E Nathanielsz 1919-2009 January 15, 2009

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Nathanielsz dies

Cricinfo staff

The former Sri Lankan cricketer and administrator Eustace Basil Nathanielsz has died, aged 89, after a brief illness. Nathanielsz, more popularly known as Tita, played three first-class games in the late forties and early fifties, when matches between a combined Ceylon - as Sri Lanka was then known - team against overseas teams were the only first-class games in the country.

Nathanielsz, a medium-pacer with a round-arm action who managed to extract sharp bounce despite an extremely short run-up, served Colts Cricket Club as an administrator and was their patron for the last 19 years. He had been a member of Colts for 69 years and also served as president of the Royal Colombo Golf Club.