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Rajans field a strong team this year


Nuwan Karunaratne (Captain)


Aravinda Vithanachchi (Vice Captain)

Dharmaraja College, Kandy is famous for producing pace bowlers in the past. Among them were Sonny Yatawara, T.B. Kehelgamuwa, Ananda Jayasundera, S.U. Mendis and Mahinda Pethiyagoda to name a few. Dharmaraja is one of the oldest schools playing cricket and they have been in the game for well over 100 years.

The only Test player the school has produced is Chamara Kapugedara. Apart from him the school has produced players like T.B. Talwatta P.L.A. Alwis, S. Randeniya, Senaka Dissanayake, Ravi Rajapakse, D.D.P. Alwis, D.D.C. Alwis, Siri Ranasinghe, Rukshan Suriarachchi, Chapa Weeraratne, Priyantha Weragoda, Priyantha Talwatta, Dhammika Vithanage, Prasanna Walalawala, Mihira Wijesinghe, Senarath Alwis, Janaka Tennakoon, Thilina Tennakoon and G.S. Ratnayake to name a few out of so many outstanding players produced by the school.

In the last all island tournament Dharmaraja won was when they won the Lemonade Trophy in the year 2003. In the years 2011 and 2012 they won their 'Big Match' against Kingswood under Hemal Munaweera and Viraj Karaputugala.


Dharmaraja College Cricket team for 2013 1st row from left seated Nuwan Karurnaratne (Captain) Sarath Ekanayake (Master-in-charge) S.M. Keerthiratne
Principal, Col. Sarath Abeygunarasekera (POG) Ananda Wijesekera (Coach) Aravinda Withanchchi (Vice. Captain).
Second row Bumindu Weearatne, Tharusha Weragoda, Danuka Prabath, Shasith Abeykoon, Lakshan Silva,Ramesh Ranasinghe, Chandimal Silva, Jayapadma Tennakoon, Deneth Lanka.
Third row (from left) Weruka Galahitiyawa, Amila Udovita Kavindu Thimeth, Supun Weebedda, Dulaj Dilshan,Rajitha Lahiru, Kavindu Ratnayake Sapumal Bandara, Deshan Gunasinghe and Kavishka Dissanayake.
Picturese by: Upananda Jayasundara Kandy Sports Special. Corrs

This year Dharmaraja is led by Nuwan Karunaratne who is one of the best all rounders in the schools. He sored over 500 runs and took over 50 wickets last year. His deputy Aravinda Withanachchi a fourth year player who took over 100 wickets last year.

Lochana Wijesiri is also another fourth year player who is a front-line Batsman. Denath Lanka is a fine all rounder who is a third year player. Kavinda Ratnayake second year player, who scored a magnificent 99 against Nalanda last week. Rameesh Ranasinghe wicket keeper and opening batsman. Jayapadma Tennakoon and Chandimal de Silva two fine all rounder are second year players Kaveesha Dissanayake, Lakshan Silva, Dinuk Prabath, Sasith Abeykoon are also second year players' rest of the players are freshers.

There are 21 matches in the cricket fixtures and they are playing their 'Big match' against Kingswood for the TB Tennakoon Trophy on their 22nd and 23rd of march 2013 at Asgiriya International Grounds. The limited over match will be played on 30th March, 2013 at the same venue.

Rajans are coached by Ananda Wijesekera who led Dharmaraja in 1971 master in charge is Sarath Ekanayke and the prefect of games is Col. Sarath Abeygunasekera.

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