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Cambrians shock Royal despite lean season

Kavinda de Mel-Tharindu Amarasinghe
Kavinda de Mel-Tharindu Amarasinghe

Prince of Wales’ College first eleven cricket team had a very lean season this year without a single outright victory under their belt but having lost to Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda they bounced back in the eleventh hour to beat formidable and more fancied Royal College, Colombo by 96 runs on first innings in their inter-school game played at Reid Avenue to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Inter-School Under 19 Division One Cricket Tournament.








Incidentally the Cambrians commenced their first ever inter-school first eleven cricket match against Dharmasoka College way back in 1938 and since the Sokians have not beaten the Cambrians in all the outings. It has either ended in the Cambrians’ favour, or first innings or in a draw.

In the pre-quarterfinals the Royalists had the advantage of winning the toss and electing to bat first and were sitting pretty with 215 runs on day one thanks to a brilliant chanceless unbeaten 113 by Ashan Wickramasinghe. In reply the Cambrians captained by Naduka Fernando with Lakshan Perera as his deputy piled up 311 runs largely due a magnificent 135 by all rounder Kavinda de Mel.

He was ably supported by Vidath Dinendra who contributed an unbeaten 39. Nishan Balasuriya bowled best for the Royalists taking 5 for 79.

However in the one-day tournament match the Cambrians went down to St. Joseph Vaz College. Both these tournaments are postponed due to unavoidable circumstances and resumption of it is like the cat on the fence. Due to this reason the Cambrian-Sebastianite 70th Big Match and the 35th Limited Over Game too were postponed.

The Cambrians participated in 15 matches during the season and won 7 on first innings, lost 5 on first innings, drew 2 and lost one outright.

They are coached by former Vidyalian Lucky Rogers Fernando assisted by Rajeeva Krishan.

The hero of the Royal match Kavinda de Mel with 407 runs and 34 wickets (Best bowling 5/25 v Moratu Vidyalaya) in 13 matches is the Cambrians best all rounder for the season, while Omesh Mendis with 533 runs in 15 outings and, opener Tharindu Amarasinghe with 570 runs in 14 matches are the leading run scorers.

The Principal Kusala J. Fernando, the Prefect of Games Vajira Abeywickrama and Master in Charge Kasun Devapriya have extended their fullest support to the team at all times.

PRINCE OF WALES COLLEGE FIRST ELEVEN CRICKET TEAM 2019/20: Seated (from left): Lucky Rogers Fernando (Coach), Vinuja Ranpul, Vajira Abewickrama (Prefect of Games), Naduka Fernando (Captain), Kusala J. Fernando (Principal), Lakshan Perera (Vice Captain), Kasun Devapriya (Master In charge of Cricket), Rajeewa Krishan (Assistant Coach) Middle Row Standing (from left): Ashan Fernando, Vidath Dinendra, Omesh Mendis, Tharindu Amarasinghe, Dinura Fernando, Ravindu Janindu, Pasindu Pathum, Kavinda de Mel, Rehan Chamika Back Row Standing (from left): Upeka Fernando, Anupa Heshan, Thanuj Kavishan, Kunchana Perera (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa, Sports Special Correspondent)

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