Wesleyites - a confident lot
Wesley College Colombo, is relying on the under 19 cricket team with
a ray of hope for more and more victories this season.
Ashen Fonseka (Wesley Captain)
They have already had some experience of playing against some of the
best in the schools scene including Ananda, Royal, S. Thomas’, D.S. and
St. Anthony’s College, Kandy.
The team is led by fifth year player and all rounder Ashen Fonseka,
who has had reasonable success with both bat and ball. This left hander
has scored more than 800 runs in 16 matches. His highest score was 125
runs against St. Anthony’s Kandy last season. Not only in batting but
also he has performed well in bowling by claiming 18 wickets last
season. He recorded his best individual performance bagging four wickets
for 16 runs against Thurstan College. He has already topped the 300 run
mark for the season. Apart from that, he has captured nine wickets in
three matches this season.
Sachin Jayawardena, who is another senior player of the side is the
Vice Captain of the team. Last season he collected a total of 350 runs
with highest individual score of 60 runs against Maliyadeva College,
This season he did a fine performance in batting with a total score
of 225 runs in seven matches. This fourth year player has also proven
himself in bowling, having claimed a haul of 48 wickets in 15 matches.
And his best performance in bowling was six wickets for 14 runs last
season. He has struck a five wicket haul against St. Peter’s College(5
for 22) this season.
Wesley College under 19 cricket team - Standing (From Left:)
Lahiru Perera, Jonathan Kadiramanpulle, Shashentha Fernando,
Rakeeb Sheriff, Pasas Nonis, Shamin de Silva, Migara
Wickramasinghe, Sharika Lakmal, Dinuka Jayasinghe. Seated (From
Left:) Sadheem Thoufeeq, Ashail Kariyawasam, Ashen Fonseka
(Captain), Shanthi Peiris(Coach), Nimal De Silva (Master In
Charge), Sachin Jayawardana (Vice Captain), Tharindu Karunaratne,
Baasith Muzammil. Pictures by Nissanka Wijeratne
Fourth year player and all rounder Ashail Kariyawasam is the key
player in the line up having contributed a great deal with both bat and
ball. He has shown a great amount of promise with 570 runs to his credit
last season including his top individual score of 97 runs against D.S.
Senanayake College. This season he passed the 300 run mark. His best
batting performance is against Ananda College(54 runs). In his bowling
side, he has bagged 30 wickets in 16 matches with a best performance of
five wickets for 38 runs against Maliyadeva College last season. This
season, he claimed 30 wickets in eight matches. Among the all rounders,
Sadheem Thoufeeq has been able to add plenty of variety into the team by
batting and bowling having scored 540 runs in 16 matches in last season
with his highest individual score of 90 runs against D.S. Senanayake
This season he knocked over 300 runs in eight matches with a best
individual performance of 70 runs against Ananda College. He was able to
capture 30 wickets in 16 matches with a five wicket haul against Royal
College(5 for 16) last season. His bowling performance for the current
season is 15 wickets in eight matches with a best individual performance
of four for 30 against Ananda College.
Tharindu Karunaratne is the next star player of the team, who has
been more effective with both batting and bowling, has scored over 250
runs in eight matches with a higher individual score of 51 runs against
Ananda College. He was able to pick 15 wickets in eight matches. This
season he delivered a fair blow including a three wicket haul against
St. Anthony’s College Kandy. This is his fourth year being in the team
The coach Shanthi Peiris says “Our team is a good team. Last term
they didn’t have a chance to show their prowess, because some of the
matches were washed out. For January this is our fourth match. I am
confident about the boys and I’m sure they will perform well this
The rest of the members in the First eleven squad are Baasith
Muzammil, Lahiru Perera, Jonathan Caderamanpulle, Shashentha Fernando,
Rakeeb Sheriff, Pasas Nonis, Shamin de Silva, Migara Wickramasinghe,
Sharika Lakmal, Dinuka Jayasinghe.
The team gets the support of the Principal, Nimal De Silva (Master In
Charge), Shanthi Peiris (Coach) and Old Boys Association.