Revisiting the lost cricketing glory of Kemmannu

Thomas Dsouza
Kemmannu News Network, 25-12-2019 10:52:13

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The much awaited day is here. More than 70 players gathered this morning to play and remember their childwood where they used to play cricket matches in this historic ground. The play already started, some clicks from the spot.....

Revisiting the lost cricketing glory of Kemmannu as Vetaran Kemmannites set to organize a Re-Union match on December 22.

Kemmannu, Dec 19, 2019: The small coastal village of Kemmannu has a rich tradition of playing cricket as it was once the main games played in the area by the kids and youngsters for over a half century.

Oldest memories take us back to the early 70’s, when we had very good cricketers like brothers Nanda and Arun Shetty of Gujjerbettu, Arun Nambiar of Kemmannu and many others, who used to play full day 2 innings matches at those times. Those days most of the matches were played at the Gudiyam ground. Teams like Gujjerbettu, Kemmannu, Hoode, Thimman Kudru and Kambla Thotta were formidable at that era.

Later in the 80’s, with limited over’s cricket gaining popularity, Kemmannu had a Golden era of cricket with stars like Krishna Prasad Shetty (KP), Brian D’ Lima(Binnu), Yadav Kumar, Asif Mohammed, B.M. Zaffer, Alfred Crasto, Braan D’ Souza, Archi Lewis, Ashok, Mohan Thonse, Ashraf, Ismail with other ruling the roost. The Kemmannu combined team had an aura of invincibility and virtually won all tournaments it participated. The craze was such that youngsters were seen playing in every nook and corner of the village, maybe  either in the play ground or on the foot paths.

What goes up,has to come down and that’s what happened to cricket in Kemmannu. The advent of computer and Electronic gadgets took the youngsters away from play grounds and made them to remain indoors. Now a days it is a rare sight to see children playing cricket in the fields or ground.

And to revive the old cricketing memories, Veteran Cricketers of yester years have come together and planned a grand 4 team tournament on Sunday December 22nd in Govt. Fisheries ground, where most of them played their cricket and honed their cricketing skills. The 4 teams will be led by veteran cricketers Alfred Crasta, Yadav Kumar, K.P. Shetty and Asif Mohammed. The teams will be ‘Kemmannu Warriors’, ‘Gudiyam Gangsters’, ‘Kamblathotta Bulls’ and ‘Kudru Tigers’.

The games will start at 9am sharp and organizers have requested cricket lovers to come, enjoy and have that nostalgic feeling of the era gone by.

Ex players, who have more information on the subject and those having any old photographs relating to Kemmannu cricket are requested to forward it to Also give your feedbacks on the subject. 

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Govt. Jr. College Ground getting ready for the Re-Union match on December 22.


Comments on this Article
prasanna, UK Fri, June-12-2020, 8:52
Dear Thomas Sir.. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures of our yesteryear’s legends of Kemmannu cricketers. They were all role models for us whilewe growing up in 90s in kemmannu. Thank you again.
Manoranjan shetty, Bengalure Sat, December-21-2019, 8:22
Dear Thomas Dsouza may I add somemore to yesterday,s writing one more good player Alban Lewis of our time is most probably uncle of Columbus and Akbar Zakira and Rashid are brothers of Sadiq Rashid was a left hand effective bowler.we were students of high school which was in old touring talkies near hindu higher elementary school
Thomas D Souza, Kemmannu Fri, December-20-2019, 4:50
Manoranjan Shetty Sir, Thanks for your feedbacks and memory down the lane. Except Charles D Souza, I could not relate anyone you mentioned.

I could remember good players like Columbus, Sadiq, Richard of those days. Probably they are the on who planted the seeds to blossom as beautiful trees in the later days.

eric fernandes, kmn/b rsquo;lre Fri, December-20-2019, 4:25
All the best the great success for the tourney!

Even after 3 decades people still remember our batting style! what can we ask more then this? (Thanks to Mr. Yogish-Kolalgiri’s comment)

Manoranjan shetty, Bengalure Fri, December-20-2019, 10:50
My memory goes back to second half of sixties we highschool students used to play cricket at Gudiam every saturday afternoon I Used to play along with my clasamates Charles D souja Charles Crasta Edwin Quadras Akbar Zakria Rashid Babu Sheena Shridar and many more youngesters EVEN ELDERS OF KEMMANNU PLAYED CRICKET DURING OCT/ NOV OF EACH YEAR ORGANISED BY OUR P T TEACHER LATE SHANKER SHETTY KUDOS TO ORGANISERS OF december 22 EVENT
Rajesh, Malpe Fri, December-20-2019, 12:50
Hi all,

Nice, very rarely we see such events. Look at the current situation in Mangalore. We need people like you everywhere to spread the message of happy living.

I might pay a visit - Enjoy the fun cricket!

Alphy, Kenya/Kemman Fri, December-20-2019, 12:44
Dear All,

It is indeed a great privilege to be the part of this event!

Without your support, this would not be a reality. A big thank you to all of you.

Our wish is to continue such events in the future and to bring all kemman people together.

Our idea is to help the needy in our own surroundings, so that they can have a better tomorrow.

Our goal is to give back to the society and to inspire the younger generation.

Our Slogan "We Care, We Share"

God Bless you all,



Nelson Quadros, Kambla Thota / Abu Dhabi Thu, December-19-2019, 1:45
Dear Thomas, thanks for the timely article reliving our past glorious time spent on the field with our friends.

This is one reunion I am missing but will always cherish the memories of the day, though not able to join you all.

Dear Alphy, thanks for initiating this and leading from the front. You are leading on the field as well as off the field.

Hope this day will be repeated next year also and looking forward to join in coming years.

All the best. Nelson

Braan, Kemmannu Thu, December-19-2019, 1:29
ತುಂಬಾ ದಿನಗಳಿಂದ ಎದುರು ನೋಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ದಿನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸರಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಹತ್ತು ಹದಿನೈದು ಬಾರಿ ಮೈದಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು ಆಟ ಆಡಬೇಕು ಸವಿನೆನಪುಗಳನ್ನು ಮೆಲುಕು ಹಾಕಬೇಕು ಎಂಬಿತ್ಯಾದಿ ಕನಸು ಸಾಕಾರಗೊಳ್ಳುತಿರುವ ದಿನ. ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳ ಆಗರ, ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಬದಿಗೊತ್ತಿ ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 22 ನ್ನ one of the most memorable day ಮಾಡೋಣ ಎಂದು ಹಾರೈಸುತ್ತಾ.,

ನಮ್ಮ ಕೆಮ್ಮಣ್ಣಿನಿಂದ ರಾಜ್ಯ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರವನ್ನು ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಸುವ ಯುವ ವರ್ಗವನ್ನು ಹುರಿದುಂಬಿಸುವ ಗುರಿ ನಮ್ಮದಾಗಲಿ.

Ronald Dsouza, Kemmannu Thu, December-19-2019, 12:26
Best of luck my all kemmannu colleagues, I misssed the chance to join with you all.

Good luck all the players

Archie Lewis, Kwt/Kmn Thu, December-19-2019, 11:54
It is going to be one of the greatest reunion of Kemmannu Friends. Thanks to everyone who are organising it specially Alphy for initiating and planning everything.

It took me back 30 years! The love n experience I have taken from the trios KP Shetty Yadav n Asif is unforgettable.

As im not able attend the ground that day, I wish each n everyone all the very best. Love u all.

Yogish, Kolalgiri Thu, December-19-2019, 11:38
.. *ಕಳೆದು ಹೋದ ಹಸಿರು ನೆನಪುಗಳು*...

ಕೆಮ್ಮಣ್ಣು ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟರ್ಸ್ ಸದಾ ನನ್ನ ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಚ್ಚಳಿಯದೆ ಉಳಿಯುವಂತಹದು.. *ನನ್ನ ಬದುಕಿಗೆ ಶಿಸ್ತನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟ ತಂಡದ ಹಿರಿಯರು*...

ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ನನ್ನೆಲ್ಲಾ ನೆನಪುಗಳನ್ನು ಹಸಿರಾಗಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿದ *ಈ ಗ್ರೂಪನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಹಿರಿಯರಿಗೆ ಶಿರಬಾಗಿ ನಮಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೇ*..

ನನ್ನ ಬಾಲ್ಯದ ಆ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ... ಅರುಣ್ ಶೆಟ್ರು ಮತ್ತು ಮೋಹನ್ ತೋನ್ಸೆ.. ಬಿನ್ನಣ್ಣನವರ ಆಟ.... ಆಲ್ಫಿಯವರ ಆ ಸೆಂಚುರಿ... ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾದದ್ದು ಗುಡ್ಯಾಂ ಮೈದಾನ... . ನಾವು ಅಂದರೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಆಡುವಾಗ ಪುಟ್ಟಣ್ಣನ ಅಪ್ಪಯ್ಯ ನಮಗೆ ಬ್ಯಾಟ್ ಬಾಲ್ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಆ ದಿನಗಳು...

ಹಿರಿಯರು ಕೆಂಪು ಕಾರ್ಪೆಟ್ ಹಾಕಿ ಒಂದು ಕಾಲಿಗೆ ಪ್ಯಾಡ್ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು ಹಾರ್ಡಬಾಲ್ ಆಡುವಾಗ.. ಡೆಲಿಯಕ್ಕ ಹುಡುಗರಿಗೆ ಸರಿಸಮಾನವಾಗಿ ಸುಪರ್ ಆಗಿ ಬ್ಯಾಟಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಡ್ತಿದ್ರು... ಹಾಗೇ ಮನು ಅಣ್ಣನ ಕಬಡ್ಡಿ ತಂಡ ತುಂಬಾ ಸ್ಟ್ರಾಂಗ್ ಆಗಿತ್ತು..

ಹೈಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಮೈದಾನವಂತು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಅಚ್ಚುಮೆಚ್ಚು... ಹೂಡೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಮ್ಮಣ್ಣು ಮ್ಯಾಚಂದ್ರೆ ಜನವೋ ಜನ.. ಕಾಯಿಕೊಯ್ಯುವ ಕರಿಯಣ್ಣನವರು ಬೆಟ್ಟಿಂಗನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾರೀ ಬಿಝಿ..

ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಯಾದವಣ್ಣನವರ ಕೋಚಿಂಗ್... ಗ್ರೌಂಡ್ ತುಂಬಾ ಓಡ್ ಬೇಕು... ನಂತರ ಫೀಲ್ಡಿಂಗ್ ಪ್ರಾಕ್ಟೀಸ್... ನಂತರ ಬೌಲಿಂಗ್ ಬ್ಯಾಟಿಂಗ್ ಪ್ರಾಕ್ಟೀಸ್..ನಮ್ಮ ಕ್ಯಾಪ್ಟನ್ ಅಸಿಫಣ್ಣ... ಕೆ.ಪಿಯಣ್ಣ ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಹಿರಿಯಣ್ಣ... ಶೀನು ಅಂತು ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲ ಅಚ್ಚುಮೆಚ್ಚು... ಎರಿಕಣ್ಣ ಬ್ರ್ಹಾನ್ ಚಿನ್ಮಯ್ ಅರ್ಚಿ ವಿಜಯ್ ಇವರ ಬ್ಯಾಟಿಂಗ್ ನೋಡುವುದೆ ಒಂದು ಚಂದಾ..

ಅದಿತ್ಯವಾರದ ಆಟ ಮುಗಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಕುಕ್ಕುಡೆ ಹೊಳೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈಜಾಡುವುದು... ಬೊಂಡ ಕದಿಯುವುದು... ಬಚ್ಚಂಗಾಯಿ ತಿನ್ನುವುದು... ಅಬ್ಬಾ ಸಾವಿರ ನೆನಪುಗಳಿವೆ... ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದು ಎಳ್ಳಷ್ಟು...

ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಒಂದಾಗುವುದೇ ಕುಶಿ...

*ಯಾರ ಮನಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಐಡಿಯಾ ಬಂತು ಅವರಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ನಮನಗಳು*.

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