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Master spinner to master storyteller

Elmo Rodrigopulle: cricketer and veteran journalist Master spinner to master storyteller Being a loyal old Ben, keen sports fan, former Public Schools athlete, cheer leader and Ceylon University’s “shortest goalkeeper”, Kenneth Dabrera writes about his cricketing idol, friend and journalist ELMO RODRIGOPULLE, who played for and captained St Benedict’s College …

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Saint battle full of suspense and drama..

  By David Heyn Spectators at the 1962 Josephian-Pe terite Big Match were taken on a bumpy roller-coaster ride as the teams experienced highs and lows over the two days. Only 444 runs were scored and 38 wickets fell but there were some outstanding performances with bat and ball, and supporters were kept on the edge of …

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Bens’ pace duo went on Sebastianite duck hunt. St. Benedict’s vs St. Sebastians 1983 at Kotahena

Another epic battle, unearthed thanks to veteran writer and our Quadrangle columnist Neil Wijeratne. As we were looking for “Great Escapes” he mentioned having watched this match and making short notes of the game, especially the bowling brilliance of multi-talented Benedictine Ravi Irugalbandara. He was one of my childhood heroes. He was equally good or better in hockey and football. …

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CRICKET FROM THE PAST

The Cricket Seasons of 1946 and 1947 By  Algi Wijewickrema and Sujith Silva Having featured the 1957 school cricket season in the 1st Issue of QUADRANGLE we were determined to stay with school cricket for the 2nd Issue as we will be in the height of the school cricket season …

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Antonian Duo Lafir & Stephens

The schools cricket season of 1954 was a memorable one for St Anthony’s College, Katugastota.   That was the year Antonians became the Unofficial Schools Cricket Champions” and also two of their favourite sons carved their names in the cricketing annals. I went in search of that invincible season and …

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A Tale Of Two Brothers…

It must be a unique experience for a writer to meet two eminent persons at the same interview and when it is two brothers it really must be special. Well, at least that was how I felt when I met Nihal Amerasinghe and his brother Franklyn who are both well …

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That ‘1957’ School Cricket Season

LP steered St. Benedict’s College to became the ‘Unofficial Champions’ something St. Benedict’s couldn’t achieve almost for four decades since the early 20th century.   Inspired by legendary individuals, sports teams of yesteryears and their mavericks, I ventured into those golden years in search of the ones who excelled in …

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OF MEN AND MATTERS AS MICHAEL SEES THEM..

When one interviews an eminent literary personage, the interviewer has to pay attention to how he conducts the interview as the interviewee himself would have conducted many an interview, so I thought I had to be careful about the manner in which I approached this task. But Michael Roberts said “you’re …

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Cricket Lovely Cricket

In Sri Lanka, cricket is not just played in the back yard; it is played on the roads, beaches, alley ways, paddocks and strips of land By Lawrence Heyn Summer in Australia conjures up images of beaches, barbecues and backyard cricket. A tradition born from a desire for families to …

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Captains Fantastic..

Bens’ cricket thrived on leadership and team ethos In the history of cricket at St Benedict’s College, Kotahena, the best captains ever produced were Lovelyn Rayen and Sunil Fernando. Both were captains incomparable and natural, born leaders; and then there was the best-ever Prefect of Games A. Gnanapragasam. The school with the green, white and green colours, …

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Captain Courageous

Glory Days : Reliving the batting exploits of Charlie Joseph By Bernard VanCuylenburg With grateful appreciation to Tilak Pananwela.   The title I originally chose for this article was Two Days in March when I realised that a few years ago, there was a movie with a name that was almost similar – I …

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136th BATTLE OF THE BLUES..

ROYAL VS ST.THOMAS’ Result Royal College 1st Innings 199 all out 2nd Innings 19/1 at the close of play St. Thomas’ College 1st Innings 270/7 declared Photographs courtesy of  

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THEY MADE BENS CHAMPIONS

They made Bens unofficial cricket champs in 1957 – Elmo Rodrigopulle I would like to introduce the first unofficial inter-school champion team of St. Benedict’s College. It was 1957 – 57 years ago – when a transition took place in the game at the Kotahena school. After the previous year’s …

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Tyrone Le Mercier

Tyrone Le Mercier Represented St. Peter’s College for five years best remembered for his brilliant 235 n.o. against Antonians Going down memory lane, one cannot forget a name that was synonymous with school cricket in Ceylon, in the late fifties and early sixties. Tyrone Le Mercier was a household name …

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SCHOOLS CRICKET REVIEW

The Under 19 Schools cricket season for 2014/2015 got off in early September with third term fixtures and there will be a one month break for Christmas in December. The first term matches are expected to commence by early January’2015 provided there won’t be any interruptions with the country’s Presidential …

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