Weblog of Nazly Ahmed
A few exciting moments have gone passed since I last blogged about Cricket. England won the ODI series 3-2 against Sri Lanka when they toured here last month. It was a great achievement by the England team led by Paul Collingwood as it was the first series win for them in the subcontinent after 20 years. Then there was the ODI series against Australia and India which was played in India. Australia successfully won the series 4-2. Well these were the series that caught my attention in the recent times but I was unaware of the Hongkong Sixes till yesterday evening. I missed to watch the matches played yesterday but woke up some what early today to make sure not to miss any action as the matches started at 06:00 Sri Lankan time.
I really enjoyed watching the big hitting which is quite usual on a six a side game. It all came to the thrilling Final which was played against the All Stars team and Sri Lanka. All Stars team included big names like Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glenn Mc Grath, Heath Streak, Brian McMillan and Anil Kumble. England's Geraint Jones was the substitute player for All Stars. Sri Lankan sixes team didn't include big names as the Sri Lankan Test squad has toured Australia. Some players I knew were Indika De Seram, Kaushalya Weeraratne and Saman jayantha. Sorry for not getting the names of the rest. Sri Lanka got to a huge total in their alloted 5 0vers. Indika De Seram top scored in the Sri Lankan innings. In reply the All Stars got close but not close enough to beat Sri Lanka as Sri Lanka won the match quite comfortably at the end. Sri Lanka were unbeaten the whole tournament and was the only team to challenge the All Stars who looked the team that would grab the Championship. It was worth watching and my special thanks goes to Derana TV for telecasting the match LIVE.
One thing I enjoyed the most was to see the performance of Geraint Jones. He was England's wicket keeper for sometime specially when England beat the Aussies in the Ashes 2005. But due to some lack of form he was dropped from the England team. Jones was included in the Hongkong Sixes All Stars team as Virender Shewag didn't make it. Jones remained as a substitute until McGrath got injured and he got the opportunity to play in the Semi Finals and also the Final game. He was not keeping wickets as Brian Lara was doing the keeping job, I guess because Lara couldn't bowl much. I should say I was stunned to see his bowling and fielding. He grabbed wickets took some stunning catches and made most of it when he batted as well. Sri Lanka was in a spot of bother when Jones kept on smacking sixes. It was really beautiful to watch this guy bat. Personally I felt why he didn't play to the England Sixes team.