a tough caught-behind chance from Jess Jonassen. Here’s how Alex Malcolm and Deivarayan Muthu described the action on ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary.

Poonam Yadav is ecstatic after taking a wicket Getty Images

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Appraisals: Women’s World T20

Mel Jones      Alex Blackwell

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FOG stands as One Pillar in SL Womens’ Cricket

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

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

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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Chamari Atapattu hammers Aussies in Losing Cause

Chamari Atapattu scored 113 runs in 66 balls against World top-dog Women’s Cricket team Australia ay Sydney today — albeit in a losing cause because Australia had piled on 217 for 4 wkts in their twenty overs in the First ODI match up during the Sri Lankan Women’s tour. I was fortunate to catch most of her innings because I turned on the TV with the intention of watching Australia play Wales in the World Cup Rugby tournament. I can assure readers that Chamari’s striking was clean and scintillating. Several of her sixers or fours were straight hits.

 Chamari Athapathtu  … at North Sydney Oval on September 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

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Errol Fernando’s Cricketing Delights This Week

Errol Fernando’s EMAIL NOTE to pals, 28 November 2018

I have enjoyed 3 contests – 4 if you include the Aussie ladies winning the World Cup against England which was extremely praiseworthy.

England  men won the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka despite a wonderful last wicket stand between numbers ten and eleven. Well done England winning 3-nil.

Pakistan levelled the series 1-1 against New Zealand 5 minutes ago. Yasir Shah took 14 wickets,equalling the 14 – wicket record of Imran Khan. When making his Man of the Match speech Yasir began by giving thanks to Allah.  When Shane Warne made his many MOM speeches. D o you recall whom he gave thanks to ??

Finally, Kohli won the third match against Australia,levelling the series 1-1. Everyone is expecting the Aussies to be thrashed  in the Test matches by Kohli’s Indians. However,I am not so sure about this. The Aussies have a fearsome bowling attack and I am not at all convinced by the Indian attack. It will not be a one-sided series.



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Alex Blackwell: Up Front and Equal

Anneesha Ghosh, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 23 August 2018, where the title is “The stands of Alex Blackwell”

Alex Blackwell uses complex medical terms. “Genome sequencing”, “pre-natal screening”, “pretest probability” trip off her tongue on the phone, her five years of medical study peeking out from under her 15-year-long international career in cricket.

Alex Blackwell retires

 and her wife Lynsey Askew at the 2017 Allan Border Medal in Sydney Don Arnold / © Getty Images

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Down Memory Lane with Michael Tissera

Tilak in Daily News, 26 June 2018

At long last, I got the opportunity through Leo Wijesinghe to meet the much talked about Michael Tissera whom I met at his residence at Nawala. Although aged 78 he still looked the neat smart cricketer I used to epitomize as a budding cricketer.

As we started the ball rolling he mentioned to me that he has nothing to do with the administration of the present set up at the moment, and for very good reasons too, well more of that later.

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