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Piliyandala Central owe their success to Jamith Dilshan’s proficiency

PILIYANDALA CENTRAL FIRST ELEVEN CRICKET POOL 2019/20 - Seated (from left): Sudesha Harsha (Coach), Harshana Pramod (Coach), Sasanka Lakshan, Ruchira Adikari (Vice Captain), P. S. M. Samsudeen (Deputy Principal), R. D. C. S. Ranawaka (Deputy Principal), Darshana P. Udawatte (Principal), H. S. Hewage (Deputy Principal), Aruna Liyanage (Master-in-Charge), Eranga Gunaratne (Head Coach), Chamod Sandaru (Captain), Amil Senadeera (Coach). Middle Row Standing (from left): Lakshitha Kularathne, Senuru Dilmith, Mayura Prabashwara, Jamith Dilshan, Sandun Sathsara, Akash Akalanka, Ushan Deemantha, Ashen Rodrigo, Movith Pesara, Thiwanka Sanadaras, Chanupa Janul. Back Row Standing (from left): Lashan Wageesha, Ramodya Balasuriya, Jayanga Madushan, Sithum Nimalka, Hesara Dilnith, Hasitha Niroshan (Pix by Dilwin Mendis – Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)

Jamith Dilshan

Piliyandala Central College one of the leading central schools with a long history for cricket in the island representing the division two inter-school cricket tournament played 15 matches under the captaincy of Chamod Sandaru and his deputy Ruchira Adhikari winning 5 matches outright, 6 on first innings, 2 losses outright and 2 losses on first innings.

Fifth year coloursman, right-hand opening bat and right-arm occasional medium pace bowler Mahawella Vithanage Jamith Dilshan is their highest run getter with 730 runs including 2 centuries and 3 fifties with a top score of 163 against Dharmaloka College, Kelaniya.

Last year he totalled 604 runs with one century.

Piliyandala Central lost to Siri Piyarathana Vidyalaya, Padukka in the two-day division two tournament match while they are still in contention in the One Day tournament beating Siri Piyarathana. His performances throughout the season helped Centralians to achieve success.

Jamith started his cricket career as an under 13 player in 2011 and played in 2012 and 2013.

Then in the under 15 he played in 2014 and 2015 and in 2016 and 2017 in the under 17 team. While playing for the under 15 team he represented the first eleven side but could not gain a place in the Big Match and Limited Over in 2015.

Upto this year he has played in four Big Matches and four Limited Over Matches.

His coaches throughout his career were Chaminda Hathurusingha, Chanaka Dilshan, Bimal Amarasinghe and presently former Cambrian cricketer Eranga Gunaratne.

In the All Island annual Inter Central Schools Cricket Tournament he helped Piliyandala Central to clinch the trophy by scoring 52 runs and earned the Best Batsman Award.

Piliyandala Central and Taxila Central were lucky enough that they got the opportunity to play their 19th Big Match and the Limited Over Match before the corona virus lockdown. The Big Match ended in a draw and Piliyandala won the limited-over contest by seven wickets.

Special mention should be made of former President of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association John Fernando for uplifting cricket at Piliyandala Central when he was at the helm of the school and they won the under 15 division two title to get promoted to division one. 

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