Motivation and team-work key to Colts' success
Motivation, commitment backed up by some excellent team work helped
Colts Cricket Club clinch the SLC Premier League Tier A title for the
2008/09 inter club domestic cricket season.
Last week they added the finishing touches by completely outplaying
Baduraliya CC on the first innings in the final match of the tournament
on their home grounds at Havelock Park.
In fact Colts CC went into the final outing fully assured of lifting
the championship as they needed only four points from dislodging the
table leaders and the reigning champions SSC. They were more concerned
on the unpredictable weather rather than their opponents who had little
to offer in this one sided encounter.
The real fact was that Colts CC had played some fantastic cricket not
from the beginning but especially during the latter stages of the
competition. The draw for the tournament was also tailor made for them
as they were up against weak opponents during their last couple of
However their coach and former Sri Lanka wicket keeper batsman Romesh
Kaluwitharana described the team›s success as to sheer commitment and
hard work. He pointed out the amount of talent and potential in the side
combined with great team work that helped them to overcome the
challenges during the season.
Kaluwitharana of course agreed that they did not make a good start
for their campaign and were far behind compared to some of the other
teams in the tournament. In fact they suffered a first innings defeat
against the SSC and also went down to Tamil Union outright.
But Colts CC certainly believed in themselves and picked up their
form as the season progressed. The players were willing to learn and
they were more matured and prepared to face the challenges when the
tournament reached its climax.
The other important factor was that Colts CC had the right person for
the right job and that certainly helped them to remain always on top
even against the toughest opposition. Kaluwitharana felt that there was
always someone who came into their rescue whether it was while batting
The secret behind Colts CC›s success was that they never depended on
individual brilliance but always rallied around team work with
significant contributions coming from the entire side.
This was quite clear considering the fact that there are three to
four players who have collected over 400 runs in the tournament and in
the bowling department too it has been a collective effort although
Sajeewa Weerakoon is one outstanding player.
The left arm spinner was in a class of his own while claiming wickets
quite regularly despite the reputation of the opposition. Weerakoon
finished with a rich haul of more than 50 wickets for the season but it
was his commitment and dedication that went a long way in helping them
to regain the title.
Kaluwitharana also paid tribute to the veteran Chaminda Vaas who
played his heart out and produced his one hundred percent whether it was
batting or bowling. In fact the left arm seamer made himself available
for the most important last few games of the tournament despite his
commitments with the Sri Lanka team.
Vaas has been a long standing member of Colts Cricket Club and the
team›s success after a lapse of four years would have certainly brought
him a great amount of satisfaction. He was not able to play a major role
but yet his presence and advice at some vital stages of the game really
put them in a strong position.
Kaluwitharana believed that the team›s experience too went a long way
in winning the championship with all rounder Jeewantha Kulatunga again
making his presence felt. In fact this turned out to be a very
successful season for Kulatunga who was able to make some big scores
including a trail blazing double century.
Kulatunga emerged as a specialist batsman in the batting line up and
held the middle order together with his sheer determination and
concentration. Kaluwitarana also felt that the newcomers and the
youngsters played their part well at different situations that made
things much easier for them.
Ishan Muthalib who shifted from NCC this season made his presence
felt with the bat and turned out to be more than a useful player for
Colts CC. However Kaluwitharana was quite impressed with the
performances of Roshane Silva, Thisara Perera, Rajiva Weerasinghe and
Dhanuka Pathirana with all of them turning out to be match winners for
The other significant fact was that the players were able to read and
study the game well quickly and act accordingly to the situation. As a
result each individual was well aware of his task and duties to perform
whether it was batting, bowling or fielding.
Kaluwitharana rated all rounders Roshane Silva and Thisara Perera two
former Josephians as future prospects for the country. The former
collected over 450 runs in the tournament while batting at number six
and also picked up some important wickets with his off spinners.
In addition Thisara Perera handled the new ball quite intelligently
while delivering some vital blows and also excelled with the bat that
helped them to further strengthen the late order.
Kaluwitharana also commended the excellent leadership of Malintha
Warnapura who always led with an example on the field. In fact the
elegant middle order batsman played a sterling role in their final
outing against Baduraliya CC while scoring 95 and 100 not out in the two
Warnapura was exceptional in his captaincy because he was able to
handle the pressure situations quite successfully and knew exactly the
strength and weaknesses of his players. Kaluwitharana also commended the
efforts of assistant coach Nishantha Weerasinghe, physio Dinendra,
ground staff and the entire committee of Colts CC for their