Schools cricket has always played a big part in the lives of the schoolboys who play the game in Kandy. With the inter-school cricket season just unfolding, the lads from Kandy are bound to do well. They have produced good cricketers who have made the country, school, their parents and Kandy proud.
But schools like Vidyartha, St. Sylvester’s, Kingswood and Sri Sumangala are faced with a problem due to lack of grounds to practice and play matches.
Trinity College is one of the oldest cricket playing schools in the country. It has not only produced several top class players this institute has also produced several invincible teams.
Trinity are led this season by Raveen Sayer, a good bowler who led the side last season too. Their coach is former Trinitian Kavinda Jayasuriya.
St. Anthony’s College Katugastota is also a major force in the schools cricket arena. They too have produced many top class teams and players like Muttiah Muralidaran and many in the likes of ACM Lafir, L.V. Jayaweera, Harry Jayasundara, Dickie Dunuwille and Hugh Fernando.
However, they have failed to live up to their reputation in recent years. They are coached by Prasad Ranawake.
St. Sylvester’s College open their season with a match against Anuradhapura Central. They are coached by Roland Perera. Wicket-keeper batsman Malith Prematilleke leads the team.
Dharmaraja College opened their season with a match against St. Benedict’s College. Theywill be led by Weluka Galahetiyawa. Senaka Dissanayake operates as coach.
Sri Sumangala is coached this year by Tudor Gunarthne.
Sri Rahula College is led by Jeewantha Wijeratne but have lost many players who joined other schools to pursue cricket.
Kingswood College will be blessed with a well balanced side. Their skipper is Ruwan Hathurusinghe. They are coached by former Antonian Indika Fernando.
Vidyartha College has reached great heights in cricket with limited facilities. This side is captained by Namal Perera and coached by Sanjeewa Silva.