The furore over the e mails exchanged between Mahela, Sanath and the Team Manager have now become stuff of legend. Legendary pettiness. All smokescreen and running a block for the real shenanigans going on. A paid employee, of SLC affords a house in Australia, according to website reports. Property must be going cheap.  In the wake of Angelo Mathews being ...

It was the best of times, last week. And it’s not so good, this week. If you haven’t read this story, then you should. It’s hilarious in its pettiness. http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/46172-mahela-and-slc-spat-leads-to-heated-email-exchange-.html Michael de Soyza, the team manager, chides Mahela Jayawardena for his comments about Nishantha Ranatunga et al, and then gets a bit of a stinker from Mahela. Sanath who is copied ...

There’s nothing much more to say that already hasn’t been said. The Lions roared…finally. Batting first in a T20 game is always difficult. It puts the onus on the side batting first to dictate the nature of the wicket. India got that one wrong yesterday, although the wicket did ease up a little bit. As much as Sri Lanka batted ...

I was a bit miffed to be missing Sri Lanka’s first water polo tournament featuring foreign opposition last weekend. The good news is that it has been postponed to this weekend and will begin tomorrow (Thursday 3rd) and go on till Saturday.  The Maharashstra State team is the Indian opposition that we will be facing. Hopefully the National side will ...

So Sri Lanka will take on the West Indies in a knock out game at the ICC World T20. Why does that sound all too familiar? And ominous? Oh yes….now I remember. It’s because of a certain day about two years ago at the Khettarama. Shiver. What happened that day? Marlon Samuels played with nothing to lose, and Sri Lanka ...

When the Sri Lankan media and public were getting on Lasith Malinga’s back I wrote this post,  http://ballhandling101.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/ye-of-little-faith/ [I don't know how to embed shit, yet] which was also published on this website http://www.islandcricket.lk/opinion/editorial/32756030214. Yesterday, when Malinga walked out to captain the game, he was not the obvious choice. Angelo Mathews is Sri Lanka captain in the other two formats and ...

Watching the Sri Lanka team at the Hong Kong stadium was an experience in itself. I must have been the equivalent of one of those boring uncles who goes to the Royal Thomian and watches the cricket, but what can you do? Can’t fight it. Also given how expensive Hong Kong is, it’s probably good thing my real weakness is ...

I  like threesomes. But as luck would have it I’m not going to be a part of this one either.  Sri Lanka Waterpolo hosts the visiting Maharashtra State team and together with the SLNational team and Development Team, will be part of a triangular tournament this weekend. I wrote last year that this is exactly the sort of tournament that ...

So Royal played Patana in the fixture that caused so much conroversy last season. Probably sensing some drama, all of Colombo had turned up for the game, and it was without exaggeration probably the biggest crowd I’d ever seen at CR.  The hype about this Patana team had been raging for a while, and with Walpola’s forwards and Ibrahim’s backs ...

The finals of the Clifford Cup ended brilliantly. Unless you were one of the outnumbered Havelocks fans or players. The stunning 27-22 comeback, after trailing by 16 points at half time, Navy underlined their supremacy as the best side in the league this year. While several doubters may have wondered about Navy’s capability, they put all those doubts to rest ...

Navy saved their final torpedo for Havelock Park, and ended the Dialog Rugby A Division League as unbeaten champions. It was a superlative achievement as the league was even more competitive than it was last year. Coming into the final weekend, the only thing left to determine was whether or not Navy would lift the shield unbeaten, and at a ...

Lasith Malinga plays cricket for himself. Let’s get that straight. He’s not playing for you or me, regardless of how much you may want to believe that he is out there representing your couch potato backside. Mali is untameable. He will respect those who respect him, and will not give a shit about those that don’t. Whoever they may be, ...

Thisara Perera showed his utility yesterday. After being in and out of the side, we seem to have finally settled on the boundary clearing option that we desperately needed at the lower part of our middle order. His 80 was invaluable, and Sachithra Senanayake, who I’ve had a lot of time for, since his match winning six against Saffa, turned ...

It’s all over folks. Navy are the Champions with a week to spare. This weekend was going to decide whether it would go down to the wire, but Kandy’s performance, and Navy’s brilliant comeback, meant that next weekend’s Navy v Havelocks clash will be purely a battle of pride. And what a battle that will be. Navy v Kandy Kandy ...

This weekend decides the Dialog A Division League. It’s simple as that. If Navy win this weekend, they win the tournament. If they lose, they maybe champions next week. Here’s how it works. If Navy win, they are champs regardless of what happens next weekend. If Navy lose, and they also lose to Havies next week, and Kandy win their ...

Sri Lanka drew the second test against Bangladesh, and honestly on a pitch on which 1600 plus runs were scored, you can hardly blame the Lankans for not winning it. Except of course, that there was a chance that we didn’t capitalise on, and then went on to bitch about Bangladesh. Let’s look at this Test from Bangla’s point of ...

This weekends matches went a long way in deciding the title race. Upto now, three teams were in it, with Kandy and Havelocks challenging the frontrunners Navy. But with the twists of this Sunday, Havelocks have all but been prevented from winning the title, giving Kandy only an outside chance of victory, while Navy remain in pole position to win ...

The opening weekend of the second round gave up some surprising results in the Cup competition. Surprising not so much as to who the winners were, but the scorelines of the games themselves. Army v Navy As it happened Army hosted Navy on Thursday instead of Friday as the game was scheduled. It was a pretty last minute change. No ...

Ever since I busted my ACL at the end of 2009, I’ve been struggling for fitness and confidence to get back into playing proper rugby. When you’re in your mid thirties and your body is literally held together by tape, it’s difficult to get that adrenalin rush back from anything else. Other sports are the go karts to rugby’s F1. ...

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