Expanding Reach of Cricket in Sri Lanka?

Using the Sri Lankan Under 9 Team that played the last ODI match vs Australia Under 19 at the P Sara stadium on 7th January 2019 as a preliminary yardstick,  it seems that the pool of leading cricketers in Sri Lanka continue to be drawn from the southwestern quadrant. The schools from where THREE of the Eleven come are not indicated; but that probably indicates that they are not from Colombo. Only three of the other eight are from Colombo.


So: only three of the eleven players originate from the metropolis. This points towards the continuing widening of opportunity and scope for outstation talent that is nevertheless confined to the southwestern lowlands.

The “tyranny” of (A) distance; (B) p

oor facilities; (C) cricketing lineages; and (D) terrain (hills, etc) holds back the schools from the rst of the country.


Thaveesha Kahaduwaarachchi =    ???

R. V. Pathiranalage Kamil Mishara = Mahanama College, Panadura =17+259 days

Mohamed Samaaz =???

Nipun Dananjaya Perera** = St Joseph Vaz College, Wennapuwa = 18 + 102

Gamage Sonal Dinusha = Mahanama College, Colombo = 18 + 35

Praveen Nimesh de Silva = ???

Mohotti Arachchige Chamindu P. Wijesinghe = Nalanda, C’bo = 18 + 127

Dilum Sudeera Thilakaratne = Karandeniya College = 18 + 96

Ashan Angelo Daniel = St Joseph’s C’bo = 17 +322

Rohan Sanjaya = Tissa Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Kalutara = 17 + 209

LM Dilshan Madushanka = Hungama Central College, Hungama = 18 + 11


Reemus Fernando: “Spinners guide SL Youth team to consolation win”


Sri Lanka Under-19s registered a 64 run win over their Australian counterparts in the third Youth ODI at P. Sara Oval on Monday. Sri Lanka Under-19s registered a 64 run victory over their Australian counterparts as spinners led by Richmond’s Dilum Sudeera restricted the visitors to 192 runs to record their first win in the third Youth ODI played at P. Sara Oval on Monday. The home team posted 256 runs thanks largely to half-centuries scored by skipper Nipun Dananjaya and Sonal Dinusha who combined for a decisive fourth wicket stand worth 106 runs after a top order collapse (45/3).

Chasing 257 runs to win, Australia had a good start as openers Baxter Holt and Lachlan Hearne negotiated pacemen without being troubled. Introduction of spin in the ninth over separated them. St. Joseph’s spinner Ashain Daniel had Hearner clean bowled in his second ball to break the first stand worth 49 runs. The spinners took control from then on to challenge the Australians for the first time in the series. While Daniel and Roshan Sanjaya bowled controlled spells, Sudeera and Dinusha dealt decisive blows to rattle the batting line up.

Sudeera playing his first match, accounted for four wickets including that of Baxter Holt who was building a threatening second wicket stand with Corey Hunter. Tissa Central spinner Sanjaya took two wickets while Dinusha, who was the seventh bowler used took three wickets. His ten overs cost just 22 runs.

The Mahanama College, Colombo player Dinusha had a memorable outing as he performed well with the bat and ball. Earlier Dinusha joined skipper Dananjaya to rebuild the innings after early damage. They batted together for more than 20 overs and added over 100 runs during that period. Dananjaya top scored with 71 runs (in 80 balls) inclusive of four fours and two sixes. Dinusha’s half-century included six strokes to the boundary.

Australia Under-19s won the first two matches in this three-match series.


Sri Lanka Under 19s 256 for 8 in 50 overs (Thaveesha Abishek 17, Kamil Mishara 20, Nipun Dananjaya 71, Sonal Dinusha 50, Chamindu Wijesinghe 28, Rohan Sanjaya 20n.o., Ashain Daniel 11n.o., Zak Evans 3/39, Liam Marshall 2/22, Tanveer Sangha 2/42)

Australia Under 19s 192 all out in 46.3 overs (Baxter Holt 60, Tanveer Sangha 39, Lachlan Hearne 22; Rohan Sanjaya 2/51, Dilum Sudeera 4/34, Sonal Dinusha 3/22)


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