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The Match

Romesh Gunesekera

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Completed on 12 August 2022
ISBN : 9780747579397

As a teenager from Sri Lanka, Sunny liked to play cricket. But none of his new friends in Manila were remotely interested. That is until the gorgeous Tina arrived, all poise and perfection. Three decades on, Sunny is settled in London with a teenage son of his own. But despite the quiet comfort of his life, he feels unmoored. Trying to reconnect with his past, he goes to watch the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team play at the Oval. As the sun goes down at the end of the match he realises that love, like cricket, is more than just a game. He sees one last chance to get his life into focus, if only there is time. 


A great book for cricket and sports lovers. Highly recommended. Sunny, a young man from Sri Lanka, enjoyed playing cricket. However, none of his new friends in Manila showed even the slightest curiosity. That is, until the stunning Tina showed up, who was poised and flawless. After thirty years, Sunny has made a home in London with his own teenage kid. He feels unanchored despite the calm comfort of his life. He visits the Oval to see the Sri Lankan cricket team play in an effort to rekindle his relationship with his past. He comes to the realisation that love, like cricket, is more than simply a game as the sun sets on the game. If only there was time, he saw one last opportunity to bring his life into perspective.

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