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Galahitiyawa Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Ganemulla known as Kannangara MV earlier was a school that missed the bus in two successive years in 2014 and 15 in the Division III Segment I quarter-finals before reaching their target destination for a berth in the higher division in the Singer Schools cricket tournament.

This century old school had failed to produce a national level cricketer due to losing their best players every year. The main reason was every year this school loses the services of their talented ones as they were been fished by well known schools.

Led by 5th year coloursman Ravindu Sampath Galahitiyawa MV started the new season with a resounding victory over Olcott College in their traditional clash last week.
Sampath speaking to the Education Times stated that he doesn’t worry much losing two of best players this year and he went on to say that he handles a superb allround side which will join hands to give their alma mater good results as every member of the side is sure to give their best.

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Coached by M.A. Senaratne an old boy of the school boasts of a strong batting line-up that runs deep down to No. 9 which will be led by elegant stroke maker Isuru Tharaka. The skipper too an excellent allrounder who is sure to lead from the front and every member of the side is in good touch and will make every effort to move to the higher division.

A well balanced bowling attack consisting of 2 right arm pacies, a left arm swing bowler supported by a strong spin bowling combination of a right arm leg spinner, a left arm orthodox spinner and three off spinners is sure to give every strong batting line-up a tough time. The coach also said that the keenness shown by the team is sure to go ahead to the higher division. - LR; Pix Ranjith Perera

WHO’S WHO:

Ravindu Sampath: 5th year coloursman. Skipper of the side. A fine allround cricketer who was adjudged the Man of the Match at the last year’s big match. A right handed middle order bat scored over 350 runs and captured 36 wickets with his off spinners last year. An inspiring leader who is capable of getting the best from every member of the side.

Ashen Chamara: Vice captain. A 4th year player. A right handed middle order bat. A right arm medium pace bowler opens bowling. Capable of swing both ways.

Isuru Tharaka: Right handed opening bat. The main stay in the batting line and much is expected from him. Scored over 300 runs last season and also a useful right arm off spinner. Elegant batsman with strokes all round the wicket. A superb fielder in the cover region.

Kavinda Himasha: A 5th year player. A stylish left hand bat who goes for his shots very early in the innings. A useful right arm medium pace bowler who joins the attack at the first change. A reliable cover fielder.

Kushan Chamikara: Playing for his 5th year. Bats at the fall of the first wicket. Right handed batsman who prefers to stay longer at the wicket. Joins the attack with his off spinners as a supporting bowler. A specialist slip fielder.

Supun Nisal Gimhan: An excellent right arm leg spinner who expected to be among the wickets. A bowler with different variations who gives batsmen a tough time. A hard hitting right hand tailend bat prefers to use the long handle. 2nd year player.

Manuditha Ravishan: 2nd year. Wicket keeper of the side. Right hand front line bat. Accounted for over 40 victims behind the stumps last season. Adjudged the Best Fielder at the last big match.

Kalana Jayaweera: Right handed front line bat. Bowls right arm fast medium who is also the reserve stumper of the side. Playing in his second year.

Sajitha Manod: Fresher. Right handed top order bat. Capable of standing behind the stumps when required.

Eranda Madusanka: Right hand batman who bats in the tail. A right arm medium pace change bowler with a good lift off the wicket. Fresher.

Dushan Saranga: Fresher. Right hand opening bat. A right arm fast medium bowler bowls wicket to wicket. A good out fielder with a strong throwing arm

Navin Asitha: Fresher. Right handed opening batsman with a good future. Reads the bowlers well before settles for a long inning. Right arm medium fast bowler.

Shanilka Malshan: Right hand front line bat. Useful right arm medium pace bowler. A good fielder in the deep. Fresher.

Kasun Kaushalya: Fresher. Right handed middle order bat and a right arm off spin bowler. A fine fielder in the slip region.

Master-in Charge: G.R. Deepal Alwis; Coach: M.A. Senaratne.

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