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Holy Cross skipper Dilhara Kumara captures 221 wickets in three seasons

Sachin Dilhara
Sachin Dilhara

Palliyaguruge Sachin Dilhara Kumara Nanayakkara is a sixth year coloursman, all rounder, right-hand bat, left-arm leg-spinner and captain of Holy Cross College, Kalutara. In the 2019-20 season he claimed 61 wickets and also passed the 300-run mark. Under his leadership Holy Cross College played 14 matches won four outright, won 7 on first innings and lost 3 outright.

In the division two pre-quarterfinals they beat a strong Panadura Sumangalians and in the one-day tournament they lost to Sumangalians. His deputy is Pathum Fernando. The highest run getter for the school is Dilshan Madusanka with 433 runs including a century and 3 fifties and 42 scalps behind the wickets. Sithum Sanjana too collected 430 runs and he is a fine fielder at any position and held 42 catches.

Dilhara had 4 ten wicket hauls with the best being against Jaffna Central with 11 for 43 (6 for 2 and 5 for 41) and he captured 8 for 81 versus Devananada College.

In 2017/18 he claimed 79 wickets with 4 ten wicket hauls and 9 for 40 versus Taxila Central in a single innings being his best. Last year he captured 81 wickets with four 10 wicket hauls and a best of 8 for 61 versus Kalutara Vidyalaya. Playing 3 successive years he has bagged 221 wickets and perhaps it may be a record for his alma mater in the division two first eleven cricket tournament. His coaches were Neville Weerasekera, Dinesh Chandimala and presently Nimal Dabare and his assistant Lakshitha Ranasinghe.

The master-in-charge is K. D. S. P. Samantha and Prefect of Games is Reverend Father Ranmal Sewwanda. His Rector Reverend Father Jayashantha is always supportive for the upliftment of cricket at college.

HOLY CROSS COLLEGE, KALUTARA FIRST ELEVEN CRICKET POOL 2019/20: Seated (from left): Palitha Perera, Pathum Fernando (Vice Captain), Lakshitha Ranasinghe (Asst: Coach), Nimal Dabare (Head Coach), K. D. S. P. Samantha (Master-in-Charge), Dilhara Nanayakkara (Captain), Rev. Fr. Jayashantha (Rector), Rev. Fr. Ranmal Sewwanda (Prefect of Games), Sithum Sanjana, Nirmala Shamal. Standing (from left): Nadeera Deshan, Vimukthi Madusanka, Athif Siddhique, Dinal Treven, Arosh Bhagya, Patheesha Shermal,Dilshan Madusanka, Milindu Yehen, Sangeela Fernando, Tharindu Maleesha, Nimesh Maduranga, Kasun Nilaksha, Senura Denuwan, Hansaja Bryan, Sasidu Kaushan (Picture by Dilwin Mendis, Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)

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