Bens-Wesley historic clash at Kotahena from today | Daily News

Bens-Wesley historic clash at Kotahena from today

St. Benedict’s First XI Cricket Team: Seated (From left): Amal Fernando (Coach), Jude Vaz (Prefect-of Games), Thenuka Nandalal, Malinda Perera, Rev. Bro. Dilshan Vimukthi (Sports Coordinator/Master-in-Charge), Kaviru Perera (Captain), Rev. Bro. Dr. Pubudu Rajapaksha (Director/Principal), Pasan Suwahas (Vice-Captain), Hasindu Kaviratne, Trishen Nonis (Head Coach) and Madushan Kularathne. Standing (From left): Hasanga Nanayakkara, Sharujan Shanmuganathan, Isuru Lakshan, Chamath Chathurya, Yohan Soysa, Sachin Senanayake, Dilan Malintha, Akindu Karunarathne, Ashen de Zoysa, Vidun Weerawardane, Ashwin Dalan, Himalka Oshen, Aveesha Sandaruwan, Nethan Fernando and Viduneth Wilson  

Wesley First XI Cricket Team: Seated (From left): Sahil Dias, Keerthi Gunaratne (Head Coach), Clifford Rodrigo (Sports Administrator), Thenuka Perera (Captain), A. A. M. Fernando (Principal), Sidath Dharmasiriwardena (Vice-Captain), Wasantha Kasthuriarachchi (Master-in-Charge), Prasad Amarasekera (Coach) and Shanuka Jeewantha (Coach).  Standing (From left): Lakshan Ruwantha, Disula Yapa, Semila Liyanage, Linal Subasinghe, Rakitha Fernando, Anudith Wickremasinghe, Denuwan Mendis, Sanithu Amarasinghe, Kushan Chamalka, Yohan Anthony, Akaz, Dawood, Tilshan Senanayake, Ravindu Sigera and Tharanga Fernando

St. Benedict’s College and Wesley College will turn a new leaf in their cricketing history when they clash in the inaugural Inter-Schools Under-19 cricket encounter today and tomorrow at Kotahena.

Both teams of course, could not make it to the quarter-finals of the limited over tournament and will be determined to make an impact in this vital encounter. Wesley Head Coach Keerthi Gunaratne expressed his confidence of his team performing well in this encounter after a successful season. “We have fared very well against the big teams and we did not lose a game despite playing without a fast bowler for most of the season.”

“Our main fast bowler Zakirthan from Batticaloa is back in the side after recovering from dengue and our batting has a lot of depth, with the tail-enders also contributing well.” “In the limited over tournament we suffered some injuries but could not make it to the final round. Fast bowlers will be our main weapon but we also have a good spin attack as well,” he said.

“I am expecting a more disciplined performance from the batsmen because when they score 30 or 40 runs they think everything is fine and they throw their wickets away.”

“The Kotahena track is not a good wicket for batting and it has been always low scoring. I don’t know whether they have prepared a special wicket for this match and we got to go and check on that.”

“The outfield at Kotahena has improved a lot. But the track is turning and the ball is coming low. I think they are not watering the wicket enough.”

However, St. Benedict’s Coach Trishen Nonis said that the surface at Kotahena is quite good for both batting and bowling and the wicket could last even four days.

“True, we got out for a low score in the first innings against Gurukula but we recovered well in the second innings and altogether over 400 runs were scored,” he stressed. “We started our preparations rather late unlike some of the other schools in Colombo and it took some time for the players to settle down and play their normal game.”

“We will miss two of our senior players due to injuries but I am confident that the team will play to their true potential and pull off a victory,” he added.