Sangabodhi College, Nittambuwa yearning for a 'Big Match' in cricket
CRICKET: Sangabodhi College, Nittambuwa, who have been playing first
XI cricket for 12 years, are expecting to see a long felt dream come
true this year.That is when they play their inaugural big match this
The college principal D.N.K.G.B. Disanayake speaking to Sunday
Observer said that still their big match opponents have not been
"We will have to select from a few schools in Gampaha.
Presently, we are having discussions with some schools to finalise
it," he said.
Cricket was introduced to Sangabodi College, Nittambuwa in 1996. They
are playing in the Division III. At Sangabodi College, cricket begins
from Under-12 age group.
The first XI cricket team won third place in the Lemonade Cup
tournament in (1999), Under-13 team was selected to the second round of
the Astra Cup (2007) and the Under-15 team qualified to the
quarter-finals of the 'Lakbima Tournament' (2008)
Cricket has now reached a adequate standard at the school in
comparison to the early years. Cricketers have improved immensely with
technical and other skills, he said.
There are two coaches, namely R.M. Sahan Niroshan who is the General
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Cricket Association and the other coach is
W.L.P. Gamini Wijesinghe. He is an Umpire of the Sri Lanka Cricket
Association and the School Cricket Association, respectively.
According to coach Sahan, the difference between Colombo Schools and
Outstations Schools is that Colombo Schools have a lot of opportunities
to develop whereas outstations schools have only limited facilities.
Sangabodi College first XI team is scheduled to play Anura Central
College Yakkala, Chandrajothi College Yakkala, Senarath Paranvithana
College Udugampola, Kiridiwela Central College, Henagama Central
College, St. Thomas College Bandarawela and St. Aloysius College
"Actually our school cricket team has no big history. But, our team
is a big challenge to other Gampaha District school teams in cricket,"
said Sangabodi College captain Amila Shan.
The school has set up an organisation called the Past Cricketers
Association and also another organization called Cricketers' Parents
Association to look into the welfare of the cricketers and improve on
the quality of cricket at the school.
Samantha Guruge (District Coach) and Rathnasiri Bandara
(Master-in-charge) are also assisting the team.
The leading batsmen in the team are Hansaka Tamara, Amila Shan, Kasun
Anurudda, Udesh Nuwan and Mohomend Afraz. Akila Milan is the top spinner
in the team. He is a right-arm off-spinner. Chamara Atapattu, Kasun
Eranga, Nirmal Madushanke, Sumith Nisala are the leading pacemen in the