English crickets captain Peter May -- one of the world's most consistently brilliant batsmen - was about to fall off, quipped ex-Premier Sir John Kotelawala when the MCC team visited his home in Ceylon October 4.
THE ARRIVAL OF PETER MAY AND HIS TEAM OF MCC CRICKETERS AT RATMALANA CEYLON BY THE INDIAN AIRLINES VISCOUNT ON 4-10-1958.
THE TEAM GETTING OFF THE PLANE
MR. ROBERT SENANAYAKE THE PRESIDENT OF THE CEYLON BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET GREETS PETER AND HIS TEAM ON ARRIVAL
TOP SHOT:- THE MCC TEAM WALKS-OFF THE PLANE TO THE AIRPORT.
A FEW CLOSE UPS OF THE VISITORS
AFTER THE CUSTOM FORMALITIES WERE OVER THE TEAM COMES OUT OF THE AIRPORT TO BE MOBBED BY THE CROWD, WELL WISHERS AND AUTOGRAPH HUNTERS BEFORE THE PARTY WERE DRIVEN DOWN TO KANDAWALA WHERE SIR JOHN KOTELAWALA ENTERTAINED THE VISITORS TO LUNCH.
THE REST OF THE SHOTS ON THIS ROLL IS AT KANDAWALA THE COUNTRY RESIDENCE OF SIR JOHN. WHERE THE VISITORS MOVED ABOUT FREELY AND HAD A SPOT OF COOL BEER BEFORE THEIR LUNCH. ONE OF THE VISITORS MR. P. RICHARDSON PREFERRED A COOL DRINK OF KING COCONUT JUICE TO THAT OF BEER. A SHOT OF HIM WITH A COCONUT IS AT THE END OF THIS ROLL WAS UNABLE TO KEEP SHOT TO SHOT RECORD OF THIS ROLL AS I WAS DOUBLE SHOOTING FOR ABC. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTAINS OF THE ENTIRE ROLL ARE SHOTS AT SIR JOHN COUNTRY RESIDENCE. ROLL STARTS OFF WITH A SHOT OF ONE MEMBER OF THE MCC TEAM WHO PREFERS A DRINK OF COCONUT WATER TO THAT OF COOL GLASS OF BEER. HE IS SEEN DEMONSTRATING TO SPIN THE CRICKET BALL WITH THE AID OF A KING COCONUT.
AT THE END OF ONE OR TWO SHOTS THE CAMERA STARTER BUTTON GOT STUCK - NEEDS A BIT OF EDITING HERE.
THEN YOU GET A FEW CLOSE UPS OF PETER MAY AND HIS TEAM AT THE PARTY. THEN YOU WILL GET SERIES OF SHOTS OF THE TEAM IN SIR JOHN GARDEN AT THE SWAN POND OF WATER - SEE PAPER CLIPPING. - SOME SHOTS OF SOME OF THE MCC PLAYERS TAKING SNAP SHOTS. NEXT IS A SHOT IS OF EVANS & ANOTHER PLAYER HAS A ELEPHANT RIDE.
NEXT PETER IS PERSUADED TO HAVE A RIDE ON ONE OF SIR JOHNS FAVOURITE PET ELEPHANT.
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Background: English crickets captain Peter May -- one of the world's most consistently brilliant batsmen - was about to fall off, quipped ex-Premier Sir John Kotelawala when the MCC team visited his home in Ceylon October 4. But May, in fact, just missed falling off Lulu, on of Sir John's famous elephants, and so foiled the prediction. Elephant rides for the MCC came after lunching with sir John at Kandarala, Ceylon, and before two scheduled games on the island on route had arrived at Colombo by air from Bombay, where they left the liner Iberia for a three-day break.
Arriving at Ratmalana airport after a flight of nearly 1,200 miles, the British team was met by President of the Ceylon cricket board of control, Mr. R.P. Senanayake, and secretary Mr. V.J.H. Gunasekera. Young members of the large crowd pressed forward for autographs and then the team was whisked away to Kandawala with its traditional hospitality - and elephant rides.
First, wicket-keeper Godfrey Evans and vice-captain Colin Cowdray climbed aboard Lulu. Then Sir John nimbly jumped on her back and persuaded May to join him. The MCC skipper hung on grimly and only escaped a fall when Lulu lowered herself for dismounting.
The players then toured the grounds, looked at Sir John's swans and garden and ext day began their one-day match against All Ceylon XI at the Sinhalese Sports Club. It was rained off after two hours, with Ceylon standing at 47 for 6, and next day's match against the President's XI at Maitland Place was completely washed out. Previously there had been hardly a drop of rain since July - MCC were apparently taking the disastrous British summer weather with them! It was the first time that a British touring team had ever lost a whole day's play in ceylon.
The team embarked Monday night, October 6, on the Iberia, which had caught up with them from Bombay. They are due in Fremantle Australia next week.