Nalanda - a well balanced side
Nalanda College with a well balanced side are determined to put up an
impressive performance when they take on the traditional rivals Ananda
College in their 79th annual Battle of the Maroons inter school cricket
encounter on Saturday and Sunday at the SSC grounds in Maitland Place.
Nalanda College: Front Row (from left) - Chilan de Silva,
Heshitha Gamage, Chetan de Silva, Chathuranga Wickremasinghe,
Amal Attapattu, Madawa Warnapura - Captain, Primush Perera,
Adeesha Nanayakkara, Tharindu Wickremasinghe, Nipun Karunaratne.
Back Row (from left): Tharindu Vidanapathirane, Supun Narangoda,
Dinuk Jayasinghe, Vimukthi Ramods, Gayan Madushanka. Absent:
Ashan Priyanjan, Dilshan Munaweera. Picture by Chinthaka
The Naladians have just completed a successful season where they
pulled off two outright victories against Henegama Central and Isipatana
College. They beat the former by an innings and 85 runs and the latter
by ten wickets.
Even then their two victories along will not give a clear picture of
their capabilities because this side is packed with some talented
batsmen and top all rounders. In fact their captain Madawa Warnapura
together with Sri Lanka youth players Ashan Priyanjan and Dilshan
Munaweera could be considered as three of the most senior players
associated in the current school cricket scene.
Skipper Warnapura is their leading run getter this year with over
seven hundred runs to his credit including three superb centuries. The
feature in his batting was that he remained unbeaten on all three
The stylish right hander first made exactly one hundred not out
against Trinity College Kandy where the Nalandians hit up a formidable
274 for 4 in their first innings. Warnapura played another fine innings
of 112 not out against Thurstan College in their first innings total of
222 for 9.
In fact the Nalandians could have pulled off this game outright after
having bowled out the Thurstanites for a mere 50 runs in their first
innings. Left arm spinner Amal Atapattu had an outstanding game with a
five wicket haul while newcomer Vimukthi Ramesh captured four wickets
Warnapura also showed that he has the potential to rise to the
occasion while completing another unbeaten century in their key match
against Royal College. Sri Lanka Under 19 opener Dilshan Munaweera is
another centurian in the side having struck a superb 122 against
The dashing opener had a successful Under 19 World Cup campaign with
the Sri Lanka under 19 team during their tour of Malaysia recently. As a
result he had very limited opportunities for his school but yet managed
to score just under four hundred runs.
Left hander Nipun Karunanayake has also impressed with the bat having
collected nearly five hundred runs including a best effort of 103
against Dharmaraja College Kandy. His performances with the bat helped
the Nalandians pile up a formidable 296 for 9 in their first innings. In
fact Nalanda College have crossed the 250 run mark on several occasions
which is a clear indication of their strong batting line up.
Left hander Dinuk Jayasinghe of course was the first player to reach
the three figure mark this season when he hammered 110 not out against
The bowling department will be in the hands of left arm spinner Amal
Atapattu, right arm off spinner Dinuk Jayasinghe and leg spinner Nipun
This trio have shared over 75 wickets between them having caused most
of the damage throughout the season.
Atapattu is no doubt their main strike bowler having picked up five
wickets in an innings on four occasions. He has been a consistent wicket
taker with figures of 5 for 40 against Mahanama College, 5 for 32
against S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, 5 for 67 against Thurstan
College and 5 for 23 against Henegama Central.
Dinuk Jayasinghe has provided the back up support with two four
wicket hauls to his credit against Henegama Central (4 for 33) and
Mahanama College (4 for 20).
In addition Nipun Karunanayake returned career best figures of 7 for
44 against D. S. Senanayake College.