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England in Sri Lanka
Bagpuss (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 11:12
England begin their Sri Lanka tour today with a 50 over match against a SLC XI. The home side won the toss and batted, making 287-9 in their 50 overs. Captain Dinesh Chandimal top scored with 77, whilst Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowlers with 3-42 off his 10 overs.

In reply England were 132-2 off 24 overs, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have an unbroken partnership of 90 after Roy and Bairstow both fell in the opening 9 overs.

Most exciting moment so far for cricket tragics was the sight of ambidextrous bowler Kamindu Mendis, who had already made 61 batting at 6, bowling right arm offspin to Morgan and slow left arm to Root in the same over.

Clarence Parker
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 12:41
An ambidextrous bowler eh?

I seem to recall a story that when Somerset played against the Pakistani touring time in 1954 ?, the legendary Hanif Mohammad, who was not a recognised bowler, changed his style from right to left or vice versa in the middle of an over, and because he failed to notify the Umpire in advance he was duly 'no - balled'.

I can't find any confirmation of it in print which I normally like to do before posting anything on here. I wonder if anyone else can confirm or otherwise.

Mike BOS
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 13:02
England win by 43 runs by DLS.

Loyal of Lhasa
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
06 October, 2018 11:55
CP: I was at that match and clearly remember our surprise at that over by Hanif, but I do not remember whether a no ball was called. Hanif also scored a century in that meatch and we regarded him as something of a miracle

Edited to add that the match was sixteen-year old Graham Atkinson's first for Somerset and I shall always remember the brilliant running catch he took in front of what is now the Somerset Stand. Another hero was born that day.


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/10/2018 19:34 by Loyal of Lhasa.

Re: England in Sri Lanka
Bagpuss (IP Logged)
15 October, 2018 23:54
Liam Dawson is returning from Sri Lanka having suffered a side strain. He will be replaced by Joe Denly, already selected in the Test squad, who will fly out early.

Re: England in Sri Lanka
mikeindex (IP Logged)
17 October, 2018 20:39
I had read of Hanif bowling with both arms (not at once, obviously) in the course of an over, but never realised it happened at Taunton. Chris Benham of Hants was another who did so at first-class level.

I twice did the same myself in the closing stages of club matches - and (in a different match) was batting when an opposition bowler did the same thing. Is this a record?

Graham Atkinson taking a brilliant running catch also sounds a bit surprising - but surprising things do happen at cricket, perhaps slightly more often than predictable ones.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17/10/2018 20:42 by mikeindex.

Mike BOS
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
18 October, 2018 13:45
The England and Wales Cricket Board defended the decision to tour Sri Lanka during monsoon season, after a third successive one-day international was affected by rain. []

I wouldn't think they would do otherwise.

Mike BOS
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
19 October, 2018 16:12
Jonny Bairstow could miss England's fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka after twisting his ankle playing football in training. []

Football again.

Re: England in Sri Lanka
Bobstan (IP Logged)
19 October, 2018 20:01
Indeed, Mike. See McGrath 2005!

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