Promising young cricketer, Chrishen Warnasuriya to play in Surrey
By Shenal Jayasekara
Thirteen year old Thomian & SSC bowling all-rounder, Chrishen Warnasuriya has been awarded a scholarship by a specialist cricket school based in Surrey Hills in England to study & play cricket. Chrishen is a talented all-rounder who can open batting as well as adjust to playing anywhere in the top or middle-order. Gifted with a natural “Chinaman”, left arm wrist spin action he has the ability to spin the ball both ways. In addition to playing for his College in Mount Lavinia he also represented the prestigious SSC and Champ Cricket Academy teams.
Speaking of his son, father Chrishmal Warnasuriya expressed mixed emotions over this exciting offer from Surrey.
‘Chrishen was born in London, so he’s really returning “home”, Chrishmal said trying to smile while hiding the sorrow of his son’s imminent departure. Chrishen’s mother, Dinusha and I would’ve loved to see him play in Sri Lanka and turn out for my old school, S. Thomas’ one day but it would be unfair to deny him this golden opportunity which may open up many possibilities for his future as the standard of cricket here is deteriorating each day and the youth are loosing hope. Ones future here depends on the strengyh of his or her political influence, which sadly a newly rich class with no morals or ethics seems to be exploiting in all aspects of society. Presently the cricket administration is in shambles with much public debate taking place on corruption & nepotism in selections. Even schools arein the easy habit of importing talented players from lesser privileged schools for their first eleven teams just prior to the big matches, denying deserving lads who have played for the school throughout, their due place. Therefore we thought we will permit Chrishen to explore this amazing opportunity offered to him. He could try out for a while what his country of birth can offer and then, when he’s a little bit older.’decide for himself.
Chrishen is a promising all-round student and besides his cricket he has passed all the online tests given to him by the UK school with flying colours.
The exuberant parents hoped that their son will return to play cricket in Sri Lanka some day.
Track and field action from Diyagama
The Track and Field season commenced with some of the best athletes in the senior and Under 20 age categories producing notable performances during the two-day Junior and Senior Selection Trial concluded at Diyagama on Tuesday. Here are some action pictures from the day two of the event.
(Pix by Kamal Wanniarachchi)
Dharshana’s false start dampen an otherwise remarkable day
by Reemus Fernando
Sprinter Aruna Dharshana gave athletics fans both joy and heartache on an otherwise remarkable day as the Junior and Senior Track and Field trials concluded with a number of athletes achieving their personal bests at Diyagama yesterday.
Athletics analysts were waiting for Dharshana to reach his personal best in the men’s 400 metres final after the Army athlete produced the best performance in the heats where as many as five athletes clocked sub 47 seconds. When Dharshana followed up his 200 metres winning time of 21.12 seconds with a feat of 46.43 seconds in the 400 metres many expected him to produce a sub 46 seconds performance in the final.
But the shocking foul start meant that he will have to wait for more than a month to test his true potential. Incidentally, Kalinga Kumarage, who was off-colour in the heats (47.51 secs – second in heat 3) won the final with a feat of 46.27 seconds. However, 100 metres sprinter Medhani Jayamanne who was disqualified for a foul start in the women’s 100 metres heats was not so unlucky, as athletics officials gave her an opportunity to compete in the women’s 100 metres final, though her place was (2nd) not recognised. She clocked 12.16 seconds in the final.
In Dharshana’s absence four others, namely, Kumarage, R.N. Rajakaruna, Dinuka Deshan and Pabasara Niku clocked sub 47 seconds.
In the corresponding women’s 400 metres, schoolgirl Tharushi Karunaratne continued to shock her senior counterparts. Having won the women’s 800 metres on day one, the Ratnayake Central prodigy also bagged the 400 metres victory as she clocked 53.41 seconds to beat Asian Championship participant Nadeesha Ramanayake.
In the men’s 100 metres Chamod Yodasinghe reached his personal best as he clocked 10.37 seconds to win the final.
In the women’s 100 metres final, Rumeshika Ratnayake clocked 12.01 seconds to win running against the wind (-2.9). In the heats, she clocked sub 12 seconds.
In the morning, Gayanthika Abeyratne finished the women’s 1500 metres just three seconds shy of her national record mark as she clocked 4:12.53 seconds to win closely followed by steeplechase national record holder Nilani Ratnayake. Abeyratne’s national record established last year stands at 4:09.12 seconds.
In the Under 20 age category events Malith Yasiru produced the second-best performance of the Asian region in the Under 20 boys’ triple jump this year when he cleared a distance of 15.43 metres to win the event.
Sri Lankan sailing teams compete in Pakistan
The Sri Lankan national team of two sailors and one windsurfer, with the Navy team of a sailor and a windsurfer, were invited to participate at the first Chief of Navy Staff International Sailing Regatta 2023 held from March 14 to 20 in Karachi, Pakistan. Twelve countries including Australia, Bahrain, Croatia, Egypt, China, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey had sent their teams to Karachi. The Sri Lankan national team consisted of Laser Standard sailor (ILCA 7) NGMU Ghanawardene, Sri Lanka Navy, Priyantha Gunawardene, Sri Lanka Navy participating in the Windsurfing RSX Class and Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4) sailor Tharen Nanayakkara. The Navy team consisted of Laser Standard sailor (ILCA 7) JMPL Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka Navy and WAS Weeratunge, Sri Lanka Navy participating in the Windsurfing RSX Class.
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