Kandy Cricket Club (KCC), back in the sport after many years, are playing in the Donovan Andree Inter-Central Province cricket tournament. The tournament is conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket. Incidentally, Andree was a famous showman. The trophy is dedicated in his honour.
Coming out for the first time this season, KCC were unfortunate to lose to Old Zahirians CC from Gampola. They play their second match today, Sunday, against Old Marians CC at Pallekelle. In their next two games, they will play against TRI Youth SC and Old Vidyalians CC.
This famous club from Kandy was demoted to a lower division about four years back due to poor performances. The club was handled badly by promoters. This time the club believes strongly in the importance of promoting cricket. The club officials are offering every opportunity to the young players to progress to a higher level.
KCC are all out to promote the game like in the early days when this club went places. Cricket as a sport with a mass appeal and huge participation should be a sport available at all schools.
This time the club is very proud to have some top cricketers. The side is led by Kasun Ekanayake a fine cricketer who is a product of St. Antony’s College Katugastota. He should lead the side from the front and bring success to the side. He should be happy with this talented team. He is expecting the best from the batsmen, bowlers and the fielders. All players are in peak form and much is expected from the players during the rest of the matches.
Former Antonian cricketer Chinthaka Girihagama, who has been given the task to handle the squad, says that the squad is average and the players should certainly change the pattern of play.
KCC is the oldest cricket playing club in the hill capital. They have not only produced several top class cricketers, but have also produced several invincible teams.
They not only possess a formidable batting line up, but also a penetrative attack. They should give the leading cricket playing clubs a run for their money.
The new president of the club, Sarath Ekanayke, who is a keen follower of all sports in this region, has promised to provide all facilities needed for the game. The secretary Janaka Pathirane, a former Sylvestrian cricketer, offers all the encouragement. And they are fortunate to obtain the services of former D.S. Senanayke College cricketer Sampath Perera to coach them. So, with his coaching experience he is sure to produce a match winning team.
For the record, the committee is packed with some good knowledgeable cricket promoters. This is what the club lacked in the last few years.
The squad – Some of the Antonians are Kasun Ekanayake (Captain), Mohamed (Alfar 2016/17 school captain), Sadaruwan Dharmarthne, Virajitha Jayasinghe, Sunera Jayasinghe, Dion Stoutar, Mohamd Absar. Rajans products are Ruchira Pupulewatte, Gihan Vitharana, Deshan Gunasinghe Rajans captain, rest at practices are Sampath Perera, Krishan Rajenderan, Nuwan Shiroman, Kolitha Hapuarachchi, Waruna Bandara, Gayan Fernando, Dinesh Jayasinghe, Bowantha Udangamuwa, Sandaruwan Dharmartne, Gihan Vitharana.
The rest at pratices are Sampath Perera, Krishan Rajendran, Nuwan Shiroman, Kolitha Happuarahchci, Wruna Bandara, Gayan Fernando, Deshan Jayasinghe, Kolitha Hapuarachchi and Bawantha Udangamuwa.