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Experiencing Piercing Tennis at Memorial Drive Adelaide

Shona and I were enlivened and pleased to witness  Belinda Bencic beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-3 …. and then to see Thanasi Kokkanakis defeat fellow Australian Alexai Popyrin in tight two sets after an easy first set: 6-o, 6-7 and 7-5.

 

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Striking Win by the Adelaide Strikers

Michael Roberts

I was privileged to witness a striking win by the ADELAIDE STRIKERS at Adelaide Oval on the 5th of January 2023, where the Australian world witnessed the highest ever run chase in its BBL history. The Hobart Hurricanes had batted first and muscled a massive total: all of 229 runs. When the 19th over commenced with Nathan Ellis given the ball, The Strikers needed 25 more runs then and at the 20th with Faheem Ashraf given the ball they needed 11 runs to tie and 12 to win.   

 

 

Matthew Short Celebrates winning hit

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The DRS Technology as Idea: Senaka Weeraratna’s Inventive Mind

Senaka Weeraratna 

Both the DRS in Cricket and Goal Line Technology in Soccer have a common origin in the ‘Player Referral’ concept conceived by Senaka Weeraratna in 1997.

This was the first occasion in world history that a case was made (in 1997), using the analogy of the apellate function of the legal system, to press home the point that we needed to adopt it on the playing field in a modified form in combination with modern technology, i.e. video play back in the hands of Third Umpire, to determine the accuracy of a decision made by an on field or ground umpire by way of a Review System.

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Murali the ‘Chucker’ Now An Aussie Consultant

Malcolm Conn in Newscorp.Australia, dated 22 December 2022 … SEE https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/australia/hiring-suspect-spin-king-muttiah-muralitharan-a-huge-philosophy-shift-for-australian-cricket/news-story/89e05872e303384ef66a1472f048c649… But Note the Thuppahi Note at the bottom

THE appointment of Muttiah Muralitharan as a spin bowling consultant by the Australian cricket team shows a huge philosophical shift in Australian cricket and the ruthless pragmatism of Darren Lehmann.

Previous Australian spin bowling coaches such as Terry Jenner and Ashley Mallett have refused to teach the doosra to their understudies in the belief it cannot be bowled legally.

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Five Sturdy Men Who Saved Murali’s Doosra Innovation

Michael Roberts

Dr Barclay Reid, “Buddy Reid” in most minds, has this week related his role in medically examining Muralitharan’s peculiar physiognomy and clarifying the  process of mystification that led some Australian umpires to no-ball him in late 1995 as part of a process  — as they thought — of cleansing the cricket field of “throwers” (see https://thuppahis.com/2022/12/21/muralitharan-the-arm-that-did-not-chuck/).

Jacqueline Alderson of UWA’s Technology team preparing Murali for a test as part of Foster’s team …

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Muralitharan: The Arm that Did Not Chuck

Dr Barclay  “Buddy” Reid …. with highlighting emphasis imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi **

Boxing Day is back, reviving memories of the 1995 no balling of Muttiah Muralitharan, the greatest bowler of all time.

Following the no ball call, the focus was on Murali’s elbow. Did he straighten it during delivery? The answer would determine whether the no ball call was justified.

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Gunaratne Twins Receive Melbourne University Doctorates on the Same Day

Item in the Daily Mirror [of Sri Lanka], 20 December 2022, entitled  “SL twins become Melbourne Uni’s first twin PhD graduates” 

For the first time in its 168-year history, the University of Melbourne has awarded simultaneous PhDs to identical twins, the University said in a statement. Nadeesha and Thejani Gunaratne commenced PhDs with the University in 2016 following studies in Food Science and Technology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in their home country of Sri Lanka.

 

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A Different World Then? Visiting the Maldives in 1950 with Sir John Kotelawela

Government Film Unit Documentary presenting Sir John Koelawela’s Official Visit to the Maldives in 1950

… presented by Anusha Palpita

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Sydney Thunder Struck Down for 15 Runs …. by STRIKERS

Adelaide Strikers dismissed the Sydney Thunder XI for 15 Runs in the Thunder terrain of Sydney …. surely a world record fora T20 Match … Michael Roberts

HEADLINE NEWS THIS !

* “Adelaide Strikers dismiss Sydney Thunder for world record low score of 15” ….. The Hindu, https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/big-bash-league-adelaide-strikers-dismiss-sydney-thunder-for-world-record-low-score-of-15/

Henry Thornton picked up five wickets, for just three runsCricket Australia via Getty Images

Wes Agar celebrates one of his tw0 wickets

 

 

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Glenquarry Farm: In The Steps of Don Bradman

If so motivated and financially capable, one can rent out Glenquarry Farm at 117 Sheok Rd, Crafers West, off Adelaide, for only (!@#!) …. and bask in the imaginary footsteps of the one and only Don Bradman.

 

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