Wadduwa Central Girls make big impact | Sunday Observer

Wadduwa Central Girls make big impact

The girls of Wadduwa Central College only began playing cricket two years ago and have been so impressive this season that they were adjudged as the Best Up and Coming Girls Cricket Team.

This mixed school has a boys cricket team who began playing in the school cricket scene in the late eighties. The girls were encouraged to take to cricket after seeing the boys play and moreover due to the recognition and prominence given to women’s cricket in Sri Lanka.

Their coach has been Dhanushka Ranmuthu from the start and he is doing such a good job that some of their players have gone on to be selected into

the Under 19 and Under 23 national pools. In fact, eight of their players are in the Under 19 pool in preparation for the Women’s World Cup tournament to be held next year.

Wadduwa Central girls team is the first school to play a big match in the Kalutara District. Their player to shine in that match was Navodya Nipuni who was unbeaten on 94 runs. This is a big adjustment for a young team that began playing cricket only two years ago.

After this match Wadduwa Central had three players in the Under 23 provincial women’s team.

All these achievements are despite the facilities not being of very high standard. Even their clothing are provided by well wishers and some parents. Though they have a large grounds of their own, it is located in a hole. It gets waterlogged even after one hour of rain as there is no underground or otherwise drainage system.

The team plays between 10 to 15 matches a season. This is ample for them to make an impression to the authorities of the Schools Cricket Association who are responsible in selecting squads to national pools.