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Manuja Chanthuka the cricket star from Moratuwa

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Manuja Chanthuka
Manuja Chanthuka

Second year all round cricketer left hand lower order batsman. Left arm leg spinner and a safe fielder in any position, the leading wicket taker for the 2022/2023 season so far and member of the under 23 division one cricket team of Burgher Recreation Club Manuja Chanthuka has brought honour and glory for his two schools Lyceum International School Panadura and St. Sebastians College Moratuwa with his deeds in the field of cricket.

Manuja who hails from Willorawatte, Moratuwa was born on14th December 2004 and initially admitted to Lyceum International School Panadura and he commenced playing cricket for the under 13 cricket team in 2014 . He played for two successive years for the under 13 team and in 2016 he was selected for the under 15 team and scored a fifty and claimed 24 wickets. In his second year he scored a century and as an under 15 player he played for the Big Match against their arch rivals Lyceum International School Nugegoda. In the following year as an under 17 player he played for the under 19 team and as an under 17 player he took 3 for 26 and scored 26 runs versus LumbiniVidyalaya.

In 2021 his Parents P .Chaminda and Nimalka Mirmala in the hope of improving his cricket career he was drafted to St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and he got an opportunity to play against D.S.Senanayake Vidyalaya in a second eleven game and he was unbeaten on 59 runs and in his first eleven debut match versus Wesley College and he captured 6 for 43. Last year he got an opportunity to play for the Big Match with their arch rivals Prince of Wales’ College and bagged 3 for 16 runs.

This season playing in the under 19 Tier A matches in four outings he has captured 19 wickets with two five wicket hauls and the best being against St. Josephs College Colombo with 7 for 65.”Then playing in three traditional matches so far he has claimed 15 wickets and a total of 34 wickets and he is the highest wicket taker for schools so far. In addition he is a member of the under 23 division one cricket pool of Burgher Recreation Club Colombo.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – 01:00

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