though famous in the schools rugby circuit has made themselves a
name in the schools cricket too. Like in rugby they have fed the
national team with some outstanding cricketers like Jayantha Paranathala
who was the first Isipathanian to don the national jersey and Nuwan
Zoysa being the most notable players.
many schools from the outstation who does not have their own ground,
Isipathana has achieved many of their laurels without the ground
facilities being a national school in the heart of Colombo. Nevertheless
they keep on improving in whatever sport they do. Come what may,
the schools cricket team this season, Isipathana are determined
to give off their best and are aiming to finish in the top five
from the 25 schools who are participating. Last year it was a fairly
good season for them as they ended up in the 11th position having
played 16 matches they won two lost two and the rest drawn.
Isipathanians are possessing a well balanced out fit with even some
of their senior players unable to find a place in the team. This
season the Havelock Park boys are led by third year player Saman
Nishantha with second year player Dilan Anuradha as his deputy.
have a calypso style batsman in Tharaka Waduge who opens the batting
for the side with fresher Visuddhi Kaluwitharana. Tharaka is a stylish
batsman who has already scored a few 50s this season with his best
being 65 in the first game against St. Joseph's. A player with immense
experience who has represented the Under 19 Gampaha district team
last year. Fresher Visuddhi is turning out to be a reliable partner
for Tharaka. A useful right handed batsman, led the Under 15 side
two years ago.
will depend on skipper Saman Nishantha who comes in at number three,
a right handed batsman who scored over 500 runs last season with
a best of 65 against St Joseph's. He set up record score of 150
n.o. against traditional rivals Thurstan which is highest between
the two schools. This season he has scored a 131 against Sri Jayawardenapura
MMV, since then he has not been upto his mark and should lead the
team from the front.
will be followed by hard hitter Mario Amarasinghe a stylish left
handed batsman, playing his first season with Isipathana. He has
already scored two half centuries this season with a best of 87
against Sri Jayawardenapura MMV. A dependable batsman who is capable
of making a big score if he concentrates more. Played for the Gampaha
district Under 19 team last year.
keep the scoreboard ticking there is Dilan Anuradha the deputy of
the side who is regarded as a top class batsman. A right handed
batsman who scored over 500 last season with two half centuries
and a best of 76 against Nalanda. Allrounder Liyan de Silva is a
allrounder who is a left handed batsman and bowler who opens the
attack. This season he has already scored two half centuries and
has been in the wickets too.
the new ball with Liyan will be fresher Nilanchana Sankalpa who
is a right arm pacie. Another player who should be in the runs is
second year player and allrounder Sanjaya Dilruksha who scored over
500 runs last year which included three half centuries. A right
arm off cutter. The wicket keeper of the side is Gayan Wijesinghe
who is also playing his first season for Isipathana. Other players
who are capable of bolstering the score are left handed batsman
Chatushka Wickramaratne who is an up and coming cricketer who should
go places, right handed batsman Gihan Dilruk who is also a fine
bowler, Chathura Panawenna and Isuru Vindana. Sayuru Amarasinghe,
Dishan Rajudeen, Pubudu Viraj, Kasun Athukorala and Chamara Perera
are the freshers who are fighting for a place.
team is coached by former Sri Lankan player Keerthi Gunaratne while
the team is in the capable hands of D.N.Gurudeniya who is in charge
of all the junior and senior teams, is doing a tireless job in keeping
cricket alive at school.