Thomians a force to be reckoned with
S.Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia which was off to a disasterous start
this season by losing their very first match to Richmond College Galle
have bounced back to emerge as a force to be reckoned with.
The Thomians who field a well balanced team showed their batting
strength a few days ago by piling up a mammoth 412 for 5 against Ananda
The Thomians who have a proud cricketing history spanning over 130
years has produced seven Sri Lanka captains - A.C.Amath, D.L.de Saram,
Vernon Prins, Buddy Reid, Michael Tissera, Anura Tennekoon and Duleep
Mendis. They have also produced several national players who have turned
out for Sri Lanka with distinction - Donald Fairweather, M.o.Goonaratne,
Bertie Wijesinha, K.M.T.Perera, Chandra Schafter, Ronnie Weerakoon,
P.I.Peiris, Dan Piachaud, Ronnie Reid, B.W.R.Thomas, Neil Chanmugam,
T.C.T.Edwards, Mano Ponniah, Lareef Idroos, Dennis Chanmugam, Mevan
Peiris and Ranil Abeynaike are some of them.
In addition to Duleep Mendis, they have also produced test cricketers
- Guy de Alwis, Saliya Ahangama, Kaushik Amalean, Kapila Wijegunawardena
and Kaushal Silva while Aruna Gunawardena, Nisal Fernando and Jeevan
Mendis have played for Sri Lanka in One Day Internationals.
However, the Thomians will be competing in the few traditional
matches this season as they have withdrawn from the under 19 tournament
organized by Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association.
This year the Thomians are being led by all rounder Madushan
Ravichandrakumar , a fine right hand batsman and leg spinner, who has
scored 250 runs this season and captured 33 wickets.Madushan had a match
bag of 8 for 74 against Wesley.
His deputy will be left hander Javed Bongso who has scored over 500
runs this season. He scored a match saving unbeaten century against
Prince of Wales Moratuwa and made a mammoth 184against Ananda College a
few days ago.
The batting sparkle will be provided by solid batsmen Thilaksha
Sumanasiri , Devin Jayasinghe and Ramith Gunaratne . Thilaksha made a
fine century (119) against Ananda College while being involved in a
massive 232 run partnership for the third wicket with Javed Bongso
recently. Devin scored a fine century in the Mustangs Trophy limited
over match against their traditional rival Royal College Colombo last
year and he looks to be a promising all rounder.Last week Devin scored
another fine century against Wesley.
Dhanush Peiris will share the new ball with Ishan Kularatne, Usman
Ishaq, Sahan Wijesinghe and Akthab Abdul Cader. The spin attack will
include Madushan Ravichandrakumar, Devin Jayasinghe, Thilaksha
Sumanasiri and fresher Ravindu Tillekeratne.
They are being coached by former Dharmasoka coach and Singha SC
Ambalangoda player P.Milton who is taking great pains to mould the
Thomians into a formidable outfit.He is confident that the Thomians will
do more better this season.He will be assisted by Dharantha Menerigama
and Dillon Ramanayake.
The Thomians get the fullest support from Warden Indra de Soysa ,
Prefect of Games Vijitha de Silva and Master-In-Charge Lakmaal De Zoysa
(who represented the Mount Lavinia School from 1975 to 1979).