|Thursday, 10 June 2004|
Young cricketers excel in England
Kosala Kulasekera of Vidyartha College, Kandy and Upul Tharanga of Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda arrived in the UK on 30th April 2004 under the SLC's UK cricket scholarship scheme originally set up in April 2002 with a donation by Sir Paul Getty for further development of cricket in Sri Lanka.
Farveez Maharoof last year's recipient, an outstanding allrounder who is just 19-years old was recently selected to tour Zimbabwe with Sri Lanka national side and has just been selected to tour Australia with the national side in July 2004.
Both cricketers have started performing much earlier in the season than the previous recipients of this scholarship, Kosala Kulasekera, a technically correct stylish right hand batsman, is gifted with the most exquisite sense of timing and has an ability to hit the ball straight down the ground with effortless ease. A special and rare talent that needs to be fast-tracked into the Sri Lanka national side.
Upul Tharanga, an exciting young left-handed opening bat somewhat unorthodox and whose natural tendency is to attack, is a joy to watch when he is in full flow. He uses the pace of the quick bowlers to good effect and is blessed with that rare talent of effortless timing.
Kosala Kulasekera plays for Stanmore CC in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League and his scores so far are as follows:
Vs Barnes CC - 56 not out & 2 for 44 in 16 overs (medium pace swing)
Vs Teddington CC - 42 runs & 12 overs none for 53
Vs Southgate CC - 132 runs (6 x 6s and 14 x 4s) & 11 overs none for 34
Vs Barnet CC - 14 not out
Vs Kenton CC (20 over match) - 60 not out
Upul Tharanga plays for Loughton CC in the Premier Division of the Essex County League and his scores so far are as follows:
Vs Ilford CC - rained off
Vs Romford CC - 1 run and kept wickets taking 2 catches
Vs Saffron Walden - 123 not out (6 x 6s and 14 x 4s) and effected a brilliant run out from the boundary.
In addition to their League cricket matches the two cricketers will be soon getting an opportunity to play in Middlesex and Essex County 2nd IX games.
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