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Mahamaya Girls School going great guns in cricket

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The present Cricket team of Mahamaya Girls School,Kandy (Pictures. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports spl.corr

Mahamaya Girls School, Kandy established in 1932 is one of the Best Schools in the Island in education as well as sports and the main sport in the school is undoubtedly Swimming, in which the School has become all island Champions for the last Twenty years. Other than this the School has leading sports such as Cricket, Hockey,Netball,Table Tennis, Chess and Basketball. The Cricket teams of the school are involved in softball as well as hard ball and in the year 1985 Cricket became popular when Nita Pilapitiya was the Principal of the School. At that time the two teams were captained by Thushara Tennekoon and Manjula Kalpage respectively and Thushara was the sister of the former Skipper of Dharmaraja College and NCC Cricketer Thilina Tennakoon and Manjula was the sister of former Sri Lanka test player, Ruwan Kalpage.

From then onwards Cricket continued at Mahamaya under the Captaincy of Yasamali Hettiarachchi and Shalika Gannoruwa. Under Yasamali’s captaincy Mahamaya won the Kandy Mayor’s Cup softball cricket Tournament beating Swarnamali balika,Kandy in the finals in the mid nineties. In 2008 Mahamaya became third in hardball cricket in an All Island Cricket tournament under Shalika Gannoruwa while Anuradhapura team became champions and Kegalle team were runners-up. Shalika was the daughter of Ajith Gannoruwa, former Cricketer of Dharmaraja College and Central province in the mid sixties. Apart from this, Mahamaya continued their success in cricket by becoming Provincial Champions for a number of years under the Captaincy of Danushika Muhandiram, Yasamali Saparamadu, Udara Bandara,Udeshika Madumali and the present Cricket captain, Isiri Meegammana.

Under the captaincy of Udara Bandara Mahamaya became one of the Best Cricket teams in the Island at the All Island Cricket Tournament in the year 2018. The Mahamaya Cricket team was coached by the writer with the assistance of E.M.U.Chandrathilak. The Cricket team had the backing of the School authorities and the sports loving Principal of the School, Shashikala Senadheera with the assistance of the POG Nilu Wijekoon who gave the fullest support to the Cricket team as well as other sports in the School.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 01:00

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