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Kamindu key player for Marians in U-23 Cricket Tourney

Kamindu Mendis
Kamindu Mendis

Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis has been entrust with the task of spearheading the Chilaw Marians Cricket Club in the SLC Major Under-23 Inter-Club Cricket Tournament, which gets underway on Wednesday (16).

The 21-year-old former schoolboy of Richmond College, has emerged as one of the most promising all-rounders in the game ever since he made his international debut for Sri Lanka two years ago.

His extraordinary talents with the ball has been talked about ever since he broke into the scene as he has the potential of bowling both right-arm off-breaks and left-arm orthodox as well.

Therefore, Chilaw Marians CC would certainly depend on the individual brilliance of Mendis as the last year runners-up are determined to make amends and begin the new Inter-Club season on a high note.

In fact, Chilaw Marians CC have been drawn in a tough group (‘B’) that also includes Air Force SC, Ragama CC, Lankan CC, Negombo CC and Panadura SC. “No doubt, Kamindu Mendis is our key player but we are also banking on paceman Asitha Fernando and all-rounder Lasith Croospulle,” Sarath Jayawardena, Chilaw Marians CC Coach told the Daily News yesterday.

“Unlike some of the other elite clubs in Colombo, we have only a 16-member squad for this tournament but we have also recruited few talented players from the nearby schools in Chilaw, Puttalam and Negombo.”

“We have three Premier League clubs in our group, Ragama CC, Negombo CC and Lankan CC and only the top team from each group will qualify for the semi-finals,” added Jayawardena.

Chilaw Marians CC of course, will have the advantage of playing all fixture at the home grounds in Katunayake and will take on Panadura SC in their opening encounter on Wednesday.

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