Trinity v ACM Lafir in the 1950s Commemorating 100 years of Trinity v St Anthony’s cricket by Errol Fernando  Dr Lakshman Karaliadde a British Sri Lankan doctor gave the Dr BS Perera memorial oration on the invitation of the Anesthesiologists and Intensivits of SL in 2010. He wanted some of his Trinity College and Kandy friends to attend. He rang me from his home in Kandy to invite me for the oration and asked me to let him know who of my Trinitian friends I was in contact with, in order to invite them too. I mentioned YU Chang and Gamini Fernando, old school friends, mean rugby players and inveterate Marine Drive (Colombo Plan ‘Gota’s Road) early morning walkers. They had already been invited. I could not recall any others. To be helpful, I told him that I meet ACM Laffir who was for his sins an Old Anthonian. ...

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What’s Happening to Cricket?- By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando   Everyone in Sri Lanka, from children to grown-ups, know about cricket. Though volleyball is known as Sri Lanka’s national game, cricket took its place due to its popularity. There was a time when even Kussi Ammas were engrossed in the game whenever cricket matches appeared on TV screens.  When players such as Duleep Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Roshan Mahanama, Bandula Warnapura, Sanath Jayasuriya, Brenden Kuruppu or Arjuna Ranatunge batted, crowds were enthusiastic. The game’s enthusiasm peaked when Arjuna Ranatunge won the world cup in 1996. Cricket is a pitch and tosses game, where one team wins today and the rivals win tomorrow.  The rule book says that players must act on numerous regulations and disciplinary codes vested upon the umpires, captains, and the Governing bodies. The game needs to be played according to the game’s rules and within the spirit of ...

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Roshan Mahanama  saluted by Cricket Australia at end of illustrious career in Elite panel of ICC match referees By Sunil Thenabadu.  Photo Source:-cricketique.live ST Jayasuriya, RS Mahanama  576  2nd  Sri Lanka  v India  Colombo (RPS)  2 Aug 1997  Test # 1374  AH Jones, MD Crowe  467  3rd  New Zealand  v Sri Lanka  Wellington  31 Jan 1991  Test # 1162  WH Ponsford, DG Bradman  451  2nd  Australia  v England  The Oval  18 Aug 1934  Test # 237    The International Cricket Council (ICC) had  announced that Roshan Mahanama will stride down from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees at the end of the year. Roshan was appropriately honoured nominated to referee in the three Test series between hosts Australia and visiting New Zealand teams.  Mahanama had joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 58 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35, T20Is to date, including refereeing in three ICC Cricket World Cups 2007, ...

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The epic partnership between Mathews and Mendis in year 2018 at the Basin Reserve NZ was only the fourth time a Sri Lankan duo had performed this feat for SL while it was the 22nd occasion in the annals of the history in Test cricket – by Sunil Thenabadu – Brisbane (eLanka Sports editor) MATHEWS AND MENDIS STONEWALLS KIWIS BY BATTING THROUGH THE ENTIRE DAY,  All New Zealand Players Applaud Mathews and Mendis–what a sporting gesture. We Sri Lankans should follow and imitate Upon reaching his fighting rear-guard ninth Test hundred on the fourth day in the first Test in Basin Reserve,in yearS 2018 Wellington, Angelo Mathews was probably in alternative excavation at the verdict to expel him from the shorter formats performed 10 quick push-ups followed by flexing his biceps in the direction of the dressing room. This act was indisputably specifically for the coach Chandika Hathurusingha – who with the members of the ex-selection committee who were accountable for the hasty ...

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Mahanama ideal person to be SL Coach – Murali-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Muttiah Muralitharan (left) and Roshan Mahanama Source:Dailynews Former Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan believes that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) should appoint former cricketer Roshan Mahanama as the Head Coach of the Men’s National Cricket Team. “He is the only man I can think of who can change the current system mainly because of his discipline,” Muralitharan said. “I have spoken to the Sports Minister as well. Roshan Mahanama said that he wants time to think about it but this is my opinion, I don’t know what SLC thinks about this,” Muralitharan who is also a member of the SLC Advisory Committee said. ...

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Ananda-Nalanda clash put off due to COVID-19 Action from an Under-19 cricket match Source:Dailynews The 92nd Battle of the Maroons Inter-School Big Match between traditional rivals Ananda College and Nalanda College which was scheduled for June 5 and 6 has been postponed due to the prevailing health situation in the country. The encounter was scheduled to be played in Colombo. Out of the 91 matches played, Ananda have won 14 with Nalanda accounting for five and 67 matches drawn. ...

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A 4-member technical committee of former cricket Source:Ceylontoday Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has appointed a new technical advisory committee for the development of cricket headed by former cricket captain Aravinda de Silva, who has been appointed as the chairman of the committee. Former cricketers Roshan Mahanama, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Kumar Sangakkara, who represented the Sri Lanka national cricket team, have been appointed as the other members of the new technical committee. ...

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Presley Polonnowita – an outstanding cricketer from Kurunegala Presley Polonnowita Presley Polonnowita, former Observer Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and the runner up of the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation, is an outstanding cricketer produced from Kurunegala. Ex-BRC captain Polonnowita, who is going great guns in Dubai, would have definitely become the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and also take the Best All-rounder award for outstations in 1988, if not for Sanath Jayasuriya of St. Servatius’ College, Matara deservingly marching towards both feats. Former St. Anne’s College Kurunegala, cricketer Polonnowita, had to be content with the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation runner up in 1988. But as in 1987 when it was Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Rohan Weerakkody, Polonnowita too was called to the 1989 victory podium five times. ...

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