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Tharindu does Cambrians proud

Prince of Wales College First Eleven Cricket Team 2019/2020 with the officials Seated L/R – Lucky Rogers Fernando (Coach), Vinuja Ranpul, Vajira Abewickrama (Prefect of Games), Naduka Fernando (Captain), Kusala J. Fernando (Principal), Lakshan Perera (Vice Captain), Kasun Devapriya (Master In charge of Cricket), Rajeewa Krishan (Assistant Coach) Middle Row Standing L/R – Ashan Fernando, Vidath Dinendra, Omesh Mendis, Tharindu Amarasinghe, Dinura Fernando, Ravindu Janindu, Pasindu Pathum, Kavinda de Mel, Rehan Chamika Back Row Standing L/R – Upeka Fernando, Anupa Heshan, Thanuj Kavishan, Kunchana Perera. (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)

Third year player, coloursman, left hand opening batsman, occasional right arm off spinner and all rounder Don Tharindu Nimantha Amarasinghe has excelled for Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa in all age groups in cricket.

He entered the Grade One of his Alma Mater and attended cricket practices at the age of nine years at the College Cricket Academy under Anoj Fernando and Mr, Suranga. . In the year 2012 he attended practices in the under 13 cricket team under Tednal Silva and got selected for the division one team. As an all rounder he batted down the order and as an off spinner he claimed 20 wickets in his first season. In his second year he came under Kalpa Fernando and his new coach advised him to open batting and he passed the 300 run mark with two fifties and in his third year captaining the team he collected 790 runs with 177 runs against Christ King College and scored four half centuries too and captured 20 scalps. In that year Cambrians came to the All Island Finals and lost to Tissa Central, Kalutara.

As an under 15 player in his first year he passed the 500 run mark with a century against St. Aloysius College, Galle and leading the Cambrians in the following year he passed the 800 run mark and he got centuries against Ananda Shasthralaya, Kotte and Isipathana Vidyalaya.

With all these performances under his belt he was selected to tour Malaysia for the Four Nation Cricket Tournament which included Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the hosts Malaysia and Sri Lankans won the Championship. In the 2019 Cambrian Annual Prize Giving he was awarded as the Best Up and Coming Cricketer Award in memory of Ranil de Soysa donated by his daughter Shanthini Thenuwara who is domiciled in England.

He played for the first eleven team in 2017/18 cricket season as an under 15 player under Savindu Peiris in five matches and got 150 runs.

In his second year under Suwath Mendis he scored 630 runs with a top score of 155 against Isipathana Vidyalaya and collected another three half centuries. Last year under Naduka Fernando he scored 610 runs with a top score of 145 runs against St. Anthonys College, Katugastota and scored three more fifties.. Last year playing for Colombo District Team in the under 19 tournament he scored 60 runs against Kalutara District.

This year his captain will be Denura Fernando with Pasindu Pathum as his deputy. He played for Panadura Sports Club in the under 23 cricket tournament conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket.