Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda Under 19 Girls Cricket Team 2021. Standing L/R – Dinesh Werasinghe (Coach), Senugi, Imalshi, Chathuni, Kaushini, Miss Iresha (Mistress in Charge of Cricket), Dulanga, Shikari Ranahansi, Hasini, Imasha, Mr. Lalnga, Squatting in front L/R – Sarasi, Shakya, Oshadi, Samadhi, Enudi, Chathuni, Githma, Anumi, Himasha (Picture by DilwinMendis, Moratuwa Sports Special correspondent)
All round cricketer, left hand bat, right arm medium pace bowler, safe fielder with a good arm, member of the Sri Lanka under 19 tours of South Asian Games Nepal and Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, member of the school Cricket Champions Team from 2016 to 2019, all island under 19 Best Player of the Tournament, under 23 Southern Provincial Player, member of the Sri Lanka under 19 Emerging Squad, winner of 2 Gold Medals in Kumite and Kata at the South Asian Karate Tournament held in Gujarat, India and winner of a Bronze Medal at the 4thSilent Knight Karate Tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in Kumite Sammu Shikari Nuwantha Ranahansi de Silva has brought honour and immense glory to her three schools Siri Sumana Junior School Ratgama, Devapathiraja National School Ratgama and AnulaVidyalaya Nugegoda and her motherland in Karate and Cricket. Shikari was born on 12th August 2002 and she hails from Ratgama and initially admitted to Sir Sumana Junior School when Wimal Siriwardane was at the helm of the school in 2007 and her first class teacher was Mrs. Menaka Mohotti. When she was in Grade 4 she commenced Karate under Sudath Mendis and her first attempt was Kensho Karate Tournament and she won Gold Medals for Kata and Kumite and in 2010 she was an unanimous choice for the under 10 age group and toured Gujarat, India for the South Asian Championship where Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka participated and she won Golds for Kumite and Kata. After passing the Grade Five Scholarship Exam she was drafted to Devapathiraja National School Ratgama and in 2011 in the under 12 age category she toured for the 4th Silent Knight Karate Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and she grabbed a Bronze Medal and in 2015 at the All Island National Schools Karate Meet she came up to Best Eight. From 2015 to 2018 she participated in all age groups at the Southern Provincial Karate Championship and swept the board annually and won Gold Medals and she was the un disputed Girl’s Karate Champion of the Southern Province and her Mistress in Charge was Mrs. AchiniRuwangini and she was the Best Karate Player of the year 2017.
Though she excelled in Karate from her salad days her forte was cricket and noticing this her parents Shammu Samantha and ThushariJayasuriya handed over their daughter to the school cricket coach Mahesh Sandaruwan and her teachers in Charge were Mrs. DinushaLakmai and Mrs. Samila respectively and her Prefect of Games were Nishantha Kumara. In 2014 she walked into the under 19 school girls cricket team with ease and they were the all island girls under 19 schools cricket Champions from 2014 to 2019 and she represented the team up to 2021 and in the same year she was adjudged as the Best Player of the Singer Tournament.
Then in 2019 she was selected to the Sri Lanka Girls Emerging Squad and the coach was former Sri Lanka Test Captain HashanTillakarathne and in the same year she toured Nepal and they were the Runners Up and India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka participated and after that she represented he Sri Lanka Emerging Squad team in a Quadrangular Tournament held in India and they were the Runners Up.
In 2018 she joined the Seenigama Ladies Cricket Club and the coaches were Mahesh Sandaruwan and Mr. Anjula and later she joined Chilaw Marians and played in the Division 1 Tournament. Then in 2021 she joined AnulaVidyalaya Nugegoda and representing them in the 2021 under 19 All island Girls Tournament organized by Sri lanka Schools Cricket Association and recently they played against Marapola Vidyalaya Veyangoda and she scored a scintillating unbeaten chanceless 116 runs and put on an opening partnership of 562 runs with Kaushini Nithyanga who contributed a sparkling unbeaten 374 runs which is a school under 19 all time girls record and her coaches are former Palian Dinesh Weerasinghe and Lalanga Rajapaksha.