: out to end that long drought
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Kandy's oldest Big Match, the Kingswood-Dharmaraja,
which enters its 99th year, will be decided in the main on how two
players fare. Chamara Kapugedera (Dharmaraja's skipper) and Indika
Senaratne hold the key.
though not as prolific as he was last year, has had further laurels
heaped on his head. His selection to the Sri Lanka Under-19 team
is timely. Twice a centurian this season, Kapugedera with nearly
650 runs and 22 wickets can be an influential figure.
rounder Chatura Bandara is a bit of a dasher. He has passed the
100 run mark twice and picked up useful wickets with his medium
pace. Runs can also be expected from left hander Wijesiri, batsman
cum off spinner, Suriyarachchi, vice captain Nadunge, opener Ranaraja
and all rounder Mitipolarachchi.
a left arm medium pacer opens the attack. But he has not been a
consistent wicket-taker. Tharindu Perera, a left arm spinner has
the knack of getting wickets when they are surely needed. Tiny Bhuvaneka
Ekanayake is the stumper.
Ranjans blotted their copy book by losing to Trinity. However they
made amends by defeating Royal for the first time. Kingswood took
a long time to get off the blocks. Once they did so, they played
some fighting cricket, medium pacer Gihan Ekanayake leads the team.
Ekanayake has been successful as a bowler and has also contributed
his fair share with the bat being skipper and strike bowler, the
onus is on him to lead from the front.
Dahanaike, who has a century to his credit, is a batting all rounder.
Niroshan Perera, essentially a left arm spinner, contributes usefully
with the bat. He has a hundred.
trump-card is the hard-hitting Indika Senaratne who has a century
and several fifties to his credit. Senaratne is quite capable of
taking the game away from his opponents and he will obviously be
the prime Rajan target. Runs could also be expected from stumper
Mimimuthu Dissanaike who has made a hundred, Jayasuriya and Jayawansa.
Gihan Dilshan is one of the openers. Mystery man Asiri Amerasinghe's
career hasn't really taken off because of injury and lack of opportunity.
A stylish batsman and a more than useful leggie, unfortunately he
hardly even bowls now.
from two first innings set backs against St. Sylvester's and D.S.
Senanayake, Kingswood have led their opponents in the other games.
It is a matter of regret that Trinity and Kingswood couldn't agree
on a date for their match. For the statistically-minded, the Rajans
have won 31 matches as against 19 by their opponents. Janaka Mendis
led the lads from Lake view to victory in 1981. Maurice Fernando's
team of 1958 that emerged victorious is still spoken of whenever
the "drought" is mentioned by Kingswoodians.
Chamara Kapugedera (Capt), Channa Nadunge, Upesh Wijesiri,
Chathura Bandara, Rukshan Suriarachchi, Arosha Ranaraja, D.P. Mitipolaarachchi,
Bhuvaneka Ekanayake, Chathura Monarawila, Tharindu Perera, R.M.J
Ratnayake, Harsha Udara, Samitha Rajapaksa, D.P. Herath, R.B. Navaratne,
(Coach: Priyantha Weragoda).
Gihan Ekanayake (Capt), Damintha Dahanaike, Niroshan Perera,
Asiri Amerasinghe, Indika Senaratne, Minimuthu Dissanaike, Nirmal
Jayasuriya, Gihan Dilsan, Ranpath Jayawansa, Chaturanga Samarakoon,
C.T. Rajapakse, Dhanushka Geeganage, Pradeep Wickremasinghe, Roshan
Lokuge, Kasun Amerasinghe (Coach: Surehs Pieris).