Richard Alles passes away
Richard (Dickie) Alles, the former Peterite cricketer passed away
peacefully in Victoria, Australia on Wednesday.
Dicke as he was popularly known, played in the sixties for his school
and shone as a steady opening batsman. He was also a competent wicket
He was not a flashy opener in the Gordon Greenidge or Cammie Smith
mould, but was very correct always offering a straight bat and many were
the good scores he made for his team. He was a stubborn batsman and
would not throw away his wicket.
During his school career he played in the company of Desmond
Dharmaraja, Anton Perera, Adiel Anghie, Brian Seneviratne, Randolph
Layman, Tyronne Le Mercier, Richard Heyn, Didacus de Almedia, Aditha de
Silva and Sam Rajah whose names come to mind.
On leaving school he sported Colts CC colours and played in many a
match winning team. He had many good score during his tenure with the
Brian de Silva an excellent opening bat and stumper from the
Bambalapitiya school in the fifties and who was a team mate of Dickie at
the Colts described him thus: 'He was a steady opening batsman, more of
a back foot player and more than forcing the ball, he would caress it to
the open spots on the field to gather his runs.
'Above all he was an excellent team man and was a fine raconteur and
he would have his team mates laughing their sides out with his
rib-tickling stories, said Brian who himself was a scream at the Colts
and of whom Nomis the curator of that time when de Silva was behind the
stumps for SPC would relate stories that defies print. We were
opponents, Dickie for SPC me for SBC and the friendship we formed while
playing for our respective schools continued at the Colts and the
Mercantile CA until he bid adieu and left for Australia seeking pastures
I met him on one of my tours to Australia while covering the Sri
Lanka cricket team's tour and did we not recall those old times and
May the turf that Richard walked so honourably lie softly on him. (E.R.)