Transformation of Galle Face green  by Dr Harold Gunatillake The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward,  although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today.  The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course but was also  used for cricket, polo, football, tennis, and rugby.   The Dutch initially laid out the Galle Face Green to enable their cannons to a strategic line of  fire against the Portuguese. One version of how the name Galle Face is derived is that it is  from the original Dutch name for the fortifications, in that the gateway which gave access to  the Colombo Fort was called the Gal Gate, as it faced southwards to Galle and faas means  front, so it means in front of the fortification that encountered toward Galle. Another version ...

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Watch the Sri Lankan Athletes Competing at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 Visit this web page on eLanka, and we will fill the page as the games unfold to cover various games the Sri Lankan athletes will complete at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 The Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games athletes will complete in various Sport including Athletics, Rugby, Badminton, Swimming, Athletics, Cricket, Diving, Gymnastics, Judo, Squash, Boxing, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Beach Volleyball & Basketball SRI LANKA RECORD Gayanthika Abeyratne 2 01 20sec in 800m Heats Commonwealth Games 2022 India beat Sri Lanka Badminton Mixed Team Commonwealth Games 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 diver shocking belly-flops into pool Sri Lankan diver Dunlanjan Fernando COMMONWEALTH GAMES – LONG JUMP WOMEN . Sarangi Silva of SRI LANKA qualified for final round First gamer to represent Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Esports Championships South Africa vs Sri Lanka Women T20 Highlights 2022 ● ...

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SQUADs in growth boom, as ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket fever ramps up among multicultural communities Growth in the free, official Facebook community groups for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 SQUADs has exploded in recent weeks as excitement builds for the biggest global sporting event of the year coming to Australia and cricket lovers clamber to connect with fellow cricket news, cricket fans, culture, and cricket insights. A global celebration of cultural diversity on the world stage, T20 World Cup is a unique opportunity to connect cricket-loving multicultural communities in Australia. Sixteen nations will be competing in 45 matches across seven host cities from 16 October to 13 November 2022, featuring teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and more. The ICC SQUAD Facebook groups are a fun, interactive and exciting initiative allowing people to support their teams while connecting with their local communities through a shared ...

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A Miracle at Pallekele: Dasun Shanaka’s Fireworks – By DR Michael Roberts Source:thuppahis.com Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 11 June 2022, with this title “Shanaka’s 25-ball 54* scripts stunning victory for Sri Lanka” If you were watching on TV, you might wonder what the big deal was. Khettarama, one of cricket’s great party grounds, overflowing as it almost always is for T20 internationals, roaring for Sri Lanka lbw appeals, vibing to papare even through rain breaks, generally being its regular rambunctious self. On the field, a dramatic batting collapse is unfolding. Even this feels like a familiar and comforting companion to Sri Lankan life. Even this only slightly dampens the mood. But right now this is just a snatch of normalcy in an otherwise relentlessly upsetting time in the history of the island. The kilometres-long fuel queues on the way to the ground are the most obvious signs, but there is much worse. Businesses are ...

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Whirlwind Shanaka rocks Aussies – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) https://www.elanka.com.au/watch-cricket-highlights-sri-lanka-vs-australia-t20-series-june-2022/ If there was a performance that exemplified the adage “glorious uncertainties of cricket” it was given profound meaning by Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka who single-handedly steered his country to an unlikely win over Australia at Pallekelle. The high riding Aussies who had clean swept the Lankans in Colombo to take an unassailable series lead and was on course for a clean sweep of the three game contest, reckoned without Shanaka, who bludgeoned the hitherto feared attack to all parts of Sri Lanka’s Hill country for a 25 ball 54 that will live long in the minds of those who watched his epic knock apart from the shell shocked Aussies.  Marcus Stonis possibly summed up the outcome best by saying “We probably got ahead of ourselves”, not expecting Sri Lanka to chase down what seemed like an ...

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Ashton Agar’s Sri Lankan Lineages – By Dr Michael Roberts Source:thuppahis.com Ashton Agar may play cricket now for Western Australia, but he is the eldest of three boys schooled at the De La Salle College in Melbourne. Our investigations indicate that his father John Agar is from a cricketing family associated with the Prahran Cricket Club in Melbourne – a happy coincidence because Prahran had several Burgher migrants active within its portals—notably Owen Mottau and Dav Whatmore.[1] As vitally, his mother Sonia is a Sinhalese Sri Lankan, being the daughter of Nala Hewawisa[2] from a marriage with Sheila Plunkett,[3] who is described in one source as a “Burgher of British descent.” John & Sonia Agar and eldest son Ashton The Agar family at Lords By marvelous coincidence it appears that there were Agars too in British Ceylon – working as planters. Philip Sansoni (in Sydney now) sent me this note: “Interestingly, there is a tablet ...

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Pride of the Lion’s will upset Kangaroo push – by Trevine Rodrigo (elanka – Sports editor – Melbourne)   Sri Lanka will ascertain their true strength against the rampant Australians fresh from a successful tour of Pakistan.  Both teams are currently basking in the glory of series triumphs over Pakistan and Bangladesh away from home making the outcome of the current two Test series a defining moment in the Test Championship rankings. While the tour raises questions about its priority in a country suffering from impending bankruptcy and civil unrest due to political bungling and mismanagement, Sri Lanka Cricket believes it is a justified decision to go ahead due to the revenue it will generate. The Cricket board has pledged a substantial sum of dollars generated from the games  towards urgent medical requirements the country is unable to purchase due to the current crisis.  Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan De ...

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Royal College OBA (RCOBA) NSW and ACT Winter 2022 Update President Thaya’s visit to Royal College Thaya had a pleasant back-to-school experience when he visited College whilst he was in Colombo on 19 April. He met with the Principal Mr Sanath Jayalath and members of the RCU including Secretary Dr. Hiran Wimalaratne, Chairman, EDEX and Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) Mahinda Galagedara and Chairman, Loyalty Pledge Management Committee (LPMC) Abhaya Amaradasa. Thaya also had the opportunity to visit the Research Activity Room (a RCOBA NSW and ACT project) with the Chairman, EDEX and Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) Mahinda Galagedara and discuss the progress and future of the scholarship programme we support under the Loyalty Pledge initiative with the Chairman, Loyalty Pledge Management Committee (LPMC) Abhaya Amaradasa.   In keeping with our promise of continuing to fund at least 8 scholarships, RCOBA NSW and ACT has transferred an additional $3,350 since May ...

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Sangakkara and Solanki about their Success at IPL 2022 – By Dr Michael Roberts Shashank Kishore*&* at  ESPNcricinfo, 29 May 2022,  source:thuppahis.com   “At the auction table, we spent 90-95% of our purse on putting together our first XI. We worked hard on data to work on the players we wanted. We put emphasis on experience at the moment. We have a smattering of youngsters who will become stars later, but our first XI has a strong share of seasoned internationals… Wins don’t just happen. It takes a lot of planning, hard work, execution on the field.”  ……………… Royals’ director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara says reaching the final is a culmination of a process they started even before the auction “We have an opportunity to do something special. But, to some extent, what we have achieved so far is something special. I would congratulate everybody that’s been involved in this franchise for what we have achieved so ...

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Watch Cricket Highlights – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh – 2nd Test – May 2022 – Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets Bangladesh: 365 & 169 Sri Lanka: 506 & 29/0 Result: Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Highlights || 2nd Test || Day 5 || Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2022 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Highlights || 2nd Test || Day 4 || Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2022   All Wickets | Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka | 3rd Innings | 2nd Test | Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2022   Prize Giving Ceremony || Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka || 2nd Test || Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2022   Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Highlights || 2nd Test || Day 1 || Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2022   Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Highlights || 1st Test || Day 2 || Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh ...

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