St. Thomas’ College, Matale, former cricketers came forward to elevate cricket at St. Thomas’ College, Matale. Many former cricketers who captained the College’s first XI cricket teams gathered at the school premises while former College cricketers captains commissioned a forum as former Thomians cricketers to elevate the game of cricket at STC.
The principal of the college, Dhammika Hewawasam, who always gives his support to promote sports, extended his blessings and appreciation to this new cricket wing. As an old Thomian and a former cricketer, Principal Hewawasam also played under some of the former cricket captains who were gathered in this event. A special training session by the Sri Lankan army training unit led by former Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis was very successful while the social seminar for the spirit of the game and the rules and Tournament regulations along with cricket laws were very important things done by the cricket wing. Moreover, the awards ceremony for the Under-19 semi-finalists further encouraged the young cricketers.
These former STC cricketers were in action in no time. Their list of action plans to elevate their beloved sport at their beloved school included motivational workshops for under-19 cricketers covering topics such as team building, leadership and decision-making, with the wise advice and assistance of retired Sri Lankan Army Colonel Wasantha Pamunuwa. ; a distinguished Old Thomian, former captain of the College’s first XI cricket team in 1970.
In addition to these plans, the cricket wing has also held five practice matches with the main schools in Kandy and Anuradhapura, creating space for young college cricketers to gain experience and put into practice. practice their skills. Additionally, to give some confidence and boost morale, Cricket Wing has also given away two game kits for every Under-19 cricket player.
At this gathering, former cricketers expressed their commitment to supporting young players and College cricket.
To appreciate their excellent performances and great efforts, the cricket wing held a ceremony to recognize all these young Thomians, towards the end of the tournament season.
Although STC was beaten in the semi-finals last year in the DIV II tournament, it is important to note that the whole tournament was a great success, compared to previous years. This year and in the years to come, the support of the cricketing wing will continue towards the game and the school moving forward. Moreover, the cricket wing also works hard for the development of the university ground, which is more important for all sports.
“As ex-Thomians and ex-STC cricketers, all should rally around the ex-Thomians cricketers wing to make their endeavors a huge success,” the wing chairman added. former Thaomians cricketers, Niranjan Ellepola. (DR)