Royal are crowned Champions of the Singer League 2015, and deservedly so. When I saw them play S. Thomas’ for the first time, I had already seen Isipatana a few times for the season. I remember saying on commentary that this was the best Royal side since 2009, and in terms of complete performance, they were more of a title ...

It seemed like the time for losing Test matches in four days was behind us. But given how poorly Sri Lanka fared in the New Zealand tests 6 months ago, and the very average performance in the World Cup, the preceding half year may have made us forget that we are still very much an average team, reliant on individuals. ...

The thing with Phoenixes, is that if you don’t have ashes, there’s nothing to rise from. If last week’s performance by STC in the Archibald Perera Trophy against SPC is anything to go buy, the Phoenix has certainly raised its head and dusted the embers off its feathers. Calling the game from the sidelines at Bambalapitiya, I had a sense ...

It’s nice when climaxes fulfill expectation. We couldn’t have asked for a better clash to finish the season, which has brought itself down to the last weekend with just a hair’s breadth between the two unbeaten teams. The clash for the Major Milroy Perera Trophy has never been short of spice, regardless of the relative strength of both teams. However, ...

This weekend saw some interesting rugby matches. Royal v Peters was entertaining and had some good technically superior rugby shown by both teams. Science and Patana did the same. Both games yielded 21 tries, which is really good entertainment for those who buy tickets or watch online. STC and SJC then contrived to play out an exciting, if slightly comical ...

Once upon a time, in a land Far Far away, there lived a Dictator. He did what he wanted, he tolerated no dissent, he treated people as he wished, and then he got voted out. Because people didn’t like that stuff. And democracy is still a thing. Or so we thought. Turns out people love fascism. They love it when ...

I was watching the Bradby with an old Royalist buddy of mine. Having played first eleven cricket and been Head Prefect of his school, he knew a thing or two about Reid Avenue and its dynamics. Watching the stress levels rise, even though when it was clear Royal were the better side, showed just how much this game means to ...

Royal v Trinity It’s that time of year when everybody’s a rugby fan. Just like everybody’s suddenly a boxing pundit. Yes, it’s Bradby time, and while I’ve chosen not to make the arduous trek to Pallekalle this year, I may have just picked the wrong year to do that. It looks like this will be the closest Bradby encounter in ...

On Saturday morning I was walking out of Royal College after playing some basketball, and I bumped into the Royal assistant trainer, whom I knew. I said “Machan, make sure y’all stop at 40″. I wasn’t joking. He smiled and ominously said “we’ll see.” We all saw. Five years ago I wrote this article Upon re-reading, I could almost publish ...

Except in this case it’s not so much Maria, it’s me. Recently, a friend of mine gave me some really well intentioned advice. He said I seemed to be alienating myself from listeners and readers because – put simply, ‘I had nothing good to say’. I was forced to reassess and contemplate and have been thinking about this a while ...

That was an anticlimax wasn’t it? It’s like really hitting it off with this girl at a party and then finding out she has a boyfriend. And he’s good looking, has cooler wheels, and is successful, but a bit of a dick. Regardless, you don’t stand a chance. New Zealand had lost that game before they walked on the pitch ...

That was your final. NZ, SA that…was your final. What an amazing game of cricket, and what a shame they are so few and far between. I’m enough of a cricket fan to be actually happy Sri Lanka didn’t sneak through to that semi final, because the fare that would have been dished out would have made me cry. There’s ...

Raise Your Black Caps Martin Guptill. What the hell dude? Who does that? 237 not out with a six onto the roof. I mean, seriously. The guy who could barely score a run against Sri Lanka finally turns the corner. I hope his return to form enables NZ to win a World Cup. They’ve deserved it, after being strong contenders ...

I didn’t write a preview to the quarter finals, because I was afraid. Afraid of exactly what happened, and afraid of all hate I’d receive for surmising that it might happen. Afraid that I was already getting too emotional about the retirements to be objective about the cricket. It happens, sometimes. There’s no way I can avoid doing a review ...

There’s been quite a response to the ‘Maxwell ponnaya’ signboard. I’ve been also accused of not having a sense of humour, which to me is an insult far worse than being called fat, ugly and/or stupid – all of which are true in varying degrees. Let’s make one confession. I’ve used ‘ponnaya’ on people often enough. Mostly under my breath ...

Apparently Glen Maxwell, while interacting with the SCG crowd had asked the real ponnaya to please stand up. That explains the amount of people on their feet. Really, people. It’s great that everyone has a great time, it really is. Seeing nearly 700 runs scored in a day is a big deal. But that’s all this cricket is to us. ...

Poor old Dimuth Karunaratne was the latest casualty in the Sri Lankan camp yesterday, picking up a broken finger at practice. He follows the previous hamstring injury of Jeevan Mendis and the broken hand of Dhammika Prasad which happened early on in the piece. Prasad seemed a genuine injury. His hand was well and truly broken and a fast bowler ...

1992 Wasim Akram, Aaquib Javed, Imran Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Aamir Sohail 1996 Vaas, Wickramasinghe, Muralitharan, Dharmasena, Jayasuriya 1999 McGrath, Fleming, Reiffel, Moody, Warne 2003 McGrath, Lee, Bichel, Hogg, Symonds 2007 McGrath, Tait, Bracken, Hogg, Symonds 2011 Zaheer, Sreesanth, Munaf, Harbajhan, Yuvraj 2015 Southee, Boult, Milne, Vettori, Anderson World Cups have always been won by sides with great bowling units. I’ve ...

So everyone’s happy now. Sri Lanka have won two games handsomely and all is well in the Paradise Isle. Sri Lankans are so fickle and changeable it’s a good thing our weather doesn’t reflect the people. Sri Lankan cricket fans, I think, have – as a majority – lacked perspective. If their team wins great, but if they don’t, they’re ...

Before the World Cup started, I wrote this post https://ballhandling101.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/what-mahela-needs-to-do-to-win-us-games/ I still believe that if MJ doesn’t really fire in a game, either with a big hundred or a quick 40 we probably won’t win that game bar exceptionally good performances by more than one other player. So in situations like we were in on Sunday, the MJ that turned ...

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