Most wins registered by S. Thomas’ | Sunday Observer

Most wins registered by S. Thomas’

S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, better known as the school by the sea, emerged as the Best School team for boys. They richly deserved this title for the way they evolved results during the last school cricket season. They finished with seven outright victories to their credit with the well balanced team they possess.

They were selected by members of the selection panel comprising officials with tremendous experience in the game and who watch the games closely.

This is the second year in succession that they have been selected as the top school team in the country.

To begin with, S. Thomas’ beat arch rivals Royal after a lapse of 12 years in their annual big match. They had a well balanced team led by Sithara Hapuhinda, said coach Dinesh Weerasinghe.

The College team also won the all-island one day championship and can repeat this performance next season too. This is because they will retain eight of their experienced players next year. They have a well balanced side with six players who played most of the matches last season. In all they possess more than eleven players with much experience and exposure.

They will also have Shalin de Mel who took seven catches in their match against Royal. Kavindu de Silva and Rodrigo can also match up to a high standard when the demand is needed.

Thomians also have two players who were selected for the Under 19 national team. They are Kavindu de Silva and Rodrigo who are expected to be there next season as well. Then there is the versatile Kalana Perera who represented the Sri Lanka Emerging team recently. He is such a useful player that the Thomians will be able to restrict their opponents next season as well.

They possess such a good all round team that they can outplay any opponent next year. They are good in all three departments of the game.

“The cricket structure at the College is really good and even the Under 17 team is in the semi-final in the all island tournament,” added coach Weerasinghe.

The team will be captained by Eriyagama next season. They hope to maintain the high standard that they had maintained for the past six to seven years. They receive support from the cricket advisory committee comprising of old boys. They also have their Old Thomian’s Cricket Club where the boys can play with and be exposed to competitive cricket at a high level.

Their grounds at Mount Lavinia was not that smooth in the outfield as seen many years ago. But today they have done it up well and is considered one of the best grounds in the country. They have 21 turf pitches around the ground. There are practice pitches, indoor nets, physiotherapy rooms and gymnasium that even the Cricket Board does not have, observed Weerasinghe.

They have two grounds with one being small where junior games are played.