Royal People

A dedication to those wonderful people who served Royal Primary School & Royal College, in Sri Lanka, since 1835, and, who will be remembered for their committment, sincerety and unselfishness.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

B R Heyn

Major General Bertram Russell Heyn (October 1, 1912—February 3, 1998) was the Commander of the Ceylon Army and a cricketer.

He played for the cricket team at Royal College, Colombo, debuting in 1930. His most famous feat was getting Donald Bradman out on his last appearance in Colombo, in an unofficial Test match between Australia and All-Ceylon on 27th March 1948. Bradman was able to score only 20 runs before being caught out by R.L. de Kretser off Heyn's bowling.

He was an officer in the Ceylon Light Infantry and he also commanded the Sri Lanka Army from 11 November 1966 to 30 September 1967.

In his later years he managed the Sri Lanka cricket team and served as the head of the Cricket Board, as well as on the Sri Lanka Olympic Council.

He had two sons, Richard and David. Richard represented Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) at Field Hockey and played Cricket at top-grade club level. David represented Sri Lanka at Cricket and played Field Hockey at top-grade club level.


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