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Cricket & Cricketers Negotiating the Pandenic 2020-21

Osman Samiuddin & Grish Ts & Shiva Jayaraman, in The Cricket Monthly, 26 March 2021, where the title reads: “”Who played how much”

It began with the news that England’s players would not be shaking hands in Sri Lanka. It escalated so rapidly that 12 days later, soon after the Quetta Gladiators thumped the Karachi Kings, all cricket around the world ground to a halt. For 114 days there was no elite-level cricket (but thank you nonetheless, Vanuatu and the Vincy T10 league). Though it now feels as if the calendar never stopped, March 15, 2021 marked a year from the day of that last PSL game, a year unlike most of us have witnessed.

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Mevan Pieris: From Cricket Ball to Books, Phials & Paintbrush

MEVAN PIERIS has recently turned his mind to artwork with paintbrush, while yet sustaining his commitment to the academic disciplines in which he has devoted his endeavours during the past few decades by reproducing and/or renovating portraitures of eminent scientists; while also creating paintings of hisown — both portraits and scenarios.

This is  a photograph of the restored painting of Professor Juan Pedige Charles Chandrasena who joined the University College in 1923 and was Professor of Chemistry in 1932 and retired or died soon afterwards. This Portrait is unsigned and the  guess is that it is the work of David Paynter. The painting was in a very bad state with certain areas of the canvas having deteriorated and sprinkled all over with wall paint through neglect.The frame was also damaged and here and there the paint had begun to peel off.

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FC De Saram in His Prime

F. C. De Saram, Cricketer Extraordinary 

  FC de Saram pulling during he course of his century for Oxford University against the touring Australian team at “The Parks” in Oxford in the mi-1930s

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Walter J. May: A Marvellous Richmondite and Ceylonese

The Richmond Sixty Club & Others

Richmond 60 Club Wishes Walter J. May Happy Birthday, 8th January 2021 

A Sixty Club Publication 

MESSAGE OF THE 6O CLUB PRESIDENT

As the President of the Richmond 60 Club, I am happy to write a few words for the special supplement issued to coincide with the 92nd birthday of Walter J. May on 08th January 2021. 

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Afghanistan’s Turmoil Replayed at Lords Cricket Ground

Michael Roberts

In my reading, the spirit of cricket was spiked and shattered at its iconic home-ground of Lords yesterday. Not only yesterday –the fifth day. IThe “spiking” occurred throughout the match  with (A) tailenders’ bombarded with headhigh short-pitched bowling by both sides; (B) verbal badinage and assualts — camouflaged as “badinage” and presented with smiles — from both parties; and (C) the spiking of the ball by Jimmy Anderson [according to one report] among the events on the ground.

Kumar Oh Kumar …. what future for “The Spirit of Cricket” talk you delivered during the famous COWDREY LECTURE some years back!

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/kumar-sangakkara-s-mcc-spirit-of-cricket-lecture-522183

….. https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/kumar-sangakkaras-spirit-of-cricket-speech-tugs-the-heart-3891

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Sanga Rules at the Lords’ Cricket Establishment

News Item in The Island, 14 August 2021, with this headline “Kumar Sangakkara opens new Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s”

MCC President and Sri Lankan cricket great, Kumar Sangakkara, officially opened the new £53 million Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday (12), in front of the first full crowds for a Test match at Lord’s since 2019.

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The Changing Face of Cricket

Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricketers assembled together

QUESTION FOR Aficianados: In what way are they different from Today’s Cricketers in the 2010s and 2020s?

MY  TRUMP-CARD ANSWER = They are all clean-shaven and beardless …. and distinctly better-looking as a result.

A FOOTNOTE: When one of the World Series matches pitted a combined team against the West Indies Squad at the huge football stadium at West Lakes in Adelaide in January !978 (or 1979?), Michael Roberts was one of the mere 800 or 900 spectators in that giant arena. 

I consider WHAT WE the few WITNESSED to be a privilege that I shared with that small cluster of cricket fans: we were seeing great cricketers in action within a form of televsion documentation that was revolutionizing the format–notably by having cameras at both ends and others cameras for special side-shots …. besides drop-in wickets, et cetera, et cetera.

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Cricketing Eccentrics’ Commentary on the TEST at Trent Bridge

Errol the Fernando to Gavin, 6 August 2021

Jimmy Anderson’s reactions on taking a wicket are quite fascinating, Gavin,  because they are so different.  When he dismissed Captain Kohli for a first ball duck he was far more than over the top and off the planet. He was a combination of hysterical, delirious, deranged, bonkers and nuts.  He was  then completely different when he dismissed Rahul. He was not at all happy about it. Instead he was furious, apoplectic, foaming at the mouth and ready to cause death and destruction. Whom was he so angry with? His bloody slip fielders, of course ! He had to dismiss Rahul THREE times before someone finally took a catch.  I can quite understand that he wanted to wipe them off  the face of the earth! The kindest thing that can be said about them is that they are pathetic, hopeless, atrocious and completely useless. Jimmy will say a lot more than that!

  The slip cordon of Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Rory Burns and Joe Root can’t quite believe that yet another chance has gone down  Getty Images

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From Trent Bridge without Mr Covid as India undermines England

Danny Byrne,** … whose choice of title runs thsu:India’s bowlers run through the England batting order. Day 1 at Trent Bridge.”

The coach from Victoria travelled along Wellington Road at the back of the Nursery End at Lords as it made its way north and out of London. Two new spaceships had recently crash landed either side of the original press centre since the last time I had visited, and the so-called traditional home of cricket resembled an apocalyptic nightmare with brightly coloured kids queuing up to enter at the North Gate as if they were going for an audition for a role in the latest Star Wars movie. I was pleased to be leaving all that behind and heading towards Nottingham to watch my preferred version of the game.

  It was not the clouds but the green pitch, steamy conditons and Indian seamers who undermined England’s batting side

  Jasprit Bumrah gave India the early advantage at Trent Bridge •  © Getty Images

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Old England Cricketing Mates farewell Mike Hendricks

Courtesy of Dr Sarath Gamani De Silva, a Richmondite

Mike Hendrick, former England and Derbyshire bowler, died at the age of 72. Hendricks was suffering from bowl cancer and was in his last stages. What a farewell.  This get together was taken just ten days ago ………………@ Derby CCC.

John Lever, Ian Botham, Mike Hendrick, Bob Taylor, Geoff Miller. Derek Randall. John Emburey and Geoff Boycott, all gathered to say farewells to Hendrick..

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