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Charlie Joseph remembered

Kandy remembers Charlie Joseph, the famous cricketer from St. Anthony's College, Kandy who died in 1998 in Sydney Australia at the age of 55. He was twice the Daily News School boy Cricketer 1959 and 1960. Charlie as he was popularly known was a technically correct batsman who strode the local cricket scene like a colossus and often reeled off big scores off any school attack. He played for the Antonians from 1958 to 1961, in every season he knocked a minimum of three centuries and managed over 800 runs per season.

Those were the days when schools played only their traditional fixtures , where they had less than ten games. Charlie,after the usual grooming in the junior teams, played for the senior side in 1958 and soon blossomed into an accomplished batsman, the likes of which the Antonians had never seen since the days of late Jack Anderson. He was coached by a famous cricketer T. M. A. Cooray who chiseled his rough edges to make him a top class batsman. Capable of a pleasing array of strokes, remarkable for his technical excellence, and Charlie's greatness lay in his inherent capacity to mould his innings to the requirements of the situation.

His achievements in the 1959 season include 123 vs St Benedict’s, 101 vs Kingswood, 101 vsDharmaraja, 115 vs St Peter’s, 80 vs Ananda and 95 n.o vs Trinity. In the following year, the run machine continued with scores of 115 vs St Benedict’s,50 vs Kingswood, 74 vs St Joseph’s, 70 vs Dharmaraja, 55 vs Ananda, 123 vs Nalanda and 127 vs Trinity. In 1961, Charlie was on track for another stellar season, reeling off centuries against St Benedict’s and Dharmaraja, before the season was curtailed to only three matches due to the prevailing situation arising out of the schools take over.

Charlie was the second of the famous Joseph brothers of St. Anthony's. The other two being Stephen and Michael.Charlie was a run getting prodigy. One match the Antonians should never forget was the match against Dharmaraja College at Katugastota in 1962.

The Lake View boys attack was spearheaded by that demon bowlerT. B. Kehelgamuwa who routed the Antonians for a paltry 72. The Antonians who were asked to follow on with a big deficit were helped through some aggressive batting by the Joseph brothers - Charlie who scored 120 and his younger brother Michael a belligerent 140 and this pair put on 240 runs for the fifth wicket which rocked the Rajans to such an extent that they were reeling in the second essay.

Charlie's consistent batting saw him being selected as the Daily News Schoolboy Cricketer of the year in 1960 and he repeated this the following year. Thus becoming the only schoolboy to win this prestigious award for two years. Among some of his team mates were H. M. Muthalib, his brothers Stephen and Michael,C. Pamunuwa, Michael Raj, P. Fernandopulle and Bunny Steven.

He also played for the Central province schools team and, combined schools. He had all the chance of playing for the national team but a planting career took him away to the distant Uva where he played Daily News trophy cricket for Badulla CC till he migrated to Australia some years ago. He leaves behind his wife Deanna and children Samantha and Ananda.



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