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By DRCK News on 4/18/2011 2:15 PM
Latest update: Hemal moves to the top position: Sunday Obsever 4/24/2011

There is a stiff competition between Hemal Munaweera, the Dharmaraja College captain and K. Gamage of Vidyartha for the top spot as the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer (Outstation).


The first winner from Kandy was none other than the spin wizard Muthtaih Muralitharan who won the award in 1991 followed by another Katugasthota Antonian Sajith Fernando in 1992. Muralitharan retired from International cricket recently. Sajith Fernando should consider himself a bit unlucky for not representing the country at the highest level, although he had captained many ‘A’ team tours.

Kaushal Weeraratne is the only Trinitian to win the coveted award. Weeraratne played with the World Cup cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara, while at Trinity. Weeraratne played for Sri Lanka in ODIs. He is also a fine rugby player who excelled as a winger.

This year’s run for the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer (All-Island) looks to be a three cornered tussle between three of the most talented players - the two Royalists Ramith Rambukwella and Bhanuka Rajapakse who won the contest last year. There is also another prolific wicket taker in the season Sachitra Perera. Sachitra, missed the selection for the Sri Lanka Under-19 team against their England counterparts by a whisker after taking over 100 wickets for the season, but Bhanuka Rajapakse who captained the team made a mint of runs while Rambukwella proved his worth whenever he was given the opportunity.


(Source:
Sunday Observer)

By DRCK News on 4/8/2011 2:08 PM
Ending nearly a 30 year drought, Rajans won the 105th Battle of the Maroons at Pallekele by 7 wickets!! The last time a decision was reached in the Kingswood-Dharmaraja big match was in 1980 when Rajans won by 9 wickets at Police grounds under the captaincy of Janaka Mendis. Kingswood's last victory was way back in 1958.

On the first day, paceman Nuwan Karunaratne and spinner Deneth Lanka shared six wickets between them for Dharmaraja College to restrict Kingswood College to 117 runs and take command on the first day of their Big Match at Pallekele Ground (March 25).
While Nishantha Weerakoon top scored with a half century, Lakshitha Madushan chipped in with 29 runs for Kingswood.

Dharmaraja reached 169 for six wickets at the close of the day with Sasith Gunasekara top scoring with 51 runs. Sandun Weerakkody cracked 43 runs.

We have not received the full scorecard yet. Here's the brief summary of scores:

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium | Dharmaraja won by 7 wickets

The Score Board

Kingswood 117 in 38.5 overs (N. Weerakoon 50, L. Madushan 30, Y. Atukorale 22; N. Karunaratne 3 for 34, D. Lanka 3 for 38, M. Ratnayake 1 for 14) and 127 in 60 overs (Y. Atukorale 23, L. Madushan 31, M. Premawardena 20, N. Unamboowe 17, N. Karunaratne 3 for 36, L. Herath 2 for 6)

Dharmaraja 169 for 6 in 38 overs (S.Gunasekera 53, N. Weerakkodi 43, H. Munaweera 26, N. Karunaratne 24; Y. Athukorale 2 for 21, C.Gunasekera 2 for 29, L. Hettiarachchi 2 for 32) and 76 for 3 in 19 overs (K. Wijekoon 12, S. Weerakkodi 24, H. Munaweera 12 n.o; Y. Atukorale 1 for 11, C. Gunasekera 1 for 17, L. Madushan 1 for 11)

(Thanks to Dharmaraja College Group of 94 for the news)
By DAANA Community on 11/18/2010 3:45 PM
On the invitation of the St Thomas' College, Matale, Alumni Canada, DAANA ON Chapter played a friendly Cricket match on August 28th. The bowling, batting and fielding expertise of the Rajan cricketers Romesh, Kavinda, Kalika, Prasanna, Rajith & Senaka were clearly evident and brought back fond memories of the days at DRCK.

The STC Team gave the Rajans a hearty reception. A crowd of old boys from both schools and their families assembled to cheer their respective sides. The STC won the toss. The Rajan players took their position in the field. Once the batting began it was a sight to behold what with the pot bellied players running helter skelter (as the photos show!). With their fours and sixes, the Rajans were quite a formidable team to defeat but the STC team did, and was declared the winners.

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By DAANA Community on 11/8/2010 2:54 PM
The excitement generated by taking part in Washington DC Ruby tournament in last March, enticed us to field a team representing Old Rajans at the 20th annual seven-a-side soft ball cricket tournament held in Washington DC in last July. However, getting seven Rajans to play against some of the seasoned campaigners of soft ball cricket in DC suburbs and New York was indeed a Herculean task.

To make the matters worse, it was the height of the summer and the temperature exceeding 100F was simply unbearable even for a midday stroll, leave alone playing competitive cricket. It was also the time that most of our members were away spending summer holidays in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, four of us in the DAANA DC chapter were determined to make our presence known. Finally, we were able to register an old Rajans team after accommodating 3 non-Rajans to have a playing 7. There were many teams representing leading schools in Sri Lanka such as Trinity, Royal. St Peters and St. Thomas’s college.

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