St. Anthony’s College Kandy is a school which
has reached great heights in the field of cricket, but this year
with a freshly- laden side and only three seniors, they did
extremely well and gave strong sides they met a challenging
time. Even if then did not win a single game, they played good
cricket under the leadership of Pramod Fernando.
St. Anthony’s is a school which has produced
several cricketers who have represented Sri Lanka with
distinction. Among them is the great Jack Anderson, who held the
record till recently for the highest individual score in school
cricket, namely, 291 against St. Thomas. A. C. M. Laffir, who
led the school in their Centenary year, was an elelgant
cricketer. He played some graceful innings for St. Anthony’s and
All Ceylon. He held the record for the highest individual score
in Division I cricket when he made 255 not out for Nomads SC
against the Colombo University. Another is the world famous
spinne, Muttiah Muralitharan, who has brought fame to himself,
for his school, for the city of kandy and the country.
This year the mantle of leadership fell on the
shoulders of Pramod Fernando, who is one of the finest
all-rounder in school cricket. He is not only a fine attacking
batsman, but also a good bowler capturing over 35 wickets and
scoring over 450 runs. With only three senior guys in the side,
he did his part well to hold schools like St. Josephs, Trinity,
St. Peter’s and Ananda at bay.
Sameera Weerabahu, the vice captain, also played
a major role this season scoring a fine half century in the Big
Match to take the newly presented "John Halangoda" Trophy.
Shameer Munas is another talented all-rounder.
He made over 500 runs and took over 30 wickets. Selwyn Jamion,
too is another fine all-rounder, who has rescued the side on
Peter Samarakoon, the medium paceie, who comes
in as the first change bowler, was good when ever he bowled.
Harsha Medagoda, a technically correct strokemaker, Saheer Reyal,
Gimhana Dissanayake, the stumper of the side, Shan Pallihakkara,
Adil Reyal, Milinda Perera, Dinuka Wijewardene - allgave of
their best. There were also Hasantha Niyangoda, Jerome Sigertz,
Varuna de Silva, Roshan Mahesh, Shamil Uduwaka, Suneth
Hettiarachchi and Eranda Hewapathirana - all with cricket
Coach Piyal Wijetunga, who played for St.
Anthony’s in the mid- 1980s, did well and was backed by the
Cricket Wing packed with past cricketers like Jayantha
Udukumbura, Duminda Kolugolla, C. P. P. Raj, Sumedha Arawawella,
Ranjith Peries, Rusel de la Motte to name a few.
Standing (L-R) Sumedha Arawawella (Manager,
Cricket Operations), Sahan Pallihakkara, Roshan Mahesan, Malindu
Perera, Prasanna Illangakoon, Gimhan Dissanayake, Piyal
Wijetunga (Coach), Milina Ranasinghe, Jerome Sigertz, Shamil
Uduwake, Champika Siriwardene (Asst. Coach) and Saheer Reyal.
Squatting (L-R) Varuna de Silva, Dinusha
Wijewardena, Adel Reyal, Harshana Madagoda, Sameera Weerabahu
(Vice Capt) Shameer Munas, Promod Fernando (Capt), Peter
Samarakoon, Selwyn Jamion and F. Leronade.