Bertie Wijesinhe – Sri Lankan cricketer, dies aged 96

Bertie Wijesinhe

Bertie Wijesinhe, the former Ceylon-representative cricketer and coach, died on Saturday aged 96. Wijesinghe, an allrounder who bowled offspin and medium pace, represented S Thomas’ College Mt Lavinia from 1936 to 1939. He then moved to SSC, and played for Ceylon in the pre-Test era.

Former Sri Lanka and SSC captain Anura Tennekoon also paid tribute to Wijesinhe: “He helped me to brush up my technique from school to club level. He was very good at putting the basics right of a cricketer whether it be batting or bowling, that was his main strength.”

Wijesinhe had also worked as the sports editor of the Daily News from 1953 to 1972 and, alongside another SSC stalwart Lucien de Zoysa, provided ball-by-ball commentary on radio.

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