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Malinga and Champika to coach Dharmaraja cricket team

Dharmaraja College, Kandy has a long history of playing Cricket for over a century and it has produced outstanding Cricketers in the calibre of TB Kehelgamuwa,Sonny Yatawara, and later Chamara Kapugedara Sri Lanka Test Cricketers and one day Captain. The School has also produced so many outstanding cricketers such as Senaka Dissanayake, G.S.Ratnayake,Ananda Jayasundera, Harold Ranasinghe, Sandun Weerakkody,Priyantha Weragoda,Ravi Rajapakse, Pubudu Seneviratne, Prasanna Walalawala.Mahinda Pethiyagoda. T.B.Talwatte, P.L.A.Alwis, S.U.Mendis, D.D.P.Alwis, Dananjaya Nawaratne, Nalin.Angammana, Ajith Naranpananwa and Senarath Alwis to name a few.

To gain more experience for School Cricket the School authorities have appointed two new Cricket Coaches with immediate effect.

The new Cricket coach is 38 year old Malinga Surappulige, an old Nalandian Cricketer as the Head coach replacing Ananda Wijesekera. and 49 year old Champika Siriwardena, an old Anthonian as the replacing E.M.U.Chandrathilak. Malinga represented Nalanda college Cricket team from 2000 to 2002 as a right arm medium pace bowler and selected as the ‘Best Schoolboy Bowler’ for two consecutive years and his Cricket coaches were Leslie Narangoda and Jayantha Seneviratne.

Malinga was the of St. Peters’ college,and he was appointed by the Sri Lanka Cricket as the District Cricket coach since 2015. As a cricketer he has played Club Cricket in England & Australia from 2007 onwards for several years. Champika Siriwardena, an Anthonian Cricketer, a right hand top order batsman being a former Head Coach of Maliyadewa Kurunegala and after St.Anthonys’,Katugastota he went to Vidyartha College,Kandy as the Cricket Coach before being appointed as the of Dharmaraja College with immediate effect as a Level II Coach. His coaches were Sunil Wickremanayake and Sunil Fernando.

Sachintha Dissanayake has been appointed as the Cricket Captain of the First XI Cricket team of Dharmaraja College for the year 2021/2022,as a left hand batsman who has captained all the college cricket teams i.e. under 13,15 and 17 before being appointed the Captain of the first XI team. Sachintha is coming from a Cricketing family and his father is Ruwan Dissanayake,former talented Cricketer of Dharmaraja and his elder Brother Kavishka represented the School as well as the Engineering faculty of the University of Peradeniya and at present is an Electrical Engineer.

He is thankful to his coaches as well as his family members for the standard he has reached in Cricket.

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