Sportsmen pass away by Elmo Rodrigopulle
|Fritzroy was a team mate of the writer and was a member of the first unofficial champion team at SBC in 1957, led by Lovellyn P. Rayen. That team in addition to having some excellent cricketers was guided by P. Gnanapragasam, as cricket master and Edward Kelaart coach. |
Fritzroy was also a leg spinner like his brother Neville, but is better known for his dogged batting, where he would hang on without troubling the scorers for hours.
His stay put tactics at the wicket where he frustrated all bowlers, earned for him the sobriquet - Barnacle Bailey - from the school's cheer leader of that era Kenneth Dabrera. That was how writers tagged England's Trevor Bailey who was also famous for his snail pace batting.
Neville was one of the bowlers to take a hat-trick. The others being S. Karunaratne, Elmo Rodrigopulle, Kunju Balendra and Asoka Ponnapperuma.
Others of that unofficial Benedictine champion team who have crossed the great divide are Lovellyn Rayen, Neville Wickremasinghe, Cecil Waidyaratne and Ranjit Jayawardena.
Kanthus, as Kandiah was popularly known was a boxer of repute and took the sport in the Army to its zenith with clever coaching. He produced several national boxers whose names are too numerous to mention.
Kandiah was in the ring when some of the finest boxers were on show in the country.
May the souls of these two sports personalities rest in peace ! (ER)
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