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FELICITATION OF THE SAINTS QUADRANGULAR CHAMPIONS

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The 27th Annual Joe-Pete Cricket Match played in Washington DC.

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SAINTS QUADRANGULAR TOURNAMENT – OLD PETES CREATE HISTORY

The Saints Quadrangular Tournament inaugurated 54 years ago (in 1963) commenced with a cricket tournament among Old Boys of 4 Catholic schools, namely St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena, St. Joseph’s, Maradana and […]

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St. Peter’s College crowned U17 division 2 champs

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The grand finale of the Singer Schools under 17 division 2 was worked off at the Thurstan Grounds between title heavy weights St. Peter’s College and St. Sebastians College, Moratuwa. St. […]

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Saints Quadrangular Tournament 2017

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The Garry Melder Trophy

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1ST XI CRICKET: St. Peter’s record first outright win

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The joint-defending league champions in the U19 Schools Cricket arena, St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya registered their first victory in the current 2016/17 […]

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AGM of the Cricket Foundation Postponed

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New date will be notified in due course.

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CRICKET: Watch Live – St. Peter’s College v St. Aloysius College – U19

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CRICKET: U-17 DIV 1, Peterites Through to the Finals

St.Peter’s through to semi-finals

 

St.Peter’s College, Colombo booked a place in Semifinals of U17 D1 Tournament when they beat Mahinda, Galle by 46 runs in their quarter-final fixture concluded on Thursday at Thurstan ground. After a […]

THEY NEVER FORGET ROY LUKE DIAS

 

(From the Island enewspaper),January 26, 2013, 5:17 pm
Beyond Nostalgia – by Revata S. Silva

 

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Enter the discourse of the classiest batsmen Sri Lanka ever produced. Quickly pops up the name Roy Dias. Then comes the era of the first Test. All know he played a key role then. Enter the bitter AROSA tour that completely upset the applecart and Dias’ name comes up again, though, in a different tone! Then take the sad list of ever hailed masters of the game who could not fully flourish, Roy would be right on top in that too.

 

But, encouragingly, Roy Luke Dias is a living legend in Sri Lankan cricket. His cover-drive is one shot that is most talked about through generations of cricket lovers who then watched the actual game in the middle, not the televised circus shown later on screen.

 

 

 

QUOTES:

 

I played soccer when I was at Wattala because it was the game of my father, uncle and brother. I later took to cricket because St. Peter’s didn’t have soccer. I joined Colts CC after I left school. Later, I joined SSC which was then captained by Mithra Wettimuny. I finally played for CCC. Dr. H. I. K. Fernando, late Maj. Gen. Russell Heyn and Mike Chanmugam were my coaches.

 

The standard of cricket those days was very high. In 1972, there were about 6 or 7 players who were absorbed into the national side after they left school. At a time when there were only 3 or 4 international matches played in a calendar year, it was a dream to find a permanent place in the national side.

 

My first unofficial one-day match was against the West Indies in 1974 at the SSC where I was run out by Viv Richards for a duck. Then in 1975, I scored 80 against India in an unofficial Test played in India. From then on, I was a permanent member of the Sri Lanka team until I played my last match in 1987.
In the inaugural Test against England I got out to Bob Willis for nought in the 1st innings, but scored 77 in the 2nd innings. Thereafter, on the following tour of India, I made 60 and 97 in the one-off Test at the Chepauk. Then in the 3-match ODI series, I scored two hundreds, in Delhi and Bangalore.

 

I scored over 700 runs in 8 Tests and some thought that time that I could’ve even beaten Sunil Gavaskar’s record of reaching 1,000 Test runs in least number of matches.
Imran Khan, Sarfaz Nawaz, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee, Denis Lillie, Ian Botham and Bob Willis were all superb bowlers.

 

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(In 1985 in Australia in the first-ever Benson and Hedges tri series which Sri Lanka participated Dias made four 50s in 7 matches, and 3 of them were against the West Indies.)
Against the Windies, you had Andy Roberts and Michael Holding opening, with Marshall, Garner and Sylvester Clarke waiting to take over. We actually had to wait for the last two, of which one was Winston Davis who too was a very good bowler.

 

I preferred to use the straight bat and drive on the front foot and the back foot on either side of the wicket. When you use a straight bat, the chances of getting out are remote. I think it was my technique that gave me runs.
I scored 87 runs against England in a 1987 World Cup match in Pune, India, and it happened to be my last appearance for the national team. The team lost 10 consecutive matches which caused the selectors to make drastic changes. But I don’t think that was a right decision. Dropping 6 or 7 senior players after a bad period was not the solution. Duleep, Sidath, De Mel, Rumesh and Vinothan John too were dropped along with me.

 

The media were not as vigorous as they are now and such changes took place without notice. I was then picked for the tour of Sharjah in 1989 but didn’t play in a single match. I was then asked to captain the national ‘A’ team on a tour of Zimbabwe. My wife Tharanga convinced me to go on that tour.

 

We won the 2 one-dayers and the one-off ‘unofficial’ Test there.
Ultimately in 1990, I thought it was enough. I felt that they are not going to take me even if I scored 2,000 runs in one season. It is sad to be left out when you think that you can do a lot. I was 35-years-old then but I was fit.

 

My coaches always asked us to play down the line and hit on the ‘V’. It’s not just hitting fours and sixes. Technique is something which develops. One’s performances may vary. But technique is a permanent factor.
I was the first Sri Lankan National Coach. We won the one-off Test in England in 1998 where Muralitharan broke a world record. We won the Emirates Cup defeating South Africa and England. After that tour, our performance started to deteriorate. I think it happened because we had maintained a winning form for a very long period.

 

FACTS

 

Name: Roy Luke Dias
Date of Birth: Oct. 18, 1952 (age 60)

Schools: St. Anthony’s College, Wattala, and St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya
Played Cricket For: Sri Lanka and CCC (as a right-handed top-order batsman)

 

Career Highlights:

 

  • Scoring a fifty against India in Manchester, England in 1979 when SL recorded the first-ever ODI victory
  • Becoming the 1st batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs (at 44.08 in 27 innings) for Sri Lanka
  • Scoring the highest score (77) in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test.
  • In Sri Lanka’s 1st Test tour abroad, to Pakistan, Dias scored 295 runs at 49.16, including 98 at Faisalabad and 109 at Lahore.

Tests: Scored 1,285 runs in 20 matches (36 innings) between 1982-87 (ave. 36.71) with 3 centuries and 8 fiftiesODIs:

 

Scored 1,573 runs in 58 matches (ave. 31.46) between 1979-87 with 2 centuries and 11 fifties
Coached: Sri Lanka, Nepal, Oman and Malaysian National teams.