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Sri Sumangala cricket coach Premadasa Silva felicitated

Premadasa Silva posing in front of  his home in Panadura
Premadasa Silva posing in front of his home in Panadura

Old boys of Sri Sumangala College Panadura and friends felicitated their ardent and dedicated cricket coach Pinnaduwage Premadasa Silva, (popularly known as PP Silva), who have completed over fifty years of coaching, on December 30. They first held an Ashirwada Pooja at the Galawetimodara Temple in the morning to celebrate his 80th birthday. Then in the evening they held a function at the Ramadia Hotel with limited invities, to felicitate his coaching career that had surpassed fifty years.

Premadasa Silva first played and later captained Sri Sumangala College cricket team. His highest score was 110 runs not out when playing against Vidyartha College Kandy. Later, he joined the Air Force and stayed there for five years. He played for Air Force in the division two cricket tournament for the Donovan Andree Trophy.

He took up to coaching at Sri Sumangala after leaving school with the main intention to uplift their standard of cricket. Silva had followed coaching courses conducted by Frank Tyson and Laddie Outschoorn with the intention of learning more methods in how to uplift the standard of a player. “My intention was the make good players especially batsmen on how to hit the ball hard and not worry about winning,” said Silva.

Silva did all this for the love of the game and wanted to see the College team reach higher levels. He coached on a voluntary basis and did his travelling on a bicycle. He was always there in time and one player who reached national level was Ravin Wickremaratne who played as an off spinner was inducted into the Schools team that toured England.

After that there were players of noteworthy coached by Silva Indika Gallage, Kithruwan Vithanage, Dilruwan Perera and Don Anurasiri who played Test cricket for Sri Lanka.

His son Kaushal Silva who represented S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia was also a member of the Sri Lanka team.

His cycling to coach did not stop even when he was employed at Lake House and was always on night duty. He would go for his coaching in the morning and after a short break for lunch he was back at the ground. After that later in the evening he would get ready to go for duty in the night. Only God knows how he rested during the day time and all those who followed him were grateful for his coaching stint.

Presently, Silva has his own academy called Panadura Cricket Academy that was established in 2004, with nearly a hundred boys attend practices on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Initially Don Anurasiri impressed me most out of the players who I have coached,” noted Silva.

“Most of the boys who I have coached did well in the division one cricket tournaments conducted by the Cricket Board. Lionel Fernando is a significant name in the top division,” noted Silva.

Now Silva does most of his coaching seated on a chair as he cannot stand for too long. To make it worse he had a fall on the ground and his back hit a root of a tree that had curved upwards from the ground level. With this injury his physical application was drastically reduced. He even walks with a slight hunch back.

Nevertherless, his coaching has not stopped as he can still show the different strokes to be played with the bat. At the age of 80 years he is now physically not strong and fit.



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