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Nalanda field a talented side

Nalanda College which is one of the leading cricket playing schools in the country will field a well balanced side this year.Led by third year player Lahiru Jayakody , the lads from Campbell Place should be a force to be reckoned with this year.

Nalanda College under 19 First XI Squad. Squatting (from left) : Malinga Amarasinghe, Ranga Soysa, Ruchitha Perera, Raveen Dassanayake, Rashmika Wijayanga, Isuru Samarasinghe, Anuththara Madhawa. Standing (from left): Avishka de
Silva , Pramud Hettiwatte, Kushal Dias, Lahiru Jayakody (Captain), Woshantha Silva, Senura Amarasinghe, Malinga de Silva, Lahiru Wijeratne. Not in the picture Nikila Weerasinghe(Vice Captain). Pictures by Bhagrawa Kithsiri

Nalanda, is a school with a proud cricketing history. They have already produced three Sri Lanka test captains Bandula Warnapura who had the honour of leading Sri Lanka in the inaugural test against England in February 1982. Roshan Mahanama (1994) and the present captain Mahela Jayawardene.In addition it has produced several cricketers who have represented Sri Lanka with distinction Stanley Jayasinghe(who played county cricket for Leicestershire), Carl Obeysekara , Jayantha Seneviratne, Yohan Gunasekara, Sunil Jayasinghe, Anura Ranasinghe , Lalith Kaluperuma , Sanath Kaluperuma, Asanka Gurusinghe, Chamara Dunusinghe, Gamini Wickramasinghe, Roshan Gunaratne, Dilshan Munaweera, Kumara Dharmasena ( who had the honour of being adjudged the best umpire of the year of the ICC Elite Panel at the award ceremony in September 2011.

Last year, they had a fairly good season winning two matches outright against Thurstan and Kalutara Vidyalaya while registering nine first innings wins.

This year thied year player Lahiru Jayakody has been entrusted with the captaincy of the team.A fine right batsman, he scored over 900 runs last year including a century against Mahinda College, Galle (100).He had a superb knock of 95 runs against traditional rivals Ananda College. In the 83rd Battle of the Maroons, and was adjudged as the man of the match.Then in the limited over match against Ananda, he was picked as the best batsman for his knock of 82 runs.

Nalanda Skipper Lahiru Jayakody

Nikila Weerasinghe, an excellent all rounder who missed several matches last year due to injury will be the deputy skipper.He scored 250 runs last year with several good innings.And also captured 26 wickets with his right arm leg spin. The other batsmen who could make useful contributions to the side are Woshan Silva , Pramud Hettiwatte, Malinga Amarasinghe and Ruchitha Perera.

Woshan scored a total of 635 runs last year with a top score of 132 runs against S.Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia while Pramud Hettiwatte had a tally of 330 runs last year with a best performance of 45 runs against Wesley.

The experienced Kushal Dias who is a third year coloursman will share the new ball with Malinga Amarasinghe.Dias captured 50 wickets last year with a match bag of ten wickets against Thurstan College.

The spin attack comprises of Nikila Weerasinghe (right arm leg spin), Woshantha Silva(right arm off spin) Malinga de Silva ( left arm leg spin) .Nikila had a fine season with a haul of 26 wickets. Woshantha , who is better known for his batting took 11 wickets last year. Pramud Hettiwatte also bowls left arm leg spin. The Nalandians are being coached by Tharanga Dhammika who captained the school in 1996 who takes a keen interest in making Nalanda a force to be reckoned with in the school cricket scene. He is getting all the assistance and encouragement from Master-In-Charge J.A.D.Chandana Hemasiri and Principal Ranjith Jayasundera.

The Nalanda College First XI pool

Lahiru Jayakody (Captain), Nikila Weerasinghe(Vice Captain), Malinga Amarasinghe, Ranga Soysa, Ruchitha Perera, Raveen Dassanayake, Rashmika Wijayanga, Isuru Samarasinghe, Anuththara Madhawa,Avishka de Silva, Pramud Hettiwatte, Kushal Dias, Woshantha Silva, Senura Amarasinghe, Malinga de Silva, Lahiru Wijeratne.

Coach : Tharanga Dhammika

Master-In-Charge : J.A.D.Chandana Hemasiri


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