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Sebastianite Dunith Jayathunga prolific run getter

Former St.Sebastian’s College prolific run scorer 19 year old young right hand opening batsman cum Badureliya CC Under 23 Cricket Captain Dunith Jayathunga recently guided Badureliya to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Under 23, 50 over tournament. He expressed his thoughts in an exclusive interview with the Daily News.

He commenced his cricket career for Kalutara Vidyalaya in 2011 in the under 13 division one team and captained in 2013. The same year he notched up a century against Zahira College, Colombo. Representing the Fingara Cricket Club he helped them win the Nelson Mendis Trophy in the under 14 format. He played for the under 15 team in 2014 and 2015 and led the team.

The same year he played for the Prima Cup representing Western Province South.

*As an under 15 player he played in the Big Match “Battle of the Mangoosteens” against arch rivals Tissa Central in 2015. He also played in 2016 and 2017 when he was the vice captain. He played for the under 17 team in 2016 and 2017 and he was adjudged the Most Valuable Player for passing the 500-run mark with three centuries. Dunith said “I want to thank my

former principal Sarathchandra De Silva and coaches at Kalutara Vidyalaya Sunil Saluwadana and Rumesh Rangana .They are the ones who really helped me in my younger days to be a successful Cricketer today

‘After I got through my G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination by getting seven ‘B’s and one ‘C’, former Rector of St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa - Rev Father Ranjith Andradi took me to the school. I am eternally grateful to father rector Andradi for admitting me to St.Sebastian’s and giving me all the necessary support to continue playing ‘A’ division school Cricket’ said Dunith.

Proving every one’s decision was correct, in his very first year Dunith was an automatic choice for the St.Sebastians under 17 Cricket team. That year he scored 695 runs including two cracking centuries and four fifties and Sebs were the runner up of the tournament. Recalling his past Dunith said “In my very first tournament for Sebs I proved my selection was a right decision”.

The following year he was selected to the first eleven team and passed the 1000-run mark and played in the Big Match against Cambrians in 2018/19. That year he scored 1104 runs in 16 matches including two centuries and nine fifties with a highest score of 156 against St. Aloysius Galle and an unbeaten 105 against Wesley College. He also scored 59 and 74 no aganst

Nalanda, 84 against St.Benedicts, 62 against St.Josephs, 70 vs Lumbini, 82 vs St.Thomas Matara and 58 against Zahira Colombo In the recently concluded inter school under 19 division one cricket season in 2019/20, he scored 1127 runs.

He was also stepped into keep wickets as the reserve wicket keeper at Sebs and had 27 dismissals behind the wicket with 25 caught and 2 stumpings. “Frankly speaking I must thank provincial coach Niroshan Bandarathilake , because he is the one who influenced me to take up to wicket keeping”.

Dunith equalled a St.Sebastian’s college all time batting record held by Susil Fernando, Suranga De Silva and Oshada Fernando by scoring 1000 runs in two consecutive inter school cricket seasons.

He is thankful to his father, who influenced him to play cricket and backed him all the way by getting the required Cricket equipment. “Not only at the beginning of my cricket career, even now he will support me with anything, whenever I require any help to continue playing cricket” said Dunith.

Even after scoring two back to back 1000 runs in the inter-school season, I was not selected for the Sri Lanka under 19 team. That was my only regret. Even I scored a half century in the trial game which they have given me, but still I was overlooked. I’m feeling very sad” concluded a dejected Dunith Jayathunga.

He wanted to thank his Sebs 1st XI head coach Imal Boteju, assistant coach Samith Fernando “ Actually they helped me in every way possible for me to be successful by scoring two back to back 1000 runs in the Inter school season” said Dunith.

Speaking further Dunith said “I also wanted to extend my gratitude and thanks to my personal coaches Neil Rajapaksha and Rashan Peiris In the just concluded Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier tournament, Dunith scored a brilliant knock of 63 playing down 180 odd deliveries against the star studded SSC side which include many Sri Lanka national players and another fine innings of 56 in the first innings and 49 runs in the second innings against Negombo CC.

He also had a very successful 2020/21 SLC, under 23, 50 over tournament this season as well. He led his side Badureliya to a shock victory by scoring an exceptional unbeaten knock of 88 against an unbeaten Army SC side. In their final group game he led his side to victory by scoring an elegant knock of 56 guiding his Badureliya team to win, thus getting into the all important semi final berth of the tournament by showing his superior leadership qualities. Speaking further Dunith commented “Actually I wanted to thank my doctor Sunil Gebalanage, at Badureliya Priyantha Sisira kumara Chamara Abeyratne who was my Badureliya CC head coach and assistant coach Lakshitha Ranasinghe and Alankara Asanka , because they are the ones who really help me out by giving me all the necessary assistance for me to come this far and be successful in this year’s premier SLC tournament as well as SLC under 23, 50 over tournament.

He wanted to thank his father, mother and elder sister for all the necessary support given to him to concentrate on playing Cricket.

“I must also especially thank my elder Sister who is presently studying for her psychology degree at Kelaniya University because honestly speaking I got through my GCE O/L exam due to my sister’s teaching.