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Full name Fairlie George Dalpathado
Born August 17, 1924, Chilaw
Died January 6, 2010, Kirillapone (aged 85 years 142 days)
Major teams Ceylon
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
As a player, Fairlie Dalpathado excelled for St Joseph's College, Sinhalese Sports Club and then All-Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known as). He dominated in a post-war era where cricketers of his caliber were hard to come by. Dalpathado is best remembered for leading the unbeaten St Joseph's side against a Combined Schools team led by Vernon Prins of St Thomas', which included eight captains and nine centurions, in 1943. In this historic encounter Dalpathado contributed 59 with the bat and then bundled out the strong Combined Schools side for a mere 35, capturing 6 for 17 with his right-arm fast-medium deliveries.
Dalpathado moved to SSC to display his all-round skills and in 1949 made his debut for Ceylon under the captaincy of Derrick de Saram against a West Indian side led by John Goddard. He also represented his country under the leadership of Malcolm Spittel against Freddie Brown's Englishmen and toured Pakistan with the Ceylon team led by Sargo Jayawickrama in the 1950s. He was at the time regarded as the leading allrounder in Sri Lanka.
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