Sriyan Chaminda cricketer and coach par excellence | Daily News

Sriyan Chaminda cricketer and coach par excellence

Sriyan Chaminda
Sriyan Chaminda

Cricketer, Coach, Curator, Under 15 Division Two Vice-Captain, Under 17 Division Two Captain Daily News Trophy ( Division Three ) Captain Left hand top order batsman, Right arm off spinner, Reserve wicket keeper and safe fielder in any position Madamperuma Arachchige Sriyan Chaminda has brought honour and fame to his school Piliyandala Central College, Piliyandala Town Sports Club his Cricket Academy Piliyandala Town Sports Club Cricket Academy and Piliyandala Town in general.

He was born on 6th December 1973 in Piliyandala and was admitted to Piliyandala Central College in 1984 to the grade six and then Principal was cricket loving John Fernando and the class teacher was Mrs. Nalini Jayalath and his parents M.A. Gratian and Jayanthi RohiniWijewickrama knowing the keenness on cricket of their son they handed over Sriyan to their coach and Master in Charge Nimal Wijewardene who too is a Centralian.

In 1985 he was selected to the under 13 and his first skipper was Sanjeewa Perera and in his second year in division three Sriyan scored 210 runs with two fifties and claimed 16 wickets with one five wicket haul and in the next year he played for the under 15 team and in 1988 they were the under 15 division three champions and he was the Vice Captain and scored 251 runs and captured 22 wickets and he was the highest scorer in the finals and held six catches and Centralians clinched the Astra Margarine Trophy and were promoted to under 17 division two and in 1988 he played for the team and he was the under 17 division two captain and passed the 300 run mark and bagged 20 wickets and they reached the semi finals.

As an under 15 player he played for the first eleven team in 1988/89 and he passed the 200 run mark and he was the “Baby of the Team” and in the following season he scored 655 runs with five fifties and took 16 wickets with a top score of 88 runs and in the last season he was the vice captain and scored 722 runs with six fifties with a top score of 92 runs and captured 15 scalps.

In 1992/93 he joined Piliyandala Town Sports Club Division three (Daily News Trophy) and played for more than two decades and captained several times. His top score was against Tri Star Apparels 101 runs.

Then in 2000 he commenced his own Academy and presently there are nearly 100 players from the ages of 10 to 19 four male coaches and one female coach to train the girls and he is a level one coach and presently coaching at Belvoir International School. Herman Gminer school, Sri Lanka Youth Maharagama and Negombo South International Earlier he coached Sir John Kothalawala Kolamunna and he was introduced to them by Sri Lanka cricketer HashanThilakarathne. Girls High School Mt.Lavinia and at present Piliyandala Town Sports Club Daily News Team.

His Academy teams has played with visiting Academy teams from South Africa, Malaysia and India also his Academy teams have made tours to India and first ever tour was in 2018 on the invitation of Shri SwaminarayanGurukul International School Hyderabad. He has produced young cricketers like Dulleka Tissakuttige, Vinuja Ranpul, Athula Crishantha, Ravindu Sasanka, Chamod Sandaruwan.

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