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Dinura Fernando will lead Cambrians next year

Dinura Fernando (on left) and  his father Vishwanath Fernando who captained in  1991/92
Dinura Fernando (on left) and his father Vishwanath Fernando who captained in 1991/92

Third year coloursman, right hand top order batsman, right arm leg spinner, close in fielder, and Sri Lanka under 15 cricketer Dinura Hansaja Venath Fernando was appointed by the Principal of Prince of Wales’ College, Kusala J. Fernando as the captain of the first eleven cricket team for the year 2021 and Dinura’s deputy will be Pasindu Pathum.

With the appointment of Dinura as the captain for the forthcoming first eleven cricket season he has set an all time record for his Alma Mater to become the first ever father and son to captain the first eleven cricket team of Prince of Wales’ College in their 124 year long cricket history. Though the College was founded by Charles Henry de Soysa in1876 he introduced cricket in the same year but it was played by the members of the tutorial staff. Cambrians played their first ever inter school first eleven cricket match in 1896 versus Royal College, Colombo and Royalists were victorious and played at their home grounds at Galle Face.

Dinura added another feather to his cap as he captained his Alma Mater in the under 13, 15 and 17, Teams. His father Vishwanath Fernando captained Prince of Wales’ College in 1991/92 cricket season. Following in his father’s foot steps Dinura from his smaller days was interested and keen in cricket and noticing his ambitions and talent Vishwanath took his son to Nondescripts Cricket Club Academy and handed him over to former Cambrian Badra Senevirathne. After that he was sent to Bandula de Silva another Cambrian who coached at De Soysa Stadium, Moratuwa. From there he was sent to College Cricket Academy and he came under Suranga Perera over there.

In the year 2013 he attended practices for the under 13 division three team and came under Athula Akarawita and got selected and in the following year he came under Tedlal Silva in division two and in his final year playing in the under 13 division one he came under Kalpa Fernando and captaining the team Cambrians clinched the joint championship of the Singer Trophy. Dinura was awarded the Best All Rounder’s Runners Up Trophy for the whole island and in the finals against Mahinda College, Galle he scored 87 runs.

His first year in the under 15 he collected more than 300 runs with three half centuries and bagged 30 scalps. In his second year he captained the team and topped the 400 run mark with 4 fifties and claimed 32 wickets and they reached the Semi Final. With these performances under his belt he was selected for the Sri Lanka Schools under 15 tour of Malaysia in 2017. In his first year in the under 17 he collected 352 runs with two half centuries and captained the under 17 team in the following year he passed the 300 run mark and came up to the pre quarters and against St. Mary’s College, Chilaw he scored a century and put on 200 runs for the first wicket with Vinuja Ranpul who too collected a century and it was a record for their school.

He was selected for the first eleven cricket team in 2018/19 cricket season and passed the 300 run mark with a single fifty and also played in the Big Match and the Limited Overs Match where Cambrians beat their arch rivals Sebs in the one dayer. He was selected to the Prima Cup in District and Provincial Tournaments and he won the Zonal Cricket Colours also. This year under Naduka Fernando he fared well with the bat . This year he came under Lucky Rogers Fernando who succeeded Kalpa Fernando and the guidance and advice received from Vishwanath carried a long way in his success.