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POSTED AT 08:29 AM 11-04-2017

Bertie Wijesinghe passes away

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Bertie Wijesinghe, former Ceylon-representative cricketer and coach passed away on Sunday (9th April) aged 96. Mr. Wijesinghe represented S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia in cricket from 1936 to 1939, before moving to SSC and then playing for Ceylon in the pre-Test era.

Bertie Wijesinghe was an allround spin bowler.

However, Wijesinghe's greatest contribution, though, was as a coach. The Wettimuny brothers - Sunil, Mithra and Sidath - who all played for the Sri Lanka were coached by Wijesinghe.

"Whatever skills we learnt from cricket we owe it to him," Sidath Wettimuny said. "He was a fabulous coach, the best in the business."

Former Sri Lanka and SSC captain Anura Tennekoon also paid tribute to Wijesinghe: "He helped me to brush up my technique from school to club level."

Wijesinghe had also worked as the sports editor of the Daily News from 1953 to 1972 and provided ball-by-ball commentary on radio.